Your Life by Treating Keratoconus - SAVES you from a Cornea
Did your doctor tell you that your only option is a
Does the thought of having a cornea transplant scare you?
Are you concerned about driving at
Do you feel hopeless and that there are no
Do you have glare and halos at night?
Do you ever feel depressed because of your
Do you avoid going out at night?
Are you concerned you won't pass the driver's test at the DMV?
Did you doctor NOT tell you about other options
such as Holcomb C3-R and Intacs?
Do you feel there is no hope and depressed
Are you concerned about your Keratoconus getting worse
in the future?
you answered YES to any of the above, you
may be a candidate for
"modern day" Keratoconus procedures that
can change your life AND avoid you ever needing a cornea transplant.
It may have been many years that you have suffered from Keratoconus.
Some people think it is too good to be true that something now can
be done. This website WILL provide you with hope that
there are other treatments. You can regain what you've
lost - just like thousands of our patients. Olympic Gold medalist
Steven Holcomb did, thousands of other people did...and now you can too. There IS hope!
At last, now something can be done...and
it's NOT a cornea transplant.
Athlete Wins Gold Medal at 2010 Winter Olympics!
Holcomb, U.S. Bobsled Driver and Keratoconus Patient Wins
The 2010 Olympic Gold Medal 4-Man Bobsled - First in 62 Years! Also
covered on Today Show
Boxer Wachler Vision at the
Winter Olympics, Vancouver 2010!
Steven Holcomb with Dr. Brian
after bringing home the Gold - first time in 62 years.
All eyes have been on Olympic
Gold Medalist U.S. Bobsled driver Steven Holcomb
who made history February 27, 2010 by driving his ominous sled named the
"Night Train" to glory, winning the first U.S. 4 man Olympic Gold
in 62 years which was covered the Today Show and many other shows.
However, it wasn't always this way for our patient Steven.
Steven had Keratoconus, a devastating degenerative eye disease
that weakened his cornea, the outer lens of the eye.
In 2007, Steven's Keratoconus worsened to the point of making
him legally blind and Steven was put on the cornea transplant
list. Steven didn't want to put his teammates' safety at risk due
to his failing eyesight. He officially retired from his beloved
sport in June of 2007. Steven had been an athlete his whole
life and was training and competing for over a decade to win an
Olympic medal in Bobsled. At that time, his hope for an Olympic
medal had vanished. But the U.S. Olympic Team, U.S. Bobsled
Federation, his teammates, and coaches wouldn't let him stay retired. They
knew there must be something out there to keep him in the sport
and competing. They saw potential in Steven that could be realized
if his vision could be restored.
Watch videos about
Steven Holcomb and Holcomb C3-R Treatment.
Steven having eyes examined
by Dr. Brian
alternatives to the invasive and painful cornea transplant
surgery, the traditional treatment for Keratoconus. That's
how they found me to treat his Keratoconus with a non-surgical
treatment called Holcomb C3-R® , a combination of vitamin applications
and light to strengthen the cornea. Folowing
that, I placed an insertable contact lens to further improve his
vision. Steven immediately came out of retirement with his new eyesight
in early 2008. This enabled Steven and his "Night Train to
go on to win the World Bobsled Championship in 2009, the first the
U.S. had done in 50 years. Steven and the Night Train
became the top rated bobsled team in the world going into the Olympics.
Holcomb C3-R® is credited for saving Steven's eyesight.
Celebrating Steven's World Championship
in 2009 (journalist Alan Abrahamson, right)
The United States Olympic Committee
(USOC) and the U.S. Bobsled Team paid for Steven's Holcomb C3-R®
procedure because they had extensively researched it and were confident
with its results. Steven went from being legally blind
and retired to having great vision and World Champion - an incredible
Then on February 11, I went to Vancouver for a press conference
with Steven and the U.S. Bobsled team to discuss Steven's remarkable
comeback (or "second chance" as Steven says) and do the
final eye exam before sending him off to race. Below
are links to a number of the articles after the press conference:
Steve Holcomb's recent book
"But Now I See" is widely available at book
Watch the historic naming of Holcomb C3-R
on Dr. Phil's The Doctors daytime TV show.
On February 26 and 27, I was at the Olympic
track with my family to support Steven and the "Night Train" in
their quest for Gold. I routinely posted updates on our Facebook,
Twitter, and blog feeds (see below). Moments after Steven
crossed the finish line winning first place and the Gold, I had
tears streaming down my face, hugging my wife and family. It was
quite an emotional day for many there as history was made on more
than one level. We are all so happy for Steven and his team
- they earned it!! See Today Show video below right after
they won gold.
The "Holcomb C3-R" procedure was renamed
on The Doctors TV show on April 9, 2010.
The marked the first time a procedure was named in honor of an Olympic
athlete - both Steven and the Holcomb C3-R® procedure are now
Steven's recent book, BUT NOW I SEE, details his comeback and is widely available at book sellers.
Steven's story is an inspiration to millions of people.
Steven says he was given a "second chance" and now SO
MANY other people can also have a "second chance" with
these procedures that we perform almost daily...for over 10 years
...for patients who come to us from all over the country.
That's why we do what we do here. It's all about changing
lives for the better.
Brian S. Boxer Wachler, MD
Interview with Steven
Bobsled before the “Big Race”
First Interview with
after Winning Gold
Brian and Steven Holcomb were honored at the 2010 Vision Awards
for their historic accomplishments with Holcomb C3-R®
that led to a Gold Medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Dr. Brian received the Jules Stein Living Tribute Award
for inventing Holcomb C3-R® and Steven received
the Athlete of Vision Award for his Olympic Gold Medal. Many
celebrities were on hand including Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas,
astronaut Buzz Aldrin, comedienne Lilly Tomlin, cosmetic dentist
Dr. Bill Dorfman, and actor Billy Bob Thornton among many others.