“All the puzzle pieces sort of matched…Charlie’s vision issues early on and not paying attention in class…We had this big ‘ah ha’ moment.” – Sherri, Charlie’s mom

At the age of five, Charlie first mentioned vision issues when he had trouble seeing the board at school. Over the next few years and despite being fitted for glasses, Charlie struggled with his vision and started having trouble paying attention in class, ultimately being diagnosised with Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD). With Charlie still complaining about his eyesight, Sherri knew she needed to find out what was wrong with her son’s eyes.

Finally, after more than 10 years, Sherri learned the true reason behind her son’s poor vision and attention issues – he was living with keratoconus, a progressive eye disease that, if left untreated, can lead to loss of vision and even blindness.

Today.com recently spoke with Sherri to discuss the frustration she felt not knowing what was wrong with her son’s vision, and the decision for Charlie to undergo the FDA approved cross-linking procedure once they realized the real reason behind his vision issues. Dr. Ken Beckman, of Comprehensive EyeCare of Central Ohio, is also featured in the article to discuss keratoconus and cross-linking further. To learn more about Charlie and his family’s experience with keratoconus, read the full article.

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