A Commitment to Making Lasik Eye Surgery Accessible to the Neediest Filipinos – Manila Bulletin
According to a 2018 study, the prevalence rate of impaired vision and blindness in the country is around 1.98%, with eye problems mainly involving cataracts, uncorrected refractive error, glaucoma and diabetic maculopathy/retinopathy.
Unfortunately, many Filipinos with eye problems end up not getting their eyes checked for a variety of reasons, the most common being financial. Many Filipinos still believe that medical procedures, even a simple eye exam, are expensive. They would rather spend their money putting food on the family table and bearing the effects of slow vision loss than undergoing expensive eye surgery.
And it’s that kind of perception that Dr. Ches Heredia, MD, DBPO and Managing Director of Borough Lasik Center in Manila, would like to change.
“Our eyes are one of the most important, if not the most important sensory organs in our body. Without it, we cannot go anywhere without help, work would be difficult, especially those who use their eyes more in their work like writers, even doctors. But essentially, blindness can affect anyone. By becoming blind, we won’t be able to appreciate much of the beauty of the world and the people around us. But there are solutions, better and not necessarily too expensive”, explains Dr Heredia.
Dr. Heredia cited the popular “LASIK,” or Laser-Assisted in SItu Keratomileusis, which uses lasers to subtly reshape the cornea. This has become a commonly performed laser refraction procedure with the fastest results, and is offered at Borough Lasik Center, one of the nation’s leading eye surgery clinics located at the SM Mall of Asia. “Our goal is to revolutionize the Lasik procedure and make it more accessible to more Filipinos,” he stressed.
“Compared to a few years ago when Lasik was still quite expensive, it’s quite different now. The laser technology used in Lasik has become more advanced, but a bit cheaper. That would be good news for many Filipinos. with vision problems. With Lasik, serious eye problems can still be corrected, but the important thing here is that we take care of our eyes,” emphasizes Dr. Heredia.
But even though Lasik surgery continues to be on the premium side, Dr Heredia said that at Borough Lasik Center they have made it a point to do their Lasik surgery at a premium level but at a competitive and friendly price that Filipinos will find it exemplary. “Our difference here at Borough Lasik Center is that our eye care services and solutions are next level, yet affordable,” he adds.
With vision being one of the primary senses used and often abused, Borough Lasik Center also continues to advocate the importance of proper eye care and regular eye exams along with proper treatment to have better vision and a better future. Borough Lasik Center also joins the efforts of the government, in particular the Ministry of Health, with the theme “Malabong Mata’y Iwasan, Pag-Konsulta en Mata’y i-Practice yan para #HealthyPilippinas!” as part of the celebration of Sight Saving Month in August to promote awareness of proper eye care and the value of an eye exam.
Another good news is that those with eye problems in the south, in Mindanao in particular, will not have to travel far to Manila to receive quality and competitively priced Lasik eye surgery since the Borough Lasik Center is now in Davao City. The Borough Lasik Center is located at Gates 8 & 9, JJ’s Commune, Loyola Street, Barrio Obrero, Bajada, JP Laurel Avenue, Davao City.
So have your eyes, considered “the window to the soul”, checked as regularly as possible for any problems or for regular monitoring. Visit the Borough Lasik Center located in the wellness area of SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chat via Call (02) 8502-1088 or 0917-7072306 for appointments. Davao customers can call (+632) 917-7110705.
For more details, just go to the Borough Lasik Center Facebook page (www.facebook.com/boroughsight.ph) or Instagram (@boroughsight.ph). You can also send an e-mail via [email protected] or go to https://www.boroughsight.com.ph.
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