Global Eyecare Center: Your one-stop eye care clinic

HAVING a hard time reading your favorite books or playing your favorite outdoor games because you have an eye problem? Visit your nearest Global Eyecare Center in Davao City as it offers several services suited for your eye needs.

This Araw ng Dabaw up to March 31 this year, Global Eyecare Center-Abreeza will be offering a 40 percent discount on its orthokeratology service, which mainly costs P60,000.

Orthokeratology, according to contactlenses.org, is the use of gas permeable contact lenses that temporarily reshape the cornea to reduce refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.

This method can be used as an alternative to eyeglasses, refractive surgery, or for those who prefer not to wear contact lenses during the day.

Orthokeratology currently is considered as among the best method for refractive corrections for near-sightedness and astigmatism.

Dr. Lareen Dawn B. Tan, one of the optometrists at Global Eyecare Center, describes orthokeratology as similar to Lasik eye surgery, however, the former is much better since it is non-invasive or does notinvolve surgery which means it’s a child-friendly method of correction for refractive errors.

Tan, who also specializes in pediatric eye care, said that unlike Lasik where eye care specialists cannot perform on young people, orthokeratology’s patients are “the younger the better.”

“Actually, the youngest patient I have for orthokeratology is seven years old,” she said.

She further said that usual solutions known by the people for near-sightedness and astigmatism, like eye glasses, contact lenses, even laser are only a bandage solution.

“Bandage solution means you’re just correcting the vision but not the root cause of the problem, meaning to say kung ano ‘yong grado mo (eye grade) ‘nong time of the procedure, yon lang yung mako-correct niya,” Tan said, adding that with ortho-k (orthokeratology), it stops myopia. This means that if the problem reoccurs after two years or so after your Lasik procedure the patient will have to go back to wearing glasses after surgery with higher grade than before or do another surgery, which this time might not be as successful as the first.

Unlike with ortho-k, myopia is completely corrected and thus will no longer increase, even in time.

Aside from orthokeratology, Global Eyecare Center also offers comprehensive eye exam, pediatric eye exam, dilated eye exam (which is ideal for those people who are suffering from diabetes and hypertension) suffering from diabetes and hypertension), intraocular pressure measurement (to screen for ocular hypertension and glaucoma), color vision test (for personal or for employment), vision therapy (also best for people suffering from strabismus and lazy eyes), gas permeable (GP) lens fitting (for those who have very high grade or those who need to wear contact lenses for longer periods due to work or other lifestyle reasons), prosthetic contact lens and prosthetic eyes (to gain back or improve self-confidence), low vision rehabilitation (ideal for patient’s limited vision due to eye diseases) and computer vision syndrome screening.

Comprehensive eye exam is free at Global Eyecare Center when a patient purchases eye glasses, contact lenses, eyedrops, or eye vitamins from them.

Global Eyecare Center is handled by a team of eye care specialists and experts, namely: Dr. Eldeen Baluso, former dean of the College of Optometry, expert in RGP lens fitting and pediatric eye care; Dr. Lareen Dawn B. Tan, pediatric eye care, vision therapy and orthokeratology expert and 2015 Optometry Board Exam topnotcher; Dr. Tarrah Akeem Baluso, 2016 Optometry Board Exam topnotcher; Dr. Jirah Donguines, prosthetic eye expert; and Dr. Glen John Juyo, 2018 Optometry Board Exam topnotcher.

Global Eyecare Center has four branches in Davao City located in Magallanes, inside Felcris-Magsaysay Avenue, inside Gaisano Mall of Davao in JP Laurel Street (Bajada), and in Abreeza. It also established another center in Manila managed by Dr. Tarrah Akeem Baluso.

Global Eyecare Center -Abreeza is located at 2nd floor Expansion Wing, with contact numbers 0929-2279908 (Smart), 0995-4632319 (Globe), and (082) 225-9538 (landline).


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