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World Keratoconus Day

Join us in raising awareness for World Keratoconus Day and supporting those affected by this vision condition. Let's spread hope and education!
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Get ready to raise awareness and show support for those living with keratoconus on November 10, World Keratoconus Day! This day was first established in 2014 by the National Keratoconus Foundation to educate and inform people about this eye condition. Keratoconus affects the shape of the cornea, causing vision problems such as blurred or distorted vision. But with early detection and proper treatment, individuals with keratoconus can still live full and active lives. So let's take a moment to celebrate those who are fighting this condition and spread knowledge and understanding about it on this special day.

History of World Keratoconus Day

World Keratoconus Day Dates

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1854</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Keratoconus Identified</div><div class='timeline-text'>Dr. John Nottingham coins the term 'keratoconus', becoming the first physician to thoroughly describe the disease in his book 'Practical Observations on Conical Cornea'.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1936</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Keratoconus Treatment</div><div class='timeline-text'>Dr. Tsutomu Sato pioneers the first keratoconus-specific treatments, performing wedge resections on patients in Japan.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1986</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Introduction of Contact Lenses</div><div class='timeline-text'>Rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses are introduced, becoming a mainstay for non-surgical keratoconus management.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1999</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Collagen Cross-Linking Development</div><div class='timeline-text'>The technique of collagen cross-linking is developed in Germany, slowing or stopping keratoconus progression in many patients.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>World Keratoconus Day Inception</div><div class='timeline-text'>The National Keratoconus Foundation establishes World Keratoconus Day in an effort to increase knowledge and awareness of keratoconus internationally.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2016</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>FDA Approval for Cross-Linking</div><div class='timeline-text'>The U.S. Food and Drug Administration grants approval for collagen cross-linking, forever changing the standard of care for keratoconus in the United States.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Keratoconus Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Educate yourself and others</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Use World Keratoconus Day as an opportunity to learn more about this eye condition and share your knowledge with others. You can start by researching online or attending a local event or seminar.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Wear blue</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Blue is the official color of World Keratoconus Day, so show your support by wearing something blue on this day. You can also encourage others to do the same and share photos on social media using the hashtag #WorldKeratoconusDay.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a fundraiser or charity event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many organizations and hospitals hold fundraisers or charity events on World Keratoconus Day to raise awareness and funds for research. Consider attending one of these events to show your support and make a difference.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share your story</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you or a loved one has been affected by keratoconus, use this day to share your story and raise awareness. You can do this through social media, writing a blog post, or even talking to local media outlets.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to research organizations</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Consider making a donation to a reputable organization that funds research for keratoconus. This can help advance treatments and find a cure for this condition.</p></div></div>

Why World Keratoconus Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It raises awareness about keratoconus</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Keratoconus Day is an opportunity to educate people about this eye condition that affects around 1 in 2000 individuals. By spreading awareness, more people can recognize the symptoms and seek proper treatment.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It provides support for those with keratoconus</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>On this day, individuals with keratoconus can connect with others who are also living with the condition. They can share their experiences, advice, and find a sense of community and understanding.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It encourages research and advancements in treatment</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By bringing attention to keratoconus on a global scale, World Keratoconus Day helps to generate support and funding for research towards finding better treatments and potentially a cure for this progressive eye disease.</p></div></div>

5 Eye-Opening Facts for World Keratoconus Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Keratoconus is More Common in Certain Populations</h3><p class='facts-content'>Research shows that keratoconus appears to be more prevalent in people of South Asian, Arabian and African descent. Further studies are crucial to understand this pattern.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Keratoconus may be linked to certain systemic disorders</h3><p class='facts-content'>While the exact cause of keratoconus is unknown, it has been associated with certain systemic disorders such as Down syndrome, Leber congenital amaurosis, and Marfan syndrome.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Eye Rubbing may Exacerbate Keratoconus Progression</h3><p class='facts-content'>Chronic eye rubbing is discouraged for individuals with keratoconus as it may contribute to the progression of the disease by increasing mechanical stress on the cornea.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Corneal Transplantation is a Last Resort Treatment Option</h3><p class='facts-content'>If other treatments fail to manage keratoconus progression, a corneal transplant may be considered. Modern treatments, such as corneal cross-linking, aim to delay or prevent the need for this invasive procedure.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Keratoconus may Lead to Significant Vision Impairment</h3><p class='facts-content'>Without treatment, keratoconus can lead to significant vision impairment and legal blindness, highlighting the importance of early detection and diagnosis for better management.</p></div></div>

World Keratoconus Day FAQs

When is World Keratoconus Day?

World Keratoconus Day is celebrated on November 10 every year. In 2024 World Keratoconus Day will occur on a Sunday.

World Keratoconus Day Dates

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Day

2023

Nov 10

Friday

2024

Nov 10

Sunday

2025

Nov 10

Monday

2026

Nov 10

Tuesday

2027

Nov 10

Wednesday

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