Dr. Irene Yim O.D. specialty is Optometry with expertise in Vision Care and eye exams.
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What Causes Keratoconus?
Tiny fibers of protein in the eye called collagen help hold the cornea in place and keep it from bulging. When these fibers become weak, they cannot hold the shape and the cornea becomes progressively more cone shaped.Keratoconus is caused by a decrease in protective antioxidants in the cornea. The cornea cells produce damaging by-products, like exhaust from a car. Normally, antioxidants get rid of them and protect the collagen fibers. If antioxidants levels are low, the collagen weakens and the cornea bulges out. Keratoconus appears to run in families. If you have it and have children, it’s a good idea to have their eyes checked for it starting at age 10. The condition progresses more rapidly in people with certain medical problems, including certain allergic conditions. It could be related to chronic eye rubbing.
B.A., Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA, 1987, Biology Major,
Graduated with Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
O.D., Southern California College of Optometry, Fullerton, CA, 1991
Graduated with Beta Sigma Kappa.
Honors, Awards, & Scholarships:
Strathmore’s Who’s Who, 2002-2003.
Brock Award, 1991, American Optometric Foundation.
Hispanic, Asian, and Native American Scholarship, 1987-1991, The U.M.C. National Optometric Student Association Service Award, 1987, SCCO.
Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Fraternity Membership, 1988-1991, SCCO.
Phi Beta Kappa National Honorary Society Membership, 1987, Occidental College.
•Senior Optometrist, Eyecare Medical Corp., 2008-Current
•Associate Optometrist, West Hollywood Optometric Center, 2007-Current
•Associate Optometrist, Joanne Kim, O.D., 1991-1993.
Scope of Optometric Services:
•Vision Therapy for accommodative, eye coordination, vision related learning problems.