Famous People with Keratoconus

Here is a list of famous people who have keratoconus:

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.

Bill Cosby

Cosby 1969 (PD)
In July 2016 it was reported that Bill Cosby, American stand-up comedian, actor, and author, is now "legally and functionally blind" because of keratoconus. Cosby has claimed he is blind in court documents filed against model Beverly Johnson.

"He can't write, he can't read, he can't draw or drive -- he's blind," defense attorney, Angela Agrusa, told CNN on November 4.

In addition to what we have heard before, according to his lawyers, Cosby also has glaucoma in both eyes.

Steven Holcomb

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, he recalled swallowing 73 pills one night that year, in an attempt to take his life.

Holcomb 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.

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


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?


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


  2. This guy

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