TWEETIE DE LEON
Supermodel turned jewelry designer Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez is very much hands-on in creating her accessories. Working meticulously on her jewelry designs, though, eventually took its toll on her eyes. “When I focus on my work, I become so absorbed that I often forget that the lighting is low,” she admitted. “I also read for long hours. I used to wear glasses and I experienced frequent migraines.”
Accompanied by her daughter and her husband, de Leon said she was nervous at first. “Everyone from American Eye Center prepared me well,” she said. “They thoroughly explained the step-by-step process of the procedure I was about to undergo, gave me precise details about the medicines for use after the LASIK procedure including the discomforts I will encounter. I knew what to expect and therefore was able to handle the experience and recovery pretty well.”
“The period of discomfort lasted no longer than I was briefed,” she said. “The next morning was a brand new day! It seemed like nothing happened the day before and I was back to what I’m doing.”
Thanks to this gift of clear eyesight, Tweetie can continue gifting the world with her fabulous creations.
A lot of people recognize Gretchen Malalad as the Filipino Southeast Asian Games gold medalist in karate competitions in 2001, 2003, and 2005. She also joined the Binibining Pilipinas 2002 and was also a housemate in Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition in 2006.
As though such active pursuits were not enough, she also served as a second-class airwoman in the Philippine Air Force. These days, Malalad graces the airwaves as a reporter for ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol World and Bandila.
Unknown to many, though, her eyesight was so bad that she had been totally dependent on her eyeglasses and contact lenses. Without these, she said, she wouldn’t even have been able to find her way home.
Malalad said American Eye Center was recommended to her by a senior black belter who knows Dr. Alnette Tan. “I know American Eye Center is the first to offer this kind of procedure in the Philippines,” Malalad said. “I was so hesitant at first, but when it was explained to me thoroughly, I was enlightened and assured.”
She was surprised to find that the procedure was so quick. “I felt a bit of discomfort for three hours. I just slept and when I woke up, my eyesight started getting clearer at once,” she said. “The following morning, I didn’t look for my eyeglasses anymore. I even went jogging. “
You can imagine how wonderful it must have felt to wake up with perfect vision for the first time in a long time. No more poking my eye when rushing to put on my contact lenses first thing in the morning. No more having to drag myself out of bed whenever I forgot to take off my lenses before going to sleep. 20-20 vision is a blessing I took for granted when I was a nerdy kid reading archie comics in the car despite my mom's constant nagging. I thought I would be resigned to being blind as a bat forever, and now I've never been happier to be able to see the pimples on my face clearly without having to squint at the bathroom mirror.
Forget the horror stories about eye surgery. Just suck it up and leave it up to Dra. Alnette Tan-- she'll get it done right, and it'll be over sooner than you think. I promise you won't regret it!
I had an accident when I was 7yrs old damaging my left eye. I practically grew up "banlag". It was difficult to talk to people I do not know coz they think I'm talking to the person beside them. For 25 years, Ive had my share of being laughed at and embarassed because I was "banlag".
But everything changed when Dr. Badj Bolinao of the American eye center told me that it can be fixed. I was hesitant at first coz I was afraid that my eye condition might get worse but Dra. Bolinao assured me that the procedure wouldn't take long and its painless.
I agreed to undergo the procedure and the rest was history...
I will be forever grateful to Dra.Badj Bolinao and the American eye center for changing my life. I owe you big time. God bless!
What I loved about the process was that there was no pain during and after the surgery. There were some precautions to take, but I was able to go back to work the day after my operation. For me, the most interesting aftermath of this surgery is that I am now free from the hassle of wearing eyeglasses, and free (at last) to wear sunglasses and still be able to see clearly.
These low vision gadgets, in particular, the video magnifier, had helped me to read the documents I need to read in the performance of my work and also the materials that I need to read and reflect on in giving my talks, especially the Bible.