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What To Expect On Your Initial Cataract Consultation?

We face many questions each time a patient visits us.

We expect and understand the importance you place on your vision and take our commitment to improving your vision very seriously.

Our clinic is patient focused and we aim to achieve the finest possible results by the safest, proven and most predictable means.

Our approach has always been one of delivering proven surgical results at an affordable cost, making Singapore cataract surgery accessible to as many people as possible.

A good ophthalmologist listens to his/her patient and decide together the most appropriate and effective treatment method based on the patient’s needs.

1. Before Cataract Surgery, you may be asked to:
  • Undergo tests. A week or so before your cataract treatment, your doctor performs a painless ultrasound test to measure the size and shape of your eye. This helps determine the right type of lens implant (intraocular lens, or IOL).
  • Stop taking certain medications. Your doctor may advise you to temporarily stop taking any medication that could increase your risk of bleeding during the procedure. Let your doctor know if you take any medications for prostate problems, as some of these drugs can interfere with cataract surgery.
  • Use eyedrops to reduce infection risk. Antibiotic eyedrops may be prescribed for use one or two days before the surgery.
  • Fast before surgery. You may be instructed not to eat or drink anything 12 hours before the procedure.
  • Prepare for your recovery. Normally you can go home on the same day as your surgery, but you won't be able to drive, so arrange for a ride home. Also arrange for help around home, if necessary, because your doctor may limit activities, such as bending and lifting, for about a week after your surgery.
2. During Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery, usually an outpatient procedure, takes an hour or less to perform.

First, your cataract surgeon will place eyedrops in your eye to dilate your pupil. You'll receive local anesthetics to numb the area, and you may be given a sedative to help you relax. If you're given a sedative, you may remain awake, but groggy, during surgery.

During cataract surgery, the clouded lens is removed, and a clear artificial lens is usually implanted. In some cases, however, a cataract may be removed without implanting an artificial lens.

3. After Cataract Surgery

After cataract surgery, expect your vision to begin improving within a few days. Your vision may be blurry at first as your eye heals and adjusts.

Colors may seem brighter after your surgery because you are looking through a new, clear lens. A cataract is usually yellow- or brown-tinted before surgery, muting the look of colors.

You'll usually see your eye doctor a day or two after your surgery, the following week, and then again after about a month to monitor healing. It's normal to feel itching and mild discomfort for a couple of days after surgery. Avoid rubbing or pushing on your eye.

Your doctor may ask you to wear an eye patch or protective shield the day of surgery. Your doctor may also recommend wearing the eye patch for a few days after your surgery and the protective shield when you sleep during the recovery period.

Your doctor may prescribe eyedrops or other medication to prevent infection, reduce inflammation and control eye pressure. Sometimes, steroid medications can be injected into the eye at the time of surgery to keep inflammation at bay.

After a couple of days, most of the discomfort should disappear. Often, complete healing occurs within eight weeks.

When To See An Eye Specialist

Make an appointment for an eye exam if you notice any changes in your vision. If you develop sudden vision changes, such as double vision or flashes of light, sudden eye pain, or sudden headache, see your doctor right away.

We understand the concerns you have regarding your vision and strive to respond to your enquiry as soon as possible. To request an appointment, call 6690 4507 or fill up the form below.

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