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Title: All about eye care
Post by: ingenieure on Mar 08, 2007, 07:37 AM
i think we all need this. i mean, we are probably posting and working online for a very long time. as a result, our eyes and hands get strained. and we can't afford to keep torturing our hands and eyes because it is what helps us have money right?

i went to the optometrist last time and shelled out a huge chunk of my hard-earned money with the painful realization that i have been straining my eyes too much with computer work.

i also learned from the optometrist that people who are exposed to computer work need a more special type of lens called multi-layered lens to protect us from the PC monitor's harmful effects.

as for the hands, i think ergonomic keyboards are the way to go but since i am using a laptop and really saving up big time, i don't know how in the world i am going to squeeze that in my budget....

oh well, tag away your thoughts on the matter so that we can give our hands and eyes some more of the love it deserves...


Edit: Thread now split. Original thread now "All about eye care." New thread split here: How to pamper our hands (http://www.pinoymoneytalk.com/forum/index.php?topic=6946.0)
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: p!nk on Mar 12, 2007, 08:08 AM
ingge, same tayo. i shelled out quite an amount just for my glasses last saturday. medyo nakapahinga ang aking eyes for 3 days na nagleave ako from work.
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: amrich on Mar 18, 2007, 08:50 PM
I am already using a multi-coated eyeglasses and it really cost more
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: ingenieure on Mar 22, 2007, 07:32 AM
^ i think if we can earn enough laser treatment would be very viable. but given the circumstances of being constantly exposed to the computer screen, i don't know how long a 20/20 vision from laser therapy would last.

i think the past days i got to rest my eyes and hands by simply stopping what i am doing. taking a break of sorts (since i got hospitalized, it left me with no other choice but to stop. nyehehe)...

your thoughts...?
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: nailbiter on Mar 24, 2007, 01:15 PM
Pamilyar ba kayo sa Visine Cool? Yung malamig? Nare-relieve ako rito. Lately nga lang di na ko nakakakita sa botika. Na-pull-out kaya?
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: ingenieure on Mar 26, 2007, 07:02 PM
ay okay ba yun? natatakot ako dati bumili nun kasi baka delikado? no side effects naman nail?
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: nailbiter on Mar 27, 2007, 08:51 AM
Wala rin akong idea. Posible nga kaya, long-term? Kaya hindi na rin siya available? Wala naman akong kakaibang nararamdaman when I use it. One friend I have, nahapdian siya. But another friend and an aunt, okay rin sa kanila.
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: Jarlaxle on Jun 10, 2007, 12:03 AM
Sa tingin ko ok lang tumagal sa monitor basta hindi siya CRT. Hooray for LCD monitors.  :hihi:

- Turn on the lights pag nagcocomputer.
- Try to rest your eyes every 2 hours. Just close your eyes for about a minute or two then tuloy ang ligaya. (correct me if im wrong)
- I dont believe in pasma. Di naman daw totoo yun according to 5 doctors that I know. Ergonomic keyboards can help pero magsasanay ka pa ng onti pag sanay ka sa lumang keyboard (or bobo lang ako magtype  :watchuthink: )

Weird nga eh. Ng dahi sa CRT monitors nung college ako lumabo tuloy yung right eye ko. I cant read anything ng lagpas sa 2 meters with my right eye. Nung una puro migraine inaabot ko pag nasa labas ako at maliwanag. Buti na lang nakapag-adjust na ako. Ayoko magsalamin... Mahal magpalaser.. Oh hinde..

Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: ingenieure on Jun 13, 2007, 09:16 AM
^ ahaahah naku tanggapin mo na or ipa-laser mo na yan!!! may mga classy namang eyeglasses. saw one branded Dior na 12,000 pesos!!!!!!!  pero yung akin 1500 lang  :hihi:

right now, massaging my palms helps me talaga.

Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: Jarlaxle on Jun 13, 2007, 05:01 PM
^ Di pa naman ako bulag eh kaya pa. Wahaha. :watchuthink:
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jun 26, 2007, 04:44 PM
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: oishidu on Jun 26, 2007, 04:48 PM
thanks for ur informative post Dr. Richie... Wots d best eyeglasses for a person always in front of the computer?  :hihi: sinulit na presence mo dito asking for professional advise
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jun 26, 2007, 04:50 PM

^ i think if we can earn enough laser treatment would be very viable. but given the circumstances of being constantly exposed to the computer screen, i don't know how long a 20/20 vision from laser therapy would last.

i think the past days i got to rest my eyes and hands by simply stopping what i am doing. taking a break of sorts (since i got hospitalized, it left me with no other choice but to stop. nyehehe)...

your thoughts...?



Hi! Laser treatment for near sightedness or far sightedness is actually a good idea if you're tired of wearing glasses/contact lens. I've had it done on myself while I was training for it at UCLA.It's basically permanent and no amount of reading or computer use will make you predisposed to losing your 20/20 vision. Reading and computer use, CAN strain your eyes though (just like doing anything for prolonged periods of time). So what you're doing is correct: just rest a bit and carry on. Just like running a marathon... you can stop for a while. When you're okay, keep on running!
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jun 26, 2007, 04:57 PM

thanks for ur informative post Dr. Richie... Wots d best eyeglasses for a person always in front of the computer?  :hihi: sinulit na presence mo dito asking for professional advise


You are quite welcome :) The best will always be multicoated eye glasses because they reduce computer glare.  As for the "grado", here is a special trick I teach my patients who need to read for prolonged periods of time (e.g. board / bar exam takers, etc). Whatever your "grado" is for distance, have "computer glasses" or "reading glasses" made that is slightly different from it. usually, it's a "grado" that is more "plus by 0.25D or 0.50D". This allows your eye to exert less effort accomodating for near vision for a prolonged amount of time. Obviously, this will not give you the best vision for distance, but that's why it's for "reading" or "computer use".
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: oishidu on Jun 26, 2007, 05:17 PM
 :hihi: thanks again Dr. Richie will bear that in mind
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: Jarlaxle on Jun 26, 2007, 06:04 PM
Thanks for the info Doc. Yehey may doctor na tayo dito.  :applause:
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: oishidu on Jun 26, 2007, 06:44 PM
 :applause: ako din tuwang tuwa me doctor na tyo dito.. :rofl: baka magsisi sya bat sya napadpad dito pag dami na tayo tanong sa kanya
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: Jarlaxle on Jun 26, 2007, 06:54 PM
Sana naman magstay dito si Doc.  :D
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: oishidu on Jun 26, 2007, 07:10 PM
 :D o nga
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: annanymous on Jun 26, 2007, 09:57 PM
@Dr. Richie, ano pong mas ok gamitin pag laging nasa harap ng computer, multicoated eyeglasses o contact lens? Thanks in advance po. :)

OT: Sana may mapadaan din na gastroenterologist.
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jun 26, 2007, 10:37 PM
@jarlaxle & others: Yup, I'm staying. Dito nakaka-post ako, sa ibang threads, nakikinig pa lang ako :)


@annanymous: Whenever you stare at something (movie screen or book or CRT), human tendency is to blink less. So mabilis humapdi ang mata. The problem with contact lenses is that they can dry the eye even more. So multi coated eye glasses talaga.  
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: annanymous on Jun 26, 2007, 11:16 PM
Thanks doc! :thankyou:
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: oishidu on Jun 27, 2007, 09:51 AM
@ Dr. Richie: are eye drops for eye strains or dry eyes necessary? lalo na if your in front of the computer so much? Anong brand kaya ang mas effective?  
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jun 27, 2007, 09:56 AM
^I wouldn't say "necessary" because all you need to do is close your eyes and rest. It does "help a lot" though :) we usually like the unpreserved artificial tear drops. They come in small dose containers that you throw away after a day. They're more expensive though. The second line eye drops are the ones in bottles. we don't really like eye mo and visine because they usually contain vaso-constrictors (that "take the red out") and more preservatives. I ususlly recommend the following brands:

1. genteal
2. cellufresh MD
3. systane
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: oishidu on Jun 27, 2007, 10:06 AM
 :thankyou: very much again Doc. Richie
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: annanymous on Jun 27, 2007, 11:51 AM
Hi Dr. Richie, Ok lang po bang maghilamos ng mukha before matulog kahit maghapon akong nasa tapat ng computer? Pinapagalitan kasi ako ng parents ko. Mapapasma daw yung mga mata ko. Tama po ba sila o myth lang yun?
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jun 27, 2007, 05:13 PM
^There is no solid and consistent scientific proof regarding pasma. So in that sense, okay lang maghilamos. Sometimes however, there is a glimmer of winsdom or a shred of truth in old myths. It's really up to you how much weight you want to put into it.

I wash my face kahit pagod :)
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: Jarlaxle on Jun 27, 2007, 06:30 PM
Question sayo doc: Are you wearing eyeglasses?  :hihi:
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: annanymous on Jun 27, 2007, 07:24 PM
^Palagay ko hindi. Nagpa-laser na raw sya sabi nya rito:


Hi! Laser treatment for near sightedness or far sightedness is actually a good idea if you're tired of wearing glasses/contact lens. I've had it done on myself while I was training for it at UCLA.
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: nailbiter on Jun 27, 2007, 07:27 PM
Hi Dr.Richie. Ibabato ko uli sa iyo yung tinanong ko sa unang page nitong thread. :)


Pamilyar ba kayo sa Visine Cool? Yung malamig? Nare-relieve ako rito. Lately nga lang di na ko nakakakita sa botika. Na-pull-out kaya?



ay okay ba yun? natatakot ako dati bumili nun kasi baka delikado? no side effects naman nail?



Wala rin akong idea. Posible nga kaya, long-term? Kaya hindi na rin siya available?
Title: Re: how to pamper your eyes and hands
Post by: annanymous on Jun 27, 2007, 07:33 PM
^Oo nga. Hindi pa nya siguro nabasa. Pero they don't like daw:


The second line eye drops are the ones in bottles. we don't really like eye mo and visine because they usually contain vaso-constrictors (that "take the red out") and more preservatives.


Na-pull-out nga ba, doc?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: nailbiter on Jun 27, 2007, 08:02 PM
Thanks, annanymous.

Ngayong may suki na tayong doktor na sasagot sa ating mga katanungan, let's now dedicate this thread to everything about eye care. Previous posts confined to hand care now split into a new thread here: How to pamper our hands (http://www.pinoymoneytalk.com/forum/index.php?topic=6946.0). Maigi na ring may hiwalay na usapan tungkol don, lalo ngayong ang threadstarter natin ay na-diagnose ng carpal tunnel syndrome. :(
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: oishidu on Jun 27, 2007, 09:00 PM
was reading yogajournal online. saw this article related to eye care. http://www.yogajournal.com/health/79_1.cfm
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jun 27, 2007, 09:15 PM

Question sayo doc: Are you wearing eyeglasses?  :hihi:


Not any more :)

Teka... paano ba mag lagay ng multiple quotes dito?  Oh well... eto na lang :)

Re: Visine Cool

I honestly don't know why it's not available anymore. baka  the demand was low? Normally, these eye drops that we can get over the counter are okay. Their not the best, but their okay for most uses and for most people. The problem comes in when people use them too often or use it for the wrong purposes. This is because the usual over the counter artificial tears have stronger preservatives than the ones we currently like to use ( the "newer generation" eye drops) . Note however that some of my colleagues don't really distinguish between the new and old eye drops. so pag may problema, ibabato na lang sa amin para ayusin.

So kung side effect ng visine ang paguusapan, wala naman kung PAMINSAN-MINSAN lang ginagamit :)



Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: annanymous on Jun 27, 2007, 10:50 PM

Teka... paano ba mag lagay ng multiple quotes dito?  Oh well... eto na lang :)


Pag naka-reply na po kayo sa unang quote, click quote button uli ng another post na gusto ninyong i-quote rin. :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: starryme16 on Jul 03, 2007, 04:17 PM
may tanong po ako kay doc.. meron po bang glasses na pangcomputer lang?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jul 03, 2007, 09:55 PM



Pag naka-reply na po kayo sa unang quote, click quote button uli ng another post na gusto ninyong i-quote rin. :)


okay, thanks! will try it now.... Hey!!!! It's working!!!!  Thanks!


may tanong po ako kay doc.. meron po bang glasses na pangcomputer lang?




In a way, yes. For those who need reading glasses, glasses with prescriptions designed for you to read stuff at arms length can be considered "computer glasses".

The ideal "computer glasses" for any age should be "multi-coated" to decrease glare form the computer screen. The should also be "targeted" to have the most comfortable reading vision at arm's length (as opossed to normal reading distance which is about 14 inches).
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: starryme16 on Jul 04, 2007, 02:55 PM
^ ay ganun po ba.. san po kaya ako makakakuha nun?

kasi nagtanong po ako dito s ahealth service ng school namin.. wala naman daw glasses na pang computer lang..

kasi natatakot akkong lumabo ang eyes ko eh..
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jul 04, 2007, 08:19 PM
Any decent optical shop would have it.

HOWEVER, whether you wear glasses or not, it will not really affect your eyes. Hindi iyan lalabo kasi magkaka-grado ka for using the computer too much. kwentong barbero lang iyon. So wear "computer glasses" to help make you more comfortable... not out of the fear of destroying your eyes.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: starryme16 on Jul 05, 2007, 12:12 AM
^ ay ganun po ba.. thank you po  :thankyou:

doc pag may questions po ako magpopost lang po ko dito ah?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: sardonyx on Jul 05, 2007, 11:44 AM
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: starryme16 on Jul 05, 2007, 06:36 PM
^yan din ang sabe nung doctor sa school namin..eh panu kaya yun hindi ba napipigilan yung pagtaas ng grade??
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jul 05, 2007, 07:59 PM

doc, i had an eye doctor before who told me that there's no explanation why our eye grade increases over time. not because of too much reading, washing your face at night, etc. basta aabot na lang cya sa peak nya, saka mag stop.  kasi there was a time na in a span of one year, nag increase yung grade ko. then parang consistent yun, since high school na nag increase ang grade ng mata ko every two years. then since 2001, nag stop na mag increase ang grado ng mata ko. i started with a grade of 50 when i was 13 and it stabilized at 400 when i turned 23. i have been wearing contact lenses since i was 17. i only wear my eyeglasses at home kasi parang nerdy look eh. :hihi:


I agree with your eye doctor :)


^yan din ang sabe nung doctor sa school namin..eh panu kaya yun hindi ba napipigilan yung pagtaas ng grade??


No full proof way of doing that :)

Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: steph on Jul 05, 2007, 10:06 PM
aww kala ko pa naman once you start wearing glasses, may chance pa rin bumaba ang grado mo :(
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: sardonyx on Jul 06, 2007, 09:21 AM
thanks for the second opinion Dr.Richie. :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jul 13, 2007, 10:10 AM

aww kala ko pa naman once you start wearing glasses, may chance pa rin bumaba ang grado mo :(


Yes... there will always be a chance. The prescription changes with time. You might be lucky enough that it goes down ( which is true for some kids ).
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: sardonyx on Jul 14, 2007, 11:29 PM
Doc, what's the difference between multicoated, airwear (tama ba ang term?) and ultra thin? pareho na kasi silang pinanipis. pareho ba silang "computer glasses"?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: starryme16 on Jul 15, 2007, 10:46 AM
Doc. talaga po bang tumataas lang ang grade ng mata? as in hindi pwedeng 20-20 ka na lang forever?

I mean inevitable po ba talaga yun?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jul 15, 2007, 01:51 PM

Doc, what's the difference between multicoated, airwear (tama ba ang term?) and ultra thin? pareho na kasi silang pinanipis. pareho ba silang "computer glasses"?



multi coated = any lens that has multi coating to provide anti-glare, anti-scratch, anti-UV,etc

unltra thin = very thin lenses, usually, they are already multicoated by nature so mas mahal sila, but they are not light.

airwear = very thin lenses that are very light (hence "air wear"). therefore, ultra thin siya at multicoated. naturally,siya ang pinaka mahal sa tatlo. this is also the most durable of the three.

kahit alin sa kanila pwede maging "computer glasses" since they have anti-glare coatings. pero thet can be "reading" or "distance" glasses as well.


Doc. talaga po bang tumataas lang ang grade ng mata? as in hindi pwedeng 20-20 ka na lang forever?

I mean inevitable po ba talaga yun?


"Grado" changes... that is inevitable. up or down, it depends. As for the need for reading glasses and the increase in the "grado" of reading glasses over time,that is inevitable to. it's part of aging. Sometimes, as one develops cataracts, the "reading grado" can actually go down.

given enough time, those with 20/20 vision will loose it. siguro kahit an 80 y.o. with 20/20 vision can be 20/25 by the time he is 110 y.o. or more . it's an age related thing.

Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: cherryblossm on Jul 15, 2007, 08:12 PM
umm hello p doc...meron po kasi akong nakakapang bilog na matigas sa eyelid ko kapag pumipikit ako...ano po kaya yon? natatakot po kasi akong magpa-checkup eh..umm wala naman akong nararamdamang masama...pero yung kaklase ko po meron din nun pero sa kanya malaki na kaya kitang-kita mo talaga...magpapatingin na po ba ako?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: annanymous on Jul 15, 2007, 09:41 PM
^Baka kuliti.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: sardonyx on Jul 15, 2007, 09:57 PM
^^^thanks doc. :) bakit yung sa aking latest pair of eyeglasses bought two years ago yata, airwear yun, mas mura pa daw kaysa ultra thin? siguro dahil parang introductory price.

^^ meron din ako nyan noon cherryblossm. nagpatingin din ako sa doctor at natakot na baka kailanganin ng surgery. pero di naman ganun kalaki. parang a very small piece of pebble lang. nawawala lang yun over time.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: cherryblossm on Jul 16, 2007, 09:21 AM
^^ umm inde po ata kuliti yun eh kasi di po ba pag kuliti eh namamaga yung eyelid in my case naman po kasi normal yung mata ko may makakapa ka lang talaga na matigas na bilog...inde rin po ako mahilig manilip  :D

^ ah ganun po ba...thanks po sa information...natakot din po ako kasi baka operahan para tanggalin...eh gaano po a katagal yon bago nawala...yung akin po kasi mag wa-one yr. na eh...,yung sa classmate ko naman po habang tumatagal lumalaki...
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: sardonyx on Jul 16, 2007, 11:06 AM
in a year's time siguro yun nawala. pero di ko na matatandaan kung nag-prescribe ba ng eye drop medicine ang doc.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: starryme16 on Jul 17, 2007, 10:50 AM
@ Dr. Ritchie  ahhh ganun po ba talaga yun.. so posible pala talagang magbago..

thanks po..

Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: p!nk on Jul 17, 2007, 12:17 PM
doc, paconfirm ko lang sana. nagpacheckup ako last summer and ang computerized reading ng eyes ko eh 200. tapos pinatest ako nung lenses na iba-iba reading. since ok pa naman daw sa 150, nirecommend sa akin na 150 na lang muna grade ng lenses na kukunin ko. ok lang ba na yung 150 kinuha ko or should i have taken the 200?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: 2pac on Jul 21, 2007, 11:56 PM
Hi

Quick question po kay dr.ritchie i use contact lens (disposable for 1 month) while staring @ my computer (CRT monitor) almost everday bat po minsan lumalabo n lang bigla yung right eye? usually parating ganun pag nag babasa lang naman or infront nag pc but pag sa labas ok n man sya malinaw... currently using focus monthly by ciba vision w/o astigmatism but I do have astigmatism sabi sakin ng doc ko na ok lang raw yun...

anywayz can you recommend a good contact lens brand na mas comfortable? and ano yung ok na solution and lubricant

Thanks :)    
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jul 22, 2007, 12:10 PM

umm hello p doc...meron po kasi akong nakakapang bilog na matigas sa eyelid ko kapag pumipikit ako...ano po kaya yon? natatakot po kasi akong magpa-checkup eh..umm wala naman akong nararamdamang masama...pero yung kaklase ko po meron din nun pero sa kanya malaki na kaya kitang-kita mo talaga...magpapatingin na po ba ako?


It's probably a close relative of the "kuliti". It's called a chalazion. kung hindi na kaya ng gamot (in your case, one year na so malabo na iyon), the only way to remove it is by surgery. It's a simple procedure... para ka lang nagalis ng pigsa :)
Patingnan mo na lang para sigrado. Wag ka na matakot. what you have to fear is : "what if  it's something else than can be dangerous in the long run but can be safely dealt with today?"


doc, paconfirm ko lang sana. nagpacheckup ako last summer and ang computerized reading ng eyes ko eh 200. tapos pinatest ako nung lenses na iba-iba reading. since ok pa naman daw sa 150, nirecommend sa akin na 150 na lang muna grade ng lenses na kukunin ko. ok lang ba na yung 150 kinuha ko or should i have taken the 200?


The "computerized reading" just gives us a ball park value of your refraction. we still have to fine tune it with loose lenses to find out which is more comfortable for you. So mukang okay ka pa sa 150. sounds like you already have a stable refraction. that is the first medical requirement before you can have laser vision correction. let me know if you have more questions about the procedure


Hi

Quick question po kay dr.ritchie i use contact lens (disposable for 1 month) while staring @ my computer (CRT monitor) almost everday bat po minsan lumalabo n lang bigla yung right eye? usually parating ganun pag nag babasa lang naman or infront nag pc but pag sa labas ok n man sya malinaw... currently using focus monthly by ciba vision w/o astigmatism but I do have astigmatism sabi sakin ng doc ko na ok lang raw yun...

anywayz can you recommend a good contact lens brand na mas comfortable? and ano yung ok na solution and lubricant

Thanks :)    


What happens while reading or staring at a computer screen (or anything for that matter) for prolonged periods of time is that the eye dries up (along with the cotact lens). that's why lumalabo siya. I would venture to guess that a few blinks or rest would restore the clarity correct?

focus is already a good brand. you can stick with that unless you're having problems. Hiyang-hiyang din kasi iyan. as for solutions, try getting the "all in one" solutions. Again, hiyang-hiyang din ito.

The small uncorrected astigmatism is normally not a problem. This is forunate because from a marketing point of view, it's easier to stock and sell the contactlens without astigmatism. Now, depending on how much astigmatism you do have, if you are looking for the best possible vision, you will need toric soft contact lenses. They are more expensive though hence most people just "make do" with the regular ones.

Pag sawa ka na sa contact lens, consider laser vision correction. you get more benefits the earlier you have it done. let me know okay?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: 2pac on Jul 22, 2007, 11:51 PM
Hi,

Usually I stare sa computer like 12 hours or more 7 days a week.. usually kc sa right eye ko lang nagyayari pag nag blink me minsan malabo parin/even if i use lubricant (lilinaw biglan then after that malabo) it like parang di ko sya kayang pag sabayin di balance yung left and right eye ko...  

The solution i'm using Opti free express yung green yung box :)

mga how much yung laser? noon kc sabi raw sakin it will cost me 60K eh araw araw ako sa harap ng PC bka 6 months pa lang eh bumalik agad yung grado  :eek:

what are the benefits? let say I'm 40 and will go on laser? delikado ba and there a chance na mabulag?  :ohmy:

and i have a friend mas grabe pa sakin almost 12 hours rin sya sa PC and every weekend eh he play online games like 24/7 almost no sleep and nakapatay pa yung ilaw but he have clear vision n man...
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jul 23, 2007, 09:38 PM
^Sounds like your contactlens and/eye are just drying up. you may have to clean your contactlens more or you may have to change it na. Optifree is a good brand. Pero kahit na "no rub" siya, linisin mo pa rin maigi.

Cost ranges from 58K-72K depending on what we really need to do on your eye. bigyan na lang kita discount sa PF ko. It doesn't matter how much time you spend on the computer once the eye has fully healed. It won't affect your refraction.

There is but one benefit or goal : To remove you dependence on glasses and contact lenses

Is it safe? Very safe. I've had it done on myself. Unfortunately, no one can ever give you a 100% guarantee. I tell my patients that it's just like crossing the street. Usually, we make it with no hitches. sometimes, despite all the preparation, accidents happen. What I do in St.Luke's is to increase your safety factor by doing so many tests and analyzing all the data we generate. No documented case anywhere in the world of a patient na nabulag (at least by our definition of blindness)

If you're 40 years old already, you might need reading glasses after. But there is a workaround which we will try during the screening process.

I'm not sure if I can put the link of the website I made here. So PM ko na lang sa iyo:)

Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: annanymous on Jul 23, 2007, 10:22 PM
^Doc, you may start a thread and post the link of your website in the Share-Your-Site (http://www.pinoymoneytalk.com/forum/index.php?board=159.0) folder. Pwede rin po sa signature nyo. :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: sardonyx on Jul 24, 2007, 01:45 PM
sometimes, when my eyes get too dry, the contact lense gets lost somewhere around my eye.  :help: sometimes, i'm not sure if it's still on my eye or nawala na. like the other day, i had just worn it when after a  minute, i realized that my other eye couldn't see clearly. i searched for my lost contact lense but couldn't find it. i pinched my eye, but it just wouldn't come out. doc, how can we be sure that the contact lense is no longer on my eye?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: p!nk on Jul 24, 2007, 01:53 PM
doc, thanks sa explanations nyo.  :thankyou:
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: 2pac on Jul 24, 2007, 04:43 PM
@Dr.ritchie

Thanks for the information I'll think about it pa :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jul 24, 2007, 08:39 PM
@sardonyx

The simplest way is to actually find it outside your eye :)

Other than that, the "surest way" is to have an eye doctor look at it. we'll put an anesthetic on the eye so you won't feel a thing. We evert your eyelids to see underneath. If wala pa din, we can use a smooth glass rod to swab the underside of the lids just to "make sure"

There are times when it's stuck up there and the patient doesn't even know.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: starryme16 on Jul 24, 2007, 10:54 PM
Doc Richie meron po akong ginawa na doctor's help thread for you  :D

para hindi na rin po kayo mahirapan na magbrowse pa :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jul 24, 2007, 11:21 PM
@starryme16

Hi ! Thanks... very thoughtful of you. However, I'm an eye surgeon so this thead is perfectly good for me already. I'm sure there are more qualified PMT members who can answer such questions for you. Hindi naman siguro ako nagiisang medical doctor dito I hope :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: sardonyx on Jul 25, 2007, 02:13 PM
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: starryme16 on Jul 26, 2007, 10:45 AM
@ Dr Richie ay ganun po ba..eheheh!

may isa pa po akong question Doc.. anu po ba yung correction glasses? pwede po ba yun sa akin na medyo normal pa po ang grado ng mata?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jul 26, 2007, 08:57 PM
@ sardonyx,

Exactly, it could have lodged in the upper part of the eye (under the upper eyelid). Since it shouldn't be there, we expect it to be harmful. It is always safER to see your eye doctor just to be sure.

Extended contact lenses are usually good for a year. but if it starts to get irritating even before that, have it checked or replaced as needed. 10 hours a day is USUALLY okay for the usual extended contact lenses available.

@starryme16

No such thing as "correctional eye glasses". It is a myth, a misnomer, a marketing strategy. You have a destiny with regards to what grade your eyes will be (as far as present sience can tell us). So you won't need it.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: sardonyx on Jul 26, 2007, 11:42 PM
really doc?  but since i don't feel any foreign object on my eye, i'm assuming that it's no longer there. in the past, i've lost a lot of contact lenses  and i had only gone to the doctor once. she just pinched the skin underneath my eye then concluded that it's no longer there.

doc, what's the best brand of extended contact lenses? phased out na daw ang durasoft contact lenses - Durasoft 3 Lite Tint or any durasoft contant lenses? the optical shop in cebu run out of stock so they ordered in manila. but this afternoon, they called up to inform me that it's already phased out. then the optical shop recommended another brand that's carried by durasoft. pero the price difference is almost half the price of durasoft. durasoft was priced at P1,750. the new brand (i forgot the name but it starts with letter c) costs only P1,200. may promo pa kaya P995 na lang! why is this so cheap doc? is the quality good enough? the only other extended wear is the B & L brand. i stopped using that years ago because it's too thin and it easily tears apart.

btw, when i googled Durasoft 3 Lite Tint, meron pa naman eh... :(

i called up the lenscrafter shop again, the shop where i ordered my contacts. the name of the brand is ciba thin. and it's daily wear.  my only other option is the B & L brand and they have to order it in manila.  i can't cancel my order because my sister paid it using her credit card. :(  ok lang ba ang daily wear doc in terms of comfortability? i've been using extended wear for many years already although my average daily wear is only 10 hours.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: starryme16 on Jul 27, 2007, 03:54 PM
@ Doc Richie.. aahh.. eh kasi yung friend ko po may astigmatism correction glasses daw ang solution..

yung astigmatism po ba hereditary or naacquire lang in time?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jul 27, 2007, 09:57 PM
@sardonyx

it's "cheaper" because you're supposed to throw it away after a days use. It is "expensive" in the long run. Daily wear contact lenses are much better though in that they do not have the opporunity to accumulate dirt and debris which can cause allergies and irritation. We use these for very sensitive eyes.

there are 2-week and 1-month disposables as well. I'm not partial to any brand here in the philippines. hiyang-hiyang lang iyan. Unlike in the US, there are many manufacturers so you gat to choose which one is better for your eye. In our case, we are dependent on what the importers can bring in. usually, okay naman sila.

@starryme16

Yes, that's the standard line of sales people :) They forgot to tell your friend that the "astigmatism" disappears if it's your destiny... and wearing eyeglasses or not has nothing to do with it whatsoever.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: sardonyx on Jul 27, 2007, 10:37 PM
doc, i called up the optical shop this afternoon and they said that ciba thin is a daily wear brand and not disposable. tama ba? although i prefer the extended wear, wala kasing stock daw.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: starryme16 on Jul 28, 2007, 11:04 PM
@ doc.. aah nawawala rin po pala yun.. i'd tell her..

thanks po..
ay nga po pala may tips po ba kayo para mapababa yung grado ng mata? or bumababa na lang yun magisa?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: 2pac on Jul 30, 2007, 09:20 AM
try nyo po yung O2 Optix x5 yung oxygen ok raw yun but medyo expensive   :watchuthink:
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: sardonyx on Aug 01, 2007, 07:06 PM
doc, yung old pair of contacts ko na vial, yung nakalagay na grade -4.00.  tapos may nakalagay na 8.60 median D3-LT (name of brand - durasoft 3 lite tint) 14.50. yung ngayon na cibathin ang nakalagay na grade -4.00 tapos BC 8.60
                    DIA 14.0.
compare ko yung dalawa, magkaiba ang values na 14.50 at 14.0. ano ba yun? ano ba ang BC at DIA? same grade na -4.00 lang naman yun.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: sardonyx on Aug 02, 2007, 07:11 PM
which is more comfortable to wear (thinner lenses also) and more recommended assuming you take off your contacts before bedtime, daily wear or extended wear contacts? parang mas comfortable ako sa extended wear.

^^will try that next time. i think that's extended wear. :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Aug 04, 2007, 08:12 PM
@sardonyx

BC - base curve
DIA -diameter

These are the "vital statistics" of the contact lens. we use these parameters to adjust the fit of the contact lens if necessary. If you're comfortable, no need to change them (unless hindi available yung gusto so the optical shops will "try" whatever is available) :)

extended wear contact lenses are usually made of the material that are more comfortable if worn for longer or "extended" periods of time.

Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: sardonyx on Aug 04, 2007, 09:23 PM
Thanks Dr.Richie :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: diamond on Aug 25, 2007, 12:13 AM
@Dr. Richie. Hi doc! Hope you still visits this thread. I just want to ask some questions about eye laser therapy. I have myopia, and actually wearing contact lenses. I want to believe this is school myopia. We have no history of poor eyesight in the family. It just so happens that I used to be a good student and spent quite a lot of time with reading. My eye grade is -275 in both eyes. I've been wanting to undergo laser therapy but I'm afraid with the long term side effect. They say once you get this treatment, you won't be able to have cataract surgery anymore during your old age. Is this true?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: ingenieure on Aug 25, 2007, 04:49 PM
^ been wondering about laser treatment too. ang eye grade ko kasi is 175 sa left eye tapos 100 astigmatic sa right. practical bang magpa-laser treatment sa ganon or stick to eyeglasses na lang? thanks Doc.  :cool2:
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Aug 25, 2007, 08:15 PM

@Dr. Richie. Hi doc! Hope you still visits this thread. I just want to ask some questions about eye laser therapy. I have myopia, and actually wearing contact lenses. I want to believe this is school myopia. We have no history of poor eyesight in the family. It just so happens that I used to be a good student and spent quite a lot of time with reading. My eye grade is -275 in both eyes. I've been wanting to undergo laser therapy but I'm afraid with the long term side effect. They say once you get this treatment, you won't be able to have cataract surgery anymore during your old age. Is this true?


At present, we have not documented any longterm disasters from routine Lasik/PRK. But this is not to say that there are none. we simply do not know. To put things in perspective, we also don't know how eating LuckyMe for the next 30 years will affect us :)  The fact remains that since the technology's use in the 1980's, we 've just gotten better and better with it. It's USFDA approved as well.I've had it done already so I guess I'm convinced that it's safe:)

There is also no truth about not being able to have cataract surgry in the future once you have laser eye surgery. It's just that not many of my colleagues know the specifics of how to do it because they were not trained for it .

Speaking of cataracts, no body knows the "long term effects" of the lenses we currently put in the eyes after cataract surgery. That is, we don't really know EVERYTHNIG about it 40-50 years from the time we put it in.  

@ingenieure
 If you're sick and tired of your eye glasses / contact lenses, then it would be practical. If you find your activities limited by glasses or contact lenses, then it's practical. If you're perfectly happy with your glasses, then it isn't :) So I guess it really depends on how you feel about your glasses.

Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: ingenieure on Aug 26, 2007, 04:21 PM
^ hmmm i think mine doubles as a fashion accessory so i'm sticking to the eyeglasses for now. though having 20/20 vision again seems like a lucrative offer i cannot just pass up. thanks so much for answering my query. glad we have you!  :applause:
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: blushy_bushy on Oct 02, 2007, 12:53 PM
how bout po if lagi pong itchy eyes after magbasa?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Oct 03, 2007, 08:45 AM
blushy_bushy,

sounds like your eyes are just too tired so they dry up and consequently get itchy. if it's just "medjo makati", then there's nothing you really have to do but rub it a bit then rest your eyes :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: blushy_bushy on Oct 04, 2007, 01:49 PM
^thanks a lot po...
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: junjie on Oct 13, 2007, 09:24 PM
hi doc Richie.matagal na po akong gumagamit ng eye glasses.Totoo po bang delikado ang sun's reflection sa dagat if ur not using UV protected glasses?may mga glasses ba available for this?about LASIK surgery,gaano katagal ang pahinga after the surgery?1 year b?thanks doc.more power to u.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Oct 13, 2007, 10:14 PM
Junjie,

UV, in general is not healthy for the eyes in the sense that less is better. So whether it's reflected off the pavement or the sea, or directly hits your eyes from above, it's always better to have some protection.

if you're wearing eye glasses, the multi coated lenses are among those that have UV protection. Some (if not all) soft contact lenses nowadays have some degree of UV protection as well. The "fashion sunglasses" we can cheaply get in the malls generally do not have enough UV protection (if any). Use good ones like Oakley and Rayban.

For laser surgery, you'r usually good to go the following day. You generally don't need to "stay in bed". Taking a break from contact sports for about a month or two would be safe idea.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: junjie on Oct 13, 2007, 11:46 PM
thanks doc for ur helpful advice.Cheers.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: blushy_bushy on Oct 17, 2007, 12:52 PM
dr richie,

ask ko lang po may bad effects  po ba sa eye if naglalagay ng castor oil sa lashes?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Oct 17, 2007, 10:16 PM
I honestly don't know  :D

Why do you put castor oil on your eyelashes? How do you put it ? My guess is that as long as it doesn't get into your eye, it's okay :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Jarlaxle on Oct 17, 2007, 10:51 PM
castor oil for moisturizing ata.  :hihi:
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: blushy_bushy on Oct 18, 2007, 11:35 AM
for longer lashes, i apply it before going to sleep... pero pag open ko na eyes ko lumalabo.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Oct 18, 2007, 09:07 PM
Does that really work ? :) AT anyrate, my guess would be that upon waking up, some of the castor oil has already seeped onto your eye. Hence, your tearfilm would be temporarily altered, resulting in blurred vision when you wake up. After a while, your vision should clear up as you replace the castor oil with normal tear film.

my suggestion: if you have no real scientific proof that castor oil works, don't use it na lang :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: batot on Oct 18, 2007, 10:02 PM
doc, may kaibigan ako dito sa province na gusto mag pa laser pagod na raw kasi kaka contac lens. san daw po ba maganda mag pa laser? how much kaya aabotin at sinong magaling na doctor any suggestion po...

thnx in advance... :help:
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: diamond on Oct 19, 2007, 09:39 PM
@batot

Dr. Richie himself does laser vision correction.  :D
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Oct 19, 2007, 10:51 PM
Thank you Diamond :)

Batot, PM me na lang. or email me. I don't think I can put the details in this thread :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: batot on Oct 20, 2007, 09:24 PM
Title: 20% Lasik Discount at St.Luke's
Post by: Dr.Richie on Nov 23, 2007, 09:28 PM
Just in case you know of anyone who is interested, I would like to tell you about the current discount St.Luke's Vision Laser Center is having for residents of Guam and the micronesian territories who are members of certain PPO's. Unfortunately, I don't remember which PPO's at the moment :)  But even if they were not members of any PPO, Guam residents simply need a certification from the Guam Medical Referral Office to avail of the 20% discount on the refractive surgery.
 
Your friends and relatives can email me directly. I and a customer service associate will take care of them. We can arrange free transfers to and from the airport/hotel on the day of surgery. We can also help make hotel arrangements for their stay.
 
We can also accommodate same day screening and surgery for those who's schedules are REALLY tight. They just need to sign a waiver stating that they understand that some tests we normally require during a refractive surgery screen will not be done anymore. The said tests are needed to determine some rare diseases of the eye which could affect the process or the result of the refractive surgery. However, highly discourage this practice if we can help it :)

At this point, they have not informed us when this promo will end. What I do believe is that St.Luke's normally raises prices by about 5-10% every January.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: chinky on Dec 09, 2007, 02:23 PM
DR. RICHIE PLS ANSWER NAMAN MY QUESTION, KASI PO NAOPERAHAN PO AKO LAST JAN.16, 2006 SA CATARACT. PAYO PO NG OPTHALMOLOGIST TO GO ON A LASER KAILANGAN DAW PO WITHIN A YR MA LASER NA DAW KUNDI PARANG KUKUNAT DAW PO YUNG DUN SA NAOPERAHAN E HINDI PO AKO NATULOY. SA NGAYON PO NAKAKARAMDAM PO AKO NA PANLALABO ULI MINSAN PO MABIGAT, MEDYO MASAKIT NA PAKIRAMDAM DUN SA RT EYE NA NAOPERAHAN. POSIBLE PO BA NA ME CATARATA PO BA ULI YUNG RT EYE KO. PLS ADVISE PO KUNG ANO PO DAPAT KONG GAWIN. SALAMT PO.
Posted on: Dec 09, 2007, 01:51 PM
dok richie kababasa ko lng posa cataract.com.ph na yag laser po ang solusyon sa na operahan mata ko. tama po ba? at puede po malaman kung magkano aabutin ng ganitong treatment. thank you po dok. dok hingin ko po address ng clinic nyo.thanks po.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Dec 10, 2007, 10:44 PM
@chinky

Sounds like you have an "after-cataract". better to have a check-up first so we can find out exactly what we are dealing with. If you had cataract surgery before, then there is no way the cataract can "grow back". The "after-cataract" is something else all together.

I'm not sure I can post my clinic here so I'll just PM you.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: chinky on Dec 12, 2007, 12:19 PM
dok richie,heto po email ko gracella_38@yahoo.com. please elaborate dok kung ano po yung "after-cataract". kung ito na po yun madali ko po masasabi sa inyo na ganyan po nararamdaman ng mata ko. pls help po.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: bizsum on Dec 15, 2007, 07:05 PM
Dr.Richie, I have a question.  I saw this product being sold in World Trade Center sa CCP Complex.  It is called EyeRelax  and it is supposed to improve eyesight.  I peered into something a binoculars.  I watched a series of pulsating light moving around for 5 minutes.  Then my vision cleared for a while.  I just use reading glasses.  So I was surprised about the concept that it is promoting.

The technology they use is called Bio-Spectrum Technology.  They said I should continuously use the device for 5 months to permanently fixed my vision.  The only thing is the device is at least 20,000 pesos.  The price is not too appealing for a person like me that only has minor vision problem.  Probably it is worth it for those with real vision problems.

The site is www.eyecollege.com.  Are you familiar with this technology or product?

Thanks!
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jan 14, 2008, 07:54 AM
Hmmm... I would actually look for a "Randomized Clinical Study" on this kind of treatment. That is the scientific way of determining if the product TRULLY works or "chamba lang" or "Psychological effect". Too many "new" products out there that are just recycled,unproven, old ideas...
Title: Lasik Promo at St.Luke's
Post by: Dr.Richie on Feb 21, 2008, 08:54 PM
 ST.LUKE'S PROMO (up to April 15, 2008)

1.For Patient's who undergo advanced aspheric or customized Lasik,PRK, OR CK, you get a 10,000 pesos gift certificates (GC's) which you can use at St.Luke's Medical Center!

2.Gift Certificate's are valid for 1 year from date of issuance. Transferable but not convertible to cash

3.Doctor's Professional fees are not payable in GC's

4. In addition to the GC's, the patient gets a free consultation at either of the following:
a. Aesthetic Surgery Center
b. Dermatology Center
c. Obesity & weight management center

Let me know if any of you are interested :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: nailbiter on Apr 01, 2008, 01:09 AM
Sa mga gumagamit ng multicoated glasses, do they help a lot? Less/no eyestrain since you've used them? Lately, mas nararamdaman kong humahapdi mata ko pagharap sa PC e.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 01, 2008, 07:16 PM
@nailbiter
In general, multicoated lense are more comfortable because they have UV protection and have anti-glare. This HELPS you feel better... but does not prevent eye strain which can manifest as "hapdi" ng mata. Dry eye can also cause "hapdi" as dry eye can be exacerbated by too much computer work :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: nailbiter on Apr 02, 2008, 03:02 PM
Thanks, Doc. Namamana ba ang dry eye? Ganon din kasi ang tatay ko e, he was prescribed with Tears Naturale.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 02, 2008, 11:23 PM
^ In general, no. it just gets more common as we get more birthdays :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: annanymous on Apr 03, 2008, 12:11 AM
Doc, namumula po yung right eye ko mula kahapon. Hindi ako nagsuot ng contact lens ngayon kasi baka yun yung reason. Almost 1 year na kasi yon. Pero hanggang ngayon mapula pa rin yung mata ko. Ano po kayang dahilan? Hindi naman siguro sore eyes kasi hindi naman makati at masakit. Ano po bang pwedeng ilagay para mawala yung pamumula?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 03, 2008, 07:41 PM
@annanymous

The best is for you to see an ophthalmologist first. it could be many things... from simple eye irritation to an infection. so the medication will depend on what I see. PM me if you want my clinic hours
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: annanymous on Apr 10, 2008, 01:56 AM
^Thanks, doc! Wala po kasi ako sa Pilipinas ngayon. Pero na-figure out ko na po yung dahilan. Two days akong di nag-contact lens. Ayun, nawala yung pamumula. Tapos after two days pinalitan ko na yung luma kong contact lenses. Noong ginamit ko na yung bago, di na namula uli.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 16, 2008, 11:17 PM
@annanymous

Ah! That is good :) Then it is the usual eye irritation caused by the debris that has accumulated on your contact lens. When you decide to have lasik done here in Manila, let me know :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: chie on Apr 17, 2008, 02:34 AM
Dr.Richie, paki pm naman or pakisend to my email at davesx24@yahoo.com yung latest price and details regarding laser eye surgery, interesado ako. Thank You..
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: bluegenes on Apr 17, 2008, 04:37 AM
Dr. Ritchie,

I've been wearing glasses since I was six  :hihi: My mother and younger sister both have poor eyes as well.

During puberty, I started to grow vain and took up soft contacts upon approval and consultation of my opthalmologist. Now in my current job where I fly from flights lasting one to fourteen hours (eep!) I do still wear contacts and some of my colleagues ask me if I get irritated wearing contacts for hours on end onboard. Is it dangerous to wear contact lenses during flight? I must admit, long flights do make my eyes dry and I'd have to blink several times to ease the minor irritation. i use these eye drops but it doesnt help much, any suggestions? Which brand do you recommend for those wearing contacts during flight?

As much as possible I don't wear glasses during work because I look like an 'auntie'. But sometimes, with really long flights I do. But as soon as (and whenever) I get (am) home I do sport my trusty glasses to rest my eyes. I fly three times a week at most ranging from two to seven hours.

Also, I am near-sighted and have astigmatism so I wear toric lenses. Is astigmatism curable by lasik? I heard that it can fix myopia but not astigmatism, is that true? Please PM me current rate for lasik surgery. I know it's safe but I'm terrified of the prospect of laser directed in my eyes.  :thankyou:
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 17, 2008, 07:23 AM
@Chie

emailed you the details. please contact me once you receive it.

@bluegenes

You are experiencing what many of my lasik patients used to suffer from before their surgery :) Having Lasik in Manila is much cheaper than abroad. Here we go...


1. It is not dangerous to wear soft contact lenses during flights

2. You may use artificial tears to help with the dryness & irritation on or after the flight. there are several to choose from : systane, genteal, celluviscMD,etc.

3.basically hiyang-hiyang ang contact lens so  kahit ano. the eyes simply dryup a lot during flights because of the dryness of the cabin air.

4. Lasik can handle astigmatism as well as myopia and hyperopia

5. The laser doesn't hurt and it's quite safe. I tell my patients that it's just like crossing the street... or in your case, riding the plane... we usually reach our destination without thinking of the potential problems.

congratulations on considering lasik!

Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: chie on Apr 17, 2008, 11:21 PM
Thanks doc, I got the details. :D
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 19, 2008, 07:54 AM
@chie

You are most welcome!
Title: St.LUKE'S LASIK PROMO
Post by: Dr.Richie on May 24, 2008, 10:31 PM
Previous patients who have undergone lasik,lasek,or PRK at the St.Luke's Vision Laser Center are entitled to ONE special coupon! This coupon is a 20% discount coupon that can be used for Lasik,Lasek, or PRK. Obviously, our old patient can't use it anymore so our old patient is free to give it to anyone he or she likes who can now have Lasik,Lasek or PRK at a 20% discount! Enterprising patients would know how to take advantage of this promo  :watchuthink:

Can our patients who had lasik surgery back in 2000 still avail of this ? Sorry... the person who informed me of this promo was not quite clear on that one. It won't hurt to call st.luke's and verify. I'll try to get a verified response asap and tell you guys

Now this won't last forever :(  I was told that old patients only have 2 months to claim their coupons. I was also told that in two months time, the validity of the coupon will be gone! so I guess this means that people have to hurry :)

I'll get the specifics asap.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: sardonyx on May 25, 2008, 07:23 PM
hi doc, is it true that it's not advisable to wear cheap shades, like those P200 plus ones sold kasi may grado daw yun?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on May 25, 2008, 07:49 PM
It's not advisable because the "cheap" shades usually will not have 100% UV protection. Madilim lang siya. What happens pag madilim ? your pupils normally dilate to allow more light (and UV rays) in. The dark color does not stop the UV rays. Therefore, more UV rays (which are harmful) actually get into the eye.

yung "may grado" daw is also possible. some low quality shades/ fashion glasses have small aberations in the quality of the lens thus acting like true lenses. net effect: medjo nakakahilo ng kaunti :) This is not a big problem as compared to UV rays.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: sardonyx on May 25, 2008, 08:46 PM
thanks doc for the clarification.   :hihi:
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: bluegenes on May 25, 2008, 10:27 PM
Hi Doc,

A colleague of mine woke up with sore eyes this morning. I'm worried because my friends and I hung out at their flat the ENTIRE night! I know prevention would be NOT rubbing one's eyes with 'dirty hands' but are there more things we could do to prevent us from getting a 'pink' eye?

Also, what medication/ cure can you suggest for our 'pink-eyed' friend?  :thankyou:
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on May 26, 2008, 09:42 PM
@sardonyx

You are most welcome!

@bluegenes
Unfortunately, if it's the usual "pink eye", it's viral. No real efficient cure for it once you're "contaminated". No real quick fix once you start manifesting the symptoms either. You just have to ride it out and treat the symptoms as they come.

My advice to your friend: use icepacks as much as she can to ease the pain and swelling. avoid touching the eyes, if she does, wash her hands often. a prophylactic antibiotic drop would not be a bad idea (though not usually useful)
Title: 20% Discount Lasik Promo at St.Luke's
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jun 03, 2008, 06:46 AM
From June to August 30,2008 St.Luke's is offering a 20% discout on refractive surgery procedures (PRK, Lasik,Lasek, CK) via vouchers. It's now down to as low as 54K!  It will be sent to our old patients who had laser surgery starting 2007.

For those who have no access to such vouchers, coordinate with me and let's get it done!
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: lowije_dapogs on Jun 03, 2008, 09:32 AM
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jun 03, 2008, 10:14 PM
@lowije_dapogs

Pm kita. the answer to all your questions would be off topic. as for the eyes...

SJS does affect the eyes. it's sad to say that in areas without eye doctors, napapabayaan ang mga mata. so once the patient is out of the SJS skin problems, they usually end up suffering from the eye dryness... some even go blind
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: jhay18 on Jun 04, 2008, 07:44 AM
doc, ask ko lang po kasi po yung mata ko minsan bigla nalang lumuluha yung kanan specially pag naka single na motor ako. ano po kaya ang dahilan nito?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: cjap10 on Jun 04, 2008, 07:49 AM
doc, sa st luke's lang ba kayo nagpapractice? Malayo po kasi sa amin masyado kung magpapacheck up ang nanay ko. Sana may schedule din kayo sa Asian Hospital
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jun 04, 2008, 08:05 PM
@jhay18

it's possible the eye gets irritated when you drive around

@cjap10

wala sa asian :) the closest I have to you is in Don Santiago Building (fronting PGH)...
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jul 21, 2008, 09:22 PM
20% Discount Lasik Promo at St.Luke's

I still have a few 20% discount vouchers for Lasik at St.Luke's to give away. If anyone is interested, pm me :)
Title: "Lifetime LASIK warranty" at St.Luke's
Post by: Dr.Richie on Aug 07, 2008, 12:06 AM
To those who have been asking....

As I have mentioned before, the "lifetime lasik warranty" is practically useless in terms of medical science ( as 99% of things will be over and done with in 12 months) but is a great marketing tool. Since extremely few people need it, it basically costs the eye center nothing while it generates a lot of good will and patient referrals.

The St.Luke's marketing folks finally got our drift sooooo....

St.Luke's Medical Center now has a "lifetime lasik warranty". Details to follow!PM me if you're interested.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: ferrariEverest on Aug 09, 2008, 01:23 AM
Dr.Richie,
great to have you in this forum!!

pwede ba magpa- re-Lasik (Lasik for the 2nd time)? this, if ever na lumabo after the 1st Laik operation.

talagang bawal ba magpa-Lasik ang may diabetes?
may age restriction rin ba ang lasik?
 :thankyou:
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Aug 09, 2008, 01:23 PM

Dr.Richie,
great to have you in this forum!!

pwede ba magpa- re-Lasik (Lasik for the 2nd time)? this, if ever na lumabo after the 1st Laik operation.

talagang bawal ba magpa-Lasik ang may diabetes?
may age restriction rin ba ang lasik?
 :thankyou:


yes pwede assuming kaya pa ng mata (and that will depend on a lot of things we will determine on checkup). Diabetes is not a total contraindication to lasik. if the diabetes is controlled, then usually pwede. No real age requirement. what is important is stability of the refracion.

let me know if you're ready! :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Sep 01, 2008, 11:08 PM
DEADLINE: September 30,2008

St.Luke's is offering a 20% discout on refractive surgery procedures (PRK, Lasik,Lasek, CK) via vouchers. It's now down to as low as 54K!  It will be sent to our old patients who had laser surgery starting 2007. Lifetime Lasik Warranty !


For those who have no access to such vouchers, coordinate with me and let's get it done!
Title: Lasik in Manila Price Increase
Post by: Dr.Richie on Nov 23, 2008, 11:03 AM
Our office manager says that the prices for St.Luke's will increase by at least 5% starting January 2009, as usual. so if any of you are thinking of having Lasik or Lasek or PRK done, don't delay!

Let me know when you want to schedule your appointment with me okay?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: 2pac on Nov 23, 2008, 01:38 PM
aw hirap mag ipon wala bang 12 month to pay via credit card? :) bumalik na ko sa glasses hirap kasi mag basa infront of the monitor when I'm wearing contacts =/
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Nov 23, 2008, 07:35 PM
12 months na 0% interest ? at the moment, wala eh. maybe in 2009...
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Dec 07, 2008, 03:51 PM
ST.LUKE'S PROMO (up to December 30, 2008)

1.For Patient's who undergo advanced aspheric or customized Lasik or PRK, you get a 10,000 pesos gift certificate (GC) which you can use at the following in St.Luke's Medical Center
a. Aesthetic Surgery Center
b. Dermatology Center
c. Obesity & weight management center


2.Gift Certificate's are valid for 1 year from date of issuance. Transferable but not convertible to cash

3.Doctor's Professional fees are not payable in GC's

4. In addition to the GC's, the patient gets a free consultation at either of the following:
a. Aesthetic Surgery Center
b. Dermatology Center
c. Obesity & weight management center

Let me know if any of you are interested :)
Title: Zero Interest Payments for Lasik at St.Luke's Manila
Post by: Dr.Richie on Feb 09, 2009, 11:30 PM
To those who have been asking, the following credit cards are offering zero interest for Lasik or PRK at St.Luke's, Manila:

6 months zero interest
BPI
Citibank
HSBC
Security Bank

3 & 6 months zero interest
East West
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: KingSolomon on Feb 10, 2009, 01:17 AM
good thread. Thanks to Dr. Richie, naliwanagan ako tungkol sa eye care. Parang gusto ko na ring magpa-lasik.

Ipon ipon muna.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Feb 17, 2009, 09:38 PM

good thread. Thanks to Dr. Richie, naliwanagan ako tungkol sa eye care. Parang gusto ko na ring magpa-lasik.

Ipon ipon muna.


Don't wait too long :) The sooner you get it, the longer you get to "use" it :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: allrenz on Feb 19, 2009, 08:01 AM
Doc Richie,  naoperahan po ako sa right eye ko last january 2005, hinde po nagbago ang paningin ko, parang medyo lumabo pa nga eh.. ang sabi po ng doctor na nagopera sa akin ay parang may peklat daw po ang mata ko na hinde niya nakita nuong kasalukuyang tinitingnan pa niya ang mata ko. nagpatingin din po ako sa makati medical center for another advise after a year na maoperahan ako.  they conduct a test on my eye.. nakalimutan ko na po yung tawag duon,  peropara pong pressure test daw yun para malaman kung ok yung mga ugat ng mata ko.. ok namn po ang result at wla namn daw pong problema sa mga ugat ang mata ko... wla na po silang sinabi sa akin kundi magpa salamin na lang daw po ako... pero kahit ano pong sukat ng salamin sa kanang mata ko ay hinde po mabasa ng kanang mata ko.  Sa ngayon po ay parang nawawalan na ako ng pagasa na muling luminaw ang kanang mata ko, pero ngayong nakita ko ang thread na ito ay parang nagbalik ulit yung pagasa ko na baka sakaling may pagasa pang muli na gumanda ang eyesight ko sa kanang mata.. sana naman po ay matulungan ninyo ako... 41 years old na po ako ngayon at isa po akong OFW.  
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Feb 19, 2009, 06:16 PM
@allrenz

The best way for me to help you is for me to see you. First and foremost, I must make you understand what is wrong with your eye, then what we can do about it (if any). It seems your main problem is not understanding what you have and the limits of what can be done for you.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: mystic8 on Feb 19, 2009, 06:33 PM
may doctor pala dito...question po doc. masama po ba maghilamos o mabasa ang mga mata pag maghapon ka sa harap ng computer? and advisable po ba na mag-wear ka ng reading glass pag matagal ka sa computer o madami kang binabasa though 20/20 vision ka naman? Hindi po ba makakasama yon? thank u in advance doc... :D

 :rakenrol:
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Feb 19, 2009, 06:42 PM

may doctor pala dito...question po doc. masama po ba maghilamos o mabasa ang mga mata pag maghapon ka sa harap ng computer? and advisable po ba na mag-wear ka ng reading glass pag matagal ka sa computer o madami kang binabasa though 20/20 vision ka naman? Hindi po ba makakasama yon? thank u in advance doc... :D

 :rakenrol:



Well, wala namang irrefutable evidence ang "pasma" so If you ask me, okay lang maghilamos kahit pagod :) I would say that you CAN wear reading glasses for computer use if it makes you more comfortable. Wearing the wrong glasses will tire your eyes but it won't "break it".
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: allrenz on Feb 20, 2009, 07:08 AM
Doc Richie, thanks for your swift reply.  I just do hope I can still find time to see you before I leave for work, Aalis po kasi ako sa 26th of Feb.  Pero I will try my very best to come and see you,  anyway po..  saan ko po ba kayo pwedeng mapuntahan...right now po kasi ay nandito ako sa Bulacan... salamat pong muli...

@allrenz

The best way for me to help you is for me to see you. First and foremost, I must make you understand what is wrong with your eye, then what we can do about it (if any). It seems your main problem is not understanding what you have and the limits of what can be done for you.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: 2pac on Feb 20, 2009, 04:17 PM

Quote
Wearing the wrong glasses will tire your eyes


nag pabago ako ng glasses nung una sobrang linaw but later on eh sumasakit na yung mata ko... is this a sign that mali yung binigay na RX sakin?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Feb 20, 2009, 08:33 PM
@allrenz

PM sent

@2pac
It can mean many things. The production of a good pair of eye glasses depends on:
1. The optometrist/ophthalmologist kung tama ang pag-grado niya sa iyo
2. The patient if tama and honest ang responses mo sa optometrist
3. Sa Technician kung tama ang pag-gawa

All 3 must be in synch :)


Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Strangemikan on Feb 20, 2009, 09:17 PM
Hello, meron bang appropriate na contact lenses (at kung maaari sana yung me color para :cool2:) para sa taong laging nakatutok sa monitor buong maghapon? Gusto ko sana itry kasi, Im planning to have my braces and to ditch my eyeglasses for good! Hope you can help me!
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Feb 21, 2009, 08:50 PM

Hello, meron bang appropriate na contact lenses (at kung maaari sana yung me color para :cool2:) para sa taong laging nakatutok sa monitor buong maghapon? Gusto ko sana itry kasi, Im planning to have my braces and to ditch my eyeglasses for good! Hope you can help me!



In general, there is no such thing as the "appropriate" contact lens (if your asking about brands) for computer use. Basta tama ang pagsukat ng grado, okay na iyon.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: anscabys on Apr 12, 2009, 11:57 PM
@Dr.Richie
   kc last 2 years mga 2007 merong nag free eye check up sa office namin. dun nalaman ko na medyo malabo na mata ko. 25/25 ata un parehas na mata. pro d pa po ako nag salamin nun.then eventually naka hanap ako ng work sa malaysia.. sa medical hindi ko mabasa ng tama ung mga letra. so para maka pasa need kong mag pasalamin. dko na matandaan kung ano ung grado ko nun, wala nga syang machine na ginamit sakin. mano mano.nag pa medical po ako august 2008.
lagi pa naman po ako naka harap sa monitor kc un ang po ang work ko.mga 12hrs a day ako nasa computer. kc wala naman ibang pag ka abalahan kung hindi computer at internet lng.kinalaunan parang feeling ko kahit naka suot ung salamin pag medyo malayo ang tinitignan ko medyo malabo na sya at  kapag nasa harap naman ako ng computer parang ang daling mapagod nang mata ko.mas ok pa na walang salamin kapag nasa harap ako ng computer. kanina napadaan ako sa pagawaan ng mga salamin. kinuha ung salamin ko at ni check nya kung ano ung grado nung salamin sabi nya 75 parehas.. then ni check naman nya ung mata ko sabi nya grado daw is -1.25.

tanong po doc..
ano po ung -1.25?
bkit hindi po ako comportable kapag naka suot ang salamin habang nanoonood o  kya nag ccomputer?pro pag inalis ko ung salamin medyo mas ok kapag nasa computer pro malabo kapag sa malayo.. mali po ba talaga ang grado ng salamin ko?
ano po ba ang dapat kong gawin para hindi na tumaas ang grado?
tsaka bkit po minsan kapag may aircon nag luluha ung mata ko?
sa pagawaan po ba ako ng salamin pupunta o pa check up ko muna ung mata ko, o dapat parehas?
baka kau po may shop o kya referral po. ung mag kasama na po ung tingin sa mata at gawaan ng salamin. pde po ba pa send o pa PM po ng contact number?
sensya na po daming tanong.... d ko po kc maintindihan...
maraming maraming salamat po sanyo.. godbless..
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 13, 2009, 08:09 PM
@anscabys

What you need, form the very beginning, is a consult with an Ophthalmologist who will take the time to answer all your questions. Sa optometrist ka nagpunta kasi. So... let's start at the beginning:

1.   -1.25D and "grado" ng mata mo. nearsighted ka. ibig sabihin... pag wala kang suot na salamin, yung malapit, malinaw at comfortable while yung malayo, malabo. Kapag suot mo yung salamin mo, malinaw na yung malayo. yung malapit naman, malinaw din pero pag tumatagal, napapagod ang mata and it gets blurry. why ? when someone is looks at near objects, the muscles on the eye work overtime to focus it. This happens when you're wearing you eye glasses. without your glasses, the muscles do not work at all kasi nga near sighted ka na. Hence, you are more relaxed. So mukang tama naman salamin mo... assuming you're less than 40 y.o.

2. There is NOTHING you can do para hindi tumaas ang grado ng mata. it's destiny. tataas siya kung tataas siya.

3. Kung naka-aircon, the eyes sometimes dry up. this sends a reflex to make tears so magluluha ka.

4. You can go to my clinic at st.lukes. teka... I thought you're in malaysia?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: anscabys on Apr 13, 2009, 08:17 PM
@Dr.Richie
 doc salamat po sa effort at nag reply kau.. bali uwi po ako nextweek..
 st. lukes.. waw dun pla kau. dpo ba mahal dun? mag kano po lahat lahat consultation fee at ung mga gagastusin sa salamin.. mga mag kano po kaya? estimate lng po

thanks po ulit doc sa reply..   godbless...
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: 2pac on Apr 16, 2009, 04:31 PM
Medyo off topic...

may marecommend ba kayong RX eye wear na magaan and masarap isuot? currently wearing Oakley RX pero bumabakat yung nosepad nya sa skin ko....

Thanks :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 17, 2009, 06:52 PM
@anscabys

You are welcome! PM sent

@2pac

You need the following specs: The frames have to be made of titanium... the lens has to be made of polycarbonate material (like Airwear). If that is not enough, then the prescription is just too high. Your favorite optical shop should carry several brands.l

Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: KhuLetZ00 on Apr 18, 2009, 09:33 PM
 :help:
ahm hello doc richie i just want to ask kung ano pde kung gawin kc nmA2ga po Ung eyelid ko..
and parAng magKa2Guliti..and Kpg kumukUrap Me mSkit cIa..

pls. i nid ur help i dnt to go to skul on Monday n My guliti
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 18, 2009, 09:37 PM
@KhuLetZ00

You really need to see me or another eye doctor and get treated.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: uranium698 on Apr 19, 2009, 03:30 PM
thanks that we have a free consultation here with a great doctor...

ask ko lang po, what is the effect of this changing lens na sinasabi nila (i mean, your lens is shaded/darken when you are under the sun, then it is clear when you are at home/covered area) or mas ok pa rin yung multicoated lens na clear lang...

 :thankyou: doc
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: ric_TNT on Apr 19, 2009, 03:35 PM

thanks that we have a free consultation here with a great doctor...

ask ko lang po, what is the effect of this changing lens na sinasabi nila (i mean, your lens is shaded/darken when you are under the sun, then it is clear when you are at home/covered area) or mas ok pa rin yung multicoated lens na clear lang...

 :thankyou: doc


I'm not a doc, pero ang meron akong nakita ang tawag eh transitions, ganyan ang effect para pag nasa sobrang liwanag, mag-activate ang shades para maprotektahan daw ang mata sa UV's pero pag nasa shaded areas  ka ay nagiging clear.

Same concept is available now on welder's masks para hindi sara bukas ang eye protector.

It has also been applied in automotive mirrors.   Sharing lang po !!!!
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 19, 2009, 10:47 PM
@uranium698

The generic name is "photochromic lens". They change color. The more UV rays hitting it, the darker they get. Note that the anti-UV coating is already there. So whether it darkens or not, it already helps in terms of UV protection

multi-coated lenses have UV protection already WITHOUT the dark shade.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Pawn on Apr 20, 2009, 07:12 AM
Hello dok.. May CSR ang left eye ko sabi ng opthalmologist may dark spot o floaters ako nakikita bilog ang itsura o kaya flashes of light minsan.Sabi nya cause ng stress Binigyan ako ng pampatak na voltarin naging ok naman pero bumalik uli. Sabi may pilat pa daw kung di matanggal pa laser nya. Gaano po ba ka safe po yun? pag na laser na babalik pa ba ung pilat sa film ng eye pag na stress uli. near sighted ako at nanalamin ngayon. mahal po ba pa-laser?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: entrepinaynay on Apr 20, 2009, 12:00 PM
Dr. Richie, I'm planning to undergo Lasik. Could you kindly let me know how much it costs? Thanks!
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: 2pac on Apr 20, 2009, 03:22 PM
@Dr.Richie

Thanks! actually naka titanium na ko pero parang mabigat parin and oily face ko so bumabakat yung nosepad and minsan eh namumula yung mga yun...

regarding sa airwear for my grade mataas na raw eh so it will cost me 6-7K pag ipapagawa ko so I'm using ordinary lens...pero kapal pa rin =/
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: uranium698 on Apr 20, 2009, 04:04 PM

@uranium698

The generic name is "photochromic lens". They change color. The more UV rays hitting it, the darker they get. Note that the anti-UV coating is already there. So whether it darkens or not, it already helps in terms of UV protection

multi-coated lenses have UV protection already WITHOUT the dark shade.


 :thankyou: doc, napaka-dedicated nyo nmn po, free ang consultation sa inyo...
akala ko kasi for fashion lang iyon at mas ok pa rin ang mga multicoated... thanks po ulit sir doc
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 21, 2009, 06:19 PM

Hello dok.. May CSR ang left eye ko sabi ng opthalmologist may dark spot o floaters ako nakikita bilog ang itsura o kaya flashes of light minsan.Sabi nya cause ng stress Binigyan ako ng pampatak na voltarin naging ok naman pero bumalik uli. Sabi may pilat pa daw kung di matanggal pa laser nya. Gaano po ba ka safe po yun? pag na laser na babalik pa ba ung pilat sa film ng eye pag na stress uli. near sighted ako at nanalamin ngayon. mahal po ba pa-laser?



I know of some retina specialists who do laser for CSR immediately... lalo na kung umulit. One thing is for sure, if something is not done, permanent damage can occur and that dark spot will be permanent. Is your doctor a retina specialist ? If not, I suggest you find yourself a good one. PM me if you need a referral.

Yes, pwede pa rin bumalik, pero mas less ang chances. The cost will depend on the doctor and where you have it done. It's much cheaper than Lasik surgery. It's also covered by HMO's.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 21, 2009, 06:24 PM

@Dr.Richie

Thanks! actually naka titanium na ko pero parang mabigat parin and oily face ko so bumabakat yung nosepad and minsan eh namumula yung mga yun...

regarding sa airwear for my grade mataas na raw eh so it will cost me 6-7K pag ipapagawa ko so I'm using ordinary lens...pero kapal pa rin =/


If you're using ordinary lenses and not airwear, mabigat pa rin talaga at makapal kahit anong gawin mo. The lens itself will be heavy so I'm afraid you'll just have to bear with the marks and all. There is a reason why airwear is more expensive.  Pa-Lasik ka na lang para tapos na :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 21, 2009, 06:27 PM
@entrepinaynay

PM sent. let me know if you want to schedule an intensive screening.

@uranium698

you are most welcome!
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 21, 2009, 06:52 PM
I just confirmed this with our office manager:

Free transpo (by car ) to and from St.Luke's for the following:
1. Lasik screening
2. Lasik Surgery

Oh, and lifetime "warranty" pa rin
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: 2pac on Apr 24, 2009, 02:33 PM
Thanks Doc actually pinag iipunan pa eh pero nung last time na nag check ako sa Asian Eye Institute sabi sakin ng lady doctor di raw pwede I-LAsik mata ko...actually nakalimutan ko yung reason pero  baka di raw ma 20/20 yung vision ko...




If you're using ordinary lenses and not airwear, mabigat pa rin talaga at makapal kahit anong gawin mo. The lens itself will be heavy so I'm afraid you'll just have to bear with the marks and all. There is a reason why airwear is more expensive.  Pa-Lasik ka na lang para tapos na :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 24, 2009, 08:46 PM
@ 2pac

Ah.... There is only one qualified refractive surgeon in Asian Eye Institute. Lalaki siya. So even if the lady doc was most likely correct, there is a chance that things could have been better explained to you and a more complete picture given. such as....

"hindi pwede lasik [ pero baka pwede PRK]".... "baka hindi mag 20/20 mata mo [pag lasik pero pwede kung PRK]".

You should also note that there are other lasers in the market that might have better capabilities than theirs for your specific eye problem. It might allow you 20/20 with lasik!  So don't lose heart... who knows, by the time you're ready, the technology might finally be just what you need :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: 2pac on Apr 25, 2009, 12:21 PM
@Dr.Ritchie
Hmmm actually nag second opinion lang ako sa kanya and siningit ko lang yung Lasik questions.... kinakabahan lang kasi ako since babad ako sa computer 12 or more hours sometimes 2 days straight... baka kasi bumalik rin yung grade...but yung nga sana pede...anyways meron bang parang Insurance let say if something got wrong with the surgey and the patient got a permanet damage in his/her eye?

and anu yung lifetime warranty? does this mean if the 1st surgery is not successfull you get another surgery for free and so on?



Quote
Ah.... There is only one qualified refractive surgeon in Asian Eye Institute. Lalaki siya. So even if the lady doc was most likely correct, there is a chance that things could have been better explained to you and a more complete picture given. such as....

"hindi pwede lasik [ pero baka pwede PRK]".... "baka hindi mag 20/20 mata mo [pag lasik pero pwede kung PRK]".

You should also note that there are other lasers in the market that might have better capabilities than theirs for your specific eye problem. It might allow you 20/20 with lasik!  So don't lose heart... who knows, by the time you're ready, the technology might finally be just what you need
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 25, 2009, 09:12 PM
@2pac

Exactly what type of insurance are you asking about?

As for the warranty, it goes something like this: If may natira pang grado, pwede i-laser ulit for free (assuming it's medically feasible and not harmful to the eye). may restrictions din. kung pinaopera mo sa iba tapos pumangit, "void" na ang "warranty". Parang cellphone na pinagawa sa tabi at hindi pinagawa sa service center :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: 2pac on Apr 26, 2009, 11:15 AM
@Dr.Ritchie

hmmm I mean more of an assurance if ano ang mangyayari if nag fail yung surgery/operation? ano po yung protection namin as a patient... since vision is more or less an important part for a human being.

I believe di rin sya cover ng HMO e.g. maxicare
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 26, 2009, 08:20 PM
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: 2pac on Apr 27, 2009, 04:11 PM
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: annanymous on Apr 27, 2009, 09:30 PM
Hi, Dr. Richie! :hello: Sobrang kati po ng mga mata ko. For 2 days na. Hindi naman po namumula pero yung feeling eh medyo mabigat (parang yung feeling pagkatapos umiyak) na sobrang kati. Bakit po kaya ganito?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: orange on Apr 28, 2009, 04:04 PM
doc, ako rin po makati rin yung mata pero hindi siya namumula, pakiramdam ko mahapdi at nasisilaw rin ako sa liwanag? bakit po kya?  :thankyou:
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on May 01, 2009, 09:55 PM
@2pac

You are welcome!

@annanymous

It could be allergy or blepharitis. The treatment is different. see me na lang or have another ophthalmologist see you.

@orange

It could be many things. see me na lang or have another ophthalmologist see you.



Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Republic on May 02, 2009, 01:50 PM
doc.. question po... ganito po ba ang ginagawa kapag lasik surgery?

may napanood  po kasi ako sa greenbodytalk.com na ganito ang ginagawa sa lasik surgery e.

http://www.greenbodytalk.com/forums/lasik-eye-surgery-t1450.0.html
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jan 24, 2010, 08:54 PM
@Republic

Sorry... hindi ko ma-access.... but here are my videos of lasik, prk, lasek. so tingnan mo na lang kun anong pareho :)

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=lasikmanila
Posted on: May 02, 2009, 09:18 PM

Posted on: Jan 24, 2010, 08:52 PM
A few months ago, some people were asking about the "all laser Lasik". Since it wasn't available in the country yet, I said I'd get back to them. Here it is!!!!

This is a real LASIK procedure that uses a femtosecond laser to make the lasik flap. It is NOT the procedure that some people mistakingly equate with Lasek, PRK, or Epi-lasik.

Epi-lasik has been called "bladeless Lasik" by some. Note: it has a blade... a very blunt one... but a blade never the less. It just does not cut as deep. After the surgery, it is managed just like PRK and not managed as Lasik. See what I mean about "marketing the name"?

Now the Femtosecond laser creates the flap instead of a metal blade in the microkeratome. Some of the popular brands of Femtosecond laser are the VISUMAX (by Carl Zeiss) and Intralase (by AMO). Both are now available in the country.

St,Luke's bought the ridiculously expensive, top of the line VISUMAX. It's available at SLMC-Global City. It was chosen because it can do a lot more things than just lasik. Visumax-Lasik package price is P120K for both eyes
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: 2pac on Feb 03, 2010, 07:41 PM
meron pa palang different kinds of Lasik... may napanood ako sa TV yung blind person nakakita ulet using a human tooth...is this possible? Net -25 I think yung channel
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Feb 04, 2010, 09:35 PM
@2pac

Yes,it is. This is for patients with super severe dry eye that their corneas opacify. A normal corneal transplant doesn't stick. so  tooth acts as a biocompatible link between the eye and the material used as a cornea.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: niwrek30484 on Feb 07, 2010, 11:52 AM
wow dami kong natutunan. thanks
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: cutie_candy on Feb 09, 2010, 06:52 PM
doc richie, bakit ganun, may time na sumasakit yung mata ko pag matagal kong suot yung eye glasses ko? lalo na pag puyat ako. multi-coated po saka -2.00 ang grade. last december 2009 ako nagpalit ng salamin, in fairness since 2008, -2.00 pa rin yung grade ng mata ko. hehehe
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: rnimad on Feb 10, 2010, 10:57 AM
Dr. Ritchie my eyes reddish n teary is "optein" (eye vitamin) really works 4 the eyes? ty.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Feb 18, 2010, 08:48 AM
@cutie_candy
most likely, it's eye strain. pagod na... kaya sumasakit.

@rnimad
Just to put things into perspective, Lutein supplements (in their various brands & forms) are "supplements". If you  look at the boxes, you will see the phrase "No therapeutic claims", This, despite the therapeutic claims being elaborated upon in the TV adds. Marketing strategy lang.

Some forms of the eye disease called Age related Macular Degeneration can be prevented ( though by no means a certainty) or helped a bit. That's it. It will not prevent the eyes from getting blurry due to age related cataracts, or glaucoma, or any other eye disease.

In short, it is a supplement that MAY help in a certain cases. It is by no means a "cure-all"

Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: hanne on Feb 18, 2010, 12:28 PM

@Republic

Sorry... hindi ko ma-access.... but here are my videos of lasik, prk, lasek. so tingnan mo na lang kun anong pareho :)



doc, i saw your name on the vid, are you by any chance related to doc joey and babes nepomuceno from marikina?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: cutie_candy on Feb 21, 2010, 09:03 PM
thanks doc ritchie! nga po pala, i've seen an advertisement in facebook, it says that they have a lasik surgery for P25,000. I am skeptical, kasi parang scam or kung di man, low quality yun.. what do you think doc?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: ferrariEverest on Feb 28, 2010, 08:17 AM
^ P25,ooo? sobrang baba, unless nagbago na ang presyo.


Doc Richie,
sa inyo po ba magkano? can u tell us? (sorry if this has been asked before)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: risQue on Mar 01, 2010, 02:47 PM
dok pki pm namn po skin kung saan clinic nio po at clinic hours ipapacheck up ko po kc sa inyo ung 5 years old kong anak na malabo po ang mata...inborn po ang pagkalabo ng mata po niya marami pong salamat..
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 18, 2010, 08:06 AM


doc, i saw your name on the vid, are you by any chance related to doc joey and babes nepomuceno from marikina?

Unfortunately, I have no idea :)
Posted on: Apr 18, 2010, 07:57 AM
thanks doc ritchie! nga po pala, i've seen an advertisement in facebook, it says that they have a lasik surgery for P25,000. I am skeptical, kasi parang scam or kung di man, low quality yun.. what do you think doc?

Since we're at Pinoy Money talk, I'll throw back the question : How do you think it's possible to bring the price that low? If you have a product similar to what the others are offering, how can you bring down the price of your product to less than half the normal going rate? Is it truly the same product then ?
Posted on: Apr 18, 2010, 08:00 AM
^ P25,ooo? sobrang baba, unless nagbago na ang presyo.


Doc Richie,
sa inyo po ba magkano? can u tell us? (sorry if this has been asked before)

I'll PM you. hindi ata pwede mag-post na prices dito :)


Posted on: Apr 18, 2010, 08:01 AM
dok pki pm namn po skin kung saan clinic nio po at clinic hours ipapacheck up ko po kc sa inyo ung 5 years old kong anak na malabo po ang mata...inborn po ang pagkalabo ng mata po niya marami pong salamat..

Suite 1502 North Tower,CHBC, St.Luke's Medical Center,QC
Tuesdays 9-11am; Please call 721-34-98 for schedule

Rm 709 Don Santiago Building, Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila (fronting PGH)
Mon 2-5pm, Thursday 11-1pm; Please call 536-7771 for schedule

thanks!
Title: 10K Lasik Discount at Fatima
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 25, 2010, 07:34 AM
For PMT peeps who keep on asking for prices, I can give a 10K discount on my profesional fee for Lasik (both eyes) at Fatima. Sorry, hindi pwede sa St.Luke's :) This means that my standard Lasik Package is now 40K for both eyes if we do it at Fatima until May 29,2010 :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: op2nd on Apr 30, 2010, 11:52 AM
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: malinkelly on Apr 30, 2010, 02:43 PM
ano po kailangan sa mga mata na madaling mamula, na-i-irritate po kapag namumula yung mga mata? tsaka kapag  nag-swi-swimming kami sa pool, mabilis mamula yung mata ko..
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: op2nd on Apr 30, 2010, 07:36 PM
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on May 03, 2010, 11:50 PM
@op2nd

Hi! Thank you for your opinions. Sorry this is off topic.... but claiming that "Almost all kinds of diseases related talaga sa depleted glutathione " is dangerous and is quite a stretch. let's talk about the "science" of it. It would perhaps be a great boon to all of us if you provide us high level scientific journals that support your claim. perhaps one from the New England Journal of Medicine or the JAMA or some other honest to goodness peer reviewed journals acceptable to the Scientific community.


As for the cataract, i shall take it with a grain of salt. I'm betting there was some kind of miscommunication with the diagnosis or definition of cataract. There are many people who thought they had cataracts but turn out not to have any. Yung akala nilang cataract, hindi naman pala. it's usually quite difficult to see a cataract with the naked eye unless it has become totally white. even then, it is behind the iris and is seen in the middle of an eye (not one side of an eye as you mentioned). Do we know if a decent ophthalmologist diagnosed the child as having a cataract back then? Do we know if  a decent ophthalmologist examined the child now and declared that the child does not have a cataract now? You see, many things can happen to the eye that can "hide" the cataract from the view of the mother. Lastly, there is the possibility that a lens/cataract can fall into the eye and "hide" it from direct viewing... this is called lens dislocation. To answer your initial question: No, probably not.

As for the swimming thing, the redness is only partly due to the chlorine. It's all about acidity or pH levels. the surface of the eye's pH level is different from sea water or chlorinated pool water or ordinary tap water. This is why after you take a normal bath your eyes can become red and irritated temporarily. The same is true for swimming in pools and the ocean.

as for the skin, out of topic na ito. but just so we stop creating more confusion, the skin can get irritated by the chlorine if the concentration is too high. some have more reaction than others and can get contact dermatitis or allergies. the term "depends on the level of your immune system" is misrepresented. You get allergies if your body's immune system is detecting a foreign substance (allergen) and reacts to it excessively (more than normal). This does not directly mean that you are healthy or weak. Example: if someone is allergic to shrimp, this does not mean that his immune sytem is weak. it does not mean that he is more prone to infection.it does not necessarily mean that he has too much toxins in his body. what it means is that if he takes in shrimp (the allergen), his body will react to it in ways that are excessive (like itchiness, redness,etc) compared to someone who is not allergic to shrimp.

To define "levels of immune system", let us take a patient with HIV. at the start, the immune system is still GOOD in that it can detect and kill the herpes virus. Once HIV worsens to AIDS, the immune system is so BAD that it has difficulty mounting an effective resistance to herpes. the patient is thus in danger of getting herpes eye infections because the immune system can't kill of the offending virus. please note that this has nothing to do with "toxin" levels. You see, I wouldn't use the term "toxins". the proper term would be allergens (just like pollen,shrimp,dust mite,etc).



Posted on: May
 03, 2010, 11:29 PM

@malinkelly

see my reply above. then, see a decent ophthalmologist and find out if there is anything wrong with your eyes. There are just too many causes of eye redness. from the dangerous to the benign. If wala, what you are experiencing may be normal pa naman.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: malinkelly on May 04, 2010, 02:50 PM
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: op2nd on May 05, 2010, 12:23 AM
Title: Cataracts
Post by: Dr.Richie on May 06, 2010, 06:02 PM
@op2nd

Dude! simple questions:

1. Was the child properly diagnosed as having a cataract by a competent ophthalmologist (meaning FELLOW of ophthalmology ) during the illness? sino?

2. Was the child  properly diagnosed as NOT having a cataract by a competent ophthalmologist (meaning FELLOW of ophthalmology ) at the present? sino?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Lightning on May 07, 2010, 11:02 AM
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on May 07, 2010, 08:00 PM
I think our thread just got invaded....
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: orange on May 08, 2010, 06:24 PM
Dr.Richie nagkaroon po ako ng shingles  sa talukap ng mata at half part ng noo. sabi ng doctor maaring bumaba ang immune system ko. d ko na matandaan yung explanation nya, kung hindi b yun naagapan maaring me mabulag? madali rin akong masilaw sa liwanag ng araw o kahit sa gabi yun ilaw.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Lightning on May 08, 2010, 07:49 PM
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: fidi on May 08, 2010, 09:11 PM
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: op2nd on May 09, 2010, 12:19 PM
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on May 10, 2010, 02:11 PM
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: czyre on May 12, 2010, 06:16 PM
Hi po... I'm a new member here, I was searching google and found this website... I'm hoping the experts here could enlighten me and help me with my case.

I have an advance case of Keratoconus (on both eyes). I have been wearing RGP lenses for almost 5 years now. I consulted two opthalmologists last week due to infection on my eyes. They both recommended that I undergo surgery, corneal transplant, as my case is too advanced already that the contact lenses I'm wearing are no longer helping me.

I'm just wondering how much this would cost me. Does anyone have a clue?

I am not a rich person and a single mom. I don't know where to start. But I definitely want to see my daughter grow old.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on May 13, 2010, 08:41 PM

Hi po... I'm a new member here, I was searching google and found this website... I'm hoping the experts here could enlighten me and help me with my case.

I have an advance case of Keratoconus (on both eyes). I have been wearing RGP lenses for almost 5 years now. I consulted two opthalmologists last week due to infection on my eyes. They both recommended that I undergo surgery, corneal transplant, as my case is too advanced already that the contact lenses I'm wearing are no longer helping me.

I'm just wondering how much this would cost me. Does anyone have a clue?

I am not a rich person and a single mom. I don't know where to start. But I definitely want to see my daughter grow old.


If the two ophthalmologists who saw you are fellowship trained cornea specialists like me, then corneal transplants are what you really need. If not, then better see a real cornea specialist first. baka may ibang alternative pa.

As for the cost, that will depend on if you want to have it done as a charity or private case and naturally, where you'll have it done. it can go as low as 10K to 130K per eye. it really depends.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: czyre on May 14, 2010, 07:10 PM
Thank you for the reply... Yes, they're both Cornea Specialists.

Can you please recommend hospitals here in Manila where I can have the surgery as charity po? Sino rin pong Doctor ang pwedeng gumawa? Pwede po ba kayo?  :hihi:

You've mentioned that you're a Cornea Specialist... Would you tell me something po about the surgery like how it's done?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on May 17, 2010, 08:44 PM
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: termenk11 on May 18, 2010, 04:20 AM
hello po sa lahat!
Posted on: May 18, 2010, 04:16 AM
hi po doc richie. im sam po, i came across this site po ng naghahanap po ako ng site tungkol sa LASIK. im very interested po sa LASIK kasi masyado ng mataas ang grado ng mata ko. L= -6, R= -8. ang sabi sa akin ng optha na nakausap ko ipalasik ko na daw. kaya lang baka mahal po ang magpalasik. eh mejo gipit po sa budget. hope may makapagsuggest po sa akind ito. maraming maraming salamat po. God Bless po sa lahat!
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on May 18, 2010, 06:48 AM
@termenk11

Hi! It is expensive.but worth it. PM kita.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: termenk11 on May 19, 2010, 01:06 AM
thank you very much doc richie for your time, im going to have a talk with my wife if maafford namin. but then again. salamat po doc richie, at least for now may idea na ako. God Bless po doc richie.
Posted on: May 19, 2010, 12:14 AM
thank you very much doc richie for your time, im going to have a talk with my wife if maafford namin. but then again. salamat po doc richie, at least for now may idea na ako. God Bless po doc richie.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on May 19, 2010, 08:07 AM
@termenk11

You are most welcome!
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: DropZite on May 19, 2010, 07:56 PM
Hi Dr.Richie!

Can you post the information here about LASIK or pa PM na rin po. I'm interested rin to try LASIK mataas na rin kasi grado ng salamin ko eh. Also is it true ba na yung ibang may astigmatism hindi raw recommended mag pa LASIK?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on May 19, 2010, 08:41 PM
@DropZite

PM kita....In the early 90's astigmatism could only be treated to a certain extent. Nowadays, we can pretty much deal with a lot more astigmatism via lasik or prk or lasek, etc.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Lightning on May 21, 2010, 05:21 AM
Just some info here to all.  The best way for us to get good health is prevention. (Remember the golden rule on this: preventions is better than cure.)  So do take care of your body, God has entrusted them to you.  If you need information on how to prevent such diseases, please PM me.  Doctors may have to charge you more for "curing", and not all do charity treatments for all.  :thankyou:
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Lightning on May 25, 2010, 03:43 AM
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: czyre on May 26, 2010, 05:17 PM
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Shaun on Jun 01, 2010, 12:04 AM
Dr. Ritchie, how much po ba aabutin for a cataract surgery?  :thankyou:
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jun 05, 2010, 01:07 AM
@Shaun

From zero to 100K. many factors to consider in the price. it's best to see the patient first.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Lightning on Jun 12, 2010, 07:47 PM
When they call it "price" instead of "what is due", then...Careful of the money you're to spend.  Marketing plans entice with a "lower" estimate but is just really waiting for the kill when the patient shows up.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jun 13, 2010, 10:37 AM
^
The latter may be true for some doctors.

Which is why MY estimate is from zero (low) to 100K (super high) and not just "zero to 20K" which can undercut most doctors and "get people into the door" so to speak. The reason being is that MY patients can choose which "combo" they like provided they choose AFTER I PROPERLY inform them of their choices based on the EXACT medical condition they have and the situation they're in. Parang may menu ako so the patient can choose what they like.

Many patients don't realize that these are just some of the factors that contribute to cost:
1. Hospital the surgery will be done
2. availability of HMO
3. availability if Philhealth coverage
4. type of cataract to be operated upon
5. financial status of patient (indigent or not)
6. exact type of cataract surgery to be done
7. other eye diseases present with the cataract
8. type of lens implant
9. type of surgical supplies to be used

etc,etc.

and these cost factors don't include MY "professional fee" which, in MY opinion, is the ONLY part which one can rightfully label as " what is due" to the doctor's skill and knowledge. The doctors do not dictate what the hospital and the suppliers (which the patient chooses) charge.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Shaun on Jun 13, 2010, 06:41 PM
Thanks doc,

btw my mother will undergo cataract surgery next week, pro the hospital bill and professional fee will be covered by HMO but the lens for each eye would cost her 12k.

sabi ng doctor the lens usually cost from 8k to 85k each lens...the most expensive one is the multi-focal lens which is 85k...

doc ok na po ba ung lens na 12k ang price...baka kasi mura pro di naman maganda, kaso yon lang kaya ng budget...thanks in advance.
Title: Cataract Surgery in Manila
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jun 14, 2010, 09:18 PM
@Shaun

Alam mo, maraming supplier so I don't know kung ano ang gagamiting ng doctor mo. I guess it's useless to worry if this is all you can afford. The fact that this is the best you can give your parent for now is good enough.

My thinking is this... if you can afford a better one, then go for it. get the best one you can afford. Remember: unless your doctor specifically says it's an emergency, you can just go for one eye muna. Ipon ulit, then go for the other eye.

Please keep in mind that your doctor will not give you a "defective" lens. lahat ng lens implant "okay" na man. "mas okay" lang nga yung ibang mas mahal. Good Luck!
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Shaun on Jun 14, 2010, 09:24 PM
thanks again doc... :applause:
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jun 24, 2010, 12:25 AM
@Shaun

You are most welcome!
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Lightning on Jun 25, 2010, 10:15 PM
I wonder what happened to the days that doctors cure "irregardless" of the situation and amount involved.  Why do some think because their more "knowledgeable" they can charge more....  So does it mean that it is becoming a business?

And if you tell some patients that there are alternative cure (which is gaining ground worldwide), this "doctors" will say, "nah, don't trust that supplement/herbal, they 'might' damage your system".  And they do so blatantly, without winking, as if poker faced.  May this kind of doctors feel threatened because the supplements are exceptional, and they will lose financially if patients in turn try the supplements.

Some doctors are negative on supplements, and if they don't change soon, the money they invested in their equipments (Lasik) will never be recovered.  But here is the thing:  they are negative on these supplements, but they themselves don't know anything about it.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Lightning on Jun 30, 2010, 07:39 PM
For more recent information about cataracts:

http://www.afb.org/seniorsite.asp?SectionID=63&TopicID=286&DocumentID=3197

God bless!
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: jhillkyut on Sep 30, 2010, 01:59 PM
Hi Dr Richie, need ur help. my dad currently has herpes zoster on his upper left eye. he has taken medication (OFTAQUIX for the eyes & ZOVIRAX) since yesterday afternoon. nung gabi, medyo nadilat na nya yung mata nya but this morning when he woke up, lalong nag-swell yung area at d nya mabuksan yung mata nya. is this natural? i mean, yan ba ang effect after the in-take?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Sep 30, 2010, 04:29 PM
@jhillkyut

No, that is not the effect of the medication. Have you seen a dermatologist and an ophthalmologist?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: jhillkyut on Oct 01, 2010, 12:05 AM
thanks doc for ur immediate response.

we took him to an opthalmologist yesterday and the dr prescribed Zovirax (5x a day) & oftaquix for the eye (2 drops a day). we havent visited a dermatologist but were advised to put some Fucidin cream on the affected areas. as of now, nagsubside na yung swelling sa upper left eyelid pero yung lower eyelid namamaga pa rin and yung kabilang upper eyelid nag-swell na din but so far di naman nagspread. i told the dr about what ive observed, sabi normal daw yun (???) ... isip ko baka hindi hiyang yung father ko dun sa gamot???

doc richie, nakakahawa at nakakamatay ba yang herpes zoster? i asked coz we tried getting some advise from other doctors at nakkaloka mga sagot nila, iba iba.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Oct 02, 2010, 07:23 AM
@jhillkyut

You know... if you don't trust your doctor, you have to change doctors. This seems to be the root of your concerns. Now...you've seen one ophthalmologist yet you say you asked opinions of several doctors. Assuming they did not examine the patient, then the opinions might indeed vary. If you just asked a pulmonologist who did not see the patient, he might say something different compared to a dermatologist who has seen the patient.

To answer you question:

nakakahawa ba ? in the right circumstance, YES!
nakakamatay ba ? in the right circumstance, YES.

See a dermatologist for the skin part of the problem. see an ophthalmologist for the eyeball part of the problem.
Title: 20% Femtosecond-Lasik & PRK Discount at St.Luke's Global City
Post by: Dr.Richie on Oct 02, 2010, 06:48 PM
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: orange on Oct 04, 2010, 07:15 PM
@jhillkyut  

ako din po nagkaroon ng herpes zoster 2years ago sa left eye din
zovirax cream at valtrex tablet (ata yun) dko na po matandaan at may eye drops pa.
medyo nga mahal pero ok lng kasi madali naman me umigi.
sbi isa sa mga dahilan daw ay ang stress. tama po b doc richie?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Oct 04, 2010, 07:29 PM
@orange

Yes, that is true.... stress is one of the reasons that can potentially lower your immune system and make you more prone to a Herpes Zoster attack.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: biskwithalimaw on Oct 20, 2010, 07:02 PM
Hi doc,

New here. My new born baby has an eye condition that the doctor recommended corneal transplant. Questions are, 1. Is the operation safe for a new born or is there a desired age needed for the operation? 2. At average, how much does a corneal transplant costs? You can pm me if some of the answers are confidential.

Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Oct 20, 2010, 09:57 PM
@biskwithalimaw

Unfortunately, there are no straight answers to your questions because it depends on the condition of the eye. My suggestion is you make sure that your eye doctor is a corneal transplant specialist.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: biskwithalimaw on Oct 21, 2010, 12:01 AM
Well as far as I know, the eye is intact and the condition only has affected the cornea. Hope this helped.

Thanks.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Oct 21, 2010, 07:06 PM
@biskwithalimaw

The costs will range from 40K-120K.... it depends on what needs to be done. As to safety, well... what needs to be discussed is if the benefits outweigh the risks of surgery. If it does not, then it's not safe enough. Again, it depends on what needs to be done. Everything will depend on what the eye doctor saw during the examination and the surgery.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jan 07, 2011, 08:50 PM
There's a 20% discount again for Femto-Lasik at SLMC-Global City. Just pm me for details.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: saggi on Jan 25, 2011, 04:20 PM
I have been wearing eyeglasses since I was in Grade 4, medyo matagal na. Both mom and dad are wearing eyeglasses as well as 3 of my siblings. I once took supplements and surprisingly from 250 naging 200 na lang grado ng mata ko. Pero ayoko naman ng madalas uminom ng supplements, pricey din kung titingnan. But anyway, I learned online na may mga eye exercises din na pdeng makatulong sa pagpapalinaw ng vision mo at siyempre foods like carrots (every week na lang ata umiinom ako ng carrot juice). Also saw an ebook vision without glasses (http://"http://www.visionwithoutglasses.com/?hop=saggi0519") from http://homeremedies-ph.blogspot.com/2011/01/get-that-perfect-vision-naturally.html (http://homeremedies-ph.blogspot.com/2011/01/get-that-perfect-vision-naturally.html)

Curious lang kaya I may buy the book soon. Hay naku di ko tuloy alam if bibili na naman ako ng eyeglasses o try ko muna tong product na to. If may mga nakabili na ng ebook na yun dito, please share your reviews :) Baka posible nga kasing bumalik sa 20-20 ang vision ko. :applause:
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: adam on Jan 28, 2011, 11:34 AM
from the very first day you were born and until your pre age, dpat tintrain n ng parents ung mga baby at anak nila na kumain ng gulay...

kng ayw nila kumain, maglagay k ng sinturun sa mesa hahahaha!
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Ansel on Jan 29, 2011, 07:22 PM
Hi all dear's I wanna say that keep your eyes safe from sunlight, dust and all allergies because the eyes are the attractive part of the any person. So be careful about your eye's.......
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: termenk11 on Feb 17, 2011, 08:05 PM
hi doc richie..pwede po bang pa pm sa akin ulit ang prices ng LASIK. di ko po alam kung bakit po nawala yung message nyo sa akin. blank na lang po siya. plan ko na po kasing magpaLASIK this april. mejo tagal ko din pong pinagipunan yung budget. hehe. salamat po ulit doc richie.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 18, 2011, 07:18 AM
@termenk11

Did you get my PM already?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: allrenz on Apr 22, 2011, 10:17 PM
hi po dr. richie, ask ko lng po ung tungkol sa eye problem ko, naoperahan po ako sa right eye because of cataract.. pero di po sya luminaw din at may nkita daw pong peklat sa mata ko..right now ay gumagamit lang po ako ng reading glass.. pero gusto ko rin pong magpatingin sa mata dahil po medyo iba po at parang biglang lumabo ang aking mata..yung right eye ko po ay malabo..yung left eye ko po ay ok p naman..kya nga lang po ay kailangan ko na ng reading glass.tanong ko lang po if advisable ba sa akin ung laser eye treatment at magkano po kaya ang magagastos ko kung sakaling mag pa laser eye treatment ako.. salamat po...
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 23, 2011, 08:19 AM
@allrenz

Hi! Ang kailangan po ninyo ay checkup bago natin malaman kung advisable and isa sa mga laser na pwuedeng gamitin sa inyo. marami kasi, depende sa sakit ng mata.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: neo on Apr 23, 2011, 02:09 PM
Dr. Richie, marami po akong. Pasensya na po.

1. Magkano po ba magpa-LASIK?
2. May narinig po ako na pag nagpa-LASIK daw po ,mag-da-dry daw po yung mata kaya for life na daw pong gagamit ng artificial tears/eyedrops. Totoo po ba ito?
3. Ano po ang ideal age para magpa-LASIK?
4. May nabubulag po ba sa pagpapa-LASIK?

Thank you po in advance. :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 23, 2011, 05:09 PM
@neo
1. PM kita
2. Not many get dry eye. almost all recover spontaneously by 6 months.
3. 18-21 would be okay provided the grado is stable
4. wala pa naman.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: allrenz on Apr 23, 2011, 08:11 PM
hi po dr. richie,  saan po ba ang clinic nyo at pwede po bng dalhin ko din ung medical procedure ng operation ko sa cataract para po may pagbabasehan kayo...salamat po...
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: neo on Apr 23, 2011, 11:04 PM
Thank you so much po Dr. Richie. I will reply po sa PM nyo shortly. :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Apr 24, 2011, 08:45 AM
@allrenz

Sure, no problem. I tried sending you my clinic schedule  but your inbox is full.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: allrenz on Apr 24, 2011, 10:07 AM
dr. ritchie, pasensya po at di ko napansin n puno na yung inbox ko, anyway nagerase na po ako..pakisend na lang po ulit..thanks po...
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Lucky_loser on Apr 24, 2011, 12:06 PM
Good Day po Doc,

interested din po ako sa LASIK/eye  operation, pls. give me details about it. Hanggang arm length lang ang clear vision ko sa malayo malabo na but still can manage. Send me PM doc.  :thankyou:
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: ferrariEverest on Apr 24, 2011, 04:51 PM
...
2. May narinig po ako na pag nagpa-LASIK daw po ,mag-da-dry daw po yung mata kaya for life na daw pong gagamit ng artificial tears/eyedrops. Totoo po ba ito? ...
just to share my experience...
nag pa-LASIK ako about 5-6years ago (ibang eye doctor).
hindi naman ako nag dry eyes. halos hindi ata ako gumamit ng eye drops.
mga 24.y.o. ako nun.

wag masyado kabahan. in my case, napangunahan rin ako ng takot kasi mata ang i-le-laser eh.
more or less, 3-5 minutes lang ang gugugulin per eye. napakabilis lang ng operasyon. (ideally, steady lang ang mata habang inooperahan... conscious ang patient habang ginagawa ang procedure)
mga 1week healed na ang mga mata.

ok pa naman yung mga mata ko ngayon, malinaw pa rin. no need for glasses.
hindi na ko tinatawag na cute/pogi na nerd ng mga chicks & beckieLu's... cute/pogi na lang :hihi: :yehey: :yahoo: hahahah
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: allrenz on Apr 27, 2011, 11:58 AM
hi dr. ritchie, sige po, punta na lang po ako sa st.lukes, dalhin ko din po ung procedures ng operation ko sa cataract. btw, doc..may question po ako but off topic po ito..manggagaling po ksi kami sa probinsya at gusto ko din pong ipagamot ang wife ko sa st. lukes..sumasakit po ung breast niya eh..last couple of years ay napacheck up ko na po sya at wok nmn daw..tapos po umulit ulit at ipina mammogram ko po sya..ok namn po ang result..sa ngayon po ay sumasakit ulit pero this time ay sa ilalim nmn ng breast niya ang masakit, dati po kasi ay sa ibabaw ng breast at ngayon po ay sumasakit din ang likod niya kapag sumasakit ang breast niya. may ma nagsasabi na patingin kmi sa general surgeon, may nagsasabi na patingin kmi sa ob gyne..medyo nalilito po ako at di ko alam kung kaninong doktor ko po say dapat ipagamot.ano po ba sa palagay nyo? kanino po kya kami dapat magpakonsulta...mbaka po pwede kayong magrefer ng doktor na kilala nyo sa st. lukes..salamat po..pasensaya poa t off topic tong mail ko...
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: xtin17 on Apr 27, 2011, 12:35 PM
I have a good optimizer for the eyes that we can drink everyday.
Lagi din ako exposed sa computer 6-8 hours a day.
try niyo lang.

VISIONEX ang name niya.

Here's a blog na pwede ninyo basahin about visionex:

Visionex assist in supporting long-term eye health, recent research has revealed that lutein and zeaxanthin, two key ingredients in Visionex, have been shown to “improve visual performance in glare for most healthy subjects,” according to a study published in Optometry in 2004.

If interested kayo, contact me nalang :) thanks.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: suarezlyka on May 17, 2011, 08:19 PM
thats true that we need some eye glasses when we are working on computer. para talagang di ma didrain ang mata mo sa kahaharap sa computer:)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: allrenz on Sep 28, 2011, 10:48 PM
hi dr. richie..tanong ko lang po kung may pag-asa or may gamot para sa color blind... di po kasi ako makabasa sa ishihara plate..pero ung mga kulay ay normal ko nmn pong nalalaman.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Dec 20, 2011, 09:46 PM
Sorry for the late replies. Apparently, I don't get email notifications anymore when someone posts on this thread...weird...

@allrenz
No cure for colorblindness if you really have it.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: ferrariEverest on Dec 21, 2011, 07:07 AM
xtin17,
ang lutein at zeaxanthin ay meron sa mga gulay. mas maigi na kumain ng gulay dahil mas kumpleto ang nutrients (better for eye health). lalo pa ang ibang gulay ay pwede itanim sa bahay mo (paso or lupa).
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: george88 on Dec 21, 2011, 12:33 PM
I have astigmatism... :cry:

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just to share my experience...
nag pa-LASIK ako about 5-6years ago (ibang eye doctor).
hindi naman ako nag dry eyes. halos hindi ata ako gumamit ng eye drops.
mga 24.y.o. ako nun.

wag masyado kabahan. in my case, napangunahan rin ako ng takot kasi mata ang i-le-laser eh.
more or less, 3-5 minutes lang ang gugugulin per eye. napakabilis lang ng operasyon. (ideally, steady lang ang mata habang inooperahan... conscious ang patient habang ginagawa ang procedure)
mga 1week healed na ang mga mata.

ok pa naman yung mga mata ko ngayon, malinaw pa rin. no need for glasses.
hindi na ko tinatawag na cute/pogi na nerd ng mga chicks & beckieLu's... cute/pogi na lang :hihi: :yehey: :yahoo: hahahah
ikaw na ang pogi fe  :cool2:...magkano nagastos mo sa lasik yan na lang ata solusyon ng mata ko  :hihi:
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: dumbo_dawg on Dec 29, 2011, 06:12 PM
just to share my experience...
nag pa-LASIK ako about 5-6years ago (ibang eye doctor).
hindi naman ako nag dry eyes. halos hindi ata ako gumamit ng eye drops.
mga 24.y.o. ako nun.

wag masyado kabahan. in my case, napangunahan rin ako ng takot kasi mata ang i-le-laser eh.
more or less, 3-5 minutes lang ang gugugulin per eye. napakabilis lang ng operasyon. (ideally, steady lang ang mata habang inooperahan... conscious ang patient habang ginagawa ang procedure)
mga 1week healed na ang mga mata.

ok pa naman yung mga mata ko ngayon, malinaw pa rin. no need for glasses.
hindi na ko tinatawag na cute/pogi na nerd ng mga chicks & beckieLu's... cute/pogi na lang :hihi: :yehey: :yahoo: hahahah

sir FE ano po grado nyo nun? ngayon kase parehong 175 grado ko, pero honestly i've been seriously considering lasik kase di talaga ko comfortable sa contact lens, madali ma-iritate ang mata ko, they also get itchy sometimes. eh sayang nga naman kagwapuhan natin sa likod ng eyeglasses diba (hehe, naku may narinig na kong kulog, malapit na ata ako tamaan hehe).

panalo rin kayo sir, you were able to afford lasik at age 24? hehe, samantalang ako turning 30 na eh nanginginig pa sa possible cost, i heard 6digits.  :help:
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: george88 on Dec 30, 2011, 11:40 AM
sir FE ano po grado nyo nun? ngayon kase parehong 175 grado ko, pero honestly i've been seriously considering lasik kase di talaga ko comfortable sa contact lens, madali ma-iritate ang mata ko, they also get itchy sometimes. eh sayang nga naman kagwapuhan natin sa likod ng eyeglasses diba (hehe, naku may narinig na kong kulog, malapit na ata ako tamaan hehe).

panalo rin kayo sir, you were able to afford lasik at age 24? hehe, samantalang ako turning 30 na eh nanginginig pa sa possible cost, i heard 6digits.  :help:
last year ata or nung bago bago pa ang lasik nasa 6 figures ngayon alam ko nasa 5 na lang pero more than 50k pa rin...60k ata pinakamura sa market i dont knw kung per eye yun or 2 na...
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: happyknappy on Dec 30, 2011, 12:05 PM
mura na lasik ngayon.. down to 30k na both eyes...
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: ferrariEverest on Dec 30, 2011, 12:11 PM
Sir dawg,
+/-250 grado ko pre-Lasik.
may salamin ako mula high school.
mahirap kumilos, lalo na sports, pag may salamin. istorbo talaga.

never pa naman ako nakarinig ng kulog. :D

Sir george,
wag kayo dun sa mga sikat na center/hospital, mahal talaga dun.
baka meron mas mura ngayon , baka +/-P40k nalang (dalawang mata na yun).
kaso outside Manila.
PM nyo ko. (i am not affiliated ha. share ko lang)

tip: pag magpapa Lasik kayo, magsama kayo ng tao. mas ok kung may sasakyan kayo. ako kasi nagcommute lang kami nun. ang HIRAP! nyahahahah
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: george88 on Dec 30, 2011, 12:22 PM
Sir dawg,
+/-250 grado ko pre-Lasik.
may salamin ako mula high school.
mahirap kumilos, lalo na sports, pag may salamin. istorbo talaga.

never pa naman ako nakarinig ng kulog. :D

Sir george,
wag kayo dun sa mga sikat na center/hospital, mahal talaga dun.
baka meron mas mura ngayon , baka +/-P40k nalang (dalawang mata na yun).
kaso outside Manila.
PM nyo ko. (i am not affiliated ha. share ko lang)

tip: pag magpapa Lasik kayo, magsama kayo ng tao. mas ok kung may sasakyan kayo. ako kasi nagcommute lang kami nun. ang HIRAP! nyahahahah

Thanks Fe pm kita soon...gusto ko sa affiliated ng healthcard baka may discount haha
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: ferrariEverest on Dec 30, 2011, 01:20 PM
^ HMO ba?
d ko alam kung meron silang partnership sa mga ganyan.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: health_blogger on Jan 02, 2012, 01:23 PM
grabeh, akala ko mabubulag na ako kase every morning talaga halos di ako makakita at talagang mahapdi ang mata ko pero nung di na ako kumakain ng rice, nawala na yung sakit sa mata ko.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: ferrariEverest on Jan 02, 2012, 05:35 PM
ano ba sakit mo?
ano kinalaman ng kanin dun?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: health_blogger on Jan 02, 2012, 10:28 PM
diabetes type 2, side effect na yung maapektuhan ang mata(suspect ko pa lang) at everyday siyempre kumakain ako ng kanin, pero sinubukan ko hindi kumain ng kanin at instead eh itong coucous na lang ang ipampalit ko at di ko inaasahan na mawawala pala yung early morning blindness na nararasan ko for the past 3-4 months
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: ferrariEverest on Jan 03, 2012, 06:41 AM
yes may effect sa mata ang diabetes.
it would be beneficial kung iiwasan nyo ang white rice kasi high-glycemic food yun (avoid all high-glycemic foods). replace (partially or fully) with brown rice, oatmeal, whole grain cereals, etc.

pa-check po kayo sa endocrinologist or diabetologist.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jan 04, 2012, 08:45 AM
Hi!

I have good news for everyone! There is a TEMPORARY Price Drop for Lasik, PRK, and Femtosecond Lasik (bladeless lasik) at St.Luke's. Up to May 2012 "daw". PM me for  details. Good Luck!
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: ferrariEverest on Jan 04, 2012, 11:18 AM
^ Doc,
meron bang LASIK na mya blade?
de-LASER lang ang alam ko e.

paki-PM mo sakin price. salamat
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: happyknappy on Jan 04, 2012, 12:51 PM
Dr. Richie, pa share naman ng mga eye care tips from you... malabo din kasi mata ko eh..
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jan 04, 2012, 09:06 PM
@ferrariEverest

PM'd price. Lasik requires a blade to make the flap before the laser can be used to change the shape of the cornea. Femtosecond Lasik ( which started about 3 years ago in the Philippines ) uses a laser to make a flap before another laser is used to change the shape of the cornea and is thus usually referred to as "bladeless lasik".  PRK and Lasek do not have flaps which require a blade so are also "bladeless" technologies

@happyknappy
In general. it's pretty hard to "damage" your eye with everyday work(or play) unless you physically hit it. Napapagod siya pero adequate rest will bring it back. Siguro, avoid UV rays... so wear good sunglasses everytime you're outdoors. PM also sent.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: vicces on Jan 04, 2012, 09:19 PM
doc how about pag sumasakit ulo umaabot sa mukha and even the eyes (back of the left eye lang), nakakaaggravate ba yun sa paglabo? the headache is a separate issue and not related to astigmatism or anything like that.

pa-PM din po. thanks doc!
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Jan 04, 2012, 11:03 PM
@vicces
I'm not sure I understand your question. Pero not really... unless dahil sa sakit ng ulo, napapaluha ka and you have temporary blurring of vision. will PM you in a bit.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: ferrariEverest on Jan 05, 2012, 12:37 AM
@ferrariEverest
PM'd price. Lasik requires a blade to make the flap before the laser can be used to change the shape of the cornea. Femtosecond Lasik ( which started about 3 years ago in the Philippines ) uses a laser to make a flap before another laser is used to change the shape of the cornea and is thus usually referred to as "bladeless lasik".  PRK and Lasek do not have flaps which require a blade so are also "bladeless" technologies
as far as i could remember, bladeless procedure yung akin.
yung femto lasik, bago sakin yun, thanks for sharing.

what are your thoughts on radiation off of computer monitors? how harmful is it to the eyes? im in front of the computer almost daily.
how many times can a 'healthy' person undergo a LASIK procedure? if i remember correctly, the cornea thins out as we age?

thank you for your time!
Title: Re: All about eye care
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Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: vicces on Jan 05, 2012, 03:31 PM
@vicces
I'm not sure I understand your question. Pero not really... unless dahil sa sakit ng ulo, napapaluha ka and you have temporary blurring of vision. will PM you in a bit.

Salamat doc for the advice and pm! Yup ganun nga, naluluha at masakit/kumikirot ung mata. Hirap iexplain e, basta ung headache ko includes sudden shooting pain and blunt pain na umaabot hanggang sa mukha, then kumikirot din ung mata na parang may tumutusok kahit walang foreign object. I was once told na baka may problem ung cranial nerves (?) that’s causing the headache + facial pain and pwedeng may referred pain(?) sa eyes and ears or jaw (suspected TMD case rin daw ako, ayokong maconfirm hehe)… ewan basta! ang totoo, di ko sila iniintindi, pero pag sumakit na, napapraning nako.. :hihi:
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: SocialClimber on Jan 05, 2012, 03:49 PM
Hey Guys there is Hospital here in Pampanga named AUF. Nagla-LASik din sila na mas mura compare to St. Luke and take note... they have the same Doctor.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: uranium698 on Jan 05, 2012, 04:08 PM
@socialclimber AUF or angeles university foundation. school/hospital. hehe...

Ano price range naman sa AUF?
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: SocialClimber on Jan 05, 2012, 04:14 PM
Do u  know the place b? ahaha.. uh I don't really know but ung friend ko kc dun nag palasik. im with her during the procedures. She doesn't want to reveal the price to me eh. nagpapahumble. ahaha. but she guarantee that ,it is more cheaper compare to St. Luke.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: uranium698 on Jan 05, 2012, 04:24 PM
Yes. I'm from Pampanga kasi at nakasapok na ako jan sa loob ng AUF.

Nway thanks.


To Doc Richie..Thanks din po sa PM :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: ferrariEverest on Jan 05, 2012, 04:27 PM
may alam rin ako jan sa may Pampanga :D
hanap kayo nung nasa P30k to P50k price range (both eyes na)
pag mayaman at ayaw malayuan, dun na sa St.Lukes :D

dapat magbigay extra discount si Doc Richie para sa PMT members :D
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: SocialClimber on Jan 05, 2012, 04:32 PM
really.. ahaha. where s pampanga.?.. well atleast trusted din siya bec. the doctors are just the same they just differ in the price.
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: ferrariEverest on Jan 05, 2012, 04:42 PM
PM mo na lang ako for the specific location.
teka, sinong doktor ba tinutukoy mo? (PM me if necessary)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: vicces on Jan 05, 2012, 05:20 PM
Nagla-LASik din sila na mas mura compare to St. Luke and take note... they have the same Doctor.
Yes, it will surely be more expensive sa st. luke’s. a friend doctor (not from st. luke’s) once told me 3:1 ang ratio ng doctor to patient sa st luke’s, I don’t know if that is still true today (baka mas malaki pa esp. ung sa Global City). One reason for that (kung bakit madaming doctors ang gustong mag-clinic doon) could be so they can jack up their prices/fees according to the going rate or standards ng St. Luke’s. kasi pag binabaan mo naman ang rate mo, magmumukha ka ring pipichugin. Ang mayayaman gusto mahal ang bayad. Kasi pag mahal, ibig sabihin, magaling at maaaring nag-aral sa abroad. O kaya bumabawi ng ininvest sa pag-aaral. Pero hindi lang naman yan sa St. Luke’s unique, kundi maski sa ibang malalaki (at mas mahal) na mga private hospital. And its also not unique to the med profession. ganyan din sa law firms. at mga archi firms. kung sikat/prestigious/reputable, mas mahal ang babayaran mo.

Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: SocialClimber on Jan 05, 2012, 05:34 PM
Ang mayayaman gusto mahal ang bayad. Kasi pag mahal, ibig sabihin, magaling at maaaring nag-aral sa abroad.



so true... Uh but to tell u pala,,, AUF is the prestigious hospital in pampanga so pangamayaman din siya. hnidi rin basta basta ung bayad pero same quality to st. lukes. again.. mas cheap nga lang..
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Mar 01, 2012, 01:28 AM
I think there is some confusion between the "Refractive Surgery Core Group" of St.Luke's and "doctors who ALSO do Lasik at St.Luke's".

St.Luke's is an "open eye center". Therefore, it is open to doctors who are affiliated with St.Luke's. These doctors are the ones who "also do Lasik at St.Luke's".

St.Luke's has a "Refractive Surgery Core Group" that is composed of eight Internationally-trained Lasik Surgeons who TRAINED and supervised many of the doctors who "also do Lasik at St.Luke's". The core group members are "Fellowship-Trained" Refractive Surgeons who are ALL Cornea Surgeons or Specialists.

As to quality, well.... St.Luke's is only one of four Philippine Hospitals accredited by the prestigious quality control organization called "Joint Commission Internationale". It was the first in the Philippines

http://www.jointcommissioninternational.org/JCI-Accredited-Organizations/ )

The other hospitals or centers didn't even attempt to apply or failed in the very strict accreditation process.

@uranium698
You are most welcome! :)
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: krsitine020 on Mar 07, 2012, 04:29 PM
do you happen to wear contacts, could be an allergy to the solution, could be just plain allergies. Is there itching or discharge, discharge would point to some sort of infection. If you do wear contacts, go see your eye Dr. I had problems that started out with red eyes and it turned out my contacts were causing ulcers on my eyes, you may need antibiotics and different contacts, I had to start wearing ones that allow more oxygen through cause the lack of o2 was causing my eyes to dry out and the contacts were rubbing ulcers. I would definitely talk to your eye Dr. you do not want to loose your vision. Good Luck
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: schweini on Mar 21, 2012, 04:58 PM
Hi!

I have good news for everyone! There is a TEMPORARY Price Drop for Lasik, PRK, and Femtosecond Lasik (bladeless lasik) at St.Luke's. Up to May 2012 "daw". PM me for  details. Good Luck!

Hi Dr. Richie,

Pwede po pa-pm ng prices.. i'm interested sa lasik.

thanks
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Mar 03, 2013, 01:38 AM
Back in 2001 (at UCLA) my co-fellow for Refractive Surgery training was a Lt.Col in the US Army. He and many military ophthalmologists have endevored to prove how safe Lasik really is. It's safe enough for the US Army, the US Navy, and finally, the US Air Force and NASA. Naturally, this assumes it's done by fully trained personnel with well maintained equipment.

Those who still have doubts, watch this na lang.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4q-pbmLr46Q&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Dr.Richie on Sep 11, 2013, 10:32 PM
Interview about cataracts in Solar News...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP5ilGkHYKs
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: Wrong Direction on Jul 06, 2017, 02:48 AM
active pa po ba kayo dito?
may mga tanong kasi ako about sa vision
Title: Re: All about eye care
Post by: roberthasicura on Oct 24, 2017, 01:08 AM
Eyes are a very sensible part of our face, under the eyes the skin is really thin, therefore it easily can change color leaving under eye bags and dark circles. To reduce under eye bags I recommend DermalMD serum to reduce under eye circles, this serum will moisturize your skin and will help with this problem. Besides that, it is really important to keep hydrated and have a balanced diet to be shown on our skin.