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.

It's Time to Celebrate Your Doctor!

Send a special THANK YOU to your favorite eye doctor before March 30.  Share the story of how your optometrist or ophthalmologist makes a difference in your life.  NKCF will send your doctor a special message on your behalf on Honor Your Doctor Day.  Visit our Top Docs page for a list of past nominees and to submit your nomination.

Don't Miss Our Upcoming Webinar!

“Cataract Surgery in Eyes with Keratoconus”

March 16, 2021 / 5:00 PM PST

Cataracts are a common cause of vision loss. By age 75, half of all Americans will be affected. Do individuals with keratoconus face special risks? Dr. Sumitra Khandelwal, MD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine / Cullen Eye Institute is an expert in both cataract surgery and management of keratoconus. Learn more about cataract surgery, the most common surgical procedure performed, and the special concerns for keratoconus patients during this live seminar.
This webinar is moderated by Dr. Jason Marsack, PhD, of the Univ. of Houston College of Optometry research faculty. 

To register for the webinar, click HERE.

Space is limited. A recording of the webinar will be posted to our website in the week following the live session.

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.

Quick Resources

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NKCF is the world’s premier organization offering information about keratoconus.  Click here to learn more about resources available to you – either in print or on-line – including Living with Keratoconus, What is KC?, Corneal Transplant Surgery, and our regular e-newsletter.

You are not alone. The NKCF is here to provide support and information about KC, including a registry of eyecare professionals in the U.S. who have a special interest and expertise in the management of keratoconus. Click here to find a KC expert near you.

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Be a part of the KC community

Your story may inspire or reassure someone new to the KC community. Whether you were diagnosed last week or thirty years ago, you have insights about life with KC that are meaningful to others. Join our private message board, KC-Link to ask and answer questions.

News

What’s New?

Catch up on all the latest going on with KC research, breakthroughs, NKCF newsletters, and more.

Keratoconus: A Roadmap to Treatment [October 8, 2019 Webinar]

Please enjoy this recording of our webinar: “Keratoconus: A Roadmap to Treatment”

This webinar was led by our moderator, Dr. Jason Marsack, who discussed with Dr. Maria Walker and Dr. Matt Kauffman from the University of Houston, College of Optometry, where they shared their insight to what the newly diagnosed KC patient can expect.

This webinar was live on October 8, 2019. More webinars to follow.

Life With KC

Identifying a KC Gene

Scientists searching for a single, simple genetic answer responsible for keratoconus have been disappointed, but as […]

Dry Eye & Keratoconus

Dry Eye & Keratoconus Itchy eyes Scratchy eyes Blurry vision Tired or Fatigued eyes  Sensitivity to […]

Common KC Mistakes to Avoid

Common KC Mistakes to Avoid There are many misunderstandings surrounding the management of keratoconus. Many individuals […]

About Us

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.

What is Keratoconus?

Identifying a KC Gene

Scientists searching for a single, simple genetic answer responsible for keratoconus have been disappointed, but as […]

Dry Eye & Keratoconus

Dry Eye & Keratoconus Itchy eyes Scratchy eyes Blurry vision Tired or Fatigued eyes  Sensitivity to […]

Common KC Mistakes to Avoid

Common KC Mistakes to Avoid There are many misunderstandings surrounding the management of keratoconus. Many individuals […]

Can Sleep Position Affect your KC?

Click here to read “Can Sleep Position Affect your KC?”

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.

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