"If it is only possible to give my own eye, I will do it" - A Mother of an Artificial Eye user from the Philippines
This is a story of a mother of a child who uses an Artificial Eye from the Philippines, who has a case called Anophthalmia, which is the absence of the Eyeball. It is usually a congenital condition where a child does not develop an Eyeball, in contrast to the Condition Microphthalmia, which is an Underdeveloped eyeball.
The thing that I loved about the story is that it shows us how God would test our faith in him, and how He would use, as quoted in the Story, His "Instruments" for us to feel that He really exists. In this Story, the Instrument is the Artificial Eye.
"(Paraphrased) Two days after giving birth to my son, he was diagnosed of having a case pf Anapthalmia(Anophthalmia) which is the absence of one eye. It is Congenital.
As a mother, I felt sorry for my son because he had no Left Eye. No words can express my hatred and I always asked God for the reason. "Why my son? Why us?" If it is only possible to give my own eye, I will do it. But then I realized that He has plans for us and only God knows the reason why He gave us this wonderful blessing.
A now we are glad and thank God he used instrument to find solution in the case of our son. And that instrument is no other than Dr. Mark Soliman Paroli. He gave an early treatment and I thank him that he make it possible for my son to have an Eye. Thanks for the Prosthesis. Worth all. It brightens up our day. Self esteem of my son Biel is now secured"
"mga ilang months pa siguro nun bago ako mag goodbye sa bangs ko na kala ko forever na. And now nga, totally Goodbye na sa bangs ko at may government id na ako."
a Bangs is a slang term used in the Philippines for a person who styles their hair covering part of their forehead.
This is a story of a girl, who haven't used any Prosthetic Eye ever since she was operated because of her Retinoblastoma, and throughout her life, she would style her hear with a bangs, covering up the part without an Eye.
After we fitted her with a Prosthetic Eye, she finally have the courage to tie up her hair into a pony tail, and without the Bangs. Most people would take that opportunity for granted, for someone who does it to hide a part of their face, for me is a very big life changer. And I congratulate her! =)
Nagkaroon po ako ng Retinoblastoma when i was 3 years old.
Yung effect napakalaki. since di ako sinanay na naka artificial nung bata ako, need ko mag bangs everyday of my life just to cover the affected eye as in half face bangs. So that people won't usually recognize it. Though napaka unusual ng naka half face na bangs, pagtitinginan padin ako. MAy Hear din every dumadating ang ID picture sa school, i remember pa lagi ako sinisita nung photographer sa school, yung bangs ko daw tapos reremind ko lang siya na yun nga may case ako tas maaalala na niya.
Ewan ko ba dun from elementary to high school siya lang naman photographer sa school pero di padin ako naaalala. nasisita pa tuloy ako.
Then, yung simple things talaga na everybody can do yung super nakapag pa-struggle sakin nitong case ko. Like kumuha ng mga government ID's, mag pa 2x2 picture, mag ponytail ng buhok, and i remember takot na takot ako sa hangun nun. Kidding aside.
Pero nabago lahat nung nagka chance ako magka Artificial Eye ulit. That was December 2016, though sa una mejo di siya ganun ka perfect since matagal ako walang artificial so na affect yung mga muscles sa loob ng eye socket ko.
mga ilang months pa siguro nun bago ako mag goodbye sa bangs ko na kala ko forever na. And now nga, totally Goodbye na sa bangs ko at may government id na ako.
May 1x1 at 2x2 na din ako.
Nakakpaag pony tail na din ako ng buhok. (Yung wala bangs).
Nasa journey padin ako na inaayos padin yung opening ng eye ko. pero malaki na panibago compare sa dati.
A heart warming Thank you message from an Artificial Eye user form the Philippines.
This is a Story of a Mother of an Artificial Eye User, where her daughter has experienced a traumatic injury resulting to the removal of her Eyeball.
When the Mother of an Artificial Eye User was asked how did it feel to have her daughter eyes removed:
(paraphrased) Hindi sinadya sakanya. tumama ang binatong putol na tiles at sa mata tumama.
Masakit bilang magulang na nangyari iyun sa anak ko.
At nagaalala ako sakanya lalo na sa school. Ang ma bully ng kapwa bata niya.
(It was an accident. She was hit by a tiles that was being thrown and it hit her eye. It's really hard as a mother that something like that could happen to my child. I am worried when she goes to school, that she might experience bullying from other children like her)
When asked what she felt when she received her new Artificial Eye
Nung nagpagawa na ang Artificial Eye niya, masaya at nawala ang pag aalala at nagkaroon siya ng confidence sa sarili.
(When she had her Artificial Eye made, I was so happy and all my worries [about the bullying] are gone. she also have better self confidence)
Artificial Eye Stories
This page is dedicated for the stories of patients or their parents about their journey with their Prosthetic Eye.