Back by popular demand, the National Keratoconus Foundation has announced the first Keratoconus Family Symposium of 2019! Building upon three successful events last year, this next symposium will take place on March 23, 2019, at the University of Houston College of Optometry.

Understanding a keratoconus diagnosis and potential treatment options can be stressful. To help ease any concerns, patients, families, and friends are invited to attend this day-long event to learn more about keratoconus through educational sessions. Breakfast and lunch are included in your registration and during the event, there will be time to share your personal keratoconus experiences and network with other families. The day will include presentations and discussions with specialists and eye care providers, including Dr. Maria Walker and Dr. Thomas Arnold and the event will conclude with an open forum session with the experts, where attendees will have a chance to have their keratoconus questions answered.

Dr. Maria Walker graduated from the New England College of Optometry in Boston and then completed a residency in Cornea and Contact Lens at Pacific University. She is currently a member at the University of Houston College of Optometry faculty where she teaches students, treats patients, and is pursuing a doctorate, focusing on keratoconus and the effects of scleral lenses. At the upcoming symposium, Dr. Walker will be presenting “Overview of KC: What Do We Know”.

Dr. Thomas Arnold, OD, FSLS, is a graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry and has been the owner of a private group practice, Today’s Vision Sugar Land, for the last 29 years. Dr. Arnold is a highly-regarded expert on contact lenses and during the event he will be presenting a session titled “Choosing the Correct Contact Lens”.

Sessions Include:

  • Contact Lenses
  • Specialty and Scleral Lenses
  • Cross-Linking and other Surgical Options
  • Coping Mechanisms and Anxiety Related to Keratoconus
  • Tips on Financing your Treatment
  • Stories of Patient Empowerment


University of Houston College of Optometry (TSO Center / Room 186/ Health Bldg. 1)


Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 8 AM – 2 PM CDT

To learn more, visit the National Keratoconus Foundation Website here: 2019 Houston Family Symposium

To register for this event, use the following link: NKCF Family Symposium at University of Houston College of Optometry

Interested in this event, but can’t attend on this date? More NKCF Keratoconus Family Symposiums are coming soon! Follow the National Keratoconus Foundation on Facebook for additional updates.