The Youngest Patient with Bilateral Keratoconus Secondary to Chronic Persistent Eye Rubbing

Semin Ophthalmol. 2015;30(5-6):454-6. doi: 10.3109/08820538.2013.874480. Epub 2014 Feb 7.


We present the case of a four-year-old girl with bilateral keratoconus secondary to chronic persistent eye rubbing. She was referred to our clinic with intractable ocular itching and low vision. According to her family, she was generally rubbing her eyes. On slit-lamp biomicroscopic examination, bilateral papillary reactions were seen on the upper tarsal conjunctiva. Clinical examination and corneal topography were compatible with keratoconus. The patient's visual acuity was not evaluated because of cooperation difficulties. Systemic examination was normal. In fact, trauma may be the common underlying factor in eye rubbing and may cause development of keratoconus, even in the early years. To the best of our knowledge, this is the youngest patient with bilateral keratoconus secondary to chronic persistent eye rubbing in the literature. Keratoconus should be kept in mind in patients with severe ocular itching, even in small children.

Keywords: Bilateral keratoconus; eye rubbing; keratoconus.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Corneal Topography
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intraocular Pressure
  • Keratoconus / diagnosis
  • Keratoconus / etiology*
  • Massage / adverse effects*
  • Retinoscopy
  • Vision Disorders / diagnosis
  • Vision Disorders / etiology
  • Visual Acuity