My Life-Changing LASIK Surgery

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I’ve been wearing prescription glasses and contact lenses for more than twenty years. I’ve probably experienced every eye allergy there is due to wearing contact lenses or the lack of taking them out. I used to leave them on for weeks! Bad girl.

I’ve been wanting to have LASIK eye surgery done for the longest time. When I used to date an ophthalmologist, I considered having it done by him, but things got complicated. Long story.

Anyway, a few months ago, while working on a 26-hour TVC shoot, my eyes got very tired and dry that while I was driving home, one of my contact lenses popped out! For someone who is legally blind, it was a very scary experience. I decided from then on that it was time to take the plunge and have LASIK surgery done on my eyes.

Like some of you, I’ve always been very hesitant about it because of the horror stories about “scraping the flaps” and after watching a scene from “Final Destination”, any form of contraption on my eyes would mean “aray”! LOL

I Googled American Eye Center and found their Twitter account online. I sent them a tweet and they immediately responded! To tell you the truth, I was more psyched about that than the surgery! I mean, booking through Twitter is phenomenal!

Lucky for me, American Eye Center has a branch at Greenbelt 5, so after sourcing for work, I trotted to the center and had a consultation.

I did several eye tests using the best and most high tech machines available now. It only took less than 15 minutes for the test, plus another 15-20 minutes for the manual checking of the the eyes.

I had the tests done on a Tuesday and booked the LASIK surgery on late Friday afternoon.

According to the doctors, I would not be able to drive after the LASIK operation so Tom went with me on the day of the surgery.

Tip: Be sure to bring a companion with you during surgery. You will need someone to assist you walking and to get home as your eyes will be swollen and there will be a temporary blur of your vision.

It’s Standard Operating Procedure to orient each patient on what will happen during the LASIK eye surgery. Personally, I wish I didn’t have to hear the procedure as every time they mentioned the word “flap”, my knees got weak! Haha!

For someone who has no qualms about surgery (I had two Caesarean section procedures done), I was very nervous about this one. I mean, we’re talking about my eyes here! I can’t even imagine my life without my vision so I was a bit scared.

Thanks to my caring and super galing eye doctor, Dr. Alnette L. Tan, MD Cornea, and Refractive Surgery, she made me feel relaxed and confident. Thanks Doc! I love you! #Alamoyan

Clockwise: Getting prepped up for surgery; Lying down of the most high-tech machine in the world — everything is computerized; Me and my doctor, Dr. Alnette (check out my nervous smile and my vertical fetus position! Haha!)

American Eye Center uses the new bladeless technology which makes healing faster. They also have latest and most high-tech machines — it’s quite amazing when you see it.

Tom was able to take photos of the surgery via the monitor. Here I am after the surgery wearing protective goggles. My eyes were still swollen.

Again, I wish I never had to listen to the orientation and just went on directly to my operation because the actual LASIK surgery was painless. It also felt like I was done in five minutes! Really, it was that fast!

American Eye Center team: Dr. Alnette Tan, MD, Cornea and Refractive Surgery and Benjamin Cabrera, president of Philippine Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

It may not seem like a big deal to you if you’re one of the lucky ones who managed to make it through life unburdened by glasses or contact lenses, but for me, after struggling through life with this all-to-common handicap, dreaming of how great it would be to be free of these crutches; finally being able to see without corrective lenses is beyond description — it’s life-changing!

20/20 vision rocks!

Thank you American Eye Center, you changed my life!

Visit American Eye Center now!

Tip: Follow Dr. Alnette Tan  (@ALTitude66) and American Eye Center (@eyetweets) on Twitter. You can directly ask them regarding your eye concerns.

Comments 18

  1. Congrats, Ms. Jenni! Would you mind if I ask how much did it cost you for the eye surgery? I’m thinking of getting myself a Lasik eye surgery, too.

    BTW, gorgeous website! I love your new site! I can navigate without hassle now! 🙂

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      Hi Je,

      I suggest that you have your eyes examined first at American Eye Center. They could only give you an idea what the treatment/surgery cost after. Look for Dr. Alnette Tan.

  2. congratulations… i just wanna ask like how much it cost u for the lasik treatment? thanks… is it not scary?

  3. May I know how much for both eyes? How much is the consultation? Is it possible that I will not be admitted to the lasik procedure? Thank you.

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      Hi Maria Luisa!

      It’s best to book a consultation at American Eye Center so they may answer your queries.



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  4. Congrats , and I love your story ma’am. I hope my loveone can do this surgery too.. thanks for your info.. God bless you

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