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Cornea. 2009 May;28(4):477-9. doi: 10.1097/ICO.0b013e31818d37fa.

Eye rubbing as an apparent cause of recurrent keratoconus.

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  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey. byeniad@yahoo.com

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To report a case of recurrent keratoconus after penetrating keratoplasty (PKP) because of allergic conjunctivitis.

METHOD:

Case report.

RESULTS:

A 23-year-old woman who had successful bilateral PKP presented with complaints of visual impairment 3 years after the last examination. She also complained of severe ocular itching and hyperemia, and she reported a history of vigorous eye rubbing. The diagnosis of recurrent keratoconus was confirmed based on clinical findings and topographic features.

CONCLUSIONS:

A recurrence of keratoconus can occur because of itch-provoked rubbing of the eyes. Patients who had PKP should be evaluated for a history of ocular allergies.

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