- GLOBAL CITY
- QUEZON CITY
Always aiming to pioneer in ultimate healing, St. Luke’s International Eye Institute is at the forefront of offering total quality eye care. It is known for a unique combination of cutting-edge equipment and a highly specialized team of consultants who are trained in various ophthalmic subspecialties. The Institute is composed of several ophthalmologic subspecialties, namely, vitreo-retina, external disease and cornea, keratorefractive surgery, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, uveitis, plastic, orbit and lacrimal, lens and cataract, pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus, low vision rehabilitation, and research. Its lacrimal specialists performed the first transcanalicular laser-assisted dacryocystorhinostomy under nasal endoscopic guidance (Laser tear duct surgery) in the Philippines in 2000. To this day, it is only in St. Luke’s where this surgery is performed regularly in the country.
Aside from the ophthalmic surgeons, the Institute also takes pride in the technical expertise of its people such as ophthalmic nurses, ophthalmic photographers, ophthalmic assistants, and optometrist. It is the only ophthalmic center in the country that has its own certified ophthalmic assistant with orthoptic training.
In 1987 when the Department of Ophthalmology was established as a separate department, independent of the Otorhinolaryngology practice, the department established a three-year residency training program in ophthalmology, and a medical and surgical retina fellowship program.
The Institute’s latest offerings are no longer confined to the acquisition of the newest ophthalmic equipment but to subspecialty facilities and top-of-the-line treatment modalities. These are the Vision Laser Center, the first hospital-based Refractive Excimer Laser Surgery Unit in the country; the Low Vision Rehabilitation Unit in consortium with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; and Photodynamic Therapy for wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
Since it opened its doors to the public, the Vision Laser Center has done more than a thousand cases of highly successful laser vision correction procedures for the correction of myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. Excimer laser surgery is a proven, safe and effective technique to correct refractive errors using laser energy to alter the shape of the cornea. The center regularly performs customized and standard LASIK, LASEK, and PRK, and recently included Near Vision Conductive Keratolasty (CK) to decrease dependence on reading glasses.
The Low Vision Rehabilitation Unit runs a complete program for people with low vision, ranging from screening to training, to regain functional vision.
For wet Age-related Macular Degeneration, or AMD, the St. Luke's International Eye Institute offers Photodynamic Therapy. In AMD, the problem is with the macula, a light-sensitive tissue at the center of the retina that receives images of external objects and sends them as impulses to the brain for identification. When the macula is damaged, extreme and dramatic vision loss occurs. An outpatient procedure, it uses a photoactive drug given intravenously. Once the drug reaches the retina, it is activated by a non-thermal laser, or a laser that does not burn the retina, producing the needed clot.