Eye Symptoms that Should Never Be Ignored

September 12th, 2017

shutterstock_126608381Catching and treating eye problems in their early stages limits your chances of losing vision. However, it can be difficult to tell whether a symptom is serious and worth having checked by a doctor.

The team at Bochner Eye Institute wants to help make you aware of some eye symptoms that should never be ignored. If you experience any of the following eye symptoms, we recommend you schedule an eye exam ASAP. Read the rest of this entry »

Bochner Establishes a Complimentary Keratoconus Clinic

August 24th, 2017

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Patients with keratoconus or suspected keratoconus require corneal imaging to show anterior curvature, anterior elevation, posterior elevation, and pachymetry. Sophisticated corneal tomography and topography imaging allows for an early diagnosis of keratoconus and follow-up examinations can document stability or progressive disease.

At Bochner, our Keratoconus Clinic allows us to devise and review with patients and referring doctors a detailed treatment plan. Treatment options depend on a patient’s age, level of best-corrected spectacle acuity and uncorrected acuity, dioptric difference across a cornea, pachymetry, corneal curvature, and/or the presence of any significant corneal scarring. We have developed a decision tree that guides our recommendations on the following clinical options:

  1. Corneal crosslinking to stabilize a cornea.
  2. Corneal crosslinking + Topography-guided PRK to stabilize a cornea and improve best-corrected spectacle acuity by reducing irregular astigmatism.
  3. Corneal crosslinking + Intracorneal rings to allow enhanced contact lens wear in corneas too thin for Topography-guided PRK.
  4. Toric implantable contact lens to enhance uncorrected acuity.
  5. PRK and limited corneal crosslinking to improve uncorrected acuity.
  6. RGP, hybrid, or scleral lenses to improve best-corrected acuity.

Laser Cataract Surgery

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Since acquiring the first Catalys femtosecond laser in Canada 5 years ago the percentage of patients choosing this advanced technology has continued to increase. One-hundred percent of the 34 Ophthalmologists and optometrists that have undergone cataract surgery at Bochner since 2012 have opted for laser surgery versus traditional surgery.

Our top 4 advantages of Laser Cataract Surgery versus Traditional Surgery are as follows:
Reduction or Elimination of Phacoemulsification Energy Traditional phacoemulsification utilizes a probe that vibrates 20,000 times per minute to break up a cataract. This is similar to a jack hammer breaking up cement. In the eye this energy can cause intraocular inflammation and loss of corneal endothelial cells. With the Catalys laser 85% of our cataract cases are now accomplished without any phacoemulsification. In the remaining 15% of cases, the energy from phacoemulsification is greatly reduced. Elimination or reduction of phacoemulsification is possible because of the unique laser fragmentation of the Catalys laser that softens a wide area of the lens.
• Accurate and Consistent Capsulorehexis A 5 mm capsulorehexis performed with the Catalys laser is accomplished in 1.6 seconds. This quick speed is important to decrease the chance of any radial tears that could lead to rupture of the posterior capsule and loss of the nucleus into the vitreous. In over 2,700 eyes treated at Bochner, we have only seen one radial tear.
• Capsulorehexis Centred Over the Visual Axis The Catalys identifies the visual axis and can create a perfectly round capsulorehexis centered over this point. The surgeon then aligns the centre of the implant over the visual axis, which allows for a small amount of anterior capsule covering the implant. Centration of an implant on the visual axis can decrease the induction of higher order aberrations with aspheric and toric implants and improves patient satisfaction with multifocal implants.
• Laser Astigmatism Reduction Astigmatism reduction with laser arcuate cuts has been shown to be more predictable than with a hand held blade. The laser can produce cuts at an exact depth, angle, length, and location. Laser arcuate incisions can be opened by the surgeon at the time of surgery or if combined with a toric implant the incisions can be opened if necessary postoperatively to fine tune the outcome.
Read article by Dr Gifford-Jones in Toronto Sun (July 2017): When You Need Cataract Surgery – Dr Gifford-Jones


 

Keratoconus & Cataract Clinics
- Contact Information -
Our Toronto, Scarborough, and Unionville Offices now offer Keratoconus and Cataract Clinics, in addition to consultations for Laser Vision Correction, Refractive Lens Exchange, and other refractive procedures. Referrals can be mailed, faxed or emailed. Our Oakville Office is limited at this time to general medical ophthalmology referrals.

Toronto
40 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5R 1A9
Phone 416 960 2020
Fax 416 966 8917
Bochner@bochner.com

Scarborough
2941 Lawrence Ave East, Scarborough, ON M1P 2V6
Phone 416 431 7449
Fax 416 439 9523
Scarborough@bochner.com

Unionville
147 Main Street, Unionville, ON L3R 2G8
Phone 905 470 2020
Fax 905 470 2216
Unionville@bochner.com

Oakville
353 Iroquois Shore Road, Oakville, ON L6H 1M3
Phone 905 815 1112
Fax 905 845 7828
Oakville@bochner.com

Can the Blue Light from Your Cell Phone Hurt Your Eyes?

August 12th, 2017

shutterstock_183726968Many people spend the overwhelming majority of their days staring at a screen — whether it belongs to a smartphone, tablet, computer or television. You might be interested to know how all this screen time affects eye health. The team at Bochner Eye Institute tells you what you need to know in this month’s blog post. Read the rest of this entry »

Mistakes You Might Be Making with Your Contact Lenses

July 12th, 2017

shutterstock_183867296According to experts, 30 percent of people ages 18-55 years old in Canada wear contact lenses. Unfortunately, these people can put their eyes at risk of long-term damage if they do not wear or care for their lenses as recommended. Here, the team at Bochner Eye Institute reveals common mistakes contact lens wearers can make. Read the rest of this entry »

Can LASIK Cause Dry Eyes?

June 12th, 2017

shutterstock_308975768Everyone experiences a bout of dry eyes every so often, but it is more common in laser vision correction patients. Some studies show that up to half of all LASIK patients experience symptoms of dry eye syndrome after surgery. While these symptoms are temporary, they can be challenging and uncomfortable.

Here, the team at Bochner Eye Institute explains the correlation between LASIK and dry eyes, and explains what can be done to soothe the discomfort. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrities and Athletes That Have Had LASIK

May 12th, 2017

shutterstock_130215719If you are considering LASIK surgery to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, you might be surprised to learn that you are in great company. Some of the world’s best athletes and beloved celebrities have had their own visual shortcomings corrected with LASIK and experienced the life-changing benefits of the procedure. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Things to Do Before LASIK Surgery

April 11th, 2017

shutterstock_108164027The days and weeks leading up to LASIK surgery are exciting and busy. Although you will receive detailed instructions from the Bochner Eye Institute team as you prepare for surgery, here are a few general guidelines to follow: Read the rest of this entry »

Recovering from Laser Vision Correction: Tips and Timeline

March 11th, 2017

istock_000018052378_xxxlarge-300x200Let’s imagine that you made the decision to undergo laser vision correction and scheduled your operation with the team at Bochner Eye Institute. As you are making plans for the surgery, you are probably wondering about the recovery period and what you can expect. In this post, our team explains what you need to know about the recovery timeline and how to enjoy a safe and complication-free recovery. Read the rest of this entry »

When RLE Is Recommended as an Alternative to LASIK/PRK

February 8th, 2017

istock_000009901162_full-1024x680If you are considering your refractive surgery options, you are probably familiar with the LASIK and PRK procedures. However, what you may not know is that there is another option called refractive lens exchange, or RLE, that can capably treat refractive errors (in addition to another common visual disorder). Read on to learn more about this procedure and understand when the team at Bochner Eye Institute recommends it in place of LASIK or PRK. Read the rest of this entry »

Understanding Corneal Cross-Linking for the Treatment of Keratoconus

January 8th, 2017

Portrait Of Smiling Senior WomanIn April 2016, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved corneal cross-linking for the condition known as keratoconus. Corneal cross-linking has been available in Canada, Europe and other parts of the world for some time now. The Toronto eye doctors at Bochner Eye Institute have been on the leading edge of keratoconus treatment technology — including corneal cross-linking — for many years, and we are some of the most experienced in North America. Read on to learn why other countries such as the U.S. are starting to embrace corneal-crosslinking. Read the rest of this entry »