EyeSite offers affordable, quality cataract surgery

According to the Department of Health (DOH), roughly 570,000 Filipinos are blind in both eyes in the Philippines, 62.1% of which is due to cataract.

Cataract is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Commonly affecting people over 60 years old, cataract occurs when the normally clear lens of the eye gets cloudy, causing blurry vision. It can affect one or both eyes and interferes with vision as it grows larger over time.

According to Dr. Cheryl Arcinue, Uveitis and Ocular Immunologist, Retina and Vitreous Disease and Cataract Specialist, and Comprehensive Ophthalmologist at EyeSite by Asian Eye Institute, the development of cataract cannot be prevented but it is relatively easy to treat. “Cataract can only be removed through surgery. The lens with cataract is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. It is a common procedure, and it can be done in less than 30 minutes.”

However, the real challenge is not treating cataract but eliminating blindness due to cataract. “Blindness due to cataract can be prevented if the condition is detected early and monitored regularly. Patients are recommended to undergo surgery, especially when they start experiencing poor night vision and difficulty reading or doing other daily tasks. The problem is, many patients today delay their surgery because of the surgery cost,” she says.

This year, EyeSite reaches out to cataract patients in the broader market by offering a cataract surgery package. Senior citizens who are also PhilHealth members can now avail of the package with a minimal cash-out of only P2,250! The package includes expert eye care from Asian Eye-trained ophthalmologists, a US-made lens, and three (3) free eye checkups after the surgery.

“Previously, cataract surgery rates start at around P20,000. This is why we decided to come up with an affordable but quality cataract package,” she explains, “Through this package, we hope to be able to help encourage cataract patients to undergo surgery so they can continue to enjoy their golden years with clear vision.”

EyeSite by Asian Eye Institute is a one-stop eye care center and optical shop. Established in 2014, it offers both foreign and local patients quality eye care, treatment and surgery at affordable rates.

EyeSite also offers EyeScan, an eye disease pre-screening service that can detect if you are at risk of blinding eye diseases like cataract, glaucoma and retinal problems. It also performs cataract screening and surgery. EyeSite is located at the 2nd floor, Old Building of St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. For inquiries, you may call (043) 7407669 or 0995-4730227.


FAQs about the 50% EyeScan Promo at Asian Eye U.P. Town Center

1.) How do I avail of the promo?
You must present a screenshot or a printed copy of the availed Facebook offer.

2.) Do I need to schedule an appointment?
There’s no need for an appointment when availing the promo. The Eyescan test only takes about 5 to 10 minutes.

3.) When will I get my Eyescan results?
Your Eyescan results will be released either within the day of the test or the following day.

4.) Can Eyescan determine my eye grade?
No, but Eyescan is a pre-screening service that can detect if you have signs of a potentially-blinding eye disease like cataract, glaucoma, retinal problem or cornea and external problem. After the test, a recommendation will be provided in case you need to see a specialist for a particular eye disease.

5.) Is the consultation with the doctor already included in the promo?
Consultation is not included in the promo but if you are interested in scheduling a consultation with our doctors after the EyeScan, you can contact Asian Eye Institute U.P Town Center at 955-9725

6.)Are walk-ins allowed in Asian Eye Institute U.P. Town Center?
Yes, they accept walk-in patients

To avail of the promo, click the button “Get the Offer” on our facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/asianeyeinstitute/


Dr. Robert Ang wins two awards at the 29th APACRS Convention


From left to right: Refractive Department Fellow Dr. Mark Rivera, Refractive Department Director Dr. Robert Ang, and Refractive Department Fellow Dr. Niccolo Valencia

Dr. Robert Ang received two awards at the 29th Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (APACRS) Annual Meeting held in Bali, Indonesia.

His paper entitled “Long-Term Outcomes of Monocular Implantation of Small Aperture Intraocular Lens” won Best Paper, while “Prospective Study of a Schlemm’s Canal Microstent in Combination with Phacoemulsification for IOP Reduction in Open-Angle Glaucoma” (HYDRUS II Study) won the 2nd Place Best Poster Award (General Category).

Congratulations, Dr. Ang!

Understanding Cataracts

Written By: Charizze Henson

With age comes wisdom, but it frequently comes with cataract too.

Cataract is the clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. A common cause of vision loss in people age 60 and above, cataract causes blurry vision and makes it difficult for patients to difficult to see at night or in low light. Some are sensitive to light and glare or have dimmed vision, so they need brighter light for reading and doing other activities.

However, cataracts do not only affect the elderly. Asian Eye Institute Retina and Vitreous Disease Specialist and Uveitis and Ocular Immunologist Dr. Cheryl Arcinue explains, “Some people believe that cataracts are for old people, but younger people, children and even infants can have it, too. They are likely to develop early cataracts especially if they have a family history of cataracts or have diabetes, hypertension, eye trauma or high nearsightedness. Smoking, obesity and too much sun exposure are also risk factors.”

The development of cataract is gradual and painless, making patients unaware they have it. At first, the cataract may only affect a small part of the eye’s lens. As it grows, that is when they start to notice the signs and symptoms.

Patients do not have to wait for the cataract to be “ripe” before it is removed. “The cataract can be removed if they are already having difficulty doing their daily tasks like reading, cooking or driving,” says Dr. Arcinue, “The only effective way to remove it is through surgery where the clouded lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens or intraocular lens. Once removed, the cataract does not grow back.”

Contrary to common beliefs, cataract surgery is among the safest and most common surgical procedures. Asian Eye has been performing cataract surgeries since 2001. At present, it performs the Victus Femtolaser Cataract Surgery, a bladeless surgery that makes it easier to remove the cataract.

“The Victus Femtolaser technology brings higher level of precision as it uses less energy to break and remove the cataract. Less energy means lower chances of getting eye inflammation and faster healing. It also promotes better visual outcome as it creates a perfectly round opening in the capsule of the cataract, so there is a more stable position to place the IOL.” At present, the Victus Femtolaser technology is only available at Asian Eye Institute.

Eye examinations can help detect cataracts and other eye problems at their earliest stages. Asian Eye offers comprehensive eye exam and cataract screening. It is located at Phinma Plaza in Rockwell Center, Makati with satellite clinics in TriNoma, Mall of Asia, Commercenter Alabang and Family Vision Center in UP Town Center. For inquiries, you may call 898-2020 or email eyehelp@asianeyeinstitute.com.




Congratulations to Asian Eye Institute’s Dr. Robert Ang for winning the Best Paper of Session at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Symposium last May. His paper on the Comparison of Visual Performance of Monocular and Binocular Implantation of a Small-Aperture IOL was among the 60 chosen for presentation. Over 800 papers were submitted. 

Correcting inward and outward turning eyelids

Written By: Charizze Henson


Does your eyelid turn inward and make you feel as if something is in your eye? Or does it turn outward that causes your eyes to feel dry, gritty, sandy o irritated? The problem could be entropion or ectropion.

Entropion and ectropion are conditions that may affect both the upper and lower eyelids. According to Asian Eye Institute’s Eye Plastic Surgeon Dr. Franklin Kleiner, entropion occurs when the eyelid turns inwards, causing your eyelashes to rub against the cornea, the surface layer of the eye.

Ectropion, on the other hand, is when the eyelid turns outward, leading to excessive tearing or eye dryness, eye irritation or sensitivity to light. He explains, “Your eyes are lubricated when you blink. The tears drain into small openings called puncta, but because the lower lid is sagging, tears do not drain properly.”

Entropion and ectropion are usually brought about by aging. The eyelid turns inward or outward when the muscles surrounding the lower part of the eye weaken. People who suffer from eye infections and eye irritations are likely to experience entropion, while those who have facial paralysis, eyelid growths and burns or trauma in the face are at risk of ectropion.

Unfortunately, these conditions may also occur in children. “As a matter of fact, they may be congenital problems,” says Dr. Kleiner, “Extra folds of skin and muscle in the lower lid may cause the lashes to turn in. Ectropion may also be present in some patients with Down Syndrome.”

If eyelashes continue to rub against the cornea, entropion can cause abrasion, eye infections or corneal scarring. In ectropion, your cornea is left exposed, making you feel uncomfortable and more vulnerable to dry eyes and eye infections. You may even experience mucus discharge and crusting of the lids upon waking up. In severe cases, ectropion may lead to development of ulcers or sores on the cornea. If left untreated, both conditions can result in vision loss.

“That is why it is necessary for patients suffering from these conditions to seek immediate care, especially when they constantly feel they have something in their eye or when they start experiencing increasing eye redness, pain, decreasing vision and sensitivity to light,” he emphasizes.

Adult patients with entropion and ectropion are treated by undergoing lid-tightening surgery. Those with mild cases of ectropion are prescribed with artificial tears and ointments to relieve symptoms. Alternatively, surgeries are also performed in children to remove excess skin and muscles.

Asian Eye Institute has an experienced eye plastic surgeon who can help you with treatment or management of entropion and ectropion. Asian Eye is located at Rockwell Center, Makati, with satellite clinics in Trinoma, Mall of Asia, Commercenter Alabang and UP Town Center. For inquiries, you may call us at 898-2020 or email us at eyehelp@asianeyeinstitute.com.


Is your child suffering from an eye problem?


Children always assume that whatever vision they have is normal. They rarely complain about eye problems because they have no alternative experience to compare it with. However, having poor vision can impede their learning and development and affect the way they interact with other children. That is why it is important for parents to be aware of signs and symptoms that show an eye problem.

“Some serious eye problems have no early warning signs,” says Asian Eye Institute Pediatric Ophthalmologist and Adult Strabismus Specialist Dr. Norman Fajardo, “Parents have to observe if their children consistently sit near the TV or hold a book too close, rub their eyes frequently, squint or tilt their head to see better. Other children complain of frequent headaches, experience extreme sensitivity to light and excessive tearing, or have one eye turning in or out.”

Low degree or amount of refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism) is common among children. However, they may be prone to suffer from other eye problems like lazy eye (the brain ignores the images from the eye) which can be caused by high degree of refractive errors, strabismus (misaligned eyes; one eye may look straight ahead, while the other turns in, out, up or down), glaucoma (abnormally high eye pressure) and cataract (clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye).

Dr. Fajardo points out, “As parents, your best defense is to have them undergo eye screening. Children should have their eyes screened as soon as they are born and at regular intervals afterwards. Formal vision test can begin as early as age 3 and before going to school to catch eye and vision problems that may affect their learning.”

If the child is not diagnosed with any eye problems, a routine eye checkup can be done every two years.  However, those with existing eye problems and those who were born prematurely, have developmental delays, or are cross-eyed should undergo checkup depending on the recommendation of their pediatric eye doctor.

“If you think your child is experiencing an eye problem, take them to a pediatric ophthalmologist immediately. The earlier your child’s eye problem is detected, the better. Children are more responsive to treatment when diagnosed early, and it reduces the risk of permanent visual impairment,” he adds.

Asian Eye Institute offers comprehensive eye checkups for children. A pediatric optometrist and pediatric ophthalmologists are available to help care for your child’s vision. Asian Eye is located at Phinma Plaza in Rockwell Center, Makati with satellite clinics in TriNoma, Mall of Asia, Commercenter Alabang and Family Vision Center in UP Town Center. For inquiries, you may call 898-2020 or email: eyehelp@asianeyeinstitute.com.