LASIK overview

LASIK is a type of refractive surgery for the correction of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.

The LASIK surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist who uses a laser or microkeratome to reshape the eye's cornea in order to improve visual acuity.

For most people, LASIK provides a long-lasting alternative to eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Read this post for more information on LASIK treatment in Singapore.

Cataract surgery overview

Cataract surgery is the removal of the natural lens of the eye that has developed an opacification, which is referred to as a cataract.

Many peoples' first symptoms are strong glare from lights and small light sources at night, along with reduced acuity at low light levels.

During cataract surgery, a patient's cloudy natural cataract lens is removed and replaced with a synthetic lens to restore the lens's transparency. Following surgical removal of the natural lens, an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) implant is inserted.

Well over 90% of operations are successful in restoring useful vision, with a low complication rate.

Risks of LASIK

  • Dry eyes - A reduction in tear production is possible for the first few months after the LASIK surgery. Eye drops can be a temporary solution to this

  • Under-correction - It is possible that too little tissue is removed from your eye, causing you to still not have perfect vision. Another procedure will be needed if this is the case.

  • Over-correction - The opposite to the condition above, though this will be slightly more cumbersome to fix.

  • Vision Loss - On the most extreme and rare spectrum, vision loss could occur due to some mishap or may not be able to see as clearly as before.

How long it takes to recover from LASIK surgery

Theoretically, you should be able to see better after 1 day of your surgery. Nevertheless, it is common for your vision to be slightly blurry or unclear for the first few weeks as your eyes are adjusting. A good guideline would be that the higher your inital prescription, the longer it will take to recover from the LASIK surgery.

Read this post for more information on Cataract surgery in Singapore.

Recent Questions

How much does it cost to do LASIK for high degree myopia?

LASIK is very different from implantable contact lenses (ICL). There is only 1 price for LASIK regardless of your degree, and regardlass of whether you are treating myopia alone or together with presbyopia and astigmastism. ICL is very different because there is only one company in the world that manufactures it. For ICL, it will be cheaper for lower degree myopia and more expensive for higher degree myopia. Addition of astigmatism degree would make the cost even more expensive. To put it simply, ICL varies according to the power of your degree but LASIK doesn’t.

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Dr Natasha Lim

Ophthalmologist

How often should I check my eyes after LASIK?

For LASIK, my advice is 2-3 checks with your eye clinic after you have done your LASIK. If you are happy with your vision and are still seeing clearly, you do not have to go back on an annual basis. If you feel that your eyesight is regressing, you can just visit an optician. However, for ICL, you should do a follow-up every 1-2 years to check if the implant fits your eye.

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Dr Natasha Lim

Ophthalmologist

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Beyond LASIK: Minimally-Invasive Laser Vision Correction Techniques

Ended on February 24, 2021

With more than 25 years of specialty experience, Senior Ophthalmologist & Founder of Clearvision, Dr. Tony Ho, has been a respected figure in the Singapore ophthalmology and refractive surgery fields.

Always embracing change and innovation, Dr. Ho is a strong advocate of safe, flapless and minimally-invasive laser vision correction techniques like TransPRK and ReLEx SMILE. As the founder and main eye doctor of Clearvision Eye Clinic & LASIK Centre, Dr. Tony Ho makes it his mission to help his patients to see clearly, safely.

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