OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Now that he can see acutely again, Baltimore Ravens arresting accouterment Brandon Williams is accessible to resume his advantageous NFL career.
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Williams has an eye ache alleged keratoconus, a degenerative ataxia which warps the corneas and can potentially account amaurosis if larboard untreated.
“It started to arrest my seeing the lath aback we went over plays, so I had to get it fixed,” Williams said. “Once it starts messing with your craft, your career, you absolutely accept to put your absorption on that afore you do annihilation else.”
The action is rare, and there is no cure. But it can be controlled by surgery.
“I was scared,” Williams acknowledged, “but additionally adequate that there was a analysis out there that could advice me.”
The action is alleged cross-linking, which banned the progression of the ache by deepening the corneas. Williams had anaplasty on his added alarming larboard eye afore the 2017 division and had the appropriate eye adapted beforehand this month.
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And now, the 340-pounder is acquisitive to do his allotment to advice the Ravens get aback into the playoffs afterwards a three-year absence.
“I can do aggregate I acclimated to do,” Williams declared. “Nothing is endlessly me.”
That’s acceptable account for the Ravens, who gave Williams a five-year, $52.5 actor arrangement aftermost year. Selected out of Missouri Southern State in the third annular of the 2013 draft, the 29-year-old has been a basic cog in a Baltimore aegis congenital aboriginal to stop the run.
Williams absent four amateur with a bottom abrasion aftermost year. The Ravens went 1-3 after him and 8-4 aback he was in the lineup.
“He’s the capital allotment for our defense,” Baltimore drillmaster John Harbaugh said.
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Rajesh K. Rajpal, M.D., architect of See Acutely Eyes Group in Virginia and an able on laser eye surgery, performed both operations on Williams’ eyes.
“It about consistently affects both eyes — 98 to 99 percent of the time — but usually one eye will be added severe,” Rajpal said. “Now that both eyes are done, Brandon should be fine. But we will abide to adviser him to accomplish abiding it doesn’t get worse.”
Williams wears acquaintance lenses to aid his vision, but removes them on bold days.
“In his case, the lenses he’s application acquiesce him to action able-bodied abundant in circadian activities,” Rajpal said. “During the football season, he plays after the lens because he doesn’t appetite to booty a adventitious of accepting article below the lens and damaging his eye. That’s OK, because he’s accomplishing things up abutting and a lot of it is about feel.”
Rajpal added: “A baseball bullpen or a batter, it would be absolutely boxy for them to action after the acquaintance lenses if they accept this condition.”
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St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Tommy Pham has undergone cross-linking and wears acquaintance lenses on the field.
When Williams aboriginal accomplished bleared vision, he ample he bare LASIK surgery. But Rajpal says LASIK would absolutely added attenuate the cornea.
“When we’re accomplishing the testing for LASIK, we do corneal topography, which maps the corneal curvature,” Rajpal said. “If keratoconus is cogent enough, we action the cross-linking.”
If larboard untreated, the ache can be dangerous.
“Then we accept to a corneal transplant,” Rajpal said. “Fortunately, the all-inclusive majority don’t absolutely lose their vision.”
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