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You see, she had a cataract on her right eye. A cataract is a condition where there is clouding of the lens of the eye causing impaired vision like blurring. This is usually related to aging as in the case of my mom but some may acquire it during mid-life.
The early stages of cataract may be treated with new eyeglasses, brighter lighting or use of magnifying glasses. However, if these do not improve vision at all and the cataract is already interfering with everyday activities like driving, watching and reading, the best treatment of the cataract is to surgically remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial lens. This can be done using laser now so it is really a quick procedure. That is what my mom underwent with her right eye. Not only was the clouding removed from her right eye, 20/20 vision was also restored to her eye because of the artificial lens implanted.
All in all, the medical bill of the cataract surgery cost around P120,000. However, we had some discounts such as the PhilHealth discount amounting to about P10,000 -12,000; the artificial lens which cost P47,000 but we got a discount of P10,000 for it; and the professional fee of the Ophthalmologist was waived because this very good doctor is our cousin.
My mom said that my Ophthalmologist-cousin really did a very good job with her cataract operation. Her eye did not even have any inflammation whatsoever. So, I highly recommend my cousin Dr. Louie Arenal. If any of you have any need for eye check up or treatment, do consult with my cousin.
My mom would still undergo another cataract surgery for her left eye by January. Even if both her eyes had cataract, surgery had to be done one at a time on each eye. It could have been done 4-8 weeks after the first surgery however, PhilHealth policy requires 3 months in between the operations to avail of the discount again. Anyway, that would also give us time to save again for the expense of the next surgery. Good thing, I also have some part time jobs even at home to help in my mom's expenses.
Again, my gratitude to the Lord for the guidance and the provision and to my cousin, Dr. Louie Arenal for a job well done.