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Cornea and External Disease

Study explores possible link between keratoconus and autism

Posted on June 2, 2020

In this case report, a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is suspected to have developed progressive keratoconus (KC) after standard corneal cross-linking (CXL) due to abnormal eye rubbing, which is a repetitive motor stereotypy associated with ASD symptoms.

The patient was retreated with CXL and underwent behavioral modification intervention related to habitual eye rubbing, which prevented further KC progression.

Read the full study here.

Reference

Stanojlovic S, Milovancevic MP, Stankovic B. Is there a potential link between keratoconus and autism spectrum disorders?: A case report and literature review. Medicine (Baltimore). 2020;99(22):e20247. doi:10.1097/MD.0000000000020247

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