A Tennessee woman is one of the first people in the state to undergo a break through surgery to treat a painful eye disease.
On Friday, Dr. Ming Wang, performed the Cross-Linking procedure on 20-year-old patient Haley Offield.
Offield suffers from an eye disease called keratoconus. The disorder affects one in every 200 Americans.
"Keratoconus is a genetic eye disease due to the weakening of the cornea the patient has progressive sight loss," explained Dr. Wang.
Due to the disease, Offield told Nashville's News 2 her eye sight has deteriorated quickly and that she is no longer able to drive or read a book and heavily relies on her family.
"It gets a little tough because they have their own life that they have to attend to," she said, adding, "I was always worried that I would go to bed one night and not be able to see anymore because it was so rapid."
Before the Cross-Linking procedure there was not any effective forms of treatment for keratoconus.
"The goal of the Cross-Linking procedure is to stabilize the cornea preserving patient's sight and in some cases, can improve patient's sight as well," Dr. Wang explained.
He continued, "We are able to strengthen the cornea, improving patient's sight and avoiding risking cornea transplantation."