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Oct 12
Tagged with: Cosmetics

Although must of us wont complain that the sun is still shining in October, we mustnt overlook the harmful effects that the sun can have on unprotected skin. Over time, chronic sun exposure can cause gradual changes to the skin. Sun damage can occur in all skin types although individuals with fair skin are at greater risk.

What is photoaging?
Sun damage plays a major role in skin cancer and photo aging. Photo aging is damage that is done to the skin from prolonged exposure to the sun. It may reveal itself on the skin in wrinkles, scaling, dryness, age spots, broken blood vessels and pigmentation.

Can I prevent photoaging?
The best way to prevent photoaging is by applying sunscreen with a high SPF daily to all areas prone to sun exposure. In addition, minimize direct exposure to the sun and UV radiation.

Treatment Options
At the Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye + Cosmetic Centre,

Dec 3

Beware of advertising that promises: LASIK from $499/eye. Typically, only a very few select people are eligible for these prices (waysandmeans.hous.gov)

The prices for laser eye surgery, more commonly referred to as LASIK, are quoted per eye. The cost of LASIK differs widely from one provider to another so its easy to get confused. Here are the facts: Extremely low prices for LASIK typically do not include the total cost of surgery. Thats why its imperative that you do your research. Questions you should ask your LASIK provider are:

What is included?
What is not included?
What kind of technology is used?
What will I have to pay if enhancement surgery becomes necessary?
How many follow-up visits will I need to make, and at what cost?

Less costly procedures are likely an older and more conventional laser procedure like Standard PRK or LASIK which is done with a microkeratome (blade). T

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

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
alread

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

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