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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

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.

Dr. Yong goes to Oman

Posted in Larrazabal Eye News and Events, Larrazabal Eye Press Room on March 30, 2009 by larrazabaleye

Dr. Yong Larrazabal visited the Muscat Eye Laser Center in Muscat, Oman last April 14 to 15, 2009 to check out the Latest Excimer Laser Machine by Schwind, the Amaris.  Ziemer Femtosecond laser used to create corneal flaps without using blades. Observed Dr Maria Clara Arboleza perform surgeries.


Posted in Larrazabal Eye News and Events, Uncategorized on October 24, 2008 by larrazabaleye

Larrazabal Eye: Then and now

Cebu Daily News

September 6 2008

LARRAZABAL Eye has come a long way since it was established 12 years ago by Dr. Potenciano “Yong” Larrazabal III, who was then fresh from his residency training at the University of the Philippines- Philippines General Hospital.

“A patient a day,” remembers Dr. Yong of the early days of his practice.

Dr. Yong opened Larrazabal Eye in Cebu Doctors’ Hospital in Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City on September 2, 1996. He was one of the only two staff manning the budding Larrazabal Eye.

Fast forward to 2008, Dr. Yong looks back on years of making great strides not only for Larrazabal Eye but for eye care in Metro Cebu in general.

He is now running three more clinics, besides the first center, and looks after significantly more patients. These centers are located in Cebu Doc Group of Hospitals Mactan Doctors’ (Lapu-Lapu City), South General Hospital (Naga City), and North General Hospital (Talamban, Cebu City).

Keeping up with the eye care center’s growth in his team which now comprises two ophthalmologist, five optometrists and 13 support staff. They help look after around 70 to 80 patients everyday whose concerns range from the simplest eye problems to most complicated.

The center, according to its website, has performed 25, 000 surgeries. It is also proud of its very dynamic culture and emphasis on excellence and innovation. Dr. Larrazabal adds that he makes it at a point to acquire high-tech equipment for his clinics and provide world-class service at affordable rates.

In eye care, machines and technologies are indispensable. They allow doctors to perform sophisticated procedures to correct a wide range of problems.

One of the most popular and effective procedures at Larrazabal Eye is cataract surgery which can be classified as “painless” because there is no need for injections, cuts, and stitches. Doctors of the center drop a small amount of anesthetic agent to numb the eye and “remove” the cataract via ultrasound. A special intraocular lens is then put in place.

Besides this, clinic also offers treatments that correct that correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, glaucoma, pterygeum, strabismus or misalignment of the eyes, cornea transplant, treatment for any disease affecting the retina, and other common eye diseases.

For more information about Larrazabal Eye and its services, visit its website at Or call 254-2020 (Cebu Doctors’ Hospital), 344-2020 (North General Hospital), 272-2020 (South General Hospital), and 340-2020 (Mactan Doctors’ Hospital). (AILEEN GARCIA-YAP)

Eye Talk With Dr. Yong Larrazabal

Posted in Larrazabal Eye News and Events, Uncategorized on October 24, 2008 by larrazabaleye



August 17 2008

Eye talk with Dr. Yong Larrazabal

The eyes are very important part of the body. The great Roman orator Marcus Tulius Cicero even said that the eyes, like sentinel, occupy the highest place in the body. We see the beauty of God’s creations with our eyes and without these, this beautiful world would just be black space.

Ophthalmologist Potenciano “Yong” Larrazabal III of Cebu Doctors’ Hospital, Larrazabal Eye and Centre for Sight shared that 70 to a hundred people visit his clinic everyday for consultations. He said the hospital has invested so much on new equipment to better serve patients who come to them for different eye conditions. Infact, Dr. Yong said that aside from having a team of young and innovative doctors, he regularly attends conventions abroad to improve his craft. Last year, he attended a convention in Sweden and this year in Berlin.

“We want to provide our patients with world class eye care at affordable rates. That’s why we want to constantly be updated with what’s new in our field,” he added.

According to Dr. Yong, the most common eye problem, based on the number of patients who visit his clinic, are cataracts, and those who want to have Lasik treatment.

Cataracts, he explained, causes visit to become opaque or clouded. This interferes with vision by blocking out light. It is most often due to the normal aging process. A cataract clouds vision by preventing light from passing through the lens to focus on the retina at the back of the eye.

Lasik, meanwhile, stands for LASER ASSISTED IN SITU KERATOMILEUSIS, a form of laser surgery capable of correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The procedure uses a computer controlled excimer laser to reshape the cornea to correct vision. The laser reshaping is done under a protective flap of tissue to promote a very rapid recovery of vision and minimize discomfort.


“The lens of the eye works much like the lens of a camera. If the lens of your camera is dirty or fogged, then the picture taken will be hazy or blurred. A cataract causes the light focusing on the retina to be blurred in the same manner,” he said, adding that aging causes cataracts and the average age of people who go to him with the problem is 65 years old. A person who has a cataract has a darkened, cloudy, yellow and blurred vision.

But while having cataracts are inevitable because everyone ages, Dr. Yong said that there are procedures that can correct the problem.

Cataract surgery, he said, is an outpatient procedure that uses local anesthesia in the form of eyedrops to ensure comfort. He shared but he usually does five to 10 cataract surgeries a day. “Patients are awake during the surgery. Eye patches are not even required after surgery, and restrictions are minimal,” he added.

A small incision is made in the eye during a cataract surgery. Then, the cataractous lens is dissolved and removed using ultrasound or what is called phacoemulsification. A special intraocular lens or lens implant is then put in place to replace the lens that was removed.

“Since it is usually old people who get cataracts, there is this thinking that their eye problems do not need to be corrected. But this is wrong. Old people are already slow in movement so the only things they get to enjoy are the things that they see like their grandchildren, television. Cataract surgery can make the quality of life of these people better,” he said.


Lasik treatment, Dr. Yong said, is recommended for patients 18 years or older who have nearsightedness, with or without astigmatism, or hyperopia and meet certain visual and medical criteria.

“Because of Lasik, people who dreamed of becoming pilots, stewardesses or policemen but were no0t accepted because they do not have 20/20 vision were able to become what they want to be,” beamed Dr. Yong.

He said the best candidates for such treatment are those are dissatisfied with their contact lenses or glasses and are motivated to make a change, whether it’s due to occupational or lifestyle reasons. The procedure, he explained, usually takes about five to 10 minutes.

While some eye problems like cataracts are inevitable, Dr. Yong said that the best way to take care of one’s eye is to live a healthy lifestyle and use protective eyewear like sunglasses when out in the sun.

“Smoking, diabetes and steroid use can also cause early cataracts so one really has to take care of one’s health to be able to take care of one’s eyes,” he said.(EXECUTIVE EDITOR: MARLINDA ANGBETIC TAN, ASST. LIFESTYLE EDITOR: QUENNIE SANCHEZ)