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Jul 10
Tagged with: Cornea, Keratoconus

You may have heard the rumours burbling in the busy current of Canadas eye enthusiast community Can it be true? Can it really? Yes. Yes it can, apparently. Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye and Cosmetic Centre in Toronto is the first centre in Ontario to offer Intacs corneal ring segments for the treatment of keratoconus. In fact, were one of the very few places in Canada offering this service. The others? Brockway, Ogdenville, and North Haberbrook, and by gum it put them on the map!

No. In terms of usefulness and magnificence of design, Intacs corneal ring segments are the ex

Jun 16
Tagged with: Laser Eye Correction

From Maclean's, Canada's Newsmagazine, June 11, 07, pages 49 and 50.
"Eye surgery without a blade

Ophthalmologist David Rootman watches
through a microscope as tiny laser beams
pulse over each of Rico Ho's eyes, forming a
microscopic layer of bubbles within the cor-
nea. A monitor in the surgery suite shows
the same magnified image Rootman sees: a
circle filling with bubbles from top to bottom
creating a "flap" (a sliver of the cornea about
100 microns thick) that is then folded back
to apply a custom-designed corrective laser
treatment. "It's going beautifully," says Root-
man, still looking through the microscope
as he passes a cellulose sponge over Ho's eye-
ball, smoothing the flap back into place where
it immediately begins reattaching to the cor-
nea. As he steps through the waiting area to
the recovery room, Ho is clearly excited. "It's

May 28
Tagged with: Laser Eye Correction

I thought our patients might be interested in this story, since the Lasers used in the Air Force are the same as the ones used at our Yonge Eglinton Centre- DSR.
5/24/2007-WASHINGTON (AFPN)--Air Force officials have changedthe policy to allow people applying for aviation and aviation-related jobs to have had LASIK surgery. The change became effective May 21. The change also removes the altitude and high-performance aircraft restrictions for people who have had LASIK.

The decision to make these changes was based on studies that showed there was little to no effect on LASIK-treated eyes when subjected to the wind blast experienced during aircraft ejection or exposure to high altitude.

Due to stresses placed on the eyes during flight combined with the active lifestyle of military members, the recommended refractive surgeries are Wave Front Guided Photorefractive Keratectomy, or WFG-PRK, and Wave Front Guided Laser In-Situ Kera

May 27

Far, far back in the stygian mists of time (30 years ago), cataract surgery was a major inconvenience. Patients required a prolonged hospital stay and often had to lie still for many days. Then, after the bandages were removed, they would have to be fitted with contact lenses or very thick glasses.The glasses were unsightly and caused all sorts of unwelcome distortions, but were necessary because the cataract removal put the eye way out of focus. The cataract develops in the lens of the eye, and the lens accounts for about 1/3 of the eyes focusing power.Therefore, when its removed, the eye is very much out of focus. What an ordeal!

You and I are lucky to be living in a far more civilized age. Now all we have to do is replace the troublesome lens of the eye with a small plastic lens that stays in the eye permanently. The new lenses are very safe, so much so that cataract operations are now rarely done without one.But one problem remai

May 27

Well, it seems that equating the IntraLase to the height of military prowess wasn't such a flight of verbal fancy after all. The US navy recently conducted an important study on the same technology we use at YELC, finding it superior to the microkeratome (or blade) and other excimer lasers. Yet more proof that the VisX Star S4 and IntraLase are the very best of whats available.

Well aware that we boast the kind of technology that impresses the US Navy, journalisticintuition tingled at Macleans and reporters descended upon Yonge Eglinton Laser so swiftly that the little slips of paper labeled Press flew out of their fedoras like so many autumn leaves. They grilled us about the goings-on a

May 27

What is an ICL? These are exciting devices to help correct very severe degrees of near-sightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. They are a thin piece of soft plastic, much like a contact lens. But, unlike a contact lens, it can be inserted actually into the eye, and remains there. It has the lens correction built into it and never needs to be removed or cleaned. I have patients who are blind without glasses or contacts and now can see near 20/20 (normal) Imagine not being able to see anything clearly past the tip of your nose, and then leaving after a 20 minute operation and being able to see across the street. It really is amazing. The ICL is also for people with thin corneas that may not be eligible for lase

May 8

Ah, what a fine thing it would be to undergo LASIK surgery, you say as you amble over to your computer with morning coffee in hand, your imperfect eyes nonetheless twinkling with the possibility of improved sight. But then your brow furrows in preparation for fresh research: Just how much does this malarkey cost anyway? You look up the cost per eye. a-Wha-a-a-a-a-at!!! $2500 per eye?! you scream, eyes springing out of their sockets as in cartoons of yore.

Now hold on a minute, inquisitive reader: dont do your eyes further damage with that sort of nonsense. There are reasons why laser eye surgery costs what it does, and we assure you that none of them have the faintest whiff of malarkey.

In terms of pure cost, Im reminded of the time I had to take my dog to the vet for an operation. It cost $2000 in Toronto, which may

May 5
We offer CustomVue, wavefront guided treatment to almost all our patients. The standard treatments, while good, represent older, less precise ways of reshaping the cornea. Without CustomVue, we cannot utilize the iris registration program, which allows us to precisely align the laser treatment and uniquely identify our patients by the laser. This alignment ensures a great result and takes into acount the shifting of the pupil when the pupil gets smaller. I can tell you, the smoothness of the surface after the laser is applied, is truly remarkable. While our older laser was good, the VisX Star S4 with iris registrationis a quantum leap forward, so much so that we recommend it in most instances.
May 5
Yes, its possible. If the problem occurs, it typically takes place on the day of surgery, and the likelihood of its occurrence is less than 2%. Well float the flap back into place and that takes care of the problem.Late dislocations are also a possibility, albeit a faint one. Weve had 3 patients in the past 10 years experiencing direct blows to the eye that disloacted the flap.We repaired thempromptlyand all patients recovered excellent vision. Interestingly, since switching to IntraLase, we haven't encountered a single flap dislocation.
May 5

People often ask us why we use the Intralase for flap creation when the long-established microkeratome (blade) technique is the height of safety and effectiveness. Well, inquisitive readers, rest assured that we here at the Young Eglinton Laser Centre in Toronto weighed in our minds the respective benefits of these techniques and concluded that the IntraLase easily justifies its status as our preferred means of flap creation. In fact, we like IntraLase so much, we no longer use microkeratome at all!

For our patients, the fact that we use IntraLaseis an assurancethat they are getting the best possible flap on their cornea with the utmost attention to their safety.For

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