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Surgery for rare eye disorder gives Peoria boy hope for sight

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Jake Anstett has a rare eye disorder called Keratoconus. (Source: CBS 5 News) Jake Anstett has a rare eye disorder called Keratoconus. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Jake’s mother learned about a new surgery while watching the Winter Olympic and learning that U.S. bobsledder Steven Holcomb suffered the same disorder. Jake’s mother learned about a new surgery while watching the Winter Olympic and learning that U.S. bobsledder Steven Holcomb suffered the same disorder.
PEORIA, AZ (CBS5) -

A Peoria boy who is nearly blind is about to undergo a surgery that will change his life forever.

By the end of the week doctors predict Jake Anstett will have perfect vision.

You would never know by looking at Jake that he can barely see.

The 12-year-old plays on a basketball team, even though he has no vision in his left eye.

And the right eye?

"I see double vision of lights and at night time it's really bad because the lights pop out at you," Jake told CBS 5 News.

Jake was diagnosed two years ago with Keratoconus, a rare degenerative eye disease.

Doctors told him that without a cornea transplant he would eventually lose his sight altogether.

But that all changed last month when Jake's mother, Lori Anstett, sat down in front of the TV to watch the Olympics.

"I said, ‘Jake, Jake! Get in here!'" Lori Anstett said.

It turns out that American bobsledder Steven Holcomb, a gold medalist for the U.S. team, suffered from the same condition.

Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler of Boxer Wachler Vision Institute in California was able to repair his eyes using a new procedure.

"What they do is put a solution in the eye and then they use a light to stop the progression of the Keratoconus," Lori Anstett said.

Jake has an appointment with the doctor on Thursday, and later that night he should be able to see clearly out of both eyes for the first time in years.

"I will be able to get better at basketball," Jake said, "be able to see at school."

Lori Anstett said that knowing the procedure is available "is a miracle. It's just a miracle."

After surgery, Jake and his family will celebrate at Disneyland.

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