Keratoconus affects roughly one out of every 400 people. In decades and centuries past, people who developed this condition were often doomed to see their vision get progressively worse, unable to stop the gradual bulging of the cornea. Now, however, keratoconus is very treatable, particularly when caught early. I, Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, am thrilled and honored to have played a significant role in developing successful treatments for keratoconus.
One of the best advancements for impeding keratoconus is corneal cross-linking. Holcomb C3-R® epi-on cross-linking is a non-invasive procedure that is highly effective at slowing and in many cases stopping the progression of keratoconus. Having specialized in the treatment of keratoconus throughout my career, I invented a procedure with a custom formula called Holcomb C3-R cross-linking (aka epi-on cross-linking) to optimize the results of this procedure, making it completely non-invasive and painless. As the inventor of epi-on crosslinking in 2003, 99.3% of my patients who undergo Holcomb C3-R cross-linking, keratoconus stabilizes with just one treatment.
Who Is a Candidate for Holcomb C3-R Cross-Linking?
Because Holcomb C3-R cross-linking is a highly effective, non-invasive procedure, almost all patients who have keratoconus qualify. During a consultation, I conduct an examination and review a few health factors to confirm that you are a good candidate for this treatment.
How Cross-Linking Works?
Cross-linking is an easy procedure to undergo. First, you will receive eyedrops to numb your eyes and keep them comfortable during the procedure. Next, while you recline in a chair, we administer riboflavin (vitamin B) drops into each eye affected by keratoconus. Then I shine a special UV light onto each eye for half an hour. The combination of these two steps helps to strengthen your cornea so that it does not bulge further.
What Makes Holcomb C3-R Different from Other Cross-Linking
Many ophthalmologists perform corneal cross-linking by first scraping off the top layer of the cornea, the epithelium. My custom formula does not require the removal of the epithelium, allowing for a significantly easier procedure and recovery.
Holcomb C3-R cross-liking covers the greatest corneal area of any cross-linking and thus provides for a more thorough treatment. I also customize the amount of light energy used on each eye according to the needs and health of each patient. At just about every other eye practice in the world, doctors can only use a single energy setting when performing cross-linking.
I am the only doctor to offer Holcomb C3-R cross-linking because it is a proprietary procedure that I designed to help my patients. Steven Holcomb, an Olympic gold medal-winning bobsledder is the namesake of the procedure. In just half an hour, this procedure can halt the progression of keratoconus, give you peace of mind, and change your life.
Right when your procedure is completed, you may notice hazy vision but that’s gone by the next morning. Though you may be tempted to rub your eyes due to some lingering discomfort, avoid doing so, as that is not good for keratoconus.
And it’s always recommended to wear sunglasses outdoors to protect your eyes.
Learn More about Holcomb C3-R Cross-Linking from Dr. Brian
As one of the leading experts in keratoconus, I am happy to offer my patients options to help overcome this debilitating condition. My Holcomb C3-R cross-linking procedure is one of the best solutions around for preserving eyesight and stopping the progression of keratoconus. During a consultation, we can devise a complete treatment plan.