No More Cataract Blindness


No More Cataract Blindness

Company Background

A leading provider of eye care, VISTA Eye Specialist (VISTA) is committed to changing patients’ lives by safely helping them see their best, thereby employing the latest technology and clinical practices to provide the safest procedures and services with the best possible results.

VISTA has been at the forefront of the eye care industry since its establishment in 1999. It specializes in the following area of eye care:

  • Correction of Shortsightedness with No-Blade LASIK and Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)
  • Correction of Reading vision with KAMRA
  • Cataract Surgery with No-Blade Cataract Surgery with Multifocal Lens

With VISTA’s zero-compromise policy, anyone who walks into VISTA’s doors will receive the same world-class service they can find at the best eye centres around the world, be it in New York, Sydney, or London. With this in mind, the organisation invests continuously in top-of-the-range ophthalmic equipment with the latest technology that offers minimal discomfort and significantly less side effects. Highly comprehensive tests on potential patients are conducted before any services are recommended, and all eye care procedures are performed by VISTA’s experienced eye specialists who have undergone stringent training and certification process in the latest technology.

VISTA’s on-going commitment to staff welfare as inspired by their #1 core value of “Recognition, Reward, and Retention”, earned the company HR’s Asia magazine’s “The Best Companies to Work for in Asia” in 2013.

VISTA reiterated its commitment to its CSR initiatives by winning the coveted Prime Minister CSR Award 2012 in the Small Company CSR Award category. The company was also recognised for ensuring the holistic development and well-being of its employees at The Star Outstanding Business Awards (SOBA) 2011 by winning the Platinum Awards for Business of the Year and Best Employer of the Year on top of winning Best Employer at the same awards in 2010. VISTA continues to raise the bar in the eye care industry by winning the SME Magazine with the SME 100 Award in 2010 and the 2010 Malaysia Frost and Sullivan Vision Care Center of the Year Award.

VISTA operates five (7) eye specialist centres and is headquartered at The Curve in Petaling Jaya with branches in Johor Bahru, Bangsar, Klang, Bukit Mertajam (Penang) and the newly opened centers at AmpWalk Ampang and at One City Mall @ USJ 25, Subang Jaya. All centers feature well-designed environments with excellent and dedicated Customer Care staff accompanying patients on their journey from blur to clear vision. It has performed over 20,000 Cataract & LASIK procedures since it started in 1999. In line with their umbrella CSR initiative, VISTA Through The Eyes Of Love Campaign, VISTA provided 100 free cataract procedures for the needy via the VISTA-Rotary Club collaboration in 2011.

Being ahead of the game, VISTA continued to provide the best and latest eye care technologies to its patients by being the 1st country in Asia to introduce theLenSx® No-Blade Cataract Surgery in 2011. In 2012, VISTA accomplished yet another milestone by being the first in Asia to implant the Visian® Implantable Contact Lens V4c CentraFLOW™ andiLASIK2 in Asia.

In 2012, all five (5) VISTA doctors have presented over 20 various clinical papers, posters and films at major meetings which include the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery and the European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons. VISTA doctors have also published various clinical and practice management articles in the Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today Europe Magazine.

Historical Milestones

VISTA was officially opened in August 1999 and was the first dedicated LASIK Center in Malaysia that specialises in LASIK Vision Correction. In anticipating and fulfilling patients’ demand for advanced techniques and safe procedures, VISTA was at the forefront in introducing some of the latest technologies and refractive procedures in Malaysia. Among its many firsts include:

2013:

  • Conferred The Best Companies to Work For in Asia by HR Asia Magazine

2012:

  • Bestowed The Prime Minister CSR Award 2012 in the Small Company CSR Award category
  • Top 5 Visian ICL Implanter in the World
  • Top Lentis Multifocal IOL User in Southeast Asia
  • Top KAMRA user in Southeast Asia
  • Among the 1st to introduce iLASIK2 powered by iDesign in Asia
  • Awarded the VISTA – ALCON Center of Excellence for Femtosecond Cataract Technology by Alcon
  • The 1st to introduce ICL v4C in Asia
  • The 1st center to launch Bausch & Lomb Envista Toric and Abbott Tecnis Toric in Malaysia
  • Contributed various articles in the Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today Europe Magazine
  • Presented over 20 clinical papers, poster and film in various international eye conferences including the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

2011:

  • The Star Outstanding Business Awards (SOBA): Platinum for both Best Employer and Business of the Year Award
  • Among the 1st in Asia to introduce the LenSx No-Blade Cataract Surgery

2010:

  • The Star Outstanding Business Awards (SOBA): Gold Award for Best Employer
  • Among the 1st in Malaysia to introduce the AcuFocus KAMRAÔ corneal inlay for the correction of presbyopia (reading vision).
  • The 1st center in Malaysia to implant the Bausch + Lomb Crystalens® (AO) Aspheric Optic Lens
  • Vision Care Center of the Year Award 2010 by Frost & Sullivan
  • Best LASIK Center by Malaysia Spa & Wellness in 2006 and 2011
  • SME Award by SME Magazine in 2009 and 2010

 

Profiles

Lim Boon Siong
Lim Boon Siong
Lim Boon Siong is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of VISTA Eye Specialist (VISTA).

A graduate in Business Administration from the Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario, Canada, Lim commenced his career in the Corporate Finance Department of Amanah Merchant Bank (now Alliance Investment Bank) where he handled a number of public listing, fund-raising and merger & acquisition projects. He was gradually promoted and four years later became the youngest head of unit. Lim subsequently left the bank to join a leading investment company as its senior manager.

During the economic downturn in the country, Lim decided to focus on his poor eyesight. Frustrated with having to wear thick glasses and contact lenses to correct his severe shortsightedness and astigmatism, he underwent LASIK (Laser-in-situ keratomileusis) vision correction procedure in Melbourne, Australia in 1998.

Amazed by this simple 10-minute procedure, he became passionate about bringing LASIK to Malaysia. With just a few years’ experience in merchant banking and limited funding, he started making his dream a reality by first sending patients to Australia for treatment. Later, he founded a world class LASIK center offering the treatment in Malaysia in 1999.

A strong believer in continuous professional development, Lim obtained a Chartered Marketer diploma and graduated from the Excellerated Business School for Entrepreneurs in Kuala Lumpur in 2000. He continues to improve his knowledge and skills by attending international conferences every year.

Under his capable leadership, VISTA and Lim have gone on to win many accolades and awards. Few of those are:

  • The Star Outstanding Business Awards: Platinum for both Best Employer and Business of the Year Award 2011, Gold for Best Employer 2010
  • Vision Care Center of the Year Award 2010 by Frost & Sullivan
  • Best LASIK Center by Malaysia Spa & Wellness in 2006 and 2011
  • SME Award by SME Magazine in 2009 and 2010
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Malaysia 2004, Top Nominee for Emerging Category

To continue providing their patients with the latest technology for enhanced vision care, Lim led VISTA in 2011 to another milestone by becoming one of the 1st country in Asia to introduce the LenSx® No-Blade Cataract Surgery in Asia. In 2012, VISTA steered the industry again by introducing the Visian® Implantable Contact Lens V4c CentraFLOW™ and the iLASIK 2 HD in Asia.

Since 2001, Lim has been an active member in the global organization called Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Malaysia Chapter and contributed as a committee member in various chairs from 2005. He was elected as the 2009/10 President, Malaysia Chapter and Learning Director for Asia for 2010/ 2012.

He also contributed two (2) articles, which were published in Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today Europe in June & October 2012.

Dr Aloysius Joseph Low
Dr Aloysius Joseph LowDr Aloysius Joseph Low is one of South East Asia’s pioneers in the field of Refractive and No-Blade Cataract Surgery. In 1999, he co-founded VISTA and has since achieved many firsts for vision correction surgery in Malaysia, giving clear sight to thousands of people over the years.

Dr Aloysius is currently the Chief Consultant Ophthalmologist, Cataract & Refractive Surgeon of VISTA Eye Specialist.

After obtaining his MBBS degree and his postgraduate qualifications from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (FRCS), he did a fellowship in Cataract & Refractive (LASIK) Surgery under the mentorship of Dr Rick Wolffe in Melbourne.

Having subspecialised in LASIK and Cataract Surgery in Melbourne, Dr Aloysius became one of Malaysia’s few experts in the LASIK vision correction procedure. He is a certified LASIK Trainer for Bausch & Lomb Worldwide (2000) and for VISX Globally (2007) respectively, an Elite member of the Customvue League and a Certified Cataract Multifocal ReSTOR® Trainer for Alcon Internationally (2005). He has been certified and is the 1st to perform the LenSx Femtosecond Laser No-Blade Cataract Surgery in Malaysia.

Dr Aloysius is an active and contributing member of several medical and ophthalmic societies including the International Society of Refractive Surgery where he has represented Malaysia since 2004, the Malaysian Medical Association and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

His commitment and passion for his chosen vocation is clear as demonstrated by his motto: “If we cannot do the best for the patient, we won’t do it at all.”

Stevens Chan
Stevens Chan
Stevens Chan Kum Fai is the founder of Dialogue in the Dark Malaysia (DID), as well as two non-profit organisations – Save Ones Sight Missions Bhd (SOSM) and Malaysia Glaucoma Society (MGS).

After gaining substantial experience in the banking and insurance industry, Stevens started his own consultancy business in the early 90s, to help local and foreign entrepreneurs set up direct selling companies in Malaysia. From obtaining the required licences to forming business marketing plans, Steven’s firm was among the few in the country who could offer such services at that time, especially when the Direct Sales Act was implemented in 1993.

Diagnosed with glaucoma in 2002, Stevens retired from the business world and underwent a 5-year battle to fight against the condition. He gradually lost his vision in 2007 after nine surgeries. Although it was an emotional time, nonetheless, Stevens was determined to use his experience to prevent what he went through from happening to others.

In 2009, Stevens founded SOSM to prevent unnecessary blindness and other eye diseases through early detection, as well as to help those with visual impairments to cope with their condition and continue living normal lives. He also initiated MGS, an extension of SOSM in the same year, to raise awareness on the devastating effects of glaucoma, thus reduce unnecessary blindness.

Knowing that more can be done, Stevens founded DID in 2012 to continue to raise public awareness and empathy for those with visual impairments, and empower the visually impaired community to reach their fullest potential.

As various parties continue to work together to create a cohesive society, Stevens believes that there will be a sustainable and significant impact within the community; one that abounds with equal opportunities and benefits for both the Sighted and visually impaired.

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