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Big SMILE for Visayas and Mindanao as CebuDoc Group and Larrazabal Eye Group introduces the latest laser eye surgery technology

By: - June 21, 2021

CebuDoc Group’s constant pursuit to innovate brings in the latest modality of Laser Eye Surgery in Visayas and Mindanao- Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE) – a state-of-the-art laser vision correction option and the most advanced in laser vision correction since LASIK (Laser- Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis).

SMILE is an advanced technique and the latest development in refractive laser treatments. Beyond PRK (Photorefractive keratectomy) and LASIK, this method is used to treat short-sightedness and astigmatism. As laser vision technology continues to expand, CebuDoc Group continues to be the leader in bringing these options to the Filipinos.

Dr. Potenciano “Yong” S.D. Larrazabal, III, Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and CebuDoc Group’s President and Chairman of the Board with a patient | Contributed Photo

“What was once viewed as the future of laser vision correction is now with us in CebuDoc. And as we are known to provide the most trusted healthcare in the country, especially in Visayas and Mindanao, we are determined to remain as one by providing our patients the innovation that many would think impossible to bring here in the country,” said Dr. Potenciano “Yong” S.D. Larrazabal, III, Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and CebuDoc Group’s President and Chairman of the Board.

The best 30 seconds of your year

SMILE is a gentle, minimally invasive procedure that only lasts for 30 seconds. This amount of time varies for each patient, but overall, SMILE is a very quick and comfortable laser vision correction procedure. It is also odorless and noiseless, making it a better option for patients seeking laser vision correction. With SMILE, the chances of having cases of dry eye, disturbed nerves, and infection as a result of laser vision correction are very low.

What was once viewed as the future of laser vision correction is now with us in CebuDoc.



CebuDoc Group’s President and Chairman of the Board

“With SMILE in CebuDoc, we now have expanded our array of services that aims to take care of our eyes. Having corrected thousands of vision in my tenure as an Ophthalmologist, I am in awe of how this procedure only lasts 30 seconds on average. And the changes take effect immediately. Our patients are even surprised at how quick and gentle the procedure is and how fast the recovery is,” Dr. Larrazabal added.

Comfortability and convenience are what SMILE provides to customers. Patients can resume most normal daily activities within a day, including driving, showering, applying makeup, and going to work. The visual outcome is highly predictable. More than 2,000,000 SMILE procedures have been performed worldwide with consistent results – which will continue to increase now that the CebuDoc Group provides access to SMILE for Filipinos in Visayas and Mindanao.

Dr. Larrazabal during an eye surgery | Contributed Photo

Renowned laser eye surgeon

SMILE Technology of CebuDoc Group is, of course, coupled with the Larrazabal Eye Group’s (LEG) top- notch and board-certified eye surgeons; who strive to provide patients with the most comprehensive eye care. With its team of highly skilled eye specialists and optometrists, LEG and CebuDoc is available to treat all ophthalmic conditions. To date, LEG has performed over 25,000 major and minor surgical procedures, making them the most reliable avenue in eye care.

“We seek to continuously improve because we cannot rest on our laurels. We will continue to find ways to advance eye care and be more innovative. We will do our best every day; to make sure that every patient experience is great and gives them hope. After all, it is why they come and see us because they feel we are their hope – to either improve or give them back their vision,” Dr. Larrazabal concluded.

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Dr. Potenciano “Yong” S.D. Larrazabal, III, head ophthalmologist and laser eye surgeon of Larrazabal Eye Group is the first Ophthalmologist in Cebu and the rest of Visayas and Mindanao to perform Femtosecond no blade All-Laser Lasik and first to perform Femtosecond Laser assisted no blade Cataract Surgery. He is also a Diplomate of the Philippine Board of Ophthalmology since 1997.

For more information about which options are right for you, contact CebuDoc Group’s Centre for Sight at (032) 253 7511 local 346.


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