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Focus on healthy eyes

Posted in Eyes, Health by Erineus on March 5, 2009

Updated March 03, 2009 12:00 AM


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Up close and personal: An indigent patient gets personalized service from Dr. Edward Uy of Advanced Vision Laser as part of its free clinic for the less privileged.

MANILA, Philippines – Dr. Rory King Go, US-trained vitreous and retinal disease specialist of Advanced Vision Laser Center in Makati City, recommends eye examinations by age six months for infants and toddlers, at age three for preschoolers, every year for school-aged children and young adults, every year or every two years for adults, 20 to 64 years old, and every year for older adults, 65 years and up.

But given the hard times, most Filipinos are apprehensive about the consultation costs. Advanced Vision Laser Center ensures that this should not be a roadblock.

“We intentionally made our consultation fee affordable because we want to encourage more people to have a regular eye checkup. By giving patients practical information on eye care practices, we can help more people have healthier and more productive lives,” says Dr. Go.

Advanced Vision Laser Center also joins health programs of local governments to extend its services to indigent patients.

The good doctor adds that good eye care habits must be developed beginning in childhood. Here are some tips:

• Avoid rubbing your eyes. If you have to rub them, use a disposable tissue paper and always wash your hands when you do.

• If you’re in the habit of reading while lying in bed, it is ideal to keep a 30-centimeter distance between the book or reading material and your eyes. Or sit upright so you will not strain your neck or eyes.

• Watching television with the lights turned off will tire the eyes because of the blinking TV light. Keep your eyes approximately two meters away from the TV screen.

• In the office, take a break from the computer monitor every 30 to 40 minutes to let your eyes rest.

There are times when the eyelid moves or twitches involuntarily, which could be due to fatigue. Take a break and massage it a little.

• Use UV-ray protection sunglasses when going out. Like the skin, the eyes can also be damaged by the sun.

Toxic elements brought about by air pollution or whatever we are in contact with can impair our vision. “Use lubricant-based eye drops to clean the eyes because these are preservative-free and can wash away any dirt in the eyes,” Go prescribes.

Equipped with the most modern and comprehensive instruments and the latest in laser technology while providing world-class techniques and very personalized diagnosis, Advanced Vision Laser Center is run by Dr. Rory King Go together with Dr. Edward Uy, a cornea and external disease specialist. Both are US-trained and highly regarded cataract and refractive surgeons in the country.

Advanced Vision Laser Center is the only eye center in the country to date that can correct hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness) and presbyopia (reading problem) through LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) using the state-of-the-art Nidek Advanced Vision Excimer System EC-5000 CX III and the latest Pseudo-Accommodative Cornea (PAC) software.

Advanced Vision Laser Center is located at Suite 1004-1006, Medical Plaza Makati, Amorsolo corner Dela Rosa Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati City. For more information, call 844-3500, 845-2656 or 845-2714, e-mail jso@pldtdsl.net or log on to http://www.advancedvision.com.ph.

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=444911&publicationSubCategoryId=80

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