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.
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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