Vitamin B Eye Drops Could Treat Serious Eye Condition


TRANSPLANT AND CBS 2’S DR. MAX GOMEZ TELLS US THE SOLUTION COULD BE AS SIMPLE AS EYEDROPS. DOCTOR. Reporter: YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT, MAURICE. NEARLY 200,000 AMERICANS HAVE AN EYE PROBLEM CALLED [INDISCERNIBLE NAME] WHEN THE CORNEA THE CLEAR WINDSHIELD FRONT OF THE EYE GETS PROGRESSIVELY DISTORTED UNTIL A TRANSPLANT IS THE ONLY WAY TO PREVENT BLINDNESS BUT NOW VITAMIN B DROPS AND UV LIGHT MIGHT CHANGE THAT. DANIEL MEACHEM WAS JUST A TEENAGER WHEN — DANIELLE MEACHEM WAS JUST A TEENAGER WE SHE NOTICE HER EYESIGHT WASN’T RIGHT. WHEN YOU SEE SOMEONE WALKING PAST YOU WAVING AT YOU AND YOU SAY WHO IS THAT, THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG. Reporter: SHE WAS DEVELOPING THE CONDITION WHERE THE COLLAGEN FIBERS IN THE CORNEA MAKE IT BOW OUT CAUSING A CONE. IF SPECIAL CONTACTS DON’T CONTROL THE DISTORTION. ULTIMATELY PATIENTS GET SCARRING WHICH REQUIRES A CORNEA TRANSPLANT TO SEE BETTER. Reporter: OR BLINDNESS. OR BLINDNESS. Reporter: DANIELLE JUST HAD A CORNEA TRANSPLANT IN HER RIGHT EYE. BUT HER LEFT EYE ISN’T AS BAD. YET. SO SHE IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR CORNUAL CROSS LINKING A NEW PROCEDURE. THE GOAL OF THE CROSS LINK SOMETHING TO INTERVENE PRIOR TO PROGRESSION AND PREVENT THE NEED FOR CORNEAL TRANSPLANT. Reporter: THE NEW YORK EYE AND EAR INFIRMARY OF MOUNT SINAI CLEARS OFF THE CELLS COVERING HER CORNEA AND THEN APPLIES RIBOFLAVIN EYEDROPS, THAT’S VITAMIN B2. IT SEEPS INTO THE CORNEA AND THEN UV RIGHT IS USED TO BIND THE VITAMIN AND THE COLLAGEN FIBERS OF THE CORNEA TOGETHER STRENGTHENING THE CORNEA. IT CAN PREVENT RELAXATION OR SLIPPAGE OF THE COLLAGEN FIBERS AND IT CAN ACTUALLY FIX THE CORNEA AND ITS CURRENT SHAPE. Reporter: DANIELLE HOPES THE PROCEDURE WILL KEEP HER LEFT EYE’S VISION NORMAL EVEN THOUGH HER TRANSPLANT IS WORKING BEAUTIFULLY. IT’S LIKE I’M SEEING A WHOLE NEW WORLD. YOU KNOW? EVERYTHING IS CLEARER. NOW, THE VITAMIN CROSS LINKING PROCEDURE IS NOW FDA- APPROVED AND JUST STARTING TO BE DONE AROUND THE COUNTRY AT EYE CENTERS BUT ANYONE WITH THE PROBLEM SHOULD BE FOLLOWED BY AN EXPERIENCED CORNEA

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