“Especially for parents, please take your kids to their eye doctor appointments and make sure you’re following up if you see them squinting.” – Diana Quintero, age 25

When Diana Quintero began experiencing vision issues as a teenager, her eye doctor prescribed glasses and contact lenses and sent her on her way. However, for the next decade, despite wearing the corrective lenses, Diana struggled to see things on her computer at work, and she found herself squinting to see the TV. She also experienced headaches and discomfort that made it difficult to enjoy time with her family.

After visiting with a specialist to find out the root cause of the problem, Diana was diagnosed with progressive keratoconus and referred to Dr. Lisa Sitterson at Carolina Eye Associates to discuss treatment options. During the appointment, Dr. Sitterson recommended that Diana receive the iLink​​® FDA-approved cross-linking procedure to slow or halt the progression of her keratoconus and help preserve vision. As a young mother, Diana knew she needed to treat her condition before it continued to progress and further impacted her life. Without hesitation, Diana scheduled the treatment for her right eye in July of 2021 and her left eye in September of the same year. Following the procedures, she was fitted for corrective lenses to improve her vision[1][2]. 

After being diagnosed with progressive keratoconus and finding a treatment path that was right for her, Diana is now helping to raise awareness of the importance of regular eye exams, especially for children. She knows firsthand that it’s harder for kids to articulate when they may be experiencing vision issues. With two children of her own, and realizing that keratoconus can be genetic, Diana insists that her family attend their routine eye exams and she watches for any signs that could indicate a vision condition such as progressive keratoconus. 

Diana and Dr. Sitterson recently spoke to WWAY-TV to discuss their experiences with progressive keratoconus and iLink®. You can watch the full segment here.  

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[1]  Kreps, E. O., Pesudovs, K., Claerhout, I., & Koppen, C. (2021). Mini-Scleral Lenses Improve Vision-Related Quality of Life in Keratoconus. Cornea, 40(7), 859–864.

[2]  Baudin, F., Chemaly, et al.  (2021). Quality-of-Life Improvement After Scleral Lens Fitting in Patients With Keratoconus. Eye & contact lens, 47(9), 520–525.