A War Veteran’s Story-A A +A
Sunday, October 14, 2012
BORN in Kentucky, USA, Douglas Flora grew up with very poor vision. Nearsighted since he was a child. Douglas couldn’t wear contact lenses as previously prescribed by his US doctors because the contacts irritated his eyes. Though wearing spectacles improved Douglas’ vision, it diminished his confidence and caused him discomfort, leaving red marks on his nose and temples.
The eyeglass were a hindrance when Douglas worked as a combat truck driver in war-torn Iraq, Douglas drove through roads riddled with improved explosive devices (IEDs), and his glasses would get knocked off whenever those IEDs exploded. Douglas found that
having to search for his glasses was not easy when bullets were being fired at him.
Upon retiring from the service, Douglas went to his home in Cebu with his Filipina wife, Delia, and decided to do something about this eye problem. He consulted ACES Eye Referral Clinics and was diagnosed with Cataracts and High Myopia. Both issues were addressed by his ACES eye doctors, and now Douglas is seeing better than he previously thought possible.
“The impact is incalculable,” says Douglas. The morning after his surgery, Douglas was amazed that he could see his wife clearly without having to reach for his glasses.
When a former co-worker visited him, Douglas was told he looked different; he looked younger and taller because he was no longer slouching. Douglas gained confidence.
Douglas is now encouraging others to seek solutions to their eye problems. His daughter, diagnosed with Myopia at age of 5, is now scheduled for LASIK eye surgery at ACES in December. Douglas wants to give his daughter better vision, and with this she will gain what every child needs growing up—self-confidence.
ACES Eye Referral Clinics is comprised of a team of pioneering and highly trained eye specialists with an accommodating support staff and the latest technology. Patients are sure to receive the total, long-term eye care they deserve. Contact them at Perpetual Succour Hospital; Cebu Velez General Hospital; or LP Hypermart Square, Dumaguete City. Visit www.aceseye.com.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 15, 2012.