American Eye Center Femtosecond Laser Surgery



I hosted American Eye Center‘s launch of the newest treatment for cataracts. It’s so new, it’s the most advanced all-laser procedure — the first of its kind in Asia!

Apparently in the past, cataract removal procedures were mistakenly referred to as “laser eye surgery.” But true laser-assisted cataract surgery has never been available to patients until now and in Asia, only at American Eye Center with the machine called Alcon LenSx femtosecond laser surgery. The old way of removing cataracts required small incisions using fine surgical blades and an implant of a multifocal intraocular lens. That process was called “phacoemulsification” or “small-incision cataract surgery.” But true cataract-removal laser eye surgery has only been available now.

I know you’re thinking this is not really relevant to you now. But listen up… we will all eventually develop cataracts because of aging. There’s no escaping this. So it’s good to know what’s out there. Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in the Philippines, with an estimated half a million Filipinos blind or having some degree of visual impairment.

It felt really great I was also thinking that if my grandparents were still alive, I would give this surgery as a Christmas gift. I have to talk to my parents about the condition of their eyes. Something to consider… the gift of sight.


With me on stage were Dr Benjamin Cabrera, President of the Philippine Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and Chief Operating Officer of the American Eye Center and Dr Richard C. Kho, one of the country’s leading cataract surgeons and neuro-opthalmologist, also the head of the Cataract and Refractive Surgery Service at the Philippine General Hospital.


The AEC gave free Alcon LenSx femtosecond laser surgery to some members of the Philippine Veterans group. It was very touching to witness the awarding of the gift of sight to the elderly. The causes of the Philippine veterans are close to my heart as my dad is also a veteran.


Dr. Cesar Ramon G. Espiritu, who specializes in Cornea, External Disease treatment at AEC, performed the Alcon LenSx femtosecond laser surgery – LIVE, during the launch. We all watched from a glass window at the reception area. Dr Espiritu is a world renowned eye surgeon. He gets invited to perform live surgery in eye conventions abroad, like Hong Kong, Singapore, the US and in Europe.


“The Alcon LenSX femtosecond laser differs from the traditional methods of cataract surgery by the absence of the blade. By using very short yet intense bursts of near-infrared light, the Alcon LenSX femtosecond laser technology is able to create extremely precise subsurface cuts without manual intervention The blades used to create the small incisions in the eye have been completely replaced by this laser, making the incisions more precise and predictable. In addition, the circular opening that is created in the human lens in order to access the cataract (called a capsulotomy) which was traditionally performed by human hands has now been replaced by the femtosecond laser, making the capsulotomies more architecturally round and centered.” – AEC Press Release


Dr Cabrera and Dr Kho explains that the femtosecond laser has replaced many of the steps in the cataract surgery that were previously performed by human hands, i.e., resulting in less surgical error and better predictability of outcomes. Results are more precise than any other previous or current methods of cataract surgery.


This is the 79-year old gentleman who underwent the LIVE femtosecond laser surgery. The surgery in one eye took about 10-15 minutes. Then five minutes after they were done, he was up and about. The retired Army general said it was pain-free and he was able to see the pretty ladies in the front row. It was really amazing. His vision was restored back to perfect!


Me and the AEC doctors. The American Eye Center is backed by a team of Associated Eye Specialists, the most experienced and longest-running EyeMD group practice in the country, which comprises 17 doctors with various subspecialties. AEC also boasts a staff of highly qualified optometrists, nurses and counselors to provide patients with personalized quality eye care.


This video is quite touching. I’m one of the thousands of people that American Eye Center helped. I got my Lasik surgery in 2005 and up to now, my vision is still perfect.


American Eye Center has two branches – at the Level 5, EDSA Shangri-La Plaza, and at the Level 4 of Greenbelt 5, Makati City. For inquiries, call 636-0762 or 729-EYES (3937) or visit, follow @eyetweets in Twitter.





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