OPTIMAX - Eye Specialist Centre

It was like a dream come true – people who relied heavily on glasses or contact lenses to function in their daily lives now had the option of being able to see the world clearly without having to wear any more glasses or contacts. Laser vision correction became more than just “the new surgical procedure in the market” – to many, it was a life changing experience, like being given a 2nd chance to start over.

Today, about 23 years later, OPTIMAX - eye specialist centre has served over 210,000 satisfied patients since 1995, and has established itself as one of the most reputable eye care providers in South East Asia with a large clientele base (both local and international patients from in and around the region – Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan - who painstakingly travel all the way just to be with us) is indeed a true testament to our reputation for surgical excellence.

Growing from Modest Beginnings

Our story began modestly in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), KL in 1995. When we started, we knew that we wanted to do something special – something that would push humanity forward and change lives.

And as the pioneers of laser vision correction in Malaysia, OPTIMAX has done just that – by doing the unthinkable and investing in a technology that was still very much unheard of back then, we were instrumental in making laser vision correction widely available to the people of this region.

The Evolution of Laser Refractive Surgery

The technology of laser refractive surgery has changed tremendously over the years both at OPTIMAX and in Malaysia.

When we first started 23 years ago, in the early days we did a procedure called Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA), also known as Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK). The procedure had a rather slow vision recovery.

Technology then evolved into laser eye surgery by making a flap (LASIK), which gave the same visual results as ASA/PRK, but with faster recovery periods and lesser discomfort to the patient (from many weeks with ASA/PRK to just few days with LASIK). The flap at that time was created using an automated microkeratome, also known as a blade cutter.

Further advances in technology allowed improvements to be made to the flap creation method by introducing a Femtosecond laser to create the flap. This allowed us to make the flap in a more precise, accurate, and safer way, as compared to using the microkeratome (Blade LASIK).

Over the years, improvements in laser technology have made it possible for better and more predictable surgery outcomes.

Now, the latest evolution of laser technology comes in the form of the Relex SMILE procedure, where you do not even have to make a flap on the cornea anymore – which results in a procedure that can provide the patient with fewer post operative complications and better comfort after treatment, while maintaining the benefits of all the other methods.

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People First

Through the years, we constantly remind ourselves of our humble beginnings, and acknowledge that without the support of the people, we will not be where we are today.

Yes – we are a private company, but while maintaining profits is necessary in order to sustain the talent and technological investments in OPTIMAX, we have not forgotten our social responsibilities as medical service providers.

Through the years, OPTIMAX, together with our corporate partners and selected charitable organizations, have given back to the people by aiding in the restoration of sight to the less fortunate through sponsorship of cataract surgeries, providing free eye health screenings and also free eye health education to the public.