Sight Saving Month at the DOH Eye Center

by Ronald Steven S. Medalle II, MD-MBA

On the month of August 2017, the DOH Eye Center, in collaboration with the St. Odilia Eye Foundation, celebrated Sight Saving Month through its efforts to bring further service to its patients. This was also in celebration of the 6-year accreditation status granted by the Philippine Board of Ophthalmology, last December 2016.

The center held various programs including lay forums that educated patients on common eye diseases such as conjunctivitis, cataracts, and glaucoma among other topics in formats easily understood by patients.

The foremost part of the program was the financial assistance for surgeries mostly for cataracts, but also glaucoma (including those with drainage devices) and retinal pathologies. Patients when seen on an outpatient basis were easily enrolled through the efforts of the St. Odilia Eye Foundation. Coverage included laboratories and even pre and post operative medications as well as expenses for admissions.

The program was a success where many patients were able to get the assistance for the procedures and medications they needed in order for better sight much in alignment with the goals of Sight Saving Month.



About The Author

Steven is a 2nd-Year Resident at the DOH Eye Center.
He is a graduate of the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health.
He enjoys a game of tennis as well as a glass of scotch.
He loves Mexican, Middle Eastern and Korean food.
He is a believer in a “Strong Mind, Strong Body.”