Wednesday, November 21, 2012

20/20 vision has returned!

Some people may not know but I have only been wearing glasses for the last 3-4 years. Recently I was diagnosed with an eye disease called Kerataconus. Over time, the eye weakens due to an enzyme deficiency, causing the cornea to bulge out in the weaker areas. I was first told I might have this while I was living in Indiana, but after a year my glasses prescription did not change so I let it go. Over the last year I noticed my eyesight was getting worse, especially in my left eye and decided to go update my glasses. Once again, I was told I might have Kerataconus. After visiting a specialist, it was confirmed and I looked into ways to stop the progression of the disease. There is a procedure called corneal cross-linking that is used to strengthen the cornea. Upon further research, I found out the recovery time is sometimes up to 7 months, which was immediately rejected due to my busy school schedule.

I then found a doctor who had a non-invasive treatment. Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler uses a unique eye drop formula that, when combined with a certain type of UV light, strengthens the cornea. He also has a procedure called intacs which is a very minor surgery. They insert small moon shaped discs into the bulged part of the cornea, that flattens it back to a more normal state.

When I finally got off my butt and made the appointment with the doctor, he recommended both of these treatments. I did both the very next day, and when I went in the morning after the procedure I had 20/20 vision. I've been crying tears of joy all morning. In an odd way I will miss my glasses, but I couldn't be happier. God was truly watching over me and I feel truly blessed. God bless Dr. Brian and I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

PS. If you are considering Lasik, Dr. Brian has an alternative called Visian ICL. Very similar to the intacts!