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Blurred Vision? A Singaporean Ophthalmologist Explains Why It's Important To Get Checked

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Dr Claudine Pang has performed more than 10,000 eye procedures and is a highly decorated consultant ophthalmologist with various awards under her belt.

Her main focus is on helping her patients retain good eyesight at all times.

For her, when it comes to the eyes, wellness revolves heavily around the preservation and good health of the retina - the most critical part of your eye.

Here are some things she has to say regarding blurred vision.

Cataracts are a leading cause of blurred vision

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If you're experiencing blurred vision, this could be a sign of cataracts.

In fact, the condition doesn't just affect old people; patients from as early as 35 years old can develop cataracts.

Cataracts can be caused by various factors

old man with glasses in living room

Genetic, dietary, and lifestyle factors can lead to cataract development. This includes over-exposure to ultraviolet sunlight or prolonged steroid use.

Get a full eye check (not just for cataracts)

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You may want to get your eyes checked just for cataracts but a full eye check is recommended in order to screen for other underlying causes for vision issues like glaucoma and retinal problems.

Cataract surgery in Singapore is very safe

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With a success rate of over 99%, cataract surgery in Singapore is considered very safe.

However, there is some risk even if it is very low. Complications include infections, bleeding, and retinal tears.

Cataract surgery in Singapore costs between $1500 – $8000

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The average cost of the cataract surgery procedure alone (without the cost of the lens implant) is approximately $3000 – 5000.

Out-of-pocket costs are determined by various factors including whether it's done in a private or public hospital.

Yes, cataract surgery is covered by Medishield

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Many patients have managed to claim the entire cost of their bill from Medishield.

Every Singaporean and Permanent Resident can claim up to $2450 for cataract surgery from their Medisave account.

Blurred vision can also be caused by dry eyes

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Whether you have just completed LASiK surgery or you've just been staring at the computer for too long, dry eyes can often lead to blurred vision.

Eyedrops may work but they are temporary solutions and, in some cases, can be completely ineffective.

Eye mist sprays can help dry eyes retain moisture

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Eye mist sprays for dry eyes utilise patented liposome technology to encourage protection against moisture loss.

Intense pulsed light (IPL) can also be used to treat dry eyes

 

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Among the many options, IPL is typically used for acne and hair removal but can now also treat dry eyes.

It works by transmitting heat to the meimomian glands, restoring normal tear function.


 

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Dr Claudine Pang is a Consultant Ophthalmologist who graduated with a Distinction and Gold Medal in Medical Ethics. With more than 13 years experience, her forte is in cataract surgery, myopia prevention, macular and retinal diseases. She has two cheekily cute kids and spends almost all her time outside work with them. Her hobbies are dancing, golfing and baking.

References:

  1. Davis G et al. The Evolution of Cataract Surgery. Mo Med. (2016)
  2. Lawless M et al.  Reviewing the visual benefits of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery: Can we improve our outcomes? Indian J Ophthalmol. (2017)
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