No Blade Lasik & No Blade Cataract Surgery now in Cebu!

Posted in Larrazabal Eye News and Events on January 5, 2012 by larrazabaleye

In order to maintain our status as one of the most advanced eye facilities in the country, we recently acquired the new Alcon LenSx – the first laser system approved by the U.S. FDA for cataract surgery. This system delivers an image guided computer precision that demonstrates an enhanced surgical ACCURACY and tremendous REPRODUCIBLITY. This has replaced many of the steps in the cataract surgery eliminating crucial steps in which may be prone to human error.

LARRAZABAL EYE  has been at to forefront of Refractive Surgery since 2002 and has performed the most number of LASIK Procedures outside Metro Manila (>10,000 procedures to date). To maintain its status as one of the premiere eye facilities in Asia, we recently updated to a brand new state of art ALCON WAVELIGHT REFRACTIVE STATION.

This station combined is one of the fastest systems in the world by breaking the speed barrier by doubling its firing rate. This offers one diopter (1.00 or 100 grade) of correction in just two (2) seconds, with a 6.5mm optical zone. It represents a new generation of refractive technology referred to as “High Performance Vision Correction,” that allows patients to achieve exceptional results under all lighting situations, day and night, reducing incidents of “halos” and glare.

The station’s Femtosecond Laser ( WAVELIGHT FS200), a 200 kHz Laser that is impressive because of its speed and ability to make the flap needed for LASIK surgery. It allows the surgeon a freedom of choice with regard to diameter, shape, thickness and location of the flap to suit the individual needs of the patient.

Centre for Sight introduces its latest technology

Posted in Larrazabal Eye News and Events, Larrazabal Eye Press Room on November 3, 2010 by larrazabaleye

Cebu Daily News
October 16, 2010

True to its claim to bring your world into focus, the Centre for sight of Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital brings to Cebu the fastetst, most accurate and the best laser technology in the United States called the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q.

It is the latest and most advanced laser systems for refractive surgery for vision correction under the strictest conditions of safety and precision with fast and guaranteed results. It has less stress and discomfort to the patient, because at 400 treatment pulses per second, it only takes approximately four seconds of treatment to correct one diopter.

With this machine’s precision, speed and safety, it laser’s less tissue giving results right away, and also it doesn’t only improve one’s vision, it also prevents problems with night vision. The system has a unique eye-tracking system whick automatically adjusts to changes in pupil size during treatment.

This 30 million peso investment of Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital aims to provide the best service to Cebuanos, Filipinos and even to our neighbors in Asia, according to Dr. Yong Larrazabal, Chairman of the Larrazabal Eye Group. And this is also one of the services they are pushing for Medical Tourism sine it is og Global Standards, the same with famous hospitals in the United States for almost half the price.

The treatment profile for this laser was developed after intense stud of individuals who have what is called “super visiion”, or vision that is better than 20/20.

As of “Wavefront-optimized system”, the laser reshapes the cornea of your eye to mimic the pattern of your eyes with “super vision” with unparalleled customization, not only correcting the patient’s prescription but aiming to improve the “quality” of vision during daylight and prevent problems with night vision.

The Centre for Sight of the Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital has been giving people the chance to see again at 20/20 vision since 2002, and they have been recognized as one of the top three Refractive Surgery Centers in the Philippines and with the most procedures done outside Manila.

For inquiries about Centre for Sight’s services and the newest laser technology in vision correction, visit Centre for Sight at the Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital, Osmena Boulevard, Cebu City or call 2562020, or log in to (Noreen Tormis)

Dr. Larrazabal Attends the ESCRS 2009 Convention in Barcelona, Spain

Posted in Larrazabal Eye News and Events, Uncategorized on September 23, 2009 by larrazabaleye

Dr. Yong Larrazabal III recently attended the 2009  ESRCS (European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery) convention held at the CCIB (Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona), Rambla Prim last September 12 to 17, 2009 where in he is also an active international fellow.  He is one of only 4 Filipino delegates who attended the said convention.

Topics discussed were:

Sunday 13 September

11.00 – 13.00

Managing Subluxated Lenses
Chairpersons: K. Krootila FINLAND, D. Spalton UK

11.00 T. Moore UK
New insights into ectopia lentis
11.15 A. Vasavada INDIA
Surgical correction of ectopia lentis
11.30 U. Stenevi SWEDEN
Incidence and prognosis of IOL subluxation after routine surgery
11.45 A. Crandall USA
Repositioning of displaced IOLs
12.00 S. Masket USA
Scleral suturing techniques
12.15 G. Grabner AUSTRIA
Anterior chamber lenses in the management of subluxated lenses
12.30 Questions and answers
13.00 End of session

Monday 14 September

11.00 – 13.00

Cataract and Macular Disease
Chairpersons: A. Augustin GERMANY, J. Cunha-Vaz PORTUGAL

11.00 C. Lobo PORTUGAL
Diagnosis and management of post-surgical macular edema
11.15 U. Schmidt-Erfurth AUSTRIA
A review of the role and efficacy of anti-VEGF therapy in macular disease
11.30 S. Scholl GERMANY
Cataract surgery in patients with pre-existing AMD – risks and benefits
11.45 G. Richard GERMANY
Combined cataract and vitreoretinal surger
12.00 S. Rizzo ITALY
Cataract surgery in patients with diabetic retinopathy – risks and benefits
12.15 M.J. Tassignon BELGIUM
Cataract surgery and intraocular low-vision aids
12.30 Questions and answers
13.00 End of session

Tuesday 15 September

11.00 – 13.00

Chairpersons: J. Colin FRANCE, D. Epstein SWITZERLAND

11.00 J. Marshall UK
Physiological and therapeutic cross-linking
11.15 J. Hjortdal DENMARK
Biomechanics of the crossed-linked cornea
11.30 P. Vinciguerra ITALY
Technique intra-operative findings and postoperative regimen
11.45 F. Raiskup-Wolf GERMANY
Results of cross-linking in keratoconus and iatrogenic ectasia
12.00 D. Touboul FRANCE
Combining cross-linking with intracorneal segments
12.15 T. Seiler SWITZERLAND
Results of cross-linking for corneal melting disorders
12.30 Questions and answers
13.00 End of session

Wednesday 16 September

11.00 – 13.00

Surgical Solutions for High Refractive Errors
Chairpersons: Z. Biro HUNGARY, J.L. Guell SPAIN

11.00 R. Navarro SPAIN
Lens surgery in myopia: a vitreal specialist’s view
11.15 D. Reinstein UK
LASIK for high myopia: New considerations
11.30 B. Cochener FRANCE
Phakic IOLs for high ammetropia update
11.45 J.L. Alio SPAIN
Refractive lensectomy update
12.00 I. Pallikaris GREECE
Combined refractive surgery
12.15 F. Malecaze FRANCE
Genetics and high myopia: Therapeutic considerations
12.30 Questions and answers
13.00 End of session

Eye doctor sees world-class Cebuano runners by Iste Sesante Leopoldo Inquirer Visayas

Posted in Larrazabal Eye Press Room, Uncategorized on September 22, 2009 by larrazabaleye

First Posted 03:03:00 08/29/2009

Filed Under: Athletics and Track and Field, Health

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A Cebu-based eye doctor foresees running as becoming popular that could bring honor to the province and the country.

Dr. Potenciano Larrazabal III, a scion of the Larrazabal family who owns several hospitals, dreams of developing running as a serious sport. He is putting up his own training pool that would produce world-class runners.

“I wanted to do that in the near future,” said Larrazabal, who is organizing a “Run for Sight” every month in Cebu.

Organized by the Larrazabal Eye Center and his Run for Sight foundation, the running series would provide funding for the foundation’s medical missions and assistance to orphanages.

It would also help him spot potential runners while providing serious runners a venue to develop their skill.

A serious runner who has been participating in several marathons here and abroad, Larrazabal said he would like to complete 33 marathons in his lifetime.

He also wanted to promote running as the best form of getting fit.

His wife, former singer-actress Donna Cruz, shares his passion for running and has even participated in the recent 21-km Milo run held in Cebu.

“I also wanted to address this to the youth who are into bad habits because if they start running, their attention will shift to their health and they will become more conscious of it (health),” Larrazabal said.

Larrazabal is offering sports courses at the Cebu Doctors University (CDU), which his family owns, to help improve the country’s sports program. The courses would include sports management and sports medicine.

Larrazabal serves as chairman of the CDU’s Department of Ophthalmology and as the corporate secretary of the Cebu Doctors’ group of hospitals and the university.

City education consultant Joy Augustus Young welcomed Larrazabal’s proposal to offer sports courses.

“It is very good for us,” said Young, who also plans to establish a Sports Science High School for athletes.

“It’s good that Larrazabal is considering offering sports-related courses. I am looking forward to working with them on that,” he said.

Larrazabal has started preparing for his 7th marathon, the 28th Robin Hood Marathon in Nottingham, England, scheduled for September 13. Around 15,000 runners from all over the world are expected to participate.

He plans to join the marathons in Macau in December, in Seoul in March 2010, and in San Diego, California, in June 2010.

He participated in the Milo, Pasig, Hong Kong, New York City, and Chicago marathons.

Larrazabal has several eye clinics which he manages at the Center for Sight at the Cebu Doctor’s Hospital in Cebu City, and three other eye clinics at the Mactan Doctors’ Hospital in Lapu-Lapu City, North General Hospital in Talamban, Cebu City, and the South General Hospital in Tuyan, Naga City. He completed his medical degree at the CDU, where he also received his master’s degree in hospital administration. He placed 6th in the diplomate board examinations in ophthalmology.

Blessing of Sight First Clinics – Now known as Larrazabal Eye

Posted in Larrazabal Eye News and Events on March 31, 2009 by larrazabaleye

The blessing was officiated by Msgr. Achilles Dakay. The ribbon was cut by Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama and Mrs. Donna Larrazabal. All three have undergone laser eye procedure.

Pascal Laser – Faster Argon Retina Laser in the world now available

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2009 by larrazabaleye

The new Pascal LASER was recently made available to our patients. It delivers significantly enhanced benefits to both the physician and patient while remaining consistent with standard protocols. This advanced method of photocoagulation enables the Ophthalmologist to provide more rapid, precise, and safe treatment. Because of this, patients are likely to experience less discomfort and therefore have more tolerance for the procedure.Treatment delivery is much more efficient and extremely comfortable for patients with excellent therapeutic response. This innovation represents a huge leap forward in the physician’s ability to deliver quality care to more patients.

Carter, Duenas emerge champs in 10k (Run for Sight Series I)

Posted in Larrazabal Eye Press Room, Uncategorized on March 30, 2009 by larrazabaleye

Cebu Daily News
First Posted 14:27:00 03/30/2009

Filed Under: Marathon

Madelyn Carter and Philip Duenas ruled the 10k open divisions of the Cebu Doctor’s University (CDU) Run for Sight monthly series on Sunday at the CDU Campus at the North Reclamation Area in Mandaue City.

Carter clocked 36 minutes and 5 seconds to rule the women’s division, while Duenas ruled the men’s side with a time of 36 minutes and 30 seconds.

Michelle Gilbuena finished second in the women’s division with 37 minutes and 22 seconds, while Melinda Ponce settled for third place.

The multi-titled Leszl Gitaruelas missed Sunday’s race because she had to attend to personal matters.

In the men’s open, Dr. Yong Larrazabal finished second, clocking 37 minutes and 12 seconds, while Charlie Berberio settled for third place with a time of 37 minutes and 39 seconds.

More than 100 hundred runners participated in this leg of the CDU run for sight monthly series.

According to the Sports And Fitness Enthusiast (SAFE) head Joel Baring, Larrazabal and Dr. Peter Mancao decided to hold a monthly series to give runners a chance to become competitive athletes. /Correspondent Iste Leopoldo