Pattaya City Expats Seminar by Leading OptometristRecently the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) were very interested to hear a talk on vision defects in older people, and what can be done to keep eyes healthy, by Dr. Maria Abalon, who is the Operations Manager of the “Euro Optic” chain of optometry clinics.
Pattaya, the 5th of February 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Dr. Abalon gained her degree in the Philippines and after operating as an optometrist in her home country, she has worked in Thailand for the last 13-years. She is responsible for eye examinations and to diagnose any vision problems or eye diseases that might be present, which often involves administering drugs to her patients to aid the diagnosis of vision problems.
She then analyzes the test results, before developing a treatment plan, involving
vision therapy, low vision rehabilitation, and possibly administer drugs to treat some eye diseases. Dr. Abalon is also responsible in referring her patients to related surgical departments for corrective surgery, and they provide preoperative and post operative care to cataract patients, as well as patients who have had laser vision correction or any other complex eye surgery…
Any one who is diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure can suffer eye problems and it is “Euro Optic” who are able to diagnose any disease that has occurred, and refer patients to other health practitioners who are specialists in these fields. Other eye problems can be due to over exposure to bright sunlight, so the use of sunglasses and similar protective aids is recommended when going outdoors.
“Euro Optic” has six shops in all, one here in Pattaya and five in Phuket, which seems to indicate that the people of Phuket either sit in the sun too long, or are a lot more health conscious about their vision.