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Two groups of people are especially hard to treat when they have keratoconus (KC):
Kids tend to get allergic diseases and often rub their eyes. This can lead to an increased thinning of the cornea.
If doctors don't treat progressive KC, it can result in permanent loss of vision and the need for a cornea transplant.
Studies have shown that collagen cross-linking can slow and even stop the progression of this eye disease in children.
There's also a well-known link between KC and developmental delay. Some researchers report between 5 and 15 percent of people with developmental delays have KC, especially in those with Down syndrome.
UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh offers CXL treatment at our Center for Collagen Cross-Linking at our Lawrenceville campus.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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