Here's a link to the Orange County Society of Ophthalmology article profiling Ronald N. Gaster M.D as their featured member
while also discussing his work on keratoconus.
Here's a link to Dr. Gaster's recently published paper as first author in the British Journal of Ophthalmology September 2012
GOOGLE DR. RONALD N. GASTER, M.D., an ophthalmologist
(eye doctor) who is a cornea, cataract and refractive eye specialist in California and who is nationally and internationally
recognized. VIEW HIS EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS. HE IS BOARD CERTIFIED by the American Board of
Ophthalmology and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Gaster is FELLOWSHIP
TRAINED IN CORNEA, ANTERIOR SEGMENT, CORNEAL MICROSURGERY AND REFRACTIVE SURGERY.
VISIT ONE OF HIS WEBSITES AT GASTERMD.COM.
AMONG DR. GASTER'S NUMEROUS AWARDS, INCLUDING BEING NAMED to the 2012 US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT, TOP DOCTORS Edition
in addition to HIS NOMINATION AS 2011 CLINICIAN OF THE
YEAR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE MEDICAL SCHOOL, Hospital AND Gavin Herbert Eye Institute,
and recently being named as a 2013 Physician of Excellence by the Orange County
Medical Association and Top Doctors of Orange County 2013, HE HAS ALSO CONTRIBUTED HIS TIME TO HELPING PATIENTS IN ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD HAVE BETTER SIGHT. IN AUGUST
OF THIS YEAR, HE VISITED KENYA AND NUMEROUS LOCAL CLINICS. PREVIOUS TO THAT, DR. GASTER HAS DONE SURGERY AROUND THE
WORLD WITH PROJECT ORBIS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS.
GASTER WELCOMES INQUIRIES FROM DOCTORS AND OPHTHALMOLOGISTS AND WILL RETURN ALL SUCH CALLS PERSONALLY SO AS TO ADDRESS
ANY CONCERNS THEY MAY HAVE ABOUT A PATIENT OR PROSPECTIVE PATIENT. ADDITIONALLY, ANY HEALTH PRACTIONER OR SURGEON MAY
DIRECTLY CONTACT DR. GASTER AT RNGASTER@UCI.EDU.
ANY PATIENT OR PROSPECTIVE PATIENT MAY SCHEDULE AN OFFICE EVALUATION AT ONE OF THE OFFICES THROUGHOUT
CALIFORNIA WHERE DR. GASTER SEES PATIENTS, INCLUDING BEVERLY HILLS, LONG BEACH/LOS ALAMITOS, UPLAND, IRVINE, CA. OR BY CALLING
310-248-7474 FOR-- BEVERLY HILLS AND LOS ALAMITOS/LONG BEACH
949-824-2020 FOR-- IRVINE
909-982-8846 FOR-- UPLAND
DR. GASTER IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT HE WAS RECENTLY FEATURED AS A "KEYNOTE SPEAKER" AT THE
8TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON CORNEAL CROSS-LINKING IN GENEVA, SWITZERLAND ON DECEMBER 7, 2012. See Link at top of page.
DR. GASTER IS CURRENTLY DOING CORNEAL CROSS-LINKING for Keratoconus (CXL
for KC and corneal ectasia) PURUANT TO AN IDE FROM THE FDA IN A CLINICAL STUDY and an IRB. He is also doing Intacs, a surgery
that he has been certified to do. CALL OUR OFFICE AT (310) 248-7474 AND INQUIRE ABOUT OUR CLINICAL TRIAL THAT IS STILL OPEN TO NEW PATIENTS.
Additionally, Dr. Gaster is an expert in keratoconus in teenagers and has lectured in that area at medical
conferences . He wants to remind parents that regular eye exams will usually not detect keratoconus because the best way to
make the diagnosis is to have a topography done, and this is not part of a regular eye exam. Therefore, if they suspect that
their teenager's eye sight is getting progressively worse, they should discuss the possibility of keratoconus with their ophthalmologist
or optometrist and perhaps request a topographic analysis. A corneal sub specialist (a medical doctor for eyes, called
an ophthalmologist, who is fellowship trained in cornea) is in the best position to review the topography as it is not easy
to make the diagnosis in early keratonus or KC. And even corneal specialists can miss this if they are not experienced in
treating KC or keratoconus or lack experience in reviewing the topography of people with this disease. Yet an early
diagnosis can often save that teenagers vision permanently. If corneal CXL and/or Intacs is performed, it can often
halt the progression of the disease and if caught early, then that teenager's vision will usually remain quite good by comparison
to how it will be if it progresses. Once the disease progresses, the best we can often do is stop further progression if we
do corneal CXL and/or Intacs. Sometimes, we are able to improve vision with cross-linking and intacs and other procedures.
However, early diagnosis remains a significant factor in the severity of the disease and the ultimate vision a person will
be left with. Nevertheless, corneal transplants do improve vision significantly if the option of CXL is unavailable because
of progression, contraindications or other variables. It is also prudent to have corneal cross-linking (cxl) if you suspect
corneal ectasia. Again, topography and experience are essential in making the diagnosis and early detection often results
in better outcomes. In a related way, anyone contemplating LASIK needs to be evaluated for corneal ectasia or keratoconus
prior to that procedure.
CROSS-LINKING (CCXL) IS APPROVED IN ALL OF THE COUNTRIES OF THE EU, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, THE UK AND MOST OF THE REST OF THE
WORLD, BUT IT IS NOT FDA APPROVED IN THE U.S. HOWEVER, THROUGH OUR CLINICAL TRIAL, WE ARE ABLE TO TREAT
TEENAGERS AND ADULTS WITH CORNEAL CROSS-LINKING AND/OR INTACS, DEPENDING ON OUR CLINICAL FINDINGS AND PRE-TREATMENT TESTING
WE ARE FOLLOWING THE SAME PROTOCOL
AS IS FOLLOWED IN THE EU AND CANADA, CALLED THE DRESDEN PROTOCOL, WHICH IS EPI-OFF, AND THE ONLY PROTOCOL THAT HAS BEEN EXTENSIVELY
STUDIED AND USED TO TREAT PEOPLE IN THE LAST 13 YEARS.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH DR. GASTER FOR A ONE ON ONE CONSULTATION WITH AN EXPERIENCED EXPERT IN THIS NEW
AND EXCITING FIELD.
DR. GASTER IS
AN ACKNOWLEDGED AUTHORITY WORLDWIDE IN CORNEAL COLLAGEN CROSS-LINKING (CCXL), INCLUDING HIS INNOVATIONS THEREIN USING THE
LASER. HE IS CURRENTLY DOING EPI-OFF CXL AND LASER CXL , KNOWN AS LASER ASSISTED CXL. CALL OUR FRIENDLY OFFICE
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. WE WILL BE HAPPY TO EXPLAIN WHAT VARIOUS DOCTORS ARE OFFERING AND HOW THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY VIEWS
IT AND HOW IT COMPARES TO WHAT WE ARE DOING.
GASTER HAS DONE AN EXTENSIVE NUMBER OF PROCEDURES, INCLUDING THE TREATMENT OF DOCTORS AND SCIENTISTS, AND HAS EXTENSIVE
DATA THAT HE WILL BE PUBLISHING SOON. ALREADY, DR. GASTER HAS PRESENTED HIS LATEST FINDINGS AT MEDICAL MEETINGS,
LECTURED AT HIGHLY SPECIALIZED CORNEAL MEETINGS AND HAD POSTERS ACCEPTED AT VARIOUS ACADEMICALLY,CLINICALLY and Peer Reviewed
OPHTHALMOLOGY CONFERENCES WORLDWIDE.
READ HIS PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES AND PAPERS (SEE BRITISH JOURNAL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY
SEPTEMBER 2012 IN ABOVE LINK AND HIS UPCOMING 2 ARTICLES IN INTERNATIONAL OPHTHALMOLOGY CLINICS,
WHERE HE IS THE WINTER EDITOR 2013). VIEW HIS POSTERS ACCEPTED AT MAJOR OPHTHALMOLOGY MEETINGS WORLDWIDE,
AND READ ABOUT HIS RESULTS.
DR. GASTER USES
THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY (INCLUDING THE NEW INTRALASE iFS FEMTOSECOND LASER, THE ALLEGRETTO
EXCIMER LASER, THE VISX S-4 EXCIMER, THE I-LASIK PLATFORM, and the YAG) IN HIS MICROSURGERIES OF THE EYE.
Dr. Gaster IS BOARD CERTIFIED BY THE AMERICAN BOARD OF OPHTHALMOLOGY AND
FELLOWSHIP TRAINED IN CORNEA, CORNEAL AND REFRACTIVE MICROSURGERY, AND HIS PRACTICE INCLUDES CORNEA, CATARACT AND REFRACTIVE
SURGERY, INCLUDING ALL LASER LASIK, PTERYGIUM SURGERY, CORNEAL COLLAGEN CROSS-LINKING ALSO KNOWN AS CXL OR CCXL, INTACS (WHERE
DR. GASTER IS CERTIFIED TO DO INTACS SURGERY), DRY EYES, CORNEAL TRANSPLANT SURGERY, CORNEAL ECTASIA AND IS PERFORMING THE
LATEST MICROSURGERY TECHNIQUES OF DSEK, DSAEK, DALK. He would be happy to examine patients in an initial consultation and
review the surgical and non-surgical options of each particular case.
ARE PATIENT FRIENDLY AND WELCOME YOUR QUESTIONS AND QUERIES.
GASTER IS CURRENTLY A PROFESSOR OF OPHTHALMOLOGY AND PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE AT THE GAVIN
HERBERT EYE INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNA, IRVINE, MEDICAL SCHOOL AND DEPARTMENT OF OPHTHALMOLOGY WHERE HE ALSO SEES
DR. GASTER ALS0 SEES PRIVATE
PATIENTS AT OFFICES IN BEVERLY HILLS, LOS ALAMITOS/LONG BEACH, UPLAND, RANCHO CUCAMONGA, VICTORVILLE, AND AT UCI IN IRVINE
IN IRVINE, CA.