General links and Manufacturers


General Links

Below you will find links on the following: Information about Keratoconus. An Excellent Resource for all, and has an e-mail based support group for KC sufferers. A New Zealand based website for Keratoconus. Keratoconus New Zealand. All About Vision. The title speaks for itself. So You Want to Wear Contact Lenses? American Optometric Association site on contact lenses. New Zealand made lens for Keratoconus. The Rose K lens fitting system.


The National Keratoconus Foundation (NKCF) is an outreach program of Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at UC-Irvine. The NKCF is dedicated to increasing the awareness and understanding of keratoconus and the support of scientific research into the cause and treatment of keratoconus.

Keratoconus NZ is an information site produced by experienced keratoconus practitioner Peter Walker. It was developed for people with keratoconus and their families to gain a deeper understanding of the condition. We also welcome questions from Optometrists regarding the fitting and management of keratoconus.

The American Optometric Association is the leading authority on quality care and an advocate for our nation's health, representing more than 44,000 doctors of optometry (O.D.), optometric professionals and optometry students. Doctors of optometry take a leading role in patient care with respect to eye and vision care, as well as general health and well-being. As primary health care providers, doctors of optometry have extensive, ongoing training to examine, diagnose, treat and manage ocular disorders, diseases and injuries and systemic diseases that manifest in the eye.

The ROSE K family of lenses was invented by Paul Rose, an optometrist from Hamilton, New Zealand. Paul was concerned about what could be done for patients with keratoconus, a progressive condition in which the surface of the cornea becomes cone-shaped. Realising that the problem with traditional contact lenses was that they did not fit unusual corneal shapes or mimic the eye shape well, he sought to develop a contact lens that would be more comfortable for patients, be easier to fit and provide better vision to those with the condition. Paul Rose began developing the ROSE K keratoconus lens in 1987. After testing 700 lenses and 12 different designs, he produced a set of 26 lenses from which all patients could be fitted.