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.


Tune in for our upcoming webinar:

“Keratoconus: Contact Lens Options”

July 14, 2020 / 5pm PST

With guest speakers Dr. Annie Nguyen, MD and Dr. Gloria Chiu, OD of USC Roski Eye Institute

Moderated by Dr. Jason Marsack, PhD of University of Houston College of Optometry

Click to Register

Space is limited.
 If you are unable to attend the webinar live, a video recording will be available on our website in the days following the broadcast.



BEST OF THE BEST: Our TOP DOCS of 2020

Dr. Michael Raizman, MD is truly Best of the Best.  He has been nominated as an NKCF Top Doc in previous years and this year his nomination came from his patient, CF, of Westborough, MA.  She wrote, “Dr. Raizman not only gave me back my life, as other doctors may have done, he also stayed by my side and comforted me through it all.”

One name that comes up frequently when lists of keratoconus experts are compiled is Clark Chang.  Dr. Chang is Director of Specialty Lenses for the cornea service at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.  The mother of a 21-year-old patient, MR, of Bangor, PA wrote in her nomination, “My son was diagnosed with KC when he was 15; he never wore contacts so everything was completely new to him…  Dr. Chang always takes his time and speaks directly to my son.  Dr. Chang makes this disease bearable.”  Another patient, EA, from Lincoln, RI wrote, “Dr. Chang takes the time to know his patients, their goals, their struggles and incorporates those into their care.

In addition to these Best of the Best, 70 other doctors from 24 states were nominated by their patients.   Some of the doctors are university faculty members, others are members of private practices that specialize in the care of individuals with keratoconus.  Still others are primary care eye doctors who show kindness and empathy toward their patients.  One quality almost universally noted in the nominations was the ability to listen to their patients and work tirelessly to save or restore vision.  We salute these the Top Doc nominees for 2020.

To read more about Dr. Raizman and Dr. Chang, along with the complete list of nominees, 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.

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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.

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Life With KC

BEST OF THE BEST: Our TOP DOCS of 2020

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COVID-19 and Corrective Lens Wear

Since the recent declaration of the pandemic of COVID-19 by the World Health Organization, many false […]

Who is Not a CXL Candidate?

Since crosslinking (CXL) was approved by the FDA in 2016, many individuals with KC have been […]

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?

BEST OF THE BEST: Our TOP DOCS of 2020

BEST OF THE BEST: Our TOP DOCS of 2020   Dr. Michael Raizman, MD is truly […]

COVID-19 and Corrective Lens Wear

Since the recent declaration of the pandemic of COVID-19 by the World Health Organization, many false […]

Who is Not a CXL Candidate?

Since crosslinking (CXL) was approved by the FDA in 2016, many individuals with KC have been […]

Keratoconus & Pregnancy: a case for pro-active CXL

More than 25 years ago, doctors published a study of pregnant women who had successfully worn […]

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