Foundation assists keratoconic patients

Des Plaines, IL-The Internal Revenue Service has authorized the Foundation for Keratoconus Care to commence operations.

Des Plaines, IL-The Internal Revenue Service has authorized the Foundation for Keratoconus Care to commence operations.

The foundation financially assists keratoconic patients who are candidates for corneal implants (Intacs, Addition Technology), but who do not have the financial means to afford such a procedure. In general, any private patient of a U.S. licensed physician who, in the judgment of the physician, cannot afford the procedure, has no insurance coverage, and does not qualify for Medicaid or has been denied by Medicaid, is eligible for foundation assistance.

"There are a number of patients for whom the latest treatments are financially out of reach," said Michael R. Southard, executive director. "The foundation seeks to help restore these patients' sight by ensuring that they receive the necessary surgical procedure, regardless of their current financial situation."