About Us

What Is The NKCF?

The National Keratoconus Foundation (NKCF) is an outreach program of The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, UC Irvine, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. 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.The Board of Directors of the Discovery Eye Foundation founded the NKCF in 1986 with a grant from Jane and Norman Neely. Mr. Neely had keratoconus and was frustrated by the lack of information available to patients about this condition. The NKCF was created to:
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Our Mission Statement

The National Keratoconus Foundation is dedicated to the dissemination of information about keratoconus to patients, their families, and eye care professionals.We do this through:

  • The publication and circulation of literature and seminars.
  • Through the organization of keratoconus patients and eye care professionals on a local level for the purpose of mutual dialog and support.
  • Raising funds to support scientific research into the causes, treatment and possible cure of keratoconus.

History Of The NKCF

The National Keratoconus Foundation was founded in 1986 by Morry and Rita Pynoos (founders of the Discovery Eye Foundation) when their son was diagnosed with keratoconus. At that time, there was no organization established which would provide guidance and information about what life was like with keratoconus. There was little information available and no way to contact others with this condition.
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Major Sponsors

The National Keratoconus Foundation relies on private donations and grants from corporations and foundations to support our outreach programs.It’s our honor to recognize the following sponsors:

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The Schoellerman Family Foundation


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Advisory Board

Our board of advisors spans many major medical research centers.  They help the NKCF provide you with the most current, up-to-date information and research.
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