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$9 LASIK SUITABILITY SCREENING

Vision and Eye Health.
It’s What We Do. It’s All We Do.

Here at Atlas Eye Specialist Centre, we adopt the US FDA-approved ZEISS technology to provide all 3 generations of laser vision correction to correct myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. We recognise that not everyone’s eyes are the same and we aim to find a treatment most suited to your lifestyle and visual needs.

ReLEx® SMILE

SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction (ReLEx® SMILE) is a minimally invasive procedure which combines the qualities of both PRK and LASIK – flapless and fast recovery. A flapless procedure where the corneal structure is left largely intact, SMILE is ideal for individuals who have active lifestyles/occupations with a risk of trauma to the head or eyes and/or for those predisposed to chronic dry eye. The single-step procedure takes 24 seconds and patients need not change their position unlike LASIK that requires 2 different lasers.

Wavefront bladeless LASIK

Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is a flap surgery. A thin 22mm flap is created with a rapid femtosecond laser. The flap is then gently folded back to expose the corneal surface for an excimer laser to reshape the cornea for vision correction. Visual recovery is quick and it is rare for patients to experience flap-related effects. LASIK is the more widely performed laser vision correction procedure since its introduction in the early 1990s. LASIK improves upon PRK in the areas of discomfort and recovery time, but may come with a higher possibility of dry eye.

Advanced surface ablation
(Wavefront PRK)

PhotoRefractive Keratectomy (PRK) is a ‘no-flap no incision’ procedure based on surface ablation. The visual correction is made directly on the cornea surface after the thin outer layer of the cornea (epithelium) is removed. Visual recovery following PRK treatment generally takes longer and can be accompanied by some discomfort. PRK offers distinct advantages for patients with lower prescription and slightly thinner corneas. Other procedures that fall under the category of advanced surface ablation include epi-LASIK, LASEK and TransPRK.

LASIK SUITABILITY SCREENING ($9)

LASIK is suitable for most people but some may be excluded from the procedure. During the screening, you will go through an eye examination to ascertain your suitability and the type of treatment best suited for your eyes.

Refraction

Eye degree check by qualified and certified Optometrist.

Detailed mapping and analysis of the cornea

Determine if the cornea is sufficiently thick for LASIK.

Identify any abnormal or weak cornea shapes which are not suited for LASIK.

Slit lamp examination –
Eye health examination

Diagnose any eye infection, injuries, irregularities and cataracts.

Personalised counselling.

Why Choose Atlas Eye Specialist Centre?

We listen intently to your needs and offer customised solutions, all the while aiming for optimal visual outcomes. You can rest assured that safety and quality assurance are never compromised, and everything, from costs to potential risks, is thoroughly explained. We aim to give you a personalised experience that you will not easily forget. Your sight is precious, and you should do all you can to ensure a positive outcome for your health and well-being. Contact us today to find out more – we truly look forward to hearing from you.

Frequently Asked Questions

When LASIK was first introduced, patients had to undergo surgery 1 eye at a time. This was because of:

  1. The risk of infection to both eyes – by having 1 eye treated at a time, the risk would only be limited to 1 eye.
  2. The accuracy of lasers being not as precise as what they are today – having the procedure done for the second eye at a later time, would allow for the second procedure to take into account any inaccuracies in the first eye and make the adjustments accordingly.

As these are no longer concerns today, the majority of LASIK procedures are done on both eyes in the same sitting, minimising your downtime after surgery.

However, if you prefer to stagger the procedures, surgeons are usually happy to oblige your request.

Collagen Cross-Linking (CXL) is a top-up procedure in addition to LASIK procedures, done at the same session, that aims to strengthen the cornea to:

  • Reduce the risk of Corneal Ectasia, a rare complication where the cornea loses its ability to keep its shape, thus degrading vision.
  • Extend the longevity of the laser results.
  • Minimise the possibility of an enhancement after the first procedure.

The process consists of applying drops of Vitamin B12 to your eye during the laser treatment. UV light is then shone on your eye for about 1 minute which activates the collagen fibres in your eye to cross-link, thereby strengthening your cornea. The whole process adds merely another 5 minutes to the procedure time.

The need to have CXL done can’t be directly answered, as it is difficult to predict if your eyes are prone to having poor vision returning. However, studies have indicated that generally, people with high power have a greater tendency to suffer a regression in eye power. If you have CXL done, it can reduce the chance of this happening, as well as reduce the risk of Corneal Ectasia which may occur over time; many years after LASIK surgery.

Likewise, with how you would prepare yourself for a pre-LASIK evaluation, stop using soft contact lenses at least 3 days before the surgery, and at least 14 days for hard lenses.

If you want to have Collagen Cross-Linking on top of your procedure, do not consume large amounts Vitamin C 1 week before the surgery. Having small pieces of fruits and vegetables containing Vitamin C is fine.

You can expect to spend a total of about 2 hours in the hospital/clinic, with the procedure itself taking about 30 minutes for 2 eyes.

You will experience blurry vision during the first 6 hours, so it will be nice to have someone accompany you home after the procedure. Otherwise, you are still able to make your own way home in a cab.

Do follow all medical instructions strictly. You will also be provided with eye shields to be used while sleeping during the first week to prevent the accidental rubbing of your eyes.

You will be required to return for reviews after the surgery. The general timeline is as follows:

LASIK/ReLEx SMILE: 1 day, 1 week and 1 month post-surgery. Depending on your recovery, your eye surgeon may want to review you again 3 months, 6 months and 1 year post-surgery.

ASA: 1 day, 3 days, 1 week and 1 month post-surgery. Depending on your recovery, your eye surgeon may want to review you again 3 months, 6 months and 1 year post-surgery.

Of the 3 procedures, LASIK and ReLEx SMILE has the fastest recovery time, followed by ASA.

The majority of LASIK and ReLEx SMILE patients can resume work/school after resting for 3 days though some do return to work to work/school the next day. For ASA patients, this usually takes 5 to 7 days.

Do follow these precautions after the surgery to ensure the best outcomes:

  • 12 hours: Avoid prolonged reading, computer work or watching TV
  • 24 hours: Do not drive vehicles or operate heavy machinery
  • 1 week: Do not use eye makeup
  • 1 week: Avoid smoky and dusty places
  • 1 week: Avoid getting water into your eyes when washing your face/bathing
  • 1 month: Avoid swimming, jacuzzi, sauna, hot tubs and hot yoga
  • 1 month: Avoid contact sports, and prevent sweat from entering your eyes by using a headband

Studies have shown that more than 95% of patients continue to enjoy good vision many years after having their procedure done. However, some patients (up to 6%) may require an enhancement procedure for short-sightedness, long-sightedness or astigmatism within 10 years of having the surgery.

If you develop Cataracts, Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration (eye diseases that typically occur due to ageing), you can still go for surgery to correct them.

If you like putting on cosmetic and coloured contact lenses for aesthetic reasons, you may do so, but only 1 to 3 months after your surgery. However, due to the altered shape of your cornea post-procedure, your contact lenses may not fit as well as before, and they may also tend to fall out, especially if you have dry eye.

To prevent this from occurring, you should have an optometrist prescribe contact lenses that are shaped for a better fit with your cornea.

When deciding who you should go to for your surgery, keep in mind the following considerations:

  • The ability of the surgeon to listen to your needs and provide an unbiased consultation
  • Transparency in the pricing with neither hidden costs nor hard-selling/upselling
  • The credentials and experience of the eye surgeon and eye centre
  • The percentage of patients who require an enhancement after surgery
  • The laser technology adopted by the eye centre
  • The availability of the full spectrum of treatment choices to enable a customised approach
  • The level of service provided by the eye centre

Ultimately, you should choose the eye surgeon/centre you feel the most comfortable with.

Your sight is precious, and you should do all you can to ensure a positive outcome for your health and well-being.

Our Medical Director

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. His treatments include high-risk cataract surgery, lens replacement or exchange, lens capsular bag support, iris repair, laser vision correction (ReLEx SMILE/LASIK), collagen cross-linking, implantable contact lens and refractive lens exchange.

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

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

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

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