Meet Dr Tony Ho, a veteran surgeon in Singapore who performs laser vision correction. He has more than 20 years of experience!
Learn more in this short video about Dr Ho and how his clinic, Clearvision Eye Clinic & LASIK Centre, offers effective laser vision correction for today's generation.
Dr Tony Ho is a senior consultant eye surgeon with special interests in cataract and refractive surgery, childhood myopia control and retinal diseases. He is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and recipient of the prestigious Singapore Public Service Commission Merit Scholarship.
When everyone gets above 40 years of age, we get something called 'presbyopia' (or Lao Hua/老花 in Chinese). I think you probably mean that you have myopia, astigmatism and presbyopia. Presbyopia is the gradual loss of autofocusing power of the eye. As you lose this ability, things are only clear/in focus at one particular distance at any one time. Say you wear glasses/contact lenses to look in the distance-then distance vision is sharp but near is not.
I prefer to perform cataract surgery with my patients under monitored sedation (this is different from general anaesthesia or GA). Monitored sedation is when patients are completely asleep (without the need for GA) and under the close monitoring of an anaesthetist. Monitored sedation (unlike GA) is very safe, even for patients who have pre-existing medical conditions. I believe that patients have the best experience and are most comfortable when they are completely unaware of the ongoings of the surgery.
All of my patients whom I’ve operated on for cataract surgery experience no pain whatsoever. This is because the wound is very small (less than 2 mm in size) and the incision is performed where there are no pain (nerve) fibres. It is also important for your eye surgeon to be extra gentle and careful during the surgery. During the surgery, my patients do not experience any pain because they will be sedated comfortably. What they experience is a short nap, and upon waking up, the surgery is over.
Thanks for the D2D. Floaters are very common symptoms in many people’s eyes. The most common cause of floaters is degeneration of the vitreous gel and posterior vitreous detachment. As patients with cataracts have poorer vision, it is common that they are unable to detect floaters in their field of view. However, after the patient undergoes cataract surgery, his vision improves and floaters in his eyes become more visible. It is very important to let your eye surgeon know about your symptoms.
Unfortunately it is not possible to give a definitive answer, as to which procedure offers the best long term benefits. Each procedure, in the right patient, can give very good long term benefits. This is because each procedure has its own pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages, and so for a particular patient the 'best' / most appropriate surgery could be different from someone else.