Latest eye treatment to double Vista revenue

EYE specialist Vista Laser Eye Center Sdn Bhd expects its latest laser eye treatment service to help double its revenue to RM8mil for the financial year ending Dec 31, 2004, from RM4mil last year.  

Its founder and chief executive officer Lim Boon Siong said the increase would be achieved via the opening of more outlets in the northern and southern regions of the peninsula this year. However, he declined to say how many outlets would be opened. 

He said the company also planned to set up an outlet in Singapore next year and one in an European country in 2006. 

Lim Boon Siong

Lim said the company was optimistic of achieving its revenue and expansion targets, adding that it was eyeing a listing on the MSEB Mesdaq market by 2006 or 2007. 

It planned to franchise the technology to eye specialists in the country, Lim told reporters after the launch of the laser eye surgery known as No Blade Intralas Zyoptix Lasik (NBIZL) in Petaling Jaya yesterday. 

The NBIZL is a vision corrective procedure that adopts Intralase technology and Zyoptix 2004 wavefront Lasik technology.  

The former is an established eye surgery technique, while the latter is a cutting edge technology developed by US-based Bausch & Lomb Inc to enhance the safety and vision clarity of the procedure. 

“By combining both technologies we can obtain a higher degree of vision clarity and safety in corrective eye surgery for our clients,'' Lim said. The company has an eye centre in Petaling Jaya. 

Lim said that so far Vista had performed 300 laser eye surgeries using this technique. The surgery does not require hospitalisation and takes only 10 minutes for each eye. The surgery costs RM4,500 per eye. 

However, a client must be below 55 years and undergo a four-hour examination to check for suitability of operation, Lim said. 

Currently, 50% of Vista's clients are from Singapore, and the balance from Malaysia, the US, Europe, and a few from South-East Asian countries like Thailand.  

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