April 9, 2010 - Gold Medalist
Bobsled driver Steven Holcomb and World
Keratoconus Expert Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler appeared
on Dr. Phil’s The Doctors daytime television show,
Dr. Brian made the announcement of the name modification
of “C3-R” to “Holcomb C3-R” to
honor Steven Holcomb. This was the first time ever
in history that a disease treatment was named after a
Gold Medal athlete. Click
here to watch the naming of Holcomb C3-R® on The Doctors
has increased in frequency over the years. Keratoconus
now occurs 1 in 500 people vs 1 in 2000 in the past (that's
a 400% greater frequency now).
Can you relate?
- Is your night vision poor?
- Is it getting harder to read now?
- Is your vision getting worse?
- Are you worried about needing a cornea
transplant in the future?
- Were you told by your eye doctor that hard
contacts are only option?
- Were you told by your eye doctor to wait
until it gets bad enough to then have a cornea transplant?
If you answered YES to any of the
above, then Keratoconus is significantly affecting your life.
Frustrated with Keratoconus
If your doctor NEVER mentioned the non-invasive
Holcomb C3-R® & Intacs®
to you, then you are just as frustrated as we are.
In 2003, Dr. Brian invented Holcomb C3-R®,
the first non-invasive corneal crosslinking procedure for
Keratoconus, which has the longest track record
of ANY form of crosslinking in the world (except
Many cornea transplant surgeons (whose practice is
based on performing invasive cornea transplants) don't want
you to know about Holcomb C3-R®
since it can PREVENT you from needing a cornea transplant.
For over a fifteen years, Dr. Brian has been educating eye
doctors around the world by speaking at scientific meetings
and presenting his results of these procedures that he pioneered
since 1999. He's published articles in the medical literature
and ophthalmology and optometry trade journals. He's
the author of THE book on Keratoconus, Modern
Management of Keratoconus.
Dr. Brian has been the expert on numerous national
television (Good Morning America, Today Show, NBC Nightly
News, EXTRA, Dr. Drew's LifeChangers to name just a few) and
radio shows (NPR, Voice of America, etc) discussing his proprietary
modern treatments for Keratoconus that can improve vision
and save people from cornea transplants.
If you are worried about needing a cornea transplant in the
future, then continue reading.
And there was the worldwide tsunami of media attention
after our Keratoconus patient Steven Holcomb won Gold in 2010
at Vancouver Olympics and double Bronze medals at the 2014
Sochi Olympics. Before he won these Olympic medals,
Steven had to give up being an athlete. Steven
tells how demoralized he was after 12 other eye doctor "specialists"
told him his only option was a cornea transplant. His
coaches and United States Olympic Team found Dr. Brian
and, well, you know the rest of the story.
Is Your Doctor "Behind the Times"?
So if your doctor never heard of Holcomb C3-R®,
Intacs®, and CK, then frankly your doctor
is likely not keeping up with the Keratoconus field. Even
worse - most cornea transplant surgeons don't want you to
know about Holcomb C3-R® because their livelihood
depends on doing cornea transplants. It's the unfortunate truth.
But the good news for you is that YOU did your research
and you are here now and discovered these revolutionary
treatments that can improve your vision and save you from
needing a cornea transplant.
These minimally involved ways can treat your Keratoconus
and stop it's progression as it has for many, many thousands
of people who flew here for Dr. Brian's gifted hands to help
them.. This creates tremendous peace-of-mind for people
to know their Keratoconus is stable and won't likely progress
anymore. Wouldn't it be wonderful to never
stay awake at night stressing about needing a cornea transplant?
Thousands and thousands of Keratoconus patients have already
found the solution in a non-invasive process: Holcomb
C3-R® Crosslinking System.
Why Travel to see Dr. Brian?
You might be thinking, "Why would someone fly
to see Dr. Brian in Beverly Hills?"Answer: 25-30
good people just like you EVERY MONTH travel to see Dr. Brian
to treat them and improve their vision, and prevent them from
needing a cornea transplant in the future.
Sure you'll be able to find someone near you so can try to
treat you (many surgeons will happily jump at the chance
to do procedures especially since Obamacare is affecting their
practices), but the reason that 25-30 people every month hop
on a plane for the easy 3-day trip is because
they want to be treated by the doctor who INVENTED these procedures,
who has the longest track record in the world.
On a weekly basis people arrive in our office from out-of-town.
They come from all over the United States (West Coast, Midwest,
East Coast, and the South) and from other countries such
as Canada, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and as far
away as Australia. Every week, people come.
Week after week. Year after year. Now decade after decade.
Dr. Brian is recognized as a
specialist and as well as the "Guru of Modern Crosslinking."
Good people like yourself, who have keratoconus
signs and want to undergo treatment, routinely travel
from all parts of the United States, Canada, and outside countries
because he developed Holcomb C3-R® Crosslinking
System in 2003 which strengthens the compromised cornea
that occurs with keratoconus
Presentation and Research Articles link). This is accomplished
by increasing corneal collagen crosslinking, which are the
natural "structural anchors" within your cornea. And best
of all: this is done WITHOUT surgery with Dr. Brian's advanced
technique. The anchors prevent your cornea from further bulging
and becoming more distorted (which is the cause
of keratoconus). The only place to have the Holcomb
C3-R® Crosslinking System is at the Boxer Wachler Vision
Institute in Beverly Hills, California.
images above show the parallel corneal fibers between
the black lines and the crosslinks (red) which increase
after Holcomb C3-R®.
In 2003, Dr. Brian developed
the Holcomb C3-R®Crosslinking
System - the out patient, 30 minute, NON-invasive
procedure to have higher safety for patients than CXL where
the epithelium is disrupted.
Holcomb C3-R® Crosslinking
System is SAVING people from significant pain and induced
blurred vision during the first month that happens
when the epithelium is removed.
Dr. Brian invented the "epi-on" or transepithelial
crosslinking technique in 2003 because he saw the pain and
problems people were having from cross linking with removal
During Holcomb C3-R®, our
proprietary Crosslinking Solution (containing riboflavin and
other compounds) is applied to the cornea, which is then activated
by a special light.
As it was developed in 2003, Holcomb C3-R®
Crosslinking System retains the longest track record of ALL
of cross-linking procedures in the U.S., Canada, South America & Latin America,
Europe (with the exception of Germany), and Asia. With
the Holcomb C3-R® Crosslinking System you can
rest as easy as a baby wrapped in a warm blanket that you
are getting “the real thing” that was developed
by modern crosslinking guru, Dr. Brian.
In addition, Dr. Brian invented a special process where
both of your eyes can be treated at the same time.
With the Holcomb C3-R® Crosslinking System you
won't have to return on a different day for the second eye
to be treated (which as you can imagine is very inconvenient
to your daily routine).
The Holcomb C3-R® Crosslinking
System is special and proprietary - it is only available at
our office - it is not available anywhere else.
Dr. Brian developed a proprietary
Crosslinking Solution that is one of several keys to its success.
Holcomb C3-R® is protected by the United
States Patent and Trademark Office. For more details, please
click on link in right column, "How Holcomb C3-R Was
the epithelium (as done with CXL) creates a painful recovery
and significantly increases risk of infection, corneal haze,
scarring, and corneal nerve trauma requiring 6 months
to recover. The non-invasive Holcomb C3-R®allows
patients to return to their normal routine the very next day!
Our studies and studies of other eye doctors in outside countries
have shown patient results are not signficantly different
with crosslinking with removal of epithelium vs. leaving epithelium
undisturbed in its place. Therefore, it is not necessary
to scrape off the epithelium for crosslinking and is safer
without scraping off your epithelium.
Risks of Holcomb
The risk of the Holcomb C3-R® Crosslinking
System is mild irritation for a couple of days. And
most people NEVER even experience that. That's it.
Risks of Epi-off CXL
The complication rate of "epi-off" (removal of
epithelium) CXL crosslinking procedure was recently reported
to be high at 11%.. Complications
of CXL include:
1) severe pain
2) corneal infection
3) corneal haze
4) delayed epithelial
5) worse, more blurry
6) delay in corneal
7) permanent corneal
8) induced visual
9) peripheral flap
melting in patients who had previous LASIK and flap dislodgement
10) cornea swelling
that never goes away
11) damage to iris
causing change in eye color
12) extended light
13) cornea perforation (hole was accidentally
made through entire thickness of cornea)
The above CXL complications have NEVER occured with
the Holcomb C3-R®Crosslinking System.
The retreatment rate with the Holcomb C3-R®
Crosslinking System is 0.07% (less than 1%) which is significantly
less than Epi-off CXL which have retreatment rates as
high as 7%. Why the much lower retreatment rate
with Holcomb C3-R®? The reason
is Dr. Brian customizes the energy level uses for
each patient, so he customizes
the amount of crosslinking for your eyes. He is
the only doctor who can do this.
Other Reasons for You to
Have Holcomb C3-R®
Patients with very thin corneas cannot be treated with CXL. Even
if you have an extremely thin corneas, the good news is you
can still be treated with Holcomb C3-R®
to strengthen your corneas and help prevent you from needing
a cornea transplant.
The non-surgical Holcomb C3-R® Crosslinking
System is a routine part of our practice and has been so for
over 10 years. Since Holcomb C3-R®
is NOT in a study - our patients are not required to have
the multiple "back and forth" office visits which
can be quite time-consuming and disruptive to one's school
or work schedule.
advantage of the Holcomb C3-R®
Crosslinking System over other crosslinking methods (eg. CXL)
is the Holcomb
Crosslinking System covers the greatest corneal area for crosslinking
- it covers 157% more surface area of the cornea compared
to other techniques.
This allows for a more complete area of treatment which is
important since Keratoconus extends into the periphery of
your cornea . We make sure we treat your central cornea
areas as well as
the far periphery of your corneas with the Holcomb C3-R®
Dr. Brian discovered that different degrees of Keratoconus
require different amounts of crosslinking. As
a result, another propietary feature of Holcomb C3-R®
Crosslinking System is that he customizes
the energy level (amount
of crosslinking) for
each eye of each patient. Dr.
Brian is the only doctor in the world who does this with crosslinking.
System you can be confident in receiving the
optimized level of crosslinking treatment for each of your
eyes (vs. the "one size fits all" approach of same
energy level for all eyes of all patients with all the other
crosslinking techniques including CXL).
The Holcomb C3-R®
Crosslinking System can also be combined with Intacs®
to flatten the keratoconus cone even more than with Intacs
alone. We routinely perform these both procedures on the same
day. In these cases, the Holcomb C3-R®
Crosslinking System can stabilize keratoconus from getting
worse as well as help the Intacs® reverse part
of the keratoconus steepening that had already occurred up
to the time of the treatment. The combination of
same-day Intacs and the Holcomb C3-R® Crosslinking
System can give you the ideal results of improved vision AND
figure above demonstrates almost 10 diopters of corneal
flattening in one patient before (left) after this combined
Problem with taking a "Wait and See" Approach
This below case of progression
occurred in a young woman, but could have been prevented.
After consultation with Dr. Brian, she saw another eye doctor
in Los Angeles who was uninformed and advised her not to have
Holcomb C3-R. The result: significant vision loss from delay
of treatment for over 1 year. She came back for Holcomb C3-R
which stopped the progression and further vision loss.
Unfortunately she won't regain the vision she lost during
the one year of delay.
of Years of Stability - This is a Typical Result
Dr. Brian is credited as the first doctor in the world
(except Germany) to use corneal crosslinking treatments for
keratoconus as well as being the first doctor in the
world to combine this treatment with Intacs®.
As the inventor of transepithelial Holcomb C3-R®
Crosslinking in 2003 - Dr. Brian has the longest crosslinking
track record of any doctor in the United States, Canada, Asia,
Latin America & South America, and Europe (except for
People who want the best possible treatment for their
eyes choose Dr. Brian. With the Holcomb C3-R®
Crosslinking System you can rest assured that you'll
be receiving the crosslinking procedure with the longest
track record in the world (except for Germany).
Dr. Brian is considered the "Guru of Modern
Crosslinking" because of his extensive experience and
expertise. Would you trust your precious
eyes and the future of your vision to someone who just learned
how to do the procedure?
Patients come to us from all over the United States and from
people you like the most in your life may say to you, "Why
would you fly out to Beverly Hills?" in the guise of
helping you. Unfortunately they don't know the facts
of how Keratoconus is affecting or threatening to affect your
life. They have no idea what it's like to
'walk in your shoes' because having Keratoconus
is like being a stranger in an unfriendly, strange land.
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 changed after they overcame their Keratoconus.
The Holcomb C3-R®
Crosslinking System is the only crosslinking procedure with
a Gold Medal behind it. The UU.S. Bobsled
Team effectively endorsed the procedure when they paid 100%
of the fee for U.S. Bobsledder Steve Holcomb to have it to
save his eyesight - the procedure now bears
his name in honor of what Steve accomplished after overcoming
Finally, you can overcome your
Keratoconus as well.
REVIEW AND CONSULTATION FOR
Many out-of-town patients would like Dr. Brian to do a complimentary
review of their medical records and make a preliminary determination
of candidacy. This is useful before planning an easy, 3-day
trip to Beverly Hills.
Some people’s friends ask them, “Why are you
thinking of travelling to Beverly Hills for your Keratoconus
treatments?” Although well-meaning, friends and family
have no idea what it’s like to live with Keratoconus.
People usually respond to friends and family with,
“I deserve the BEST and I want to go to the BEST doctor
who has the MOST experience, who invented these procedures.
I only have two eyes and I want the best for them!”
A records review is easy and the first step to better vision.
Here’s how to submit them to Dr. Brian:
These are the three easy steps:
- Along with your last 2 or 3 eye exams, please be sure
to include a color copy of your corneal mapping. Color corneal
mapping is a very important tool, along with your exam history,
to determine your candidacy. The last 2 years of your total
eye history will be used to make this preliminary determination.
- Inside the envelope, please be sure to include a cover
sheet with your name address, phone number and email address
and the words, “Keratoconus Record Review”,
so that we may optimize communication with you.
- Enclose with your letter a copy of your records.
Boxer Wachler Vision Institute
Keratoconus Record Review
465 N. Roxbury Drive, Suite 902
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Or you can scan your records and email them to
Dr. Brian will contact you to discuss the review.
Honored at the 2010 Vision Awards
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.
at the podium
before the press
with his gold medal and plaque
Dr. Brian & Steven
Keratoconus is the thinning and bulging of the cornea.
Treatments include Intacs,
C3-R® cornea collagen cross linking, and if Keratoconus
progresses to a serious level, corneal transplantation. Dr.
Brian Boxer Wachler is a specialist
in Keratoconus evaluation and treatment. Please peruse
the pages of this website to learn more about Keratoconus
causes and Keratoconus
symptoms, as well as the various treatment options.
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