Cataract Surgery

when should I have Cataract surgery?

As cataracts progress, vision becomes increasingly worse. Cataract surgery is recommended when vision worsens to the point where it starts to affect daily activities such as reading, writing and driving.

Do not wait too long to have cataract surgery. Once cataracts have reached the hypermature stage, they become “harder” and more difficult to remove, thereby increasing the risk profile of the surgery.

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Cataract Symptoms

Symptoms of cataracts include the following:

  • Blurry or cloudy vision
  • Seeing glares and haloes, especially in dimly lit areas
  • Colours becoming more dull or less vibrant
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Frequent changes in glasses prescription
The majority of cataracts are not visible to the naked eye. However, as cataracts progress and become increasingly dense, it is possible that they can make the pupil appear white.

Why Asia Pacific Eye Centre?

Established. Experienced. Trusted.

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Dr Wong Chee Wai

MBBS (Singapore), M.Med (OPHTH), FAMS (Ophth), MCI (SINGAPORE),
PHD (UTRECHT)

Sub-specialty: Vitreoretinal, Cataract

10+ Years of Experience
Former Consultant at Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC)
Former Clinical Lead of the High Myopia Clinic at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC)
Former Assistant Professor at the Duke-NUS Medical School

  • Dr Wong Chee Wai was awarded 3 gold medals for Best Candidate in Cornea and Refractive, Neuro-ophthalmology and Ethics in the Eye Specialists’ Exit exam
  • Research Training Fellowship Award, National Medical Research Council (2017)
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Dr Tan Yar Li Doctor Surgeon Asia Pacific Eye Centre

Dr Tan Yar Li

MBBS (Singapore), M.Med (Ophth), MRCSEd (Ophth), FAMS (Ophth)

Sub-specialty: Glaucoma, Cataract, Refractive Surgery

10+ Years of Experience
Former Consultant at Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC)
Former Deputy Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at Changi General Hospital

  • Dr Tan Yar Li was awarded 3 gold medals for Best Candidate in Glaucoma, Vitreoretinal as well as Neuro-ophthalmology in the Eye Specialists’ Exit exam
  • Dr Tan was one of the first few surgeons in Singapore to perform Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS)
Dr Tan Yar Li Doctor Surgeon Asia Pacific Eye Centre

Dr Tan Yar Li

MBBS (Singapore), M.Med (Ophth), MRCSEd (Ophth), FAMS (Ophth)

Sub-specialty: Glaucoma, Cataract, Refractive Surgery

10+ Years of Experience
Former Consultant at Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC)
Former Deputy Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at Changi General Hospital

  • Dr Tan Yar Li was awarded 3 gold medals for Best Candidate in Glaucoma, Vitreoretinal as well as Neuro-ophthalmology in the Eye Specialists’ Exit exam
  • Dr Tan was one of the first few surgeons in Singapore to perform Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS)

Our Services

Cataract Screening & Testing

Cataract/Glaucoma/Age-Related Macular Degeneration Screening – $214.00

( Inclusive of Consultation with Doctor )

  • Visual Acuity/Refraction
  • Eye Pressure Check (Tonometry)
  • Corneal Thickness Measurement
  • Optic Nerve & Macular Scan/Optical Coherence Tomography (Nerve & Macular)
  • Optic Nerve & Retinal Photography
  • Doctor’s Consult 

Cataract Surgery - From $7000* (per eye)

*As per current regulations, cataract surgery is Medisave-claimable for an amount of up to $2,450 per eye. If your insurance policy covers cataract surgery, you may be able to claim the full amount. Check with your insurance agent for more details.

"4-in-1" Cataract Surgery

Cataract involves the (a) removal of the cloudy lens and (b) insertion of an intraocular lens implant. As a result, cataract surgery is able to treat:

  1. Cataracts
  2. Myopia/Hyperopia
  3. Astigmatism
  4. Presbyopia (lao hua)
There are two types of cataract surgeries:
  • Phacoemulsification
  • Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

Both methods are regarded as safe, effective, and established.

Intraocular Lens Implants (IOLs)

There are many different types and brands of IOLs in the market. However, they can be classified into two main types:

Monofocal IOLs

  • IOLs with one focal point
  • Patients can choose between ‘sharp at distance’ or ‘sharp at near’
  • Sharp at near: patients have clear near vision but have to wear glasses for distance vision
  • Sharp at distance: patients have clear distance vision but have to wear reading glasses
Advantages
  • Able to provide sharp
  • Less incidences of haloes and glares
Disadvantages
  • Reliance on glasses

Multifocal IOLs

  • IOLs with more than one focal point – multifocal, trifocal, extended range of vision
  • Patients can choose between ‘sharp at distance’ or ‘sharp at near’
  • Sharp at near: patients have clear near vision but have to wear glasses for distance vision
  • Sharp at distance: patients have clear distance vision but have to wear reading glasses

FAQs

In a normal eye, the natural lens is clear. This allows light rays to pass through and helps us to see clearly. When someone starts developing cataracts, their natural lens becomes cloudy.

That being said, as cataracts progress, vision becomes increasingly worse. As a result, daily activities such as watching television or reading newspapers may become challenging. 

When deteriorating vision begins to affect one’s daily life, a cataract surgery may be recommended. This surgery is a 20-min procedure that removes the cloudy lens and also helps to correct myopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia.

The risk of cataracts increases with age. 78.6% of Singaporeans aged 60 and above have cataracts. Think you have cataracts? Refer to our list of cataract symptoms.

There is no scientifically-proven way of preventing cataracts. Currently, cataract surgery is the only treatment that is medically-proven for cataracts. If you are interested to learn more about the surgery, head over to our cataract surgery page. There you can find more in-depth information such as recovery time, surgical process, and choice of Intraocular Lens Implants (IOLs).
In some cases, patients are able to achieve good vision after surgery but have increasingly cloudy vision after a period of time. This is because posterior capsule opacification (PCO) has developed. The incidence rate of developing PCO after cataract surgery is rather high. As such, PCO is also known as “after-cataract” or “secondary cataract”. PCO is caused by the migration, proliferation or differentiation of the residual lens epithelial cells. As a result of PCO, vision becomes more cloudy and hazy. People with PCO will also be more sensitive to bright lights and glares. PCO is easily treatable through a 15-min YAG laser procedure.

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APEC believes in continuous innovation, we regularly update our medical technology according to the latest industry developments. 

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Rest assured in the hands of experienced doctors with many years of surgical experience, as well as seasoned nurses and optometrists.

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APEC’s reputation is one that has been built around experience and trust, as evidenced by our large pool of referral patients.

Book a Cataract Screening & Consultation – $214

IMPORTANT: Please remember to lay off your contact lenses for 5 days (soft lenses) to 7 days (hard lenses) before the pre-LASIK assessment.