Do You Have Cataracts?
Which Cataract Surgery Is Suitable For You?

Get a cataract assessment to have your questions answered.

Cataract is the world’s leading cause of blindness
by the World Health Organization.

Cataracts occur when there is a build-up of protein in the lens, making it cloudy. This prevents light from passing clearly through the lens, causing some loss of vision. It affects daily activities and the ability to drive or read. To improve your quality of life, make an appointment with us and put your mind at ease.

Are you experiencing the following vision difficulties?

  • Cloudy or blurred vision?
  • Haziness in the form of a ‘film’ over the eye
  • Extreme glare from sunlight, lamps, or car headlights
  • Haloes around bright lights
  • Hard to see in dim light or at night
  • Encountering a brown or yellow tinge in your vision
  • Faded or less saturated colours
  • A case of double vision
  • Frequently changing prescriptions for spectacles or contact lenses

          

Get a cataract assessment which includes a consultation with our cataract surgeon to understand more about your condition.

Types of Cataracts

Nuclear cataract
Associated with ageing, and forms deep in the nucleus (centre) of the lens.

Posterior sub-capsular cataract
Associated with people who have diabetes or those who take high doses of steroids. It forms at the back of the lens.

Cortical cataract
This occurs in the lens cortex and is characterised by peripheral clouding which works its way towards the centre of the lens.

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CATARACT ASSESSMENT

A thorough eye examination which includes:

 Visual acuity test
 Eye pressure test
 Manifest refraction
 Pupil dilation
 Cataract video and counselling
 Consultation with cataract surgeon

There are mainly 2 types of cataract surgery:

Micro-incision phacoemulsification surgery

The cataracts in the lens of the eyes are liquified by ultrasound energy. The emulsified remnants are then removed via a narrow incision measuring 2 to 3mm. As the wounds are self-healing, no stitches (sutures) are required, allowing for a faster recovery.

Bladeless cataract surgery  – Laser-assisted cataract surgery (also known as FLACS; femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery)

This procedure utilises the femtosecond laser used in LASIK surgery to create the incision and fragment the cataract. Ideal for complex surgeries, this method is also seen as being minimally invasive, has improved wound construction, and allows for accurate lens positioning. However, the procedure costs more than micro-incision phacoemulsification surgery and its benefits are not seen as significant enough to warrant the price differential.

Depending on your assessment results, the cataract surgeon will advise if you have cataracts and if cataract surgery is necessary.

Medisave and Insurance

Cataract surgery is claimable through Medisave and insurance. Singaporeans and Permanent Residents can claim up to $2,450 per eye from Medisave . You can claim from either your own, spouse’s, or children’s Medisave account. Most insurance policies also provide coverage for cataract surgery. The amount claimable will depend on the coverage of your policy.

Fill in the form below with your details and preferred date for your

CATARACT ASSESSMENT.

OUR CATARACT SURGEON

DR DAVID CHAN
Senior Consultant Eye Surgeon
Medical Director
MB ChB (UK), M Med, FAMS,
MRCS (Edin), FRCS (Edin)

Dr David Chan is the Medical Director and Senior Consultant Eye Surgeon at Atlas Eye Specialist Centre. He specialises in complex cataract surgery, anterior segment surgery and refractive surgery. Dr Chan graduated from the University of Leicester Medical School, United Kingdom. He obtained his Masters of Medicine from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, Scotland as well as the Academy of Medicine of Singapore. Holding post-graduate degrees in Ophthalmology from both the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, Scotland, and NUS, Dr Chan completed his surgical training fellowship in both anterior segment surgery and refractive surgery at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada under the direct tutelage of Professor Howard V. Gimbel.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most cataracts develop slowly over time and affect people over the age of 50. About half of the population has cataracts by age 65. In rare cases, infants can have congenital cataracts. These usually are related to the mother having measles, chicken pox, or other infectious disease during pregnancy, but sometimes they are inherited.

If you have cataracts in both eyes, surgery is typically performed on one eye first followed by the second eye a few days or weeks later. This approach allows the first eye to recover and vision in that eye to stabilise before surgery is performed on the other eye.

A cataract usually starts with mild symptoms and may be unnoticeable to the patient at first. With time, it grows larger and cloudier. The time to consider cataract surgery may arise when the vision worsens to the point where performing daily tasks becomes a challenge (e.g. driving, working, sports or reading).

At this time – and for the foreseeable future – cataract surgery is the only viable treatment for visually significant cataracts.

290 Orchard Road Paragon Medical #07-09 Singapore 238859
Access via Lift Lobby E or F

101 Irrawaddy Road #19-12/13 Royal Square Medical Centre
Singapore 329565

Tel: +65 6737 9119 | Email: atlaseye@atlaseye.sg

Opening hours:Mon to Fri: 8:30am to 5:30pm
Sat: By appointment only

290 Orchard Road Paragon Medical #07-09 Singapore 238859
Access via Lift Lobby E or F

101 Irrawaddy Road #19-12/13 Royal Square Medical Centre Singapore 329565

Tel: +65 6737 9119
Email: atlaseye@atlaseye.sg

Opening hours:
Mon to Fri: 8:30am to 5:30pm
Sat: By appointment only