Bobsled Driver Steve Holcomb’s Miracle Story of Overcoming Keratoconus

Last Thursday I, Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, was in Vancouver for the  press conference with the U.S. Bobsled team.  “Why would an eye surgeon be at a press conference?” is probably going through your mind.  I didn’t give up my day job to join the U.S. Bobsled team.  My patient Steven Holcomb and his story has become one of the most remarkable stories in this upcoming bobsled event this winter in Vancouver.

Steven is the driver of the U.S. Bobsled team’s top sled nicknamed “The Night Train”.  Two years ago, he became legally blind due to a degenerative cornea condition called Keratoconus which just about forced him to retire and give up the sport.  The team refused to let him give up.  That’s when they found me.  I had the honor of treating Steve’s condition with C3-R along with corrective lens implants.  C3-R saved Steve’s eyesight.

He then went on to win Gold in the World Bobsled Championship – a U.S. first in 50 years.

Hence the reason for being part of the press conference last week.  It was filled with TV crews and journalists.

Full details about Steve’s story can be read on

In just 10 more days, Steve and the Night Train will be going for Gold!  I’ll be there personally rooting for Steve and I’ll be posting updates on this blog and tweeting at

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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