“Like I got sand in my eye”- Keratoconus & Crosslinking: An Athlete’s Story
A recent article in the Baltimore Sun shared the journey that Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle, Brandon Williams went through when he was diagnosed with something we see every day at our office, keratoconus.
A degenerative cornea condition, keratoconus caused Williams to notice he could not see the dry erase board at practice anymore…a very scary feeling when your career is on the line. He shared that he felt like he had sand in his eye.
When he was diagnosed with keratoconus, Williams was told that the procedure that could stop the progression, Corneal Crosslinking or “CXL” had not been approved in the US yet. He had to wait 2 years!
Well, post surgery, it was worth the wait. This article shares the ease and quickness of the actual CXL procedure and Williams shares that he requested to hear the song “Big Poppa” by Notorious B.I.G. during his Crosslinking procedure…not too shabby of an experience if you ask us!
We think it’s great when recognized athletes and celebrities share their journey through crosslinking and the diagnosis of keratoconus with the public as it helps our patients through their journeys as well.
If you have been diagnosed with keratoconus and want to look into your options, please read this article and give us a call at 305-598-2020 as we have the longest experience with Corneal Crosslinking in all of South Florida!