January 18, 2016

My Son’s Check-up at Pediatric Ophthalmologist

I received my son’s Annual Physical Examination (School) last November and there was a note that we need to see ophthalmologist. I immediately asked my friend for the contact number of their pedia-ophtha because I know that it is not easy to get schedule. There are only limited number of pedia-ophtha here in the Philippines. 

My husband called and the earliest we got is December 22, 2015. So aside from preparing for the holiday last year, we’re so busy going to hospital, I mentioned before that we went to pedia-dentist last December 18.  

When I saw the result of my son’s APE, I felt sad because I know that he needs to wear eyeglasses and he is only 7 years old. Wearing eyeglasses is not easy because you have to take care of it and it might limit you to do some activities.



Fast forward to our check-up, first step was this. You have to look the at picture inside the machine.



Next, the doctor called us, I gave the result of APE and he checked my son. He let my son read the letters. There was a time that we’re repeating the instruction of the doctor because my son was not reading the letters. We thought that he was not listening to the doctor so we have to repeat it but the sad truth is, he can’t see the letters, that is why he’s not saying anything.



My husband was so silent at that time because he can’t accept the fact that there is something wrong with my son. At his age, my husband has 20/20 vision while my son needs to wear eyeglasses. 

Then we went out for some test, the assistant drop liquid in my son’s eyes to relax the eyes, one drop in each eye. Three times yun, I’m not sure kung every 15 minutes. 



Then check-up again in this machine. 



After that, the doctor called us again to measure the correct grade for my son. She said that my son has astigmatism and farsightedness. She explained the terminology. She also said na buti may check-up sa school kasi mas naagapan daw yung mata. If we notice daw na lagi nababangga or natatapilok anak namin, dahil yun sa mata. Imagine, there are times that I think na clumsy anak ko kasi pag nasa mall kami, natatapilok or nababangga siya kaya lagi ko talaga siya hawak. Yun pala, there is something wrong with my son’s eyes. 



We will go back after two months to see if there is improvement after wearing eyeglasses. I was also thankful because the school has annual check-up because we don’t have that in our health card so at least we were able to go to doctor immediately. 



After that, eyeglasses hunting na kami. Nakakalula pala ang price ng salamin sa mall and wala rin naman gaanu difference sa clinic so we went back to our pedia-ophtha’s clinic and dun na rin kami nagpagawa ng eyeglasses, P1500 frame + P4000 lens.



And because of the holiday, January 5, 2016 na narelease yung eyeglasses. Super remind ko sa anak ko na alagaan ang salamin. Hehehe! 

For your information: 

Astigmatism - the cornea or the lens, has an abnormal or irregular curve. Vision is disordered, could be blurred, unfocused or fuzzy. 

Symptoms: dizziness and excessive squinting or closing of the eyes.

Hypermetropia - farsighted - inability to see near objects clearly in focus.

Symptoms: uncomfortable vision when reading, headaches and tired eyes.

Related Topic: Caring for your Vision

23 comments:

  1. If you are open to natural way to correct your son's eyes, you may try the Healing Galing's Eye Drop. According to the naturophatic doctor (Doc Edinel), she still has a 20/20 vision at her age because of the said eye drop and it also helps correct other eye problems. You can visit their site at healinggaling.ph for other info

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  2. I know how you feel, 2 of my kids are wearing glasses. Pero buti maaga na detect na kesa naman tataas ng grabe ang grade like waht happened dun sa anak ng friend ko.

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    1. Yes, buti nadetect agad kasi I don't see signs na we need to go to doctor.

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    2. I'll also check out this healing galing. Sana may pag-asa pa din mata ko huhu, although laser nowadays is another option...but not for Michi's son, of course, too young

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  3. I got my glasses when I was in HS. I hated it. I'm glad your son's problem with his eyesight was detected early. :)

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    1. I hate wearing eyeglasses too, college naman ko nagstart.

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  4. ang mahal ng lens! For my boys, usually we buy the regular lens lang since they are not that exposed naman to the computer (actually binabawalan talaga namin).. and we usually buy from Quiapo which is a lot cheaper.. even the frame, we buy 2-3 pcs of the same style and color.. just in case!

    I hope maayos pa eyes ng son mo :)

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    1. Quiapo is far from our place kasi. My son seldom use computer but he always watch tv kaya need din protection then pag weekend Ipad day niya. Lol

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  5. I myself wear eyeglasses and so are two of my boys. Good thing for my first born, he finds his eye glasses an added appeal to his look so he wears it always. In every check up, there's an improvement. For my second son though, I have seen him a lot of times removing his eyeglasses especially when at school because he just do not like it. And contrary to my first born, second son's eyes show no improvement. Just before Christmas, his eye grade level increases Na naman.

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    1. Sana nga macorrect pa para di forever my eyeglasses.

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  6. Macocorrect pa. My eldest is also due for glasses. We need to take him to an opthalmologist too soon.

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  7. I got my glasses at the same age as your son, and that's good to know the school has annual checkup! Saves you time indeed. I have astigmatism too, so now been wearing glasses and contacts all my life. Chilled cucumbers are real remedy for resting the eyes. Where is the pedia-optha located? Does Ideal Vision / EO have it? Thanks for sharing this! I'll consider enrolling my kid in a school that has checkups too when the time comes.

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    1. We went to Asian Hospital, you can check other hospitals that is near to your place.

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  8. I wore eyeglasses when I was in high school na. I do not wear my glasses regularly kaya eto, malabo pa rin mga mata ko. I think my son and I need to see an ophthalmologist soon. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I don't wear my eyeglasses regularly too kaya tumaas grado but now I have to be a role model so I'm wearing it na even I'm not comfortable.

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  9. Hi Michi, buti na lang your son's school has regular check ups. I wish all schools are like that. In my children's schools wala. I'm glad that his astigmatism and farsightedness was detected early. And your mall experience na natatapilok ang bata ss a reminder for us moms too, that sometimes we think our child is careless, malikot sobra, matampuhin or mainitin ang ulo, but we have to look deeper into the causes so we could take action right away. :)

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  10. I wish all schools had regular physical checkups! That's not very common where I live. At least your son's astigmatism is taken care of early.

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  11. same kami, i also had glasses far and astigmatism when i was his age :) but i hardly used mine :P

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  12. I hope his eyes will be corrected, he just has to wear his glasses all the time for now. Buti early pa maagapan pa mommy!

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  13. Good thing your son's eyesight checked earlier and I agree that the lens are too expensive nowadays, I also wear glasses and I changed my lens every two years pero dapat yearly hehe. Hope your son's eyesight get corrected para iwas eyeglasses.

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  14. I also had my son eye check up as early as 3 before he go to school we have a history buti na lang he is okay nman

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  15. Good thing the school of your son has regular check-ups, I hope lahat ng school meron. And mabuti at nakita agad or nalaman nila. Kasi ang hirap din sa school pag ganyan ang status ng mata ng bata kawawa naman. I hope that everything will be fine.

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