Do you have cataracts?
Which cataract surgery is suitable for you?

Book a pre-cataract surgery assessment to find out

cataract surgery doctor

Ophthalmologist with > 20 years of experience

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.

Are you experiencing the following symptoms of cataracts?

  • 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
  • Double vision
  • Frequently changing prescriptions for spectacles or contact lenses
Cloudy vision
Faded colours
Double vision

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

Intraocular Lens Types

The Intraocular Lenses available for cataract surgery fall under the following classifications:

  • Monofocal lens: This fixes issues in one segment of your visual range (usually distance vision) and is used for those who do not mind using glasses for specific tasks such as reading.
  • Multifocal lens: This corrects short-sightedness/long-sightedness and presbyopia at the same time and therefore can potentially eliminate the need for glasses altogether.

Note that both monofocal and multifocal lenses can correct moderate to high corneal astigmatism if they incorporate toric lens design; having different powers in different meridians of the lens.

According to the World Health Organization,
cataract is the world’s leading cause of blindness.

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.


$131 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:

Surgery fee from $4,600 per eye
(Medisave and insurance claimable)

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 a higher fee.

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.

Why choose Atlas Eye Specialist Centre for cataract surgery?



Our cataract surgeon has more than 20 years of experience in treating cataract, and specialises in complex and high risk cataract surgery.



We offer US FDA-approved and evidence-based surgical options – be it blade or bladeless cataract surgery. You also have an entire range of intraocular lenses (IOL) including monofocal, multifocal, toric or non-toric IOLs to choose from based on your eye condition, lifestyle and budget.



We believe in partnering and empowering you to be an active participant in your eye care as our team of eye surgeons and clinical optometrists guides you through every step of your journey with us – from pre- to post-surgery.

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.

Our cataract surgery starts from $4,600 per eye. Treatments are claimable via Medisave or insurance.

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Pre-cataract treatment assessment

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:

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

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