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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.

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


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)

Dr. Larrazabal attends the World Ophthalmology Congress 2008 in Hong Kong

Posted in Uncategorized on July 9, 2008 by larrazabaleye

Dr. Yong Larrazabal recently attended the World Ophthalmology Congress 2008 held at Hong Kong Convention Center last June 28 to July 2, 2008.

Over 8,000 Ophthalmologists all over the world attended the congress.

Doctor Yong Larrazabal with Doctor Raymond Evangelista at the Exhibit

Doctor Yong Larrazabal with Doctor Raymond Evangelista at the Exhibit

The entrance of the Hong Kong Convention Center

The entrance of the Hong Kong Convention Center