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Keratoconus

Innovative solutions in the treatment of Keratoconus.

Keratoconus

Dr. Lam is a specialized ophthalmologist and offers the full spectrum of corneal transplantation services, including the latest transplantation techniques

Keratoconus

Innovative options and emerging treatments.

Keratoconus

Dr. Rabinovitch has 20 years experience in treating keratoconus and cornea patients with Intacs and cross-linking.

Cornea

Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease where weakened collagen fibres within the cornea cause it to thin and protrude into a cone-like shape resulting in blurred vision. It has been linked to certain genetic factors and a history of eye rubbing, but is without a definitive cause. Treatment depends on the severity of the condition, the age of the patient and how quickly it’s progressing.

Dr. Theodore Rabinovitch and Dr. Lam at North Toronto Eye Care have helped provide keratoconus patients with innovative options and emerging treatments that help correct or even halt the progression of the disease.

Causes of Keratoconus

Although many theories have been proposed, there is no definite known cause of keratoconus. Possible causes include genetics, a collagen deficiency, overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, or excessive eye-rubbing.

Sign and Symptoms of Keratoconus

Keratoconus often begins to develop in the teen years to the early 20s, although it can develop at any age. Changes in the shape of the cornea occur gradually, usually over several years. In most patients with keratoconus, both eyes eventually become affected.

Keratoconus can be difficult to detect because it usually develops very slowly. Signs of keratoconus may include:

  • Distorted and blurred vision
  • Myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Astigmatism
  • Double vision
  • Headaches due to eye strain
  • Glare
  • Light sensitivity

Dr. Rabinovitch will measure the curvature of your cornea to determine whether these symptoms are a result of keratoconus.

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