Today is World Keratoconus Day! I was diagnosed in 2009. Received corneas from complete strangers & underwent two corneal transplants to restore my sight. 👀
Pictured: 2015 & Just a few weeks ago. My vision was 20/400 & I could no longer look straight into the camera . (I literally took that photo 10 times & it was still cross-eyed.) I became self conscious & stopped taking selfies. This was the last one of 2015.
2018 is the first year since 2011 I’ve worked a full year w/o needing a medical procedure. And I can confidently look directly into the camera. #progress. It’s kind of ironic that due to health reasons like Keratoconus I have not been as active as I’d like to be lately but I’m always up for raising awareness.
What is Keratoconus?
#Keratoconus (KC) is a degenerative condition of the eye in which the normally round, dome-shaped cornea becomes progressively thinner. This causes a cone-like bulge to develop in the area where the cornea is thinnest- usually in the center. in the general population and it is found in all parts of the world and in all ethnic groups. If left untreated, Keratoconus could lead to significant visual impairment and legal blindness.
How can you help? Become a donor. In 2017, 50,930 corneas were provided for transplant in the U.S. Just 1 donor can heal the lives of over 75 people.