Keratoconus Specialist and Pioneer
Brian S. Boxer Wachler, MD
Brian Boxer Wachler is a leading keratoconus
treatment expert. He is considered by many as "The
Keratoconus Guru." He was the first in the United States
to report the results of Intacs for Keratoconus in 1999. For
over 15 years, he has performed many thousands of Keratoconus
procedures on patients from all over the world. He published
the largest study to date on Intacs treatment for Keratoconus.
Due to his pioneering work, Intacs is now recognized as a
treatment for Keratoconus.
Dr. Brian is best selling author of 3 books on Keratoconus - Modern
Management of Keratoconus, Holcomb C3-R Crosslinking
for Keratoconus and Other Disorders & How We
Dr. Brian served on
the medical advisory board for a non-profit keratoconus organization.
He recently was presented with a Gold Medal for his scientific
contributions for the reduction of glare and halo risk in
vision correction surgery. He received the honor of serving
as Vice-Chairperson of the International Society of Refractive
Surgery Annual Meeting in 2002. He lectures, teaches and publishes
extensively on surgical vision correction. Dr. Brian works
with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
clinical trials for investigating new procedures, equipment,
Click here to read a letter about Dr. Brian's contributions
to the United States Department of Defense.
Dr. Brian received the 2010 Jules
Stein Living Tribute Award for inventing C3-R and performing
it on U.S. Bobsled Driver Steven Holcomb that helped restore
his vision enabling him to win the Gold Medal in 2010 at Vancouver
- this was the first Gold Medal for the United States in bobsled
in 62 years. "Holcomb C3-R" was renamed in Steven's honor
onThe Doctorstelevision show in 2010 because
of the world-wide recognition that Steven brought to the procedure.
Dr. Brian was the first doctor in the world (except
for Germany) to perform corneal
collagen cross linking and in 2003 he invented the
1 day recovery, non-invasive Holcomb C3-R Crosslinking System.
Dr. Brian has the LONGEST corneal crosslinking track record
of any doctor in the United States, Canada, Asia, Latin America
& South America, and Europe (except for Germany).Would
you trust your precious eyes (you only have two of them!)
to someone who just learned these procedures to save a few
dollars? This is why patients from all over the world who
signs come to Dr. Brian to learn about keratoconus
causes and undergo treatment.
Brian is regarded as one of the top leaders in the sub-specialty
of Keratoconus Vision Improvement. His role
as the "doctor's doctor" has been earned through his unwavering
integrity and broad expertise. He is often consulted by other
eye surgeons who need assistance with challenging patients
or by patients that need repairs.
He was the Director of the UCLA Laser Refractive Center at
the Jules Stein Eye Institute for many years. He is also on
staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Doctors representing all parts of the Medical Field commonly fly in from all over the United States and outside countries to have Dr. Brian treat them with his unique and proprietary treatments. His surgery patients also include many Registered Nurses and Pharmacists. Dr. Brian is also sought after by numerous celebrities, film and TV stars, famous musicians, professional athletes, CEOs, and goverment leaders in the United States and abroad who literally have millions of dollars on the line and trust only Dr. Brian with their eyes.
One of Dr. Brian's special qualities is that although he sees patients from all "walks of life" (famous and non-famous), Dr. Brian is described as one of the most "down to earth" doctors people have met. Everyone receives the same high quality of care regardless if you are a famous celebrity or a manual laborer in the field. He has a special empathy for all people who have eye problems since his career mission is to help everyone who needs him.
Please read the below note about Dr. Brian's practice philosophy:
well as being Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology,
Dr. Brian is Chief Editor of the popular
book, Modern Management of Keratoconus.
He is the author of the LASIK Consumer Report, one of the
most detailed and widely consulted consumer publications in
the field. Dr. Brian has pioneered surgical techniques and
guidelines that have become industry standard. He also
has been extensively interviewed on TV, radio, and in magazines
and newspapers - Dr. Brian is considered "America's
Eye Doctor" by the media.
documentary filmmaker created a movie called "The
Visionary" about Dr. Brian.
He has been married for over 20 years to Selina, whom
he met in college at summer camp when they were counselors.
He still refers to her as his "summer camp sweetheart."
He loves raising their fraternal twin daughters, now
seven years old, and takes every Monday afternoon off
from the office to pick up them up from school.
HOW CAN A 'BEVERLY HILLS DOCTOR' BE "DOWN-TO-EARTH"?
Answer: Partly because the type of person Dr.
Brian is and partly because he became a doctor at Dartmouth
Dr. Brian explains, "Our professors were incredibly
humble and kind, yet famous - they commonly invited
us students over to their homes for lunch or dinner
where we met their own families. That is unheard of
in any medical school.
Virtually all graduates of Dartmouth Medical School
had this example that shaped the types of doctors we
became: down-to-earth and being just plain
nice to people.
Those experiences back then helped shape how Dartmouth
Medical School graduates practice medicine to this day
- being kind and humble with our patients. 'No egos
Dr. Brian and his
family love dogs
a surgeon, he enjoys working with his hands. In his spare
time, he uses them to restore classic American muscle cars
(his twin daughters even help out too!).
here to watch how he creatively incorporated a 1971 Dodger
Charger R/T into an educational laser video.
an educational piece about the Visian ICL lens for keratoconus
and myopia, Dr. Brian created an entertaining film "Behind
the Lens" about what it was like to do a live vision
procedure in front of millions of people on NBC’s Today
Show. If you'd like to see a "slice in the life" of Dr. Brian,
you'll certainly enjoy this.
P.S. The Charger
makes a rare cameo appearance. P.P.S. This film features rare
footage "from the vault" of Dr. Brian in tights! (not enough
room to explain here - you'll have to watch the movie to understand)...
former college rower, Dr. Brian still races in rowing competitions.
He made this video for his twin daughters when 8 years old
to teach them "never give up when the going gets tough" -
an important lesson about life regarding accomplishing goals.
Brian teaching the latest techniques for managing
Dr. Brian has extensively lectured around the world on his Keratoconus treatments.
Dr. Brian was selected to give a prestigious TEDx talk
about how he fought on behalf of patients diagnosed with
Keratoconus (a degenerative eye disease), to pioneer the
Holcomb C3-R® procedure to save them from cornea
He described the emotional battle
and what he had to overcome to make Holcomb C3-R® the
widely accepted procedure that it is today for patients
To watch a video of Dr. Brian's
TEDx talk, click on the picture to the right.
Please click on photo to watch Dr. Brian’s
incredible TEDx talk.
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 in Vancouver during the 2010 4-man
bobsled event. Dr. Brian received the Jules
Stein Living Tribute Award for inventing Holcomb C3-R®
and Steven received the Athlete of
Vision Award for his 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.
Patients come to us from all over the United
States and often from other countries. Please click
below to listen to patients share in their own words how
the process was for them and the ways their lives have been
This website is designed to provide general information
about vision, vision care and vision correction. It is
not intended to provide medical advice. If you suspect
that you have a vision problem or a condition that requires
attention, consult an eyecare professional for advice
on the treatment of your own specific condition and for
your own particular needs.
a FREE Copy of Dr. Brian's New Keratoconus Book!
Brian's third Keratoconus book, "HOW
WE CONQUERED KERATOCONUS" was recently
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A visiting group of doctors from Japan came
to Boxer Wachler Vision Institute to learn the latest Keratoconus
techniques from Dr. Brian.
Dr. Brian meets with Professor
and Dr. Qin-Mei from China.
The Health Minister of India congratulates
Dr. Brian on receiving the Gold Medal Award. At the lower
left is seated, Dr. Pallikaris, who invented the Lasik procedure.
Dr. Brian meets with Drs. Mortensen and Kristoffersson,
who traveled from Sweden to learn more about Dr. Brian's techniques.
Dr. Brian speaking from a podium, after traveling
to give a talk in Santiago, Chile.
Dr. Brian delivering a lecture in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Dr. Brian speaking in Hong Kong.
Dr. Brian delivering a talk to eye
surgeons in Italy.
Dr. Roberto Pinelli traveled from Italy to learn about Dr. Brian’s Keratoconus treatments.