FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – “Making videos is a lot harder now,” Carl Wright tells ABC21 News.
The Homestead High School graduate works as a freelance filmmaker, producing videos with only half of his vision.
It’s only a matter of time before he won’t be able to see at all.
“I don’t really tell people that I have an eye disease that’s threatening my career,” he says.
Wright suffers from advanced Keratoconus.
Dr. Rex Parent, of The Eye Center of Fort Wayne, explains the condition to us, which impacts the eye’s cornea shape.
“Instead of being like half a bowling ball or half of a basketball – it’s like half of a football,” Parent says, “The top cone gets thinner and thinner and thinner. And if you bump your eye this top is thin and it can break open.”
That’s exactly how Wright lost vision in his right eye.
“I had wiped my eye, and that was enough to tear my cornea,” Wright says.
Doctors estimate he’ll lose all sight by 2021.
Now, Wright is desperately working to earn enough money to pay for part of the $12,000 transplant to fix his right eye.
That doesn’t include the Corneal crosslinking procedure he’ll eventually need to fix his sight in his left eye.
To raise funds, Wright started discounted his work to raise as much money as quickly as possible.
“I really wanted to do it all myself, and that’s when I though I could offer my services at a discounted price.”
He also started a GoFundMe page which has already helped him reach his goal after this story aired.
Much of the help he’s seen, has come from the local creative community.
Wright’s friends help him shoot videos, while he directs, helping ease the strain on his eyes.
They also helped spread the word to help him earn donations.
The disease does run in Wright’s family.
His two sisters also suffer from Keratoconus, his younger sister will require surgery later in life.
Dr. Parent says with proper treatment and “stabilization” of Wright’s eye, he will likely live a normal life, and be able to continue pursuing his passion in filmmaking.