With laser cataract surgery, you can still enjoy a vibrant life in your golden yearsCataracts are a common concern among older Filipinos and one of the major causes of visual impairment. According to the Philippine Eye Research Institute, there are 1.18 million people suffering from cataracts, with roughly 400,000 needing surgery. The good news is that there are advances in eye care that have emerged to significantly improve the vision and quality of life for Filipinos living with cataracts.
Cataracts are the clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which can lead to symptoms such as blurry vision, difficulty seeing at night and increased sensitivity to glare. For older adults, vision impairment leads to social isolation, difficulty walking, twice the risk of falls or fractures, three times the risk of depression and other anxiety disorders, and a greater likelihood of early entry into nursing or care homes.
Traditionally, cataract surgery was done by removing the cloudy natural lens and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). The procedure is one of the most common surgeries done to restore clear vision. However, laser cataract surgery offers a significant advancement that provides several advantages.
In Asian Eye Institute, patients undergo a comprehensive cataract screening to determine how advanced the cataract is. Through advanced imaging technology, the doctors get an overall view of the condition of the eye, allowing the doctor to be more precise in creating a treatment plan that addresses your visual needs. The doctor is then able to recommend the type of IOL that fits specific needs such as better distance vision for playing golf, for doing long drives, or more focus on clarity for near vision to work on digital devices, read contracts and books, and even sew or crochet without needing to wear reading glasses.
Asian Eye uses VICTUS femtolaser technology from German brand Bausch + Lomb, which is able to break up and remove the cloudy lens using significantly less energy, minimizing the risk of damage to surrounding tissues and promoting quicker healing.
Due to the minimally invasive nature of laser cataract surgery, the majority of patients experience faster recovery compared to traditional cataract surgery. Many can return to their daily activities within a day or two. When surgery is done, patients can expect to have follow-up checkups one day, one week and one month after so that the doctor can monitor the recovery.
Studies have shown that laser cataract surgery can result in improved clarity and contrast, making it easier to enjoy better vision in different lighting conditions, including driving at night. Perhaps the most important benefit is improved quality of life.
When diagnosed early and treated appropriately, laser cataract surgery gives patients renewed vision. That means older Filipinos are able to engage in daily activities, maintain their independence and enjoy hobbies with greater ease and confidence. As we expect the population to age, laser cataract surgery is a game-changer that offers a safer, more precise and highly effective solution for cataract patients. More than ever, this means that Filipinos can look forward to continuing to live vibrant and fulfilling lives in their golden years.
Asian Eye offers comprehensive cataract screening up to 50% off and cataract surgery up to 30% off. Kapamilya discounts also apply with 50% off on doctor consultations and flexible payment terms of up to six months.
(Story/Photos by:Aizel Maquimot)