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.

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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 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, 3

1-http://www.nkcf.org/about-keratoconus/what-causes-keratoconus/
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

Keratoconus

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Cross-Linking

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Living with KC

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Did you know that frequently rubbing your eyes may result in dark circles under the eyes? Medical News Today (@mnt) takes a look at some causes and risk factors, as well as treatments. https://t.co/8RTg4PLGNP

Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home.

Most protective eyewear lenses are made of polycarbonate, which is 10 times stronger than other plastics. Many eye care providers sell protective eyewear, as do some sporting goods stores.

For nearly 40 years, Deborah was #LivingWithKC but had never met anyone else with the condition. During one of the National Keratoconus Foundation #KCFamilySymposiums, she was able to connect with others who had KC for the first time. https://t.co/hWfN8Y7Zp1

#WorldKCDay is on Sunday, November 10th! If you're interested in participating, stay tuned for more information from #LivingWithKC and the National Keratoconus Foundation! https://t.co/vFElD0uzbh

I went to an *actual* optometrist today and he said that I don't even need to wear glasses and that the reason I have blurry vision is because I have keratoconus.

My gosh, my entire life has been a lie.

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