It’s World KC Day and we’re here to raise awareness about keratoconus!
According to The Discovery Eye Foundation, keratoconus “is a non-inflammatory eye condition in which the normally round dome-shaped cornea progressively thins causing a cone-like bulge to develop.” This then leads to visual impairment.
The cornea is responsible for allowing us to complete simple, but important, daily tasks. Things like driving, reading, taking BuzzFeed quizzes, and watching YouTube cat videos to name a few. Its main function is acting as a window for our eyes, refracting light onto the lens. About 65-75 percent of the eye’s total focusing power can be attributed to the cornea (Massachusetts Eye and Ear).
Oftentimes, KC makes its first appearance in most individuals during their teens or twenties. “In its earliest stages, keratoconus causes slight blurring and distortion of vision and increased sensitivity to glare and light” (The Discovery Eye Foundation). During the early stages, eyeglasses or contacts can help with the vision impairments that keratoconus can cause.
The National Keratoconus Foundation aims to educate the general public about this eye condition as it can lead to severe vision impairment in some cases. A proper diagnosis of keratoconus is important as the condition can develop for up to 20 years. As the cornea changes and thins overtime, regular prescription changes may be necessary.
Share with your friends the importance of understanding keratoconus:
- Share it on social media! Join the Twibbon campaign! Change your profile pic and share World KC Day on Facebook and Twitter.
- Add yourself to the World KC Map and see what others around the world are doing on Nov 10.
- Take a selfie with the World KC logo or poster, tag it #WorldKCDay, and we’ll add you to our WorldKC gallery!
If you have KC and are interested in discussing treatment options, please contact us.