“I would say to someone, if it seems like your vision is getting progressively worse, just mention to your eye doctor to check the cornea for any thinness or wrinkling.” – Trayci Ballin, age 51

In June 2019, fourteen years after receiving Lasik to fix her vision, Trayci, 51, noticed her eyesight was declining again. At first, she chalked it up to her age, but a year later, her vision continued to deteriorate. Knowing she needed to get to the bottom of what was causing her vision problems, Trayci made an appointment with Dr. Mark Kontos of Empire Eye Physicians. At the appointment Dr. Kontos diagnosed Trayci with progressive keratoconus, a rare eye disease in which the cornea weakens and thins over time, causing a cone-like bulge and optical irregularity. 

After discussing the available treatment options, and learning that iLink® FDA-approved cross-linking was covered by her insurance, Trayci decided to undergo iLink® cross-linking to slow or halt the progression of her keratoconus in both eyes. After undergoing the procedure and being fitted with specialty contact lenses, Trayci is thrilled to once again be doing the things she loves without worrying about her keratoconus progressing. 

Trayci and Dr. Kontos recently spoke with the Spokesman-Review to discuss Trayci’s journey with keratoconus and the iLink® FDA-approved cross-linking procedure, as well as her new-and-improved life since the procedure. You can read the full article here

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