Pediatric Opthalmologist in Manila Philippines

It was when my husband noticed a forceful and frequent blinking of my baby daughter that had us worried for weeks. We researched it and initially thought it was a Tic or Tourette’s Syndrome.

Tourette syndrome (also called Tourette’s syndrome, Tourette’s disorder, Gilles de la Tourette syndrome, GTS or, more commonly, simply Tourette’s or TS) is an inheritedneuropsychiatric disorder with onset in childhood, characterized by multiple physical (motor) tics and at least one vocal (phonic) tic. These tics characteristically wax and wane, can be suppressed temporarily, and are preceded by a premonitory urge. Tourette’s is defined as part of a spectrum of tic disorders, which includes provisional, transient and persistent (chronic) tics.

Also, looking at several Youtube videos on documentaries of both kids, teens and adults having tics, it was really worrisome to know that a tic can last forever.

Given this, we put a no-iphone / no-ipad / no-TV policy at home. We observed her condition. It has somehow lessened but has not been totally eliminated. Because of that, we scheduled an appointment with her pediatrician who in turn referred us to Pediatric Ophthalmologist (Pedia Ophtha).

At The Medical City, our preferred hospital, there are only 3 Pediatrician Ophthalmologists and only two of them are accredited by our Health Card.

We opted for Dr. Fay Charmaine S Cruz. Her clinic schedule is M, T, F, Sat 1:00 – 4:00 PM.

During the check-up day, we were patient #27 and patient #14 was being served. That was a Saturday. We waited for 2-3 hours before being served.

I especially liked Doc’s clinic. It has a wifi, but I didn’t try to ask the password and they also hand you the round vibrating object (I don’t know the term) for their queuing system. She might be one of the first batches of doctors who employ this magnificent queuing system in the Philippines.

Inside the room, it’s very child-friendly and she has a lot of decors that will stimulate your kids senses. Her eye examination devices are also all top-of-the line.

To top it all, Dr. Fay Cruz is very accommodating, gentle, and pretty. Anica was relaxed all the time. She also explains her diagnosis thoroughly. She’s now my favorite doctor. Haha!

The diagnosis was Epiblepharon or in simple terms, the eye lashes are in contact with the globe of the eyes causing an irritation and the need to blink. We really thank God that it is not as bad as we anticipated it to be. Dr. Fay said that this is most common in Asian children who are “chinito”.

Dra. Fay Cruz did not suggest any surgery, but just wait for it to subside for 6 months or more. She prescribed an eye drop which is very safe for my daughter and it’s organic as well:

Carboxymethy Cellulose [ Cellufresh MD ] drops

Dispense 1 drop 2x a day or whenevery necessary.


When it comes to our children, we want to give them the best and if they are sick, we’re worried sick as well. However, we should not jump into conclusions and should always seek help and advice from medical professionals. Add a bit of your gut feeling and always pray – everything will be okay.



Toddler Applying for US Tourist Visa

I recently applied for my daughter’s US Tourist Visa. To cut it short, we were still required to go through the same process:

  • Fill-out the Online Non-immigrant Visa Application form (DS-160)
  • Pay for the Visa Fee
  • Schedule an appointment

Narrating our experience, I had overlooked the appointment schedule and thought that it’s for an 8:00 AM slot. However, the appointment letter is for 7:00 AM. To add to that, the traffic was so bad that day – we’re on the road for 5 hours to and from the embassy. Parking was also a pain (in the xxx).

So we arrived at the embassy at around 9:00 AM. The lady at the gate didn’t allow us to enter because our scheduled time had passed. We asked if they can accommodate us and mentioned various reasons so they may allow us to enter even if late. After a lot of argument, they let us in. The first window gave us a number. We were at #50. It was the time of Typhoon ‘Jose’ and it rained very hard. Due to this, I made every effort to shield my toddler from the rain while staying in the waiting area (they only allow a number of applicants inside the building). To our luck, they let us in even if it’s not yet our turn to enter.

We submitted the Confirmation Page & Passport to the Pre-screening window. There was no need to have another picture taken since what we uploaded in the online form DS-160 was clear enough.

Next was the fingerprint scanning window – they only verified some information for our daughter. Biometrics data won’t be required for applicants below 18 years old.

Lastly, we were ushered to the interview window where the case officer only asked a few questions to us and praised Anica’s dress :-) Luckily, Anica got approved. What a lucky one!

To sum it up, we just needed 10 minutes for the entire process while 5 hours on the road due to the heavy traffic.

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