CABA, LA UNION– Ilokanos suffering from glaucoma, cataract and other eye disorders can avail of eye operations at no cost at a state-of-the arts eye center in Metro Manila.

Errol Abrew of the St. John the Baptist Parish Social Action Committee said that, for the would- be- patient to avail of the free eye services, he or she must be a card-carrying member of Philhealth and owns a medical data record. This includes a family member who is not a Philhealth card holder.

It was learned that the eye services for indigents are part of the medical outreach mission of the Novaliches General Hospital, which is owned by the Chinese-Filipino Tan Family.

The hospital has world-class top-of-the line equipment and U-S.-trained doctors and takes only ten minutes of painless laser operation without anesthesia to remove my cataract, according to Abrew who successfully underwent the process two weeks ago.

Eye operations in the country’s private hospitals cost as high as P100,000

However, to defray expenses from the place of the patient to the Novagen Eye Center located at SM in Fairview, Q.C. and back home, a donation of at least P1,000 is needed.( For Caba applicants only.) This goes for transportation, food and other expenses for the driver including gasoline of the vehicle