Famous People with Keratoconus

Here is a list of famous people who have keratoconus:

Tommy Pham

American professional baseball outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB), Thomas James Pham, has keratoconus.
Tommy Pham (CC BY-SA)

American professional baseball outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB), Thomas James Pham, has keratoconus.

According to him, it was not until he began wearing contact lenses in 2009 that he became able to track pitches to the best of his ability. He made his MLB debut on September 9, 2014.

Steven Holcomb

Steven Holcomb, 2010 Olympic Winter Games (U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps, Public Domain.)

American bobsledder and Olympic gold medalist, Steven Holcomb, was initially diagnosed with keratoconus in 2002.

Keratoconus has affected Holcomb's daily life and competitive skills and the depression took him to the point of suicide. in his autobiography, But Now I See: My Journey from Blindness to Olympic Gold, he recalled swallowing 73 pills one night that year, in an attempt to take his life. (Get Holcomb's autobiography from Amazon or iTunes)

He had corneal crosslinking and surgery to correct his vision, and a year latter, he won a gold medal in the four-man bobsled event at the 2008 Vancouver Olympics.

In his honor, his eye surgeon changed the name of C3-R epi-on crosslinking procedure to "Holcomb C3-R". this marked the first time in history that a treatment for a disease was named after the athlete who made the treatment world-famous. Dr. Wachler has also dedicated his recent book, Perceptual Intelligence, to Holcomb.

Holcomb was found dead in his room at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, on May 6, 2017. He was 37.

Apreliminary report released by the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, N.Y. announced the diagnosis of pulmonary congestion as a possible cause of death, with further tests still pending.

Stephanie Slater

British swimmer, Stephanie Slater, is another gold medalist athlete in our list. Slater was born in 1991 in Preston, England and began swimming from the age of three.

She began her sporting career as an able bodied athlete, but after suffering nerve damage to her left arm she switched to parasport. In 2013, she qualified for the Swimming World Championships in Montreal.


Mandy Patinkin

Patinkin 2008 (PD)
Mandy Patinkin, American actor and comedian, also has keratoconus.

Just like many of us, Patinkin panicked once he discovered he has keratoconus, and his first question was "Am I going blind?".

Following his doctor's advice, Patinkin wore hard contacts for 15 years and had his eyes checked every 6 months. he had two corneal transplants on his right and left corneas, in 1997 and 1998, respectively.

Gramatik

Slovenian-American hip hop and electronic music artist, Denis Jašarević, better known by his stage name Gramatik, has keratoonus too.

"I have moderate Keratoconus in my left eye and severe in my right. Diagnosed when I was about 11 years old around 1995." he said in a Facebook post.

A photo posted by Gramatik (@gramatik_lowtemp) on

Matthew Colwell

Australian hip hop recording artist, Matthew Colwell, better known as 360, was diagnosed with keratoconus when he was 19 years old and had a corneal graft a few years latter.

Even though he is legally blind in one eye, he hasn't lost his sense of humor and he says "I could be the first Ray Charles of rap."

360 at his Falling and Flying CD signing (Photo by BillyDines, Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA)

Michaela Strachan

English television presenter, Michaela Strachan, is another celebrity who has keratoconus.

In addition to keratoconus she also had sever eczema and used to rub her eyes which cause them to became hugely swollen at times and according to her, "on one occasion they looked like giant red footballs".

Michaela Strachan (centre) (Photo by Jo Garbutt, Flickr, CC-BY)

August Alsina

24-year-old recording artist, August Alsina, revealed that he have keratoconus on the Angie Martinez' radio show on Power 105.1.

Keratoconus caused legal blindness in his left eye and loss of vision in his right. Alsina underwent corneal crosslinking which would hopefully prevent his vision from getting worse.

He posted a photo of himself during crosslinking on Instagram.

A photo posted by Yungin' (@augustalsina) on

Do you know any other celebrity, artist, athlete... who has keratoconus?


3 comments:

  1. Angry Joe with millions of subscribers on youtube has keratoconus.

    https://twitter.com/angryjoeshow/status/637364160242712576

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  2. This guy

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Thengummoottil ..filmmaker

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