Who We Are
The National Keratoconus Foundation (NKCF) is an outreach program of Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at UC-Irvine. We are dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of keratoconus (KC), and aim to provide resources to individuals with KC. We unfortunately do not provide financial assistance. Please browse our website to find out more about KC.
Introducing: Chang Reaction!
National Keratoconus Foundation is pleased to host Chang Reaction, a monthly broadcast where Dr. Clark Chang, OD will offer his expert opinion about all things keratoconus. An active author, researcher, and clinician, Dr. Chang is an in-demand speaker for eyecare professionals. In 2020, Dr. Chang was named “Top Doc” by the NKCF in recognition of his outstanding care to patients with keratoconus.
On the first day of each month, NKCF will release a new ~20-minute episode of Chang Reaction. He will be joined by Taylor Young, Assistant Director of NKCF, and the occasional guest to offer advice, insight, and answers.
Register for our Next Webinar!
“Eyedrops for Treatment of Keratoconus”
with Dr. Bala Ambati MD, PhD
July 12, 2022 / 5pm PST
Dr. Bala Ambati MD, PhD, company founder of iVeena Delivery Systems and research professor at the University of Oregon Knight Campus will be our guest speaker at the final webinar of the 2021-22 year on July 12.
While most NKCF-sponsored webinars discuss treatments for keratoconus, Dr. Ambati will present an update on NIH-supported research still in early clinical trials. iVeena, based in Salt Lake City, is developing a pharmaceutical intervention that stiffens and stabilizes corneal collagen: in effect, crosslinking for keratoconus using eye drops. Join us for an interesting discussion on new keratoconus research.
This webinar is moderated by Dr. Gloria Chiu, OD, of the USC Roski Eye Institute. Space is limited.
To register, click HERE.
COVID-19 and Corrective Lens Wear
Since the recent declaration of the pandemic of COVID-19 by the World Health Organization, many false rumors and inaccurate suggestions have arisen regarding corrective lens wear. Click to read statements by contact lens experts about corrective lens recommendations as they relate to COVID-19. Watch a recording of our webinar “What You Should Know: KC & COVID-19” hosted by NKCF with guest speakers Dr. Stephanie Woo, OD and Dr. Joseph Ciolino, MD.
Life With KC
The National Keratoconus Foundation (NKCF) is an outreach program of The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, UC Irvine.
The NKCF is dedicated to increasing the awareness and understanding of keratoconus and the support of scientific research into the cause and treatment of keratoconus.