Cataract is the leading cause of blindness worldwide.
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 and commonly affects 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 EyeSite Cornea and Refractive Surgeon and Comprehensive Ophthalmologist Dr. Albert dela Cruz, cataracts develop as a natural part of aging but they are relatively easy to treat. “The only way to remove cataract is through surgery. We remove the lens with cataract and replace it with an artificial lens.”
Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgery procedures, and it can be done in less than 30 minutes.
However, the real challenge is eliminating blindness due to cataract. “Blindness due to cataract can be prevented if the condition is detected early and monitored regularly. If a patient starts experiencing poor night vision, difficulty reading or doing other daily tasks, then we would recommend that they undergo surgery. However, many patients today delay their surgery because of the surgery cost,” he says.
This year, EyeSite by Asian Eye Institute 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 starts at around P20,000. This is why we decided to come up with an affordable but quality cataract package,” he explains, “We hope to 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 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 clinics are at the 3rd level of Ayala Fairview Terraces in Quezon City and 2nd floor Old Building of St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. For inquiries, you may call (02)3643287 or (043) 7407669) or visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/eyesiteph