The Doctors: Night Blindness Surgery
Dr. Travis Stork introduced Ian, who suffered from the common problem of Night Blindness. He staid he noticed problems reading and typing, especially at night. He couldn’t see well enough to drive at night, and blurry vision would slow his reaction times.
Ian is just 20 years old, and said he was overwhelmed by experiencing these severe vision problems at such an early age. He was diagnosed with Keratoconus by Opthalmologist Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler.
Keratoconus: Bulging Cornea
This condition “causes the cornea to bulge out like a hernia,” Dr. Brian explained. This was causing his vision problems, and Ian reported that other doctors have suggested that a Cornea Transplant is his only option.
Dr. Brian said there are lots of drawbacks to Cornea Replacement. Instead, he suggested a less invasive option to correct Ian’s problem.
The Drs TV: Cornea Replacement Alternative Eye Surgery
Eye surgery makes me very nervous, you guys. It’s why I haven’t gotten Lasik yet. But I will fight through my discomfort to tell you that they numbed Ian’s eye and made marks on it, before inserting a small device into his cornea through a 1 mm opening.
I’m pretty sure Ian was awake for this, which I don’t think sounds like a fun time. To finish up, Dr. Brian put a small stitch in this guy’s eyeball. I’m shivering just thinking about it, but I’m sure it’s worth it to correct such a severe vision problem.
Keratoconus Surgery Results
Ian and Dr. Brian joined The Doctors in the studio for a follow up on this surgery. Ian reported that his eyesight improved immediately after the procedure.
“It’s really indescribable, the feeling of being able to see again,” Ian said, adding that he can drive at night again and do other things people take for granted.
Holcomb C3-R Cross Linking Procedure
Dr. Brian explained that Keratoconus is a degenerative cornea disease. He used a model to show how the cornea bulges due to weak collagen. The implants used to correct this are called Intacs, tiny implants than help to flatten the cornea and correct this condition.
However, this is not the single solution, because this disease naturally progresses over time. That’s why Dr. Brian also applied special Holcomb C3-R eye drops to the cornea and expose it to a special light in a process called Cross Linking.
Holcomb C3-R Success Rate
Cross Linking creates natural anchors in the cornea that Ian was missing. Dr. Brian said that 99% of patients have long term success after just one treatment. This can also prevent the need for painful, invasive Cornea Transplants.