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Facebook posts shared hundreds of times claim doctors in the Philippines have endorsed a brand of eye drops that can allegedly “solve all eye problems”. This is false: the posts show a fabricated medical endorsement for an unregistered product. A representative for the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology told AFP no single medication can “solve almost all eye problems”.

A website link for a product called “Shiliwangxiongdanye Healthy Eye Care” has been discussed more than 900 times on Fb since May 18.

The link’s thumbnail shows a group associated with people identified as the “Philippine Ophthalmological Association”. They are shown holding up a sign that says: “97% cure rate / Safe and effective”.

Text overlaid on the thumbnail states: “Eye problems are just about all solved! 90-year-old eyes still look new! ”

The particular text “FDA Approved” is also shown in the image.

However , multiple keyword searches around the Philippine FDA’s registered products database did not find any listing for “Shiliwangxiongdanye Healthy Eye Care” as of September 15.

Screenshot associated with the false post taken on September 8, 2022

The website for medication lists a host of conditions that it can supposedly treat.

These include cataracts that will in fact can only be removed through surgery; glaucoma which cannot be cured or reversed; and myopia or short-sightedness which may only become corrected via laser or wearing lenses.

Other Facebook posts here and right here also contributed similar website links claiming the eye drops were recommended by the “International Society of Ophthalmology” plus the “Japanese Eye Clinic”.

 

Comments within the posts suggested some users believed the particular claims and were interested in purchasing the product.

“How can I order? My doctor advised me to undergo cataract surgery of my right vision but due to limited budget, I can’t have the operation, ” one wrote.

Another commented: “I already ordered two bottles, hopefully my eyes will be healed. I have blurred vision. ”

The claim within the posts, however , is false.

Fabricated endorsements

The particular “Philippine Ophthalmological Association” mentioned in the circulating posts will be “a non-existent entity”, according to the Philippine School of Ophthalmology (PAO).

In a  statement released on Sept 2, the particular organisation said the PAO is “the only national organisation associated with Filipino attention doctors” within the Philippines.

It added the organisation “does not approve, recommend, endorse or even support the use” of the product featured in the particular posts.

Keyword searches failed to find evidence about the existence of either the “International Society of Ophthalmology” or the “Japanese Vision Clinic”.

Doctored photos

A reverse image search on Google found the particular photos used in the articles show medical personnel in various hospitals in Thailand’s capital Bangkok.

None of the images show doctors endorsing the item.

The first photo was posted on the web site of  Bangkok Hospital Khon Kaen . It shows hospital officials accepting a donation of one million Thai baht ($27, 278) on October 1, 2019.    

The second photo was published on April 16, 2020 on the website of Bangkok Medical center Pattaya in an announcement about the hospital’s newly acquired technology to help diagnose Covid-19 patients.  

The particular third picture was found on the website with regard to Bangkok Hospital Phuket   on a page regarding its “Women’s Health Center”.

‘No miracle cure’

Responding to the blogposts, PAO president Vicente Ocampo Jr told AFP upon September 10: “In as much because we want an eye drop to end up being a “one drop heals all”, it is sadly not really the reality. There is no miracle drop.

“Each problem warrants a different treatment, not just one treatment. inch

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