I have noticed over the last several months that my vision was problematic. I put off going to Optica Metro until I got back from the US.
Yesterday, I went to see Dra. Ines Chang at Optica Metro. She confirmed that things had changed and said she didn’t want to change my lenses until I saw an ophthalmologist.
Several years ago she had sent me to see Dr. Adriano Young León, who practices out of Hospital Mae Lewis. At that time he had recommended I get a study done in Panama City. That resulted in a diagnosis of dry macular degeneration in my left eye.
I told her I would rather see another doctor, if possible. While very good, Dr. Young did not speak English and that makes things a little more difficult. However, the big objection I had was that he is only here once in a while and when he is, the waiting list is several hours to get in to see him.
Dr. Ines said she had started using Dr. Miguel A. Molina, who is in Hospital Chiriqui. She called and set me up with an appointment for 3:00PM and told me to be there around 2:00PM.
A word on Dra. Ines Chang. I really like her. She is without a doubt one of the nicest and most caring eye doctors I have ever been to. She is thorough and will tell you straight if there is a problem she thinks needs to be attended to besides just adjusting your lenses.
I was also pleased with my initial visit with Dr. Miguel Molina. He also was thorough. I took a copy of the photos from my visit to Panama City in 2009. He found some cornea abnormalities and prescribed some drops he wanted me to take for two weeks and than return for another checkup.
This morning I had a mishap with my glasses and popped the left ear piece loose from the lens. Luckily Opticas Metro is not far from me.
I got there at 9:30 just as they were opening. Dra. Ines asked how I was. I said I am blind and showed her my glasses.
She just smiled and said she fix it. Her photo follows.
Not only is she great with fixing and prescribing eye-ware, but her smile brightened my day.
Over the past few weeks I have noticed that my glasses needed replacing. I went back to Optica Metro. Dra. Ines Chang to the rescue.
She had done my last prescription when her optical center was Vision 20/20. Since that time, she has moved to her new location under the name of Optica Metro.
I can’t tell you how nice it is to have a professional doctor that you can trust. She had diagnosed my Macular Degeneration and had sent me to a good physician to have it checked out. You may remember my trip to Panama City for the examination.
She has a reassuring manner that gives you confidence and doesn’t make you feel pressured toward new technology for the sake of added income. I still use the old fashioned bifocals and not the newer progressive lenses.
She did show me some new lenses to consider for all the time I spend at the PC, but it was done as education and not as a sales promotion. The lenses are known as Interview. I will research the lenses and give them some consideration.
If you are in need of replacement glasses, I give my full recommendation to Dra. Ines Chang. If you drop in, tell her you heard about her on Chiriqui Chatter. I have received several personal emails of thanks from individuals that have gone due to previous posts. Google Map to Optica Metro.
I received a request from Oscar Lopez, asking that I make my readers aware that Optica Lopez has been updating its website and is now also on Facebook.
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Lopez back in 2006. and took the following photo. Mr. Lopez is on the left.
As you will see from the Optica Lopez website, there are 9 locations in Panama that they are serving including David. The Optica Lopez Facebook URL is http://www.facebook.com/opticalopez.
The Optica Lopez website is http://www.opticalopez.net/, and lists the current specials.
NOTE: Vision 20/20 is now Opticas Metro and it’s current location can be found in THIS post.
I finally made it into Vision 20/20 to get my prescription filled, now that I have passed Dr. Young’s eye exam and am on vitamin regimentation to slow down the macular degineration.
Dra. Ines said she wanted to check my eyes again to see if there had been any change since my last visit, where she diagnosed the macular degeneration. When she said she was going to see if there had been any change, I wasn’t expecting any, because I thought a change in such a short time would not be good news.
Surprisingly, there had been some change and my main problem eye (the left eye) has shown improvement. Now that makes my weekend!
I ordered my new glasses today and they will be ready in 6 days. I couldn’t be more happy.
As a side note, the new vitamins I am taking are Vitalux Plus by NOVARTIS. They are not cheap, costing $18.30 before the 20% jubilado discount ($14.64 after the discount), for a one month supply. After I got them, I spent some time researching similar vitamins on the Internet to see how the price compared to what was available in the US. After a little research, I decided I could not beat the price or have a better product.
Things are definitely looking up!
NOTE: Vision 20/20 is now Opticas Metro and it’s current location can be found in THIS POST.
A new optical center has opened in David across the street from Daisy and the Cable Onda office and to the right of Centro 1-2-3.
I went there because I heard that Carla (previously with Optica Lopez) was working there. Carla has been a good friend of mine since 2005 and I am glad to see her doing what she does best, assisting people with their optical needs.
Here is a photo of the Vision 20/20 staff. Yuliana is on the left, Carla is on the right and Dra. Inés Chang is in the middle. Continue reading Vision 20/20 Opens in David
In case you have tried to use my previous posts on Optica Lopez, for directions, you probably found out that they are no longer in their old location.
I ran into a Chiriquí Chatter reader the other day and she thanked me for the Optica Lopez reference. She had recently gone there and was very pleased with the quality of service she had received. When she told me that, I realized that I hadn’t posted anything on their new location. Continue reading Óptica Lopez Has Moved In David
I received the following email today:
Hello Don Ray,
I would like to let you and your readers know that SOSA Y ARANGO OPTICAL CLINIC, THE AUTHORITY IN THE SUBJECT, WITH 18 CLINICS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY IS NOW IN DAVID AND IN BUGABA, and we will be more than glad to provide you and your readers, our service for all of your optical needs.
Gerente de Mercadeo
Ópticas Sosa y Arango, S.A.
I stopped into Óptica Lopez today to get my glasses adjusted and thought I would pass on a little news. If you are in need of an eye exam, you better get it taken care of this month. You see, Doctor Susan is going to take a leave of absence soon because of a special event in her life. She is going to have a baby. I think she has about 4 weeks to go.
When the baby comes, she will take a three-month leave of absence. So if you don’t get there soon, you might have to wait until June for her professional attention. I have met her replacement, and while he is qualified, you will prefer Dr. Susan. She has built the Óptica Lopez business in David and I am constantly receiving “thanks” for having recommending her.
When you stop in, tell her I said “hello”.
Another post that I lost in the shuffle was related to my eye care provider. When I realized it was time to get new glasses, I went to every optical shop in David. I mean every one. I have worn bifocals for years and have the non-progressive kind. Everyone except one put on a hard push to have me change to progressive bifocals. They were so pushy on the subject that I became convinced that their real motivation was to sell the more expensive frames and lenses to the “gringo” rather than provide the best eye care at a reasonable price.
The only provider that asked what I wanted and solely went into the role of providing information rather than trying to do the hard sell was Óptica López. I have sent several people there and everyone has come back to me and thanked me for the recommendation. Doctor Susan and her two assistants (Carla and Yajaira) are really good people. Doctor Susan speaks very good English so those of us that are Spanish challenged need not be afraid. I have enjoyed them so much; I stop in every now and then just to practice my Spanish. So if you need glasses, contacts or a 3-minute class in Spanish give them a try.