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Jan 11

 

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Jan 24
Tagged with: Cornea, Keratoconus
Until just a few years ago, we could only offer corneal transplants for those with keratoconus. Now we have a variety of new modalities, which include the following: Collagen Corneal Cross-Linking Intacs ICLs PRK DALK with IntraLase. Collagen corneal cross-linking will halt the progression of keratoconus in most cases. This procedure can be combined with Intacs in order to help reshape the cornea and improve the vision quality+ 80% of patients. Later, a small portion of the cornea can be removed with the excimer laser, which often results in further improvement of vision. An ICL can be inserted if the patient still has problems with near-sightedness or astigmatism. However, if the patients keratoconus is too advanced, we can perform a deep lamellar keratoplasty to remove the thin part of the cornea and replace it with a normal donor.
Jan 24
Tagged with: Cornea, Keratoconus

The IntraLase is a most amazing device for refractive and corneal surgery. Not only is Yonge Eglinton laser the centre with the most experience with this technology, we are also using it to modify astigmatism after corneal transplants. Normally, astigmatism is very common occurrence. This describes the oval shape of the cornea that occurs when the transplant is healed. This can be treated with glasses, but these cause a lot of distortion. Contact lenses of the hard variety can also correct the problem. But this doesn't fix the problem, only masks it, and gives relatively good vision. To permanently change the astigmatism, something must be done to the cornea. We see the challenge of rehabilitation after a new cornea is to have the person achieve good vision with glasses or even without any correction at all. When corneal transplants began over 100 years ago, just getting a clear new transplant was a miraculous thing. We have moved ahead a lot in the past 3 decades, yet still

Jan 24

Acting as the major focusing lens of the eye, the cornea is a clear dome made of hundreds of layers linked together with collagen. These collagen links may be deficient, whichleads to progressive corneal thinning and stretching. The cornea can start to bulge forward causing an irregular cone shape similar to a distorted football, thus affecting how the eye focuses images.

This is known as kerataconus, a common condition of the cornea affecting approximately 1 in 1000 people. Keratoconus normally affects both eyes, although at differing points of onset and rates of progression. It generally starts as early ones teenage years and continues until ones mid-thirties. It is thought that inheritance may play a part in the development of this condition.

Symptoms of Keratoconus

Keratoconus may be treated in its earliest stages by wearing glasses to focus images, but as the disease progresses thisbecomes ineffective. Vision typi

Jan 16

Health Canada has licensed the ultraviolet light delivery source necessary for corneal collagen cross-linking treatment. This means were finally introducing said treatment to Yonge Eglinton Laser Centre in Toronto! Were one of the first places in Canada to offer this treatment, you know. And furthermore -- weve done several of these treatments over the past few weeks with a great deal of success!

This is very good news. Before this, we didnt have any treatment to hinder the progression of keratoconus. Now, we at least have an alternative to simply waiting for the disorder to get worse.

Who benefits from this treatment, you ask? Well, keratoconus tends to progress in ones twenties or thirties. If we can stop it in its tracks while the patient is young, we can dramatically lessen the number of people who require a corneal transplant. Given this, keratoconus patients in their teens and twenties may want to undergo cross-linking in order to keep the

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

May 5

Are these for everyone? No -- though they were initially developed first for the correction of near-sightedness, they didnt pan out for this group of patients.However, a doctor in France suspected they might be good for patients with a condition called keratoconus. You will remember that the cornea is the clear dome on the front of the eye that functions as its major lens. This allows us to use lasers to correct near-sightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. If you have keratoconus, your cornea is distorted and vision is blurry. While this is often correctable with hard contact lenses, the lenses are uncomfortable and dont correct the vision all that well.

Thank goodness, then, for Intacs!

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