Importance of Early Detection

Keratoconus is a progressive condition which worsens over time, so early diagnosis is critical.

Example of Keratoconus Progression Over Time*

Individual outcomes may vary. The depiction may not reflect the typical keratoconus patient’s experience and the timeline may vary. It is not intended to represent of guarantee that anyone will have the same or similar outcomes.

Top Questions to Ask Your Eye Doctor

How can parents be proactive about monitoring their children’s eye health?

If they have a family history of keratoconus and the children start needing glasses, I would recommend getting screened for KC – especially starting at age 12.”

Dr. Darcy Wolsey, Eye Institute of Utah

*The safety and efficacy of cross-linking has not been established in children under 14 years of age.

Don’t wait to call the eye doctor if you notice changes in your child’s vision!

Ask about iLink® FDA-approved cross-linking, clinically proven to limit the progression of this sight-threatening disease.

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Risk Factors for Keratoconus

While the exact cause of keratoconus is unknown, it is believed that genetics, the environment and the endocrine system all play a role.1

Patients with a parent, sibling, or child who has keratoconus have 15 to 67 times higher risk in developing corneal ectasia compared to patients with no affected relatives.



2-Fecarotta CM, Huang WW. Pediatric genetic disease of the cornea. J Pediatr Genet. 2014;3(4):195–207. doi:10.3233/PGE-14102

3-Wang Y, Rabinowitz YS, Rotter JI, Yang H. Genetic epidemiological study of keratoconus: evidence for major gene determination. Am J Med Genet. 2000;93(5):403–409

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