A "Good Eye"

As a Manhattan TV producer, Danny relies on his vision to story produce episodes of reality TV. However, it is not surprising that even someone who is known for having a “good eye” can be susceptible to eye issues, given that approximately 14 million Americans over the age of 12 report visual impairment.¹

For years, Danny, now 43, was one of these individuals. He had worn glasses since childhood but was fortunate that his vision issues never interfered with his work or personal life. This changed after Danny turned 40, and he began noticing irregularities in how he saw the world. Suddenly, he began seeing objects at an angle and had trouble identifying individual actors in a scene – problems that threatened to derail his ability to successfully produce.

Initial visits to the eye doctor were unsuccessful and left his physician perplexed– Danny’s prescription had not changed drastically since his last visit, and it appeared his vision had inexplicably become worse with no identifiable physical causes. Frustrated with his inability to get clear a diagnosis, he sought out multiple specialists. Danny was finally given a definitive diagnosis by an ophthalmologist – a closer examination of his corneas confirmed he had keratoconus in both eyes, a degenerative condition that causes progressive warping of the corneas, and if left untreated, possible blindness.

Plotting Out a Treatment Path

As the son of a mother who is blind in one eye and suffers from multiple sclerosis, Danny is acutely aware of how vision and mobility challenges can be life-altering. He knew he had to find a treatment option that would allow him to continue his career and pursue personal interests.

Fortunately, it was at this time that Danny’s diagnosing ophthalmologist informed him of FDA approved corneal cross-linking, a procedure that strengthens the collagen bonds in the eye to halt further deterioration of the cornea. After learning more about cross-linking and researching other treatment options, Danny determined that cross-linking would give him the best chance to preserve his vision without having to take extensive time off from work.

Danny underwent cross-linking for his right eye in July 2017, and then had his second eye treated three months later in October 2017. Both recoveries were vastly different for Danny– after his first treatment, he experienced severe pain, while the second was nearly painless.

Now fully recovered, Danny’s vision has stabilized and he’s had no further issues resulting from keratoconus. He is currently trying a variety of new contact lenses to see which will work best for his vision while continuing to produce and create television shows – refusing to let his eye disease take a leading role in his life.

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¹https://www.cdc.gov/visionhealth/basics/ced/fastfacts.htm

The results described on this site are based on data collected regarding short- and intermediate-term efficacy of treatment. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.

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