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New Year's Greetings from Keratoconus Group

From all of us here at the Keratoconus Group, we wish you a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year.

On behalf of everyone at the Keratoconus Group, we hope you have a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2020. For the coming year, we wish you all good health and clear vision, free and affordable health care, better insurance coverage, comfortable contact lenses, successful corneal grafts, effective crosslinkings, and stable corneas!

What would you write in a New Year card to someone with Keratoconus?

We asked our community what they would write on a New Year card to someone who has keratoconus. Here's what you had to share:

It may seem sometimes that Kerataconus controls your life, but don't let it! Take control of your diagnosis with all the medical advances and live your life to the fullest!

Keratoconus is not just a complex eye condition that affects you physically, but psychologically and socially as well. However, there are effective treatments available. Make sure you see an Ophthalmologist specialising in the cornea. Additionally, there will be ups and downs. If I feel down, I remind myself that it's OK to sometimes not be OK, but I also remind myself of what I do have. ๐Ÿ™

Don't worry, it is going to be ok. There are great new treatments and contact lenses out today.

May the New year bring goodness to you and the disease process of our eyes stop!

May 2020 be a HAPPY YEAR of keratoconus management my friend. Remember, you have keratoconus, it doesn't have you! #selfcare #doctorvisits #payattention #liveyourbestKClife๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘“

We are strong .... we are rare .. we have to bring positivity in our life either its difficult .. but he have to fight the war of sight & blindness #keratoconus is our partner and will remain ... to accept it with a big heart ๐Ÿ˜”

I am amazed with your incredible perseverance and to please check with your doctor to see if you are a candidate for FDA approved cross linking as there are 62 national and regional insurance companies that have positive coverage. Happy Holidays!

Here is to hoping for a cure in 2020!

Hoping the new year brings to you the best of everything in life, may there be no struggle or hurdles, hope things sail smooth and your eyes shine as bright as your future and make you believe nothing can stop you! ❤️ I am proud of you, fighter. Lots of love, positivity, strength and healing energies! ✨

Don't give up! This can be beaten and will! Be a warrior, not a victim! With each coming day/year we can spread awareness and get more support! Please spread the word and help cure us and our kids!! Much love to you!!

Richard A., LinkedIn

Don't give up! Don't rush to a transplant. There is no one contact\scleral lens that is great for everyone. Find a keratoconus specialist who can provide great vision. DON'T GIVE UP!

Avigail N. Stephen Azman, Facebook

Stay S T R O N G!! This may be the year for a cure!!!!

Anastasia Gonzalez, Facebook

Among the many eye problems that can make ones life difficult #keratoconus is certainly one of them Requires great patience, NO eye-rubbing, and an experienced clinician to care for you for 3 reasons: 1- to maximize your visual function with glasses and or contact lenses 2- apply CXL when and if needed so to avoid a transplant 3- screen family members (especially teens) for #keratoconus expression and possibly offering #2 and last remember that life’s difficulties only make us stronger and more compassionate: Happy New Year!

A. J. Kanellopoulos, MD.‏

๐ŸŽผ Things are going to be great, and they'll only get better, Your future's so bright, ya gotta wear shades! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Michael Blocker Langley, Facebook

Dear [Keratoconus] Fighter, I want you to know, you are not alone. I struggled for years with keratoconus but the last two years saw my sight decline. All of sudden I was unable to drive myself around, my family did the driving for me. I struggled for two years, attempting to find the perfect fitting lense. I was referred to alot of people but never got a perfect fitting lenses. Everytime I got discouraged and after every failed trial lenses I cried. I had to stop my studies and adjust my life. It was hard but my family would never let me give up so I kept fighting until I got a perfect lenses two months back. I know its long message but all I want to tell you is do not give up, keep fighting. Keep telling yourself ..... I am not keratoconus๐Ÿ’ช

Ke Itseng Mmago Loatile, Facebook

It's a new year and new possibilities don't worry about not seeing the blessings coming your way because there coming this is your year keratoconus

Ruby Jones, Facebook

You are only beaten when lay down. Blindness is not a disability it’s just something else to get over. There are blind musicians, photographers and painters.

Karl Tomkins, Facebook

I can see better days ahead for so many of us; let's celebrate.

Cidney Thomas, Facebook

Happy New year and May the year 2020 grant you 2020 vision inshallah

Aaqilah Wickstrom, Facebook

This may have been a crazy year but next year will be cornea (cornier)

Greg Long, Facebook

Don’t be afraid to get surgery. I just did and it made a huge difference.

Sharon Livingston, Facebook

I hope we see more in 2020 than we did last year!

Georgette Andrea Journi, Facebook

If you would wear your scleral lens you will be 2020 in 2020

Bill Dougher, Facebook

Here’s hoping the snow doesn’t come in a flurry and make your vision even more blurry! Merry Christmas and best wishes for the new year!!! Blink three times and I hope to see you there!!

Zoรซ Elizabeth, Facebook

May you have 2020 vision ๐Ÿ˜‚ in 2020

Kala Jayasekara, Facebook

Diagnosis is not the end. It means that there's now openings to being helped. Things do get better. Some days will hurt more and make you feel like there's no point in trying, but each day your sight feels OK is a day your fighting back the condition. Each day you wear your lenses, or each day closer to surgery is a day closer in your fight to show that kerataconus won't win.

Jordan Frearson, Facebook

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