Cataracts is a condition in which the lens of the eye gradually becomes cloudy and reduces the amount of light entering the eye, resulting in a gradual deterioration of vision. It is usually due to our ageing process, therefore it is very common in the elderly. Fortunately, cataracts are highly treatable.

With modern surgical technology, cataracts can be treated effectively with a safe procedure.

Do You Experience
Any of These Signs of Cataracts?

 


  • Gradual blurring of vision that cannot be corrected despite wearing spectacles
  • Misty or foggy vision, things appear to be less in focus
  • Colours seem faded and things appear less bright, i.e. reduced contrast
  • Difficulty recognizing faces
  • Glares and halos around lights (e.g., from oncoming vehicles)
  • Difficulty with distance, intermediate or near vision
  • Poor night vision
  • A continued change in spectacle prescription may signify the progression of the cataract
  • A new ability for near tasks (e.g., reading), when previously unable to do so. This rather unexpected symptom happens when individuals who are shortsighted and presbyopic (lao hua) develop a cataract, as the cataract negates the effect of the presbyopia.

How are Cataracts treated?

Cataract surgery is a micro-incision, key-hole type procedure, performed under local anesthetic eye drops. It is an effective procedure for removing a cataractous lens and improving vision, and has an excellent safety profile. It is performed as a day surgery procedure and usually takes less than 30 minutes. The recovery is relatively fast, and patients can resume most of their regular activities within a few days of the surgery.

Modern cataract surgery is termed phacoemulsification. It is the preferred surgical technique for removing cataracts as it can be performed with smaller incisions compared with previous methods. The procedure is as follows:

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A small incision, about 2mm to 3mm, is made at the edge of the cornea. The cataract is broken into small pieces with a phacoemulsification probe

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The cataract is then gently removed from the eye by suction

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An artificial lens, also known as intraocular lens (IOL), is then implanted immediately and the wound often seals on its own without the need for stitches.

3 simple steps to getting your cataract surgery

Step 1

Step 1:
Schedule for your eye examination and consultation with our cataract specialist
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Step 2

Step 2:
Decide and choose your surgery date
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Step 3

Step 3:
Get your surgery done in 3 to 5 days

Choosing Your Intraocular Lenses

During the cataract surgery, the clouded lens will be replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL) which takes on the function of the natural crystalline lens. There is a wide array of intraocular lenses available, the IOL selected for your eye will be of a specific prescription to allow you to have a good vision. After a joint discussion with you, our eye specialist will customize and tailor-made a treatment for you and your eye.

Monofocal
IOL

  • Good distance vision
  • Still need to use reading glasses

Multifocal
IOL

  • Good distance and near vision
  • No need to use reading glasses
  • May have glare and halos in dim light

Options that correct astigmatism

Toric

  • Good distance vision
  • Still need to use reading glasses

Multifocal Toric

  • Good distance and near vision
  • No need to use reading glasses
  • May have glare and halos in dim light

Why LSC Eye Clinic

Appointment making is easy and fast 3 experienced eye specialists to care for you Conveniently located right at the heart of Orchard 15 years of helping patients care for their eyes
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Meet Our Doctors

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Dr Eugene Tay

Senior Consultant
MSC, MBBS(London, UK), FRCSEd,
FRCOphth(UK), FRANZCO

Subspecialty: Refractive Surgery, Oculoplastic Surgery, Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Dr Marc Tay

Dr Marc Tay

Senior Consultant
MBBS (Singapore), FRCS (Glasgow),
FRCOphth (United Kingdom), FAMS (Ophthalmology)

Subspecialty: Refractive Surgery, Corneal Collagen Crosslinking, Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Dr Errol Chan

Dr Errol Chan

Consultant
MBBS, MMed(Ophth), MRCSEd,
FRCSEd, FRCOphth, FRCS(Glasg), FAMS, FRCS(Canada)

Subspecialty: Cataract Surgery, General Ophthalmology, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Eye Disease, Vitreoretinal Surgery, Uveitis

Our Cataract Specialists are Experienced in
Complex and Post-Lasik Cataract Cases

Apart from the general cataract condition, there is also a wide range of unique and complicated cases such as post-traumatic, subluxed, posterior polar and phacomorphic cataracts.

In individuals who have done LASIK previously, there is a reduction in the predictability of the treatment outcome for cataracts, due to the cornea curvature. Our specialists are experienced with the right skillset to manage these conditions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

*This information is not intended to replace consultation with your eye doctor.

What are the risks of Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is a safe procedure and most patients go on to enjoy much improved vision. As with all medical treatments, post-procedure complications may occur and your surgeon will discuss the main risks of surgery with you.

Can both eyes be operated on the same day?

If you have cataracts in both eyes, our eye specialist will operate one eye at a time. The
treatment for the second eye will be scheduled at least 1 to 2 months apart (when the vision of the other eye is already stable and is free of infections and issues).

What should I expect during surgery?

Before the surgery, anaesthetic eye drops will be used to numb the eye. Some sedation may be given as well, to help you stay as nicely relaxed as possible. During the surgery, a device will be used to support your eyelid to prevent it from moving or closing. You can expect to feel some coldness over your eye from the water, and you hear some whirring noises. There is usually no significant pain but you may be dazzled by light during the procedure and experience vision change as the surgery proceeds. The surgery will take approximately under 30 minutes.

What happens after surgery?

Do have a friend or relative to accompany you home. Your eye will feel tired and gritty for the rest of the day so we advise you to stay at home and rest as much as possible, and to avoid too much hand-held electronic devices o television. Your vision will be slightly misty for the first 2 – 3 days. It can take a few days for the eye to adjust and for vision to improve.

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