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Kato Eye Clinic

Situated right across the street from the statue of Hachiko at Shibuya Station, the Kato Eye Clinic handles all types of eye diseases and injuries. Dr. Takuji Kato, who founded the clinic, is assisted by nine other ophthalmologists having various specialties.

The clinic’s basic services include comprehensive vision exams and multiple options for vision correction, most prominently an alternative to LASIK called orthokeratology. The clinic’s major strengths include having specialists in infectious diseases, both the cornea and retina, and glaucoma and cataracts. It also handles pediatric eyecare.

<Awards and Accreditations>
Bausch & Lomb & MEEI research fellowship award, 1999
Japan Eye Bank research award, 2000

English, Japanese

Our Doctors & Staff

Dr. Takuji Kato earned his medical degree in ophthalmology in 1990 from Juntendo University School of Medicine in Tokyo. In addition to residencies in both anesthesiology and ophthalmology, he has worked at the Japanese Red Cross Medical Center and headed Juntendo’s ophthalmology department. His primary area of expertise is the cornea. From 1999 to 2001, Dr. Kato was also a research fellow at two Harvard University affiliates, the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary and Schepens Eye Research Institute. He discovered new functions for type 18 collagen that promoted wound healing in the cornea. Clinic team members include Dr. Teruhiko Hamanaka, chief of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Japanese Red Cross Medical Center in Tokyo and former research fellow at Uppsala University in Sweden, specializing in ophthalmology and glaucoma; Dr. Daisuke Kudo, chief of the Department of Ophthalmology at Tokyo’s Sanikukai Hospital and a specialist in sports ophthalmology and cataract surgery; and Dr. Reiko Iwai, a clinical fellow at Jikei University and specialist in ophthalmology and pediatric ophthalmology.

Our Facilities & Services

 

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Kato Eye Clinic

Supported Language
English, Japanese
International Patient Service
Via E-mail
Accepted Insurance
Accepts Japanese National Health Insurance, which covers 70-90 percent of medical fees. Without Japanese health insurance, patients need to pay fees in cash.
TEL
03-6415-3190
FAX
03-6415-3239
URL
http://www.katoeyeclinic.com/index_top.html
Address
Daigai bldg. 5F, 2-3-2 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo JapanPostal Code: 150-0043
Nearest Station
Shibuya
Office Hours
Clinic hours
Monday10:30 - 12:3014:00 - 19:00
Tuesday10:30 - 12:3014:00 - 19:00
Wednesday10:30 - 12:3014:00 - 19:00
Thursday10:30 - 12:3014:00 - 19:00
Friday10:30 - 12:3014:00 - 19:00
Saturday10:30 - 12:3014:00 - 19:00
Sunday10:30 - 12:3014:00 - 18:00

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More about Kato Eye Clinic

An alternative to LASIK treatment to correct myopia called orthokeratology—which uses a type of gas-permeable contact lens—is a specialty of the Kato Eye Clinic. The patient wears the lenses at night, and the following day can enjoy excellent vision for between 12 and 20 hours on average. Over the eight years the clinic has offered the option, it has fitted over two thousand patients with these lenses—the most of any facility in Japan. This is an especially attractive option for younger patients, who can’t have LASIK surgery until they are eighteen. In addition, there is new evidence that employing orthokeratology may prevent nearsightedness in children as they grow older. While Dr. Kato and the other doctors at the clinic do perform minor surgeries onsite, they are primarily diagnosticians who refer patients to hospitals and surgeons for treatment. They have very strong relationships with the top specialists in handling glaucoma, cataracts and problems such as detached retinas. The clinic sees many glaucoma patients because of Japan’s aging population. Kato and his team also treat a lot of infections from contact lenses, and frequently deal with cases of cataracts and allergic conjunctivitis. In recent years Dr. Kato has researched new technology related to glaucoma and invested in OCT diagnostic equipment that can identify the condition in the very early stages.

Assistance in English is available on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings, and e-mail in English is acceptable at any time.