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Most people take clear eyesight for granted, basking in the sun without UV protection, smoking, and engaging in other unhealthy lifestyle activities that could affect their vision as they age.

Typically affecting people over 60 years old, cataract remains one of the world’s top causes of blindness. Cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens, which blocks or changes the passage of light into the eye. A patient’s vision may become blurry or dim because the cataract stops light from properly passing through to the retina.

With a goal to eliminate blindness due to cataract, Makati Medical Center, a leading hospital, offers up-to-the-minute approaches in eye laser technology with its Ramon J. Ongsiako, Jr. Center, a Cataract and Refractive Laser Surgical Center.

Patients can now regain clear vision as Dr. Ramon J. Ongsiako, Jr. Center makes cataract surgery and LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis), or laser-assisted eye surgery, safer and more effective.

Equipped with the latest medical devices and computer guided-technology, the Center is also dedicated to helping patients who suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, as well as age-related vision problems like cataracts.

“Our Center’s advanced technology, combined with the expertise of our well-trained, experienced and compassionate doctors and nurses, makes us confident that we have established MakatiMed as the leader in eye care,” says Eduardo V. Sarabia, MD, chairman of the MakatiMed Department of Ophthalmology.

The Center also takes pride in its team of ophthalmologists who can address a wide range of eye and vision concerns and use the fastest refractive and cataract surgery platform available to capture precise, high-resolution images of the eyes prior to surgery.This enables them to plan and perform the procedure with specifications designed and customized for each patient.

The Center’s roster of equipment includes a laser operating at a powerful laser frequency of 500 Hertz, with an average treatment time of approximately 1.4 seconds per diopter (a unit of measurement of the optical power of a lens). It also has a laser platform that can create a flap in the patient’s cornea (needed in LASIK surgery) in approximately six seconds.

“In LASIK surgery, mainly for treating nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, the femtosecond laser is used to create a flap in a patient’s cornea, or the clear, protective outer layer of the eye, which is necessary to prepare the eye for laser ablation or reshaping of the cornea through light energy in order to correct the patient’s vision,” says Edward C. Uy, MD, section chief of the Dr. Ramon J. Ongsiako, Jr. Center.

Patients with stable eye grades ranging from 125 to 1,400 are eligible to undergo this surgery. Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery, on the other hand, equips eye surgeons with an innovative new option to potentially improve the patient’s vision.

Femtosecond laser is more precise in creating corneal incisions. This greatly reduces collateral tissue damage and complications, reducing the risk of post-operative visual problems.

An advantage of going to MakatiMed Cataract and Refractive Laser Surgical Center is that all its treatments are performed in a hospital setting, assuring patients of quality care, sterility, and safety.

“Patients can rest assured that they will be met by only the best experts, backed by MakatiMed’s world-class facilities and services,” says Dr. Sarabia.

For more information, contact MakatiMed On-Call at +632 8888-999, email [email protected], or visit www.makatimed.net.ph.

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