The CMC Eye Center was established to address the eye disease and help lower the statistics of blindness. Our eyes provide the most precious of our senses – sight – through which we learn about the world. It has been estimated that four-fourths of our knowledge is acquired through our sigh, yet, many people endanger their vision because of ignorance or carelessness. In the Philippines, statistics on blindness is staggering:
- Approximately a million Filipinos are blind in one or both eyes. The common causes of blindness include cataract, retinal and macular diseases, optic nerve diseases, glaucoma, and trauma.
- Cataract is responsible for 80% of blindness. Retinal and Macular diseases rank a distant second. Together, they cause about 90% cases considered legally blind.
The Future is in Sight
The CMC Eye Center was established sometime in 1977 – with the hope of providing a specialty facility equipped with capabilities for out-patient diagnostic and interventional procedures that aid in the more efficient management of common eye disorders. It was envisioned to be a convenient one-stop ophthalmology center that could cater to the needs of eye specialists practicing in Capitol Medical Center and of patients referred by other ophthalmologists practicing in near-by areas.
Through the past 15 years, the eye center has continued to emerge as a facility that tries to have a more meaningful relevance to the community and doctors that is serves. It has remained committed to provide comprehensive eye care services to address discriminating demands and needs to its ever growing patient base and other eye doctors who have shown increasing confidence in its diagnostic and treatment capabilities.
It has been geared towards positive directions by its various past section chiefs who are accomplished and competent specialists starting from Dr. Benjamin Cabrera, Jr,, Dr. Gregorio Sison, the late Dr. Francisco Cruz and Dr. Reynaldo E. Santos. The eye center is currently headed by Dr. Alvin Agustin (Comprehensive Ophthalmologist); and ably supported by its active staff: Dr. Marcelito Insilay (EENT); Dr. Reynaldo E. Santos (External Eye Disease Specialist) Dr. Gregorio Sison (EENT); Dr. Benjamin Cabrera (Low Vision & Cataract Specialist); Dr. Margarita Lat-Luna (Glaucoma Specialist); Dr. Jesus Altuna (Glaucoma Specialist); Dr. Michael del Rosario (Retina Specialist); Dr. Angeles De Leon (Oculoplasty Specialist); Dr. Cynthia Domingo (Comprehensive Ophthalmologist) and Dr. Jennifer Carlos-Natalicio (Comprehensive Ophthalmologist).
Eye Center Services
From YAG Laser to Fluorescein Angiography, CMC's Eye Center provides patients with accurate diagnostic eye exams and treatments. Such services include the following:
- FUNDUS PHOTOGRAPHY – This state of the art camera takes high quality digital images of the retina. These retinal photographs are very useful in the diagnosis of retinal vascular diseases, including diabetic retinal lesions, macular & retinal diseases, optic disc changes, intra-ocular tumors & pathologies. The use of this camera is very helpful for screening, diagnosis and grading of diabetic retinopathy.
- FLUORESCEIN ANGIOGRAPHY – The procedure involves the injection of a special dye called “fluorescein” into the vein in the hand and after a negative skin testing. As the dye circulates into the blood vessels of the retina, serial rapid photographs of the retina – documenting the passage of the dye within the retinal vessels – are taken by a retinal camera thru a dilated pupil.
- AUTOMATED VISUAL FIELD / PERIMETRY – The machine is used to define a patient’s field of vision. It is used to primarily diagnose glaucoma but other eye conditions like maculopathies, and other retinal (retinal detachment & diabetic retinopathy) and neurologic diseases (with visual manifestations like strokes and brain tumors) can likewise be detected thru skillful interpretation of the VF results.
- ARGON LASER PHOTOCOAGULATION – This interventional procedure is useful in the management of various retinal pathologies like diabetic retinopathy, retinal tears and even glaucoma.
- YAG LASER – This interventional procedure allows for the treatment option for certain types of glaucoma and eyes at risk for developing glaucoma and for treatment of posterior capsule opacification after cataract surgery.
- A SCAN BIOMETER – This routine ophthalmic ultrasound measures up the eyeball length which is important determinant for the calculation of the intraocular lens (IOL) power that will replace an opacified lens in a cataract extraction surgery.
- OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY (Topcon 3D OCT-2000) – This machine allows for the tomographic measurement of the retinal structures assessing its thickness and volume and their relation to disease states.