Steve Holcomb: The Vision of Inspiration for Keratoconus Sufferers


Steve Holcomb’s recent fight with Keratoconus is one that is still radiating throughout the world. His story is one that sheds hope and light on patients with Keratoconus, as well as those not yet diagnosed. Steve Holcomb’s dreams of gaining Olympic Gold were almost brought to a screeching halt due to his severe and progressing condition, Keratoconus.

Keratoconus is a progressive condition that gradually takes away the sight of the patient. But unfortunately Steve learned this fact the hard way. His love for the bob sled was almost stopped by this frustrating and painful condition. His care for his team mates prompted him to make the hardest decision  he ever had to make, the decision to retire from the sport he loved so much. His team mates were saddened by this decisions and refused to give up on him.

In one last effort to restore his sight Steve’s coaches research and decided to send him to Dr. Brian S. Boxer Wachler at  the Boxer Wachler Vision Institute. Steve learned about a new treatment that maybe able to restore his vision. With a bit of hope and in the hands of Dr. Boxer Wachler Steve received the C3-R ® or Collagen Cross-linking with Riboflavin a non-invasive procedure that strengthens and stabilizes the cornea. The procedure only takes about 30 minutes and is done in the doctor’s office. The procedure involves placing drops of Riboflavin on the cornea and using a UV light to activate the medication. The drops help strengthen and stabilize the effects of Keratoconus.

About 3 months following Dr. Boxer-Wachler implanted the Visian ICL which corrected his Myopia. The success of the procedures prompted Steve to come out of retirement and go forward to win Olympic gold for the US which hadn’t been done for 62 years! True teamwork and the help of the Boxer Wachler Vision Institute aided in an event that will forever be in the history of America for years to come. The C3-R ® procedure is now named for Steve titled “Holcomb C3-R ®” another first for the history of medicine. It is the first procedure named for an athlete in the world. True inspiration for all who suffer from this debilitating condition.

Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, MD is a renowned eye surgeon specializing in Keratoconus treatments, I-BRITE eye whitening, LASIK, and other procedures.  More helpful information is at and