Bobsled racer Steven Holcomb has had many visual problems in the past six years. It brought danger to himself and his teammates with his continuation of racing. Even with this obstacle, he raced based more on feel than vision. A procedure was performed to give him his 20/20 vision back, and he became increasingly successful in his races.
Holcomb was victorious with winning nine out of sixteen two man World Cup competitions. These successes would determine his starting position in the Olympics. However, his vision began to worsen once again, and he was diagnosed with an eye disease called Keratoconus. This basically meant his cornea was thinning, and he was forced to retire. He had another procedure performed on him in 2008, where vitamin drops and ultraviolet rays strengthened his cornea. Then, his contacts were inserted and his vision was corrected back to 20/20.
This allowed for him to return to the Sochi Olympics and although he had a struggle adjusting to racing based on vision and not the actual feel of the track, he got back in his groove, and is now driving the Night Train 2 and a new BMW sled in these Olympics. This just goes to approve how many vision problems could be corrected, especially with the professionals we have here at Eye Michigan. If you are experiencing any visual issues, call (248) 333-2900 or visit www.eyemichigan.com for further information and references.