Building Bridges To Better Sight

Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a painful and debilitating eye disease that severely affects the cornea.

The cornea is the clear front window of the eye, responsible for focusing most of the light coming into the eye.

Keratoconus can lead to variable, complex, unstable and severe visual impairment. Its an unpredictable progressive eye condition in which the normally round, dome-shaped cornea thins and becomes distorted and irregular. A cone-like bulge develops similar to the shape of a football, creating irregular astigmatism which results in significant visual distortion.

Corneal Ectasia

Corneal ectasia presents in very much the same way, and is in fact basically identical to keratoconus, except it is caused by failed laser vision correction.

Corneal ectasia, a non­inflammatory condition marked by progressive
corneal steepening and thinning, is a rare but
serious complication of
vision correction procedures. The condition can begin within a week of surgery or after several years and is associated with worsening best
uncorrected visual acuity, an increase in ocular aberrations, and
decreasing best­ corrected distance visual acuity. The incidence of
corneal ectasia following refractive surgery is estimated to affect approximately 160,000 patients in the United States.
Although exact statistics are unknown, the incidence of corneal ectasia following LASIK has been reported as about 1 in 2,500.

Sponsorships

This is where YOU come in.

YOU can help raise awareness and funds for Keratoconus and Ectasia research and sufferers.

I will be "busting my hump" cycling around beautiful Ireland for over 1750 miles, through rain, sun, wind and fun, leaving my family behind for 2 months, while documenting the entire trip through almost daily blogs and photography.
Never mind the training and preparation that goes into creating a mission like this.
Plus, when I get back, I'll be spending almost 3 months collating, editing and prepping all the images for prints, calendars, postcards and presentations.

Through MY cycling, OUR collaboration and cooperation and YOUR contribution we can make this happen!!

Cycling for Vision. Helping Sight.

In order to see, one needs eyes. In order to fulfill a vision, we need collaboration and cooperation to build the puzzle of life.
Instead of only seeing the problems that we face, the solution is to build the vision we truly see by banding together as one.
After all, in numbers, there is strength.

Humanity is capable of true greatness when working together for a common cause.

From having suffered tremendously from the life altering effects of failed laser vision correction, the terrifying fear of blindness, the pain of not being able to see well enough to recognize my loved ones or to work in the fields I love, to gaining visual freedom again and feeling alive, I have a burning desire to help others who are suffering from the same debilitating diseases.

This is my purpose. My part of the puzzle.

Rent A Bike - baskets and handlebars - in Dublin Ireland

Next Steps...

Join us now on this journey and choose your level of sponsorship by clicking here

Other Worthy Organizations...

There are a number of other organizations that we feel are doing a tremendous job in helping vision-impaired people.

Please do what you can to help out these organizations as well.

Prevent Blindness
www.preventblindness.org.

The National Keratoconus Foundation
www.nkcf.org