"I am an ophthalmologist with keratoconus and had the INTACS with Intralase procedure performed by Dr. Rabinowitz in October 2006. Speaking from the perspective of both a keratoconus patient and an eye doctor, I must say that I am truly impressed with the procedure. It was amazing- my astigmatism was reduced by 50% and my vision imporved by 3 lines on the vision test chart.

This procedure allowed me to improve the quality of my work and my personal life. I always thought that I would need a cornea transplant some day, but this procedure has allowed me to defer the need for a transplant at this time. The procedure was fast, easy, and painless. I would do it again in a heartbeat without hesitation or reservation.

As each patient is different, expectations are key to the success of this procedure. The purpose of the procedure is not to make your vision perfect, it is to improve the astigmatism and thus lessen distortion. You still will have keratoconus after INTACS, however you will hopefuklly have better vision with glasses, contact lenses, or both.

I feel this procedure has given me a new lease on my future.
Thank you Dr. Rabinowitz and staff for your expertise and excellent work!

- Steven Ofner, M.D.
   Eugene, Oregon

“Dr. Gaster saved my life! I had struggled with keratoconus which meant my vision was blurry because of a rare eye condition. He reassured me that everything was going to be okay with the procedure he went to Germany to learn and from there was able to help individuals with the same condition I had. I've had both eyes done and visit him often.

He's kind, gentle, funny, patient, ca and full of life. I would recommend him to ANYONE that is willing to fix their vision with this process. It is a commitment that is more than worth it. If you have any questions please contact his office.

The staff is AMAZING they are happy to answer all the questions you have and will work with you on correcting this speed bump in your way. Thank you Dr Gaster!!!”

Jeffrey J. - Torrance, CA
“Dr. Gaster is a knowledgeable ophthalmologist and a wonderful, kind human being. I was diagnosed with Keratoconus at a young age and have been under his care for about 5 years. I am fortunate to have found him. In the last 5 years, Dr. Gaster has allowed me to reach the best vision I can. After a corneal crosslinking procedure, a corneal transplant, and PRK, I see respectively 20/25 in both eyes (unaided). This is a significant improvement as I was 20/60 in the right eye and 20/4 fingers in the left.

Dr. Gaster is extremely straightforward. He will not recommend a procedure he does not think is necessary, will thoroughly review details (along with complications), and answer any questions. His honesty is refreshing because other doctors, in my experience, will allude to being able to somehow cure or “conquer” your Keratoconus – which is not the case at all. A frank conversation with a medical professional is imperative for anyone who has a progressive, chronic disease (such as Keratoconus).

There have been several times when Dr. Gaster has kept me “grounded” by reminding me of

  • Where my vision was when I first started seeing him and
  • How grateful I should be for the great vision I have now.

There are times when I become impatient or discontent as I still want to have that “perfect, 20-20” vision. Undoubtedly, his reminders are much needed. Furthermore, Dr. Gaster has a strong work ethic that truly benefits his patients. He’s answered emails and taken phone calls during after-hours.

In regards to the procedures, the surgeries have been life changing. For the first time in over a decade, I have functioning vision in my left eye. No words could ever describe how thankful my family and I are to him. We value and respect him.

I have such wonderful memories and positive things to speak of Dr. Gaster because he has always been supportive and professional. There have been times where I have lost my composure, either before surgery or during a post-op appointment, and he has always been able to handle the situation with great care (my apologies for the anxiety and the few tears I’ve shed!).

So if you need an ophthalmologist, pay him a visit! Be ready for straightforward discussions. Much luck to all of you!
Esther V. - West Hills, CA