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Weʼre raising £1,600 to help fund sight-saving eye surgery to stop the progression of keratoconus in my right eye.

Stafford, United Kingdom

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In 2014 I was diagnosed with a condition called Keratoconus, meaning the front of my eye is conical rather than spherical, which in turn means that light enters my eye in a different way to usual. In the last year the condition has worsened considerably faster than is normal (the condition usually progresses until your mid-thirties then stabilises, but mine is progressing far too fast and as I'm only 24 it's a big worry for the optometrists working with me.) I suffer with severe double vision in my right eye and it's pretty much useless at the moment; I'm unable to see without the aid of a rigid contact lens, but as I found out a few weeks ago that's only exacerbating the situation meaning I can no longer wear it and have to make do with workable sight only in my left eye, the contact lens previous was compressing the cone on the front of my eye causing severe irritation and progression of the condition which can result in blindness, and as I've been told by my optometrist this is a very real possibility.

Being a photographer I'm sure you can imagine the thought of losing my sight even in one eye is that bit more painful and scary. The options I have ahead of me are two options, the first of which is called corneal collagen cross-linking and is a simple procedure that doesn't cost a great deal and can even be done on the NHS for free, however my optometrist is concerned that my cornea is too thin for the procedure to be done successfully, and I'm currently on the waiting list for a consultation about this to determine if that's the case. Option two is a full cornea transplant which is a much bigger operation and one that I've been told is not to be taken lightly; the success rate is very high and 40,000 are done per year in America alone, so it's nothing for me to worry about the implications of, however it is expensive unless I'm willing to wait a long time for the NHS which my optometrist advised against. This surgery, using a private company, is around 1000GBP not including the consultations needed prior to the actual procedure, and that's where you come in.

It's important that I get this issue sorted before my sight goes completely, complicating matters considerably, I'd love to be able to afford to go private myself but I just can't at the moment and that's why I set up this page, so if anyone has a spare fiver lying around I'd REALLY appreciate the help in getting this problem sorted. As you can imagine it's a huge source of anxiety and stress for me at the moment and my right eye being so bad is really affecting my daily life (3D vision, itchiness, tiredness etc) and now that I finally have options I'd love to pursue them as quickly as possible as suggested by my specialist.

Once again, ANYTHING you can donate would be absolutely amazing, I truly do appreciate all the support and I'd love to have some help in getting this small chapter of my life filed away (and maybe be able to have good vision again!).

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  • Chris Basford8 months ago
    Chris Basford

    Chris Basford

    8 months ago

    Update: just had my first consultation and corneal topography appointment, the condition has worsened considerably since last time so my consultant has urged me to get the surgery ASAP. I’m away until February but she said it’s fine to wait until then, so the date of surgery will be 13th Feb (lucky number 13). I’m really happy with the money side of things, it’ll be £1500 for the surgery, so I’ll keep this campaign up and see if we can get that last little chunk. Thank you all so much, as always! Photo of my weird dilated pupils for you all x

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  • Chris Basford9 months ago
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    Chris Basford

    9 months ago

    Just a quick update, my first appointment is on Monday 11th before I go to America for a while, they’ll be doing corneal topography to map how bad the keratoconus has gotten in my right eye. The good news is I’m probably eligible for the corneal cross-linking surgery, the bad news is it’s still expensive. My first consultation is £280 alone, so I’m bumping this in the hopes of reaching my target. Thank you all so much for your continuing help!

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  • Chris Basford10 months ago
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    Chris Basford

    10 months ago

    So just a quick update, the fundraising has blown my mind and I feel so much less stressed about this. My optometrist is now suggesting corneal cross-linking surgery rather than the transplant; it’s a much less invasive surgery with quicker recovery times, but the cost is almost £1600 not including consultations (I’m saving for those myself), but it’s a little more than I was expecting. I’m going to be upping this fundraising target to £1600 and keep it active, as usual all donations are appreciated, and I’m excited to get this sorted. Thanks

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Page last updated on: 1/18/2018 6:20 PM



  • Homer Sexual

    Homer Sexual

    Jan 18, 2018


  • Benjamin Lewis

    Benjamin Lewis

    Dec 14, 2017


  • Tanita Guldbrandsen

    Tanita Guldbrandsen

    Dec 11, 2017

    I'm so sorry to hear about your situation, but happy you will be able to get the surgery. I'm a full time student again so haven't got much, but hopefully a little will go a long way. Best of luck <3

  • Heather Sivyer

    Heather Sivyer

    Dec 11, 2017

    Good luck Chris. Your a fab photographer and i hope you get to continue in your passion with this surgery x


  • Taylor Russo

    Taylor Russo

    Nov 2, 2017




    Nov 1, 2017

    We will reach your Target Chris.xx


  • Benjamin Clayton

    Benjamin Clayton

    Nov 1, 2017

    Just to break that £1000 barrier for you - hope it helps


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Chris Basford

Chris Basford

Stafford, United Kingdom

I’m a 24 year old musician and photographer from Stafford. I’ve got a huge passion for astronomy and filmmaking. I’m currently living in Dublin but I’ll be moving back to the UK in 2018. That’s pretty much it!

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