Keratoconus appears to run in families. If you have it and have children, it’s a smart idea to have your children’s eyes checked for keratoconus starting at age 8. Keratoconus presents a higher rate and faster progression in children and for this reason prompt and effective treatment is essential. The only effective treatment (at this time) for young kids with progressive keratoconus is FDA-Approved Corneal Cross-Linking (KXL). KXL will stop the disease and therefore your child will not suffer the effects of keratoconus.
The examination should include a Pentacam, and a comprehensive refraction to uncover any high order aberrations. The condition progresses more rapidly in people with certain medical problems, including certain allergic conditions. It could be related to chronic eye rubbing. With today’s technology we can now detect this devastating eye disorder early and stop the progression of keratoconus to prevent any further damage. Including, preventing a corneal transplant.
The institute offers complimentary comprehensive screenings for children ages 8 -18 years old. If interested please schedule your appointment. The screening takes between 15-20 minutes. This includes a Pentacam, a review of your previous records and follow up call by one of our doctors to discuss your child’s case.