Keeping eye problems at bay

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MANY people take their vision for granted and do not consider it a major blessing. They do not realize that their eyes play a major role in their daily activities.

They only seem to realize the value of their eyes when problems occur that make vision difficult and their precious sight is compromised. The problem may be a small discomfort or just slightly blurred vision. However, if not handled seriously, one can become blind due to cataracts or glaucoma, for example. These are the two most common eye diseases that cause blindness in the world today.

Therefore, we have to maintain our eyes by having regular checkups so that they function perfectly. “Prevention is better than cure, but many people forget that, although eye doctors today can handle most eye diseases,” said Dr. Iwan Subijantoro, SpM, one of the ophthalmologists at the Jakarta Eye Center on Jl. Cik Ditiro, Central Jakarta.

According to him, while eye diseases mostly attack adults, regular checkups are also recommended for children and even babies to avoid possible problems. At the Jakarta Eye Center, which is a leading eye center, thousands of patients with various eye diseases have been cured under its “One Stop Services”. Staffed by experienced sub-specialist doctors and surgeons, the Jakarta Eye Center (JEC) has the following facilities: Cataract and Refractive Surgery Center, Retina Center, Glaucoma Center, Oculoplastic, Tumor and Orbital Center, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Center (for children and handicapped babies) and Contact Lens Center. “In short, we have facilities, equipment and human resources unmatched in Indonesia,” Iwan emphasized. He went onto say that, “JEC has a world reputation and our facilities, equipment and human resources are of the highest ISO standard so one no longer has to travel to another country for treatment. We are now even the benchmark in Southeast Asia.”

JEC’s highly professional sub-specialists and staff serve hundreds of patients every day. There are five sterile surgery rooms equipped with hepa filters and a day care ward for patients who do not have to stay overnight after an operation. The center also has 19 beds for those who have to stay for a day or two.

Its also offers Lasik treatment without the use of a scalpel. Lasik is the abbreviation of Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis and is the latest procedure for both myopia and hypermethropia as well as astigmatism. No glasses or contact lenses are needed after such a procedure as your vision returns to normal. “Currently we are leading in Lasik because we were the first to introduce *cold’ Lasik technology or all Laser Lasik here in Indonesia,” he said.

For cataract procedures, JEC is also in the forefront with its PHACO – emulsification equipment that only requires a small incision, only 1.8 mm at the maximum. “We are the first in Asia to use this equipment while many eye centers do not have it,” he said.

JEC also uses the latest Lasik technology, the Z -Lasik, which is the first in Southeast Asia. Many international standard hospitals in Jakarta and other major cities in Indonesia are following the lead of JEC, which is indeed the real pioneer in this field. Pondok Indah Hospital, for example, which is located in South Jakarta, and Siloam Gleneagles Hospital also have holistic eye centers than can handle cosmetic eye surgeries. “Pondok Indah Hospital has equipment and facilities for various procedures, such as Lasik, cataract removal and glaucoma treatment, that are also all doubtlessly very sophisticated,” said Dr. Lukman Edwar, SpM, the coordinator of Pondok Indah Eye Specialist Center.

Dr. Endang, SpM, one of the eye specialists at. Siloam Glenagles Hospital in Karawaci, also had similar comments about her hospital and the human resources. “Today, patients demand holistic treatment using state-of-the-art equipment,” she said.

However, today who uses what is not as important as the service factor. “Today is an era of service, so we should not concentrate only on the equipment, but prepare our human resources to provide excellent service to patients,” said Iwan Soebijantoro of JEC. Apart from its 26 sub-specialists, the staff also provides various services that pamper JEC’s customers. Now, after serving eye patients for 25 years in 2010, said Iwan, JEC will turn into the “JEC Hospital” with world-class service on par with a five-star hotel. It will be located in Kedoya area, West Jakarta. (Dijan Subromo)

The Jakarta Post, March 25, 2009

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