Shanice, 34, was diagnosed with progressive keratoconus during a routine eye exam. However, she has refused to let the disease stop her from pursuing her love of football. In July and August of 2022, Shanice competed at the 2022 IFAF World Championship as part of the U.S. Women’s National Tackle Football Team.
After graduating from college, Shanice Cole wanted to enlist in the military. However, she was diagnosed with progressive keratoconus during a routine eye exam. Although her condition ultimately prevented her from joining the military, it did not stop her from pursuing her love of football. Even still, Shanice worried that her condition could impact her blossoming athletic career.
Ryan Murphy was a student at California State University, Northridge when he noticed that he was having trouble seeing the board during lectures and while driving at night. As someone who is passionate about prioritizing his health and well-being, he became worried when his vision issues started to impact his day-to-day life.
More than half of people with Down syndrome experience an eye disease at some point in their lives. 5-15% of people with Down syndrome are affected by keratoconus, even though it is considered a rare disease. With an increased prevalence of keratoconus in the Down syndrome community, physicians and caregivers play a crucial role.
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