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Community Eye Screening @ Kim Seng Community Centre

Community Eye Screening @ Kreta Ayer – Kim Seng Active Ageing Health Fiesta – 23 July 2017

Bright and early on Sunday morning (23 July 2017), the Atlas Eye team team was all geared up to meet 200 elderly residents at Kim Seng Community Centre for an eye screening.

The eye screening was conducted as part of Atlas Eye’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme to promote good eye and vision health amongst Singaporeans.

The event was graced by Dr Lily Neo, Member of Parliament for Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng constituency.

Most of us would agree that sight is the most valuable of our 5 senses. Our eye health plays an important role to help us see and feel the world around us.

During the eye screening, common eye conditions such as presbyopia, cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration were detected and referred for further management.

Age-related eye conditions may be present without symptoms in their early stages. If left undetected, these conditions may lead to permanent loss of vision. That is why regular eye examinations are recommended, especially for the elderly, to ensure good eye health and optimal vision.

Atlas Eye was proud to be able to play our part for the community. We were thankful for the appreciative smiles from residents who benefited from the eye screening.

 

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Top 5 Must Know FAQs about LASIK & Refractive Surgery

Are you thinking about correcting your eyesight permanently? However, there are too many question marks in your mind? Heard from your friends about LASIK but unsure whether to proceed with it? You may find your answers below:

Q1. How does LASIK or Refractive Surgery remove my short-sightedness and astigmatism?

chartFirst of all, you must understand what are refractive errors (short-sightedness, long-sightedness, astigmatism). Having refractive errors mean the light is not focused on the light sensitive tissue lining of our eye (retina), resulting in blurred vision. By reshaping the outer part of our eye (cornea) with a “cool” beam laser, the light can be re-focused on the retina and people who previously need eyeglasses or contact lenses, may not need them anymore.

Q2: Am I qualified to go for LASIK or Refractive Surgery?

You can ascertain your suitability through a pre-LASIK evaluation. However, there are some general guidelines for those who are interested to get rid of eyeglasses or contact lenses.

  1. Healthy eye. There are no eye diseases or abnormalities. Any eye diseases and or infections should be resolved before surgery.
  2. Stable eye prescription for at least 12 months. There should be ≤ 0.50 dioptre change in your eye prescription for the past 12 months. Patients who have significant change in their eyesight will be monitored and surgery should be postponed until their vision has stabilised.
  3. Aged 18 years and above. Patients under 18 years old tend to have unstable eyesight and therefore, Refractive Surgery is usually not recommended.
  4. For ladies – you are not nursing or pregnant. Eye prescription may fluctuate when expecting a baby or nursing due to the hormonal changes in the body.
  5. No Autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Sjogren’s Syndrome may result in poor visual outcomes and increase the risk of complications after Refractive Surgery.

Q3: Will I get perfect vision after the procedure?

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Though doctors strive to make the refractive error zero after Refractive Surgery, this may not always be possible. Refractive Surgery aims to reduce a person’s dependence on spectacles or contact lenses. No one can guarantee perfect vision after Refractive Surgery. Our vision may change with time with or without any Refractive Surgery. Hence, even if one have had Refractive Surgery, he or she may still need eyeglasses at some point in time after the procedure.

Q4: Is LASIK or Refractive Surgery painful?

No, it is usually not painful. This is because the doctor will use anaesthetic eyedrops to fully numb the eye before the surgery. During the procedure, you may feel some mild pressure around the eye, but no pain at all. You will be prescribed with eyedrops after your surgery to minimise dryness and infection.

Q5: How much does a LASIK or Refractive Surgery cost?

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The price ranges from $3,199 up to $4,999 for 2 eyes at Atlas Eye Specialist Centre. There are many eye centres offering various types of treatment with different pricings. We advise patient to choose a treatment most suited for their eyes instead of choosing the most economic treatment. A one-time payment for a lifetime vision, it is totally worth the money.

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Uncover the Myths about LASIK

Uncover the Myths about LASIK

Despite LASIK having a history of about 30 years, there are still some myths amongst those who are concerned about the procedure. Let’s discuss the some common myths:

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Myth #1: LASIK is painful.

Truth: Generally, there will not be any pain sensation on the eye during procedure as your eye doctor will instill anaesthetic eyedrops to numb your eye. The anaesthetic effect will usually last throughout the entire procedure. Therefore, you will feel no pain even after you step out of the operating theatre. However, there might be mild grittiness or stinging sensation which will usually last for the first few hours after the procedure. With ReLEx SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction), it greatly reduces the mild grittiness that may occur after the procedure.

Myth #2: LASIK may cause blindness.

Truth: Though LASIK is performed under high levels of safety, it is still a surgery which involves some low risk. However, the number of blind cases due to Refractive Surgery is still ZERO in Singapore. Therefore, a thorough eye examination followed by doctor’s consultation are important to review all benefits and risks of Refractive Surgery before making a decision.

Myth #3: I will not need any eyeglasses after LASIK.

Truth: Our vision may change with time irregardless of whether one has had Refractive Surgery.  After any form of Refractive Surgery, it is still possible for one to have some dependence on eyeglasses at some point in time. For instance, all of us will develop Presbyopia (“Lao Hua”) from the age of about 40 due to the loss of crystalline lens elasticity.

Myth #4: Laser may burn your eyes.

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Truth: A “cold” laser, excimer, is used during LASIK. “Cold” laser means that it does not burn the corneal cells. However, some patients may experience some burning smell during the procedure. The odour is from the chemical reaction of the laser on the cornea. Some refractive surgery machines have a build-in vacuum device to remove the odour.

 

Myth #5: There are permanent side effects from LASIK.

Truth: LASIK is still considered a surgery, and with every surgery there are risks involved. One common side effect after LASIK is dry eye, and they usually lessen with time. However, in a small number of patients, it can become permanent, though rare. Dry eye can be overcome with the use of lubricating eyedrops.

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Top 6 Frequently Asked Questions About LASIK

Q1. What is LASIK surgery?

LASIK_blog_picLASIK surgery is a quick and simple procedure, which is done by an eye surgeon to reshape the cornea and improve vision. The goal of this surgery is to improve the way the eyes focus light rays onto the retina.

Q2. How long does the LASIK procedure take?

LASIK is a 30 minute out-patient procedure. There is no need for the patient to be hopsitalised. Patient can return home 30 minutes after the procedure.

Q3. Does LASIK surgery hurt?

Majority of patients report little to no discomfort during and after surgery. You will not feel pain during the procedure as the surgeon will instill anaesthetic eyedrops before the surgery. During the reshaping of the cornea with laser, you will not feel any sensation. You can be prescribed with pain medication should you feel any discomfort after the surgery.

Q4. How do I know if I’m qualified to undergo LASIK?

Not all patients are suitable to undergo LASIK surgery. Your eyecare specialist will help determine whether you are suitable.  Here are a few general guidelines:

  • You are at least 18 years old.
  • You are not pregnant or nursing. Hormonal levels can affect the shape of your eyes during pregnancy or nursing.
  • You have stable vision and eyeglass prescription for 12 months prior to surgery.
  • The front and back part of your eye are healthy.
  • Your cornea should have sufficient thickness.
  • You do not have eye conditions such as infections, ocular herpes, eye inflammation or severe dry eye. These conditions could affect post-operative healing of your eyes.
  • You do not have unmanaged diabetes or rheumatological conditions.

Q5. How much does LASIK surgery cost?

At Atlas Eye, we offer all 3 generations of laser vision correction and they include ReLEx SMILE, LASIK and Advanced Surface Ablation. Surgery starts from $3,199 for 2 eyes. The type of surgery you for is dependent on the shape of your eyes, corneal thickness and the amount of astigmatism you may have. Surgery fees include 3 post-op reviews and enhancement surgery within 2 years from the date of first surgery.

Q6. What can I expect after the surgery?

After the procedure, your eyes may feel watery and you may experience some discomfort for a couple of hours. This is all part of the healing process and will eventually fade away. You will have functional eyesight the night of surgery or the day after the procedure. You are advised to rest for about a day or 2 and to avoid strenuous activities until your eyes heal. Remember to arrange transport on the day of your surgery as you will not be allowed to drive.

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