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How to Choose the Right Eye Doctor for your LASIK or Refractive Surgery?

Making the decision for a life-changing procedure – Refractive Surgery is difficult. But, what is more difficult is to choose the right eye doctor to perform the procedure for you. Here are some tips for you when it comes to choosing the right doctor:

Get recommendation from your physician. For those who have a family doctor, paediatrician or gynaecologist, you may ask for their recommendations on who you should consult for a Refractive Surgery. These doctors have known you for a long time and they will not put their reputation or your trust at risk by referring the wrong doctor. Furthermore, your physician knows your medical history, hence, he or she will be the best person to refer you to an eye doctor, who understand your medical needs. Run a check on the medical portal of doctors (Singapore Medical Council) to find out the credentials of a particular doctor.

Ask your friends or relatives. If there is someone you know who has had their eyesight corrected, you may ask for their recommendations. They would be able to share with you their experience and surgical outcomes. Sometimes they can even bring you to the eye specialist centre that they have visited. This may make your first visit to that centre more comfortable since your friends or relatives have previous experience.

Ask the staff in the eye specialist centre. Well, you may not be convinced with this as staff are generally on the side of their own doctor. However, it may be helpful by asking the staff more specific questions such as:

  • Does your doctor patiently answer questions from patients?
  • Would you recommend your doctor to your relatives?
  • Can you share the credentials of your doctor?

Meet the eye doctor.  There is no better way to ascertain if you are comfortable with an eye doctor other than yourself. Very often, trust is built through your own experience meeting with the doctor.






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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?

before after
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?


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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The risks and benefits of LASIK that you should know


According to the Mayo Clinic, about 85% of people who had undergone refractive surgery no longer need to depend on their glasses or contact lenses most of the time. People with a low grade of near-sightedness tend to have the most success, and people with a high degree of far-sightedness with astigmatism have the least predictable results.

Most people who undergo laser eye surgery
no longer need glasses or contacts.

The results you get, of course, will depend on the nature and degree of your vision problems going into surgery and your own eyes’ reaction to laser.

Risks and Complications

We are all well-acquainted with the benefits of Refractive Surgery but what are the risks associated with laser eye surgery? Any surgical procedure carries with it a certain amount of risk, and laser eye surgery is no different.

Some of the risks include:

  • Loss of vision. If things don’t go as planned, some patients emerge from the procedure with vision that’s worse than what they came in with.
  • Development of new visual problems. Some patients may develop glare, haloes, starbursts and double vision as a result of laser eye procedures.
  • Under-correction/Over-correction – Reshaping the cornea is a delicate business. Sometimes the cornea is not reshaped enough—too little material is taken out; sometimes it’s reshaped too much—too much material is taken out.
  • Dry eyes. Some patients report having dry eye after surgery. Although eyedrops (plus a little time for healing) are usually able to overcome or at least help with dry eyes. In some serious cases, special eye plugs are required to prevent tears from draining away from the eyes.
  • Infection and other flap-healing problems. Creating a corneal flap always creates the potential for the flap to dislodge or displace.
  • Results may diminish with time. Although technically not a “risk” of surgery, you should know that even with the best laser eye surgery, the results may not last forever. The cornea continues to age and change shape.

Consult your doctor to ascertain your suitability for LASIK, the potential risks and side effects.

Are there some people who should NEVER have laser eye surgery? Click next to find out.

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Rabun Jauh Pada Kanak-Kanak Perlu Dirawat

Rabun jauh atau myopia adalah masalah di mana seseorang itu tidak dapat melihat objek yang berada jauh dengan jelas. Apa yang menyebabkan seseorang itu rabun adalah bola mata yang lebih panjang daripada biasa menyebabkan imej tidak terfokus dengan baik. Seseorang itu akan memerlukan cermin mata atau kanta lekap untuk membantu memperbaiki imej yang terbentuk.

Dijangkakan lebih kurang 1 billion orang di seluruh dunia mempunyai rabun jauh, dan ini semestinya memberi impak kepada kos penjagaan kesihatan dunia. Sebuah kajian pada tahun 2003 yang dijalankan di Gombak, Selangor, mendapati 35% daripada kanak-kanak bersekolah adalah rabun, yang mana 65% adalah berbangsa Cina, 30 % Melayu dan 15% India.

Antara faktor peningkatan rabun di kalangan kanak-kanak adalah kerana terlalu banyak melakukan kerja yang memerlukan fokus pada jarak dekat, seperti membaca, menonton television dan bermain iPad atau peralatan elektronik, dan seterusnya kurangnya bermain di luar rumah.

Semasa kanak-kanak masih membesar, kanta mata berfungsi menentukan berapa besar bola mata perlu membesar. Kanak-kanak yang contohnya selalu bermain peranti elektronik, dan kurang bermain di luar, kanta matanya akan sentiasa dalam keadaan bulat (globular), dan ini memberi signal kepada mata untuk membesar. Apabila bola mata menjadi terlalu panjang, maka mereka akan membesar sebagai dewasa yang rabun. Apabila kuasa cermin mata terlalu tinggi iaitu melebih 6 diopter atau -6.00DS, mereka mengalami risiko untuk saraf retina tertanggal, lubang pada saraf retina, glaukoma dan pelbagai masalah serius yang lain.

Lebih ramai kanak-kanak mengalami rabun jauh berbanding rabun dekat, tetapi hanya melalui pemeriksaan lengkap, jenis-jenis rabun itu dapat ditentukan. Sekiranya ibu bapa mendapati anak mereka juling, selalu mengadu sakit kepala atau tidak nampak di sekolah, atau mereka mempunyai postur kepala yang tidak normal semasa menonton TV (contohnya teleng ke kiri atau ke kanan), ibu bapa perlu membawa anak itu untuk pemeriksaan dengan pakar mata secepat mungkin, sebaik-baiknya sebelum usia 6 tahun.

Jika dikesan dari awal masalah rabun yang dihadapi kanak-kanak itu dapat dirawat dengan menggunakan cermin mata. Walau bagaimanapun, sebaiknya pembentukan rabun ini dicegah dari awal kerana mencegah itu adalah lebih baik daripada merawat.

Antara rawatan yang disyorkan adalah dengan pemakaian cermin mata. Penggunaan kanta lekap adalah tidak digalakkan bagi kanak-kanak kerana mereka kurang cermat dari segi penjagaan kanta lekap, contohnya sekiranya kanak-kanak itu tertidur dengan memakai kanta lekap, ini boleh menyebabkan jangkitan kuman. Pembedahan LASIK untuk merawat rabun jauh, hanya boleh dilakukan selepas seseorang itu mencapai usia 21 tahun, kerana selepas usia itu mereka tidak lagi membesar.

Bagi ibu bapa yang mempunyai anak-anak yang rabun, sebaiknya pemeriksaan mata dilakukan setahun sekali, tetapi bagi kanak-kanak yang sedang membesar dengan pantas, contohnya mereka yang baru aqil baligh, sekiranya mereka mengadu cermin mata mereka semakin kabur atau kerap sakit kepala, bawalah mereka untuk pemeriksaan lebih awal.

Dr. Azlindarita @ Aisyah Mohd Abdullah adalah seorang ophthalmologist & pensyarah Fakulti Perubatan UITM.


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A moment with Si Pei, one-half of WIT X FOLLY


Also known as @ohhdivine on Instagram, Si Pei walked into Atlas Eye Specialist Centre sometime in July and had her pre-LASIK evaluation. The evaluation includes a consultation with Dr David Chan, our Senior Eye Surgeon. 

She shares with us some queries she has about Refractive Surgery and we have helped to answer them. Read on for the Q & A:

What’s the difference between LASIK and ReLEx® SMILE?

The biggest difference between the 2 procedures is that LASIK has a flap of 22mm created while ReLEx® SMILE is done with a 4mm keyhole incision. With the small incision, there’s no flap, lesser chance of dry eye and your cornea retains its structural strength.

Both procedures are comfortable and have a relatively fast recovery time of 3 days, compared to the first generation – Advanced Surface Ablation (PRK/LASEK/Epi-LASIK) – which may take at least 1 week.

Will I still need to wear glasses when I get presbyopia (老花) in future?

Unfortunately, presbyopia is age-related and no one can escape from it, even if you’ve had laser refractive surgery done. There are, however, some laser techniques that reduces the need for reading glasses.

Does everyone get dry eye after surgery?

Dry eye is the most common side effect of laser refractive surgery, often associated with LASIK, and lubricating eyedrops will be prescribed to soothe the discomfort, which would eventually subside in most cases.

I’ve heard that there are people who return to wearing glasses a few years after surgery. Does it happen often?

The laser treatment gives very accurate results. However, in some cases where the patients’ eyes heal too well, some refractive errors may remain. Those residual errors that are significant may be corrected with an enhancement surgery, provided it is safe to do so.

At Atlas Eye, should the surgeon and you agree that there are enough benefits for an enhancement procedure within 2 years from the date of first surgery, an all-inclusive enhancement surgery can be performed.

Can I wear cosmetic contact lens after surgery?

It’s a common misconception that contact lenses cannot be worn after refractive surgery. You can actually have them on after the surgery, but hold back for at least a month to prevent infection while the eye is healing. Moreover, if you have dry eye after surgery, having a contact lens on tend to worsen the dryness.

When can I put on makeup after surgery?

It’s best to avoid all makeup for at least a week. However, if you really need to, you can apply light makeup, such as foundation and blusher, 3 days after surgery. Avoid any eye makeup for at least a week as the small particles contained in the makeup can come into contact with your eye, increasing your risk for irritation and infection.

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What Sets Atlas Eye Apart From Others?

Advanced Laser Machines


Atlas Eye Specialist Centre is fully equipped to perform ReLEx® SMILE. SMILE melds the qualities of both LASIK and PRK, promising faster recovery and lesser dry eye with a smaller incision at 4mm compared to a 22mm incision with LASIK.

Our machines are able to perform all 3 generations of laser vision correction procedures, and are calibrated to optimise the surgery process for our surgical team. This brings about highly accurate results for the patients.


Experienced, Compassionate Senior Consultant Eye Surgeon


Dr David Chan has been practising Ophthalmology for the past 20 years. He sub-specialises in Refractive Surgery, as well as Advanced Cataract Surgery. Dr Chan is trained to perform all 3 generations of laser vision correction including ReLEx® SMILE. In addition, he also believes in helping the less fortunate and has conducted eye screenings for the needy, and participated in various overseas mission trips.


Caring and Competent Surgical Team 


With a team of optometrists and nurses who combined, have close to 50 years of experience, Dr Chan has the utmost support he needs to achieve optimal visual outcomes for his patients.

All patients who have undergone surgery with us will have direct access to medical assistance 24/7 through a dedicated hotline to ensure smooth recovery.


Conducive Environment


We aim to provide every patient with a holistic experience right from your very first visit to Atlas Eye Specialist Centre.


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6 Tips for Eye Health and Maintaining Good Eyesight

  1. Make your working environment comfortable.


Observe proper posture when working and keep your computer monitor below eye level and at least 20 to 26 inches away from your eyes. Another way to prevent eye fatigue is to wear proper graded glasses.


  1. Wear sunglasses.


Not only are sunglasses cool, the coolness can actually prevent the sun’s UV rays from damaging your eyes. Extended exposure to UV rays has been linked to eye damage, including early onset of cataracts and macular degeneration.


  1. Use proper lighting when working.


Proper lighting is essential to make everything less straining for your eyes. Low intensity bulbs and fluorescent lights are ideal to use as lighting condition for your work area. In addition, adjust your computer’s brightness, text size and contrast that properly suit your vision and make you feel comfortable.


  1. Take a break and exercise.


Doctors’ advice is to look up and away from the computer for at least 15 minutes every couple of hours to relax the muscles inside the eyes. Especially if you need to do a lot of near work during the day.


  1. Annual Eye Check.


It is always good to have your eyes check at least once a year to make sure your eye health is optimum. You will also find out any onset of eye diseases earlier.


  1. Enjoy outdoor activities.


Let your eyes enjoy while you participate in outdoor activities like walking in greenery or cycling by the beach. Not only is it good for your health, but it can also help the eyes relax more by looking at far distances for a change.


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7 Good Foods That Boost Your Eye Health

Are you eating the foods that are best for your eyes?

Carrots may be the best known food for helping your eyes but there’s more. A diet that is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals not only improves your eye health, it can even help to prevent eye diseases.

Lutein, Vitamin A, C & E and Omega-3 fatty acids all play a role in eye health. Here are some powerhouse foods for healthy eyes to try.


Leafy greens


Kale, spinach and broccoli, just to name a few, are full of lutein and zeaxanthin, that can help stem the development of macular degeneration and cataract.Avocado is also a good source of antioxidant, that can protect the eyes from harmful UV rays.



Omega-3 fatty acids help your eyes fight inflammation, protect against dry eye and also prevent macular degeneration and cataracts. Salmon and sardines have the most omega-3s, but tuna is also a good source. Aim for at least two servings a week. Otherwise, you can also take fish oil supplements or vegetarian supplements like flax seed oil.


The vitamins and nutrients in eggs, including Lutein and Vitamin A, promote eye health and function. Additionally, Vitamin A protects against night blindness and dry eye.

Whole Grains


Foods with low glycemic index (GI), such as quinoa, brown rice and whole-wheat breads, not only promote overall eye health, but also help reduce risk of macular degeneration.

Colourful Fruits (and vegetables)


Not only do they make your food more appetizing, fruits like grapefruits, oranges, and strawberries are high in Vitamin A, which reduces the risk of cataract and macular degeneration. Corn, pumpkins and peppers are also excellent sources of Vitamins A and C.

Nuts and Legumes


Almonds, walnuts, pistachios – whichever you prefer – are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and Vitamin E. Kidney beans, black-eyed peas and lentils are also good sources of bioflavonoids and zinc, which help protect the retina and lower the risk of macular degeneration and cataract.

Sunflower Seeds


Keep your eyes healthy and disease-free by snacking on sunflower seeds. They are an excellent source of Vitamin E and zinc, which helps your body absorb Vitamin A.


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Have You Noticed These 9 Celebs With A Lazy Eye?

Guess what? Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron are on our list!

To add on to your knowledge, find out what is lazy eye and also learn about how to treat it.


Melissa Joan Hart


Paris Hilton


Ryan Gosling


Heidi Klum


Kate Moss


Kristen Bell


Taylor Lautner


Zac Efron


Alicia Keys


What exactly is lazy eye?

Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, is when there is a vision development disorder, in which an eye fails to achieve normal visual acuity even with prescription glasses or contact lenses. It usually occurs in one eye but in some cases, it can manifest in both eyes.

Ideally, Amblyopia should be detected early in life and promptly treated so reduced vision can be avoided. It does not go away on its own and iIf left untreated, can lead to vision impairment, included blindness.


What causes lazy eye?

  • The most commonly known cause for Amblyopia is Strabimus, where one eye looks at the object you’re viewing and the other is misaligned, either inward (Esotropia), outward (Exotropia), upward (Hypertropia) or downward (Hypotropia).


  • Due to a lack of stimulus, children who have congenital cataract in their early years.
  • Children who have a large difference in refractive error between both eyes.
  • Family history of Amblyopia.

Children with Amblyopia would not usually complain of poor vision, because they wouldn’t really know, until it is picked up at an eye check-up or screenings in school. Hence, it is important for parents to bring the child for routine eye check-up.


How do you tell if your child has Lazy Eye?

Besides noticing if your child has crossed eyes or some other apparent eye misalignment, another clue is if he or she fusses when you cover one eye.

You can try this simple screening test at home by simply covering your child’s eyes (one at a time) when he or she is performing a visual task, such as watching TV.

If your child is not bothered when one eye is covered, try the other eye. If your child tilts his or her head or pushes your hand away when you cover the other, this may suggest that the first eye you covered is the “good” eye and the other is “lazy” or amblyopic, causing blurred vision.


How to treat Lazy Eye?

In some cases of children having refractive error, normal vision can be achieved simply by wearing prescription glasses. Usually, however, the child would also need to undergo patching (occlusion therapy) to force the brain to pay attention to the visual input from the amblyopic eye, enabling normal vision development for that eye.


In some children, atropine eye drops have been used to treat amblyopia. It helps by blurring vision in the good eye to force your child to use the weaker eye more, to strengthen it. One advantage of using atropine eye drops is that it doesn’t require your constant vigilance to make sure your child wears the eye patch.

It is important to detect amblyopia and treat it early. If it is detected after the age of 8, it might not be possible to reverse the damage, leading to perpetual poor vision and a loss of depth perception.

For Strabismic Amblyopia, strabismus surgery is needed to straighten the eyes, followed by patching and often, some sort of vision therapy to help both eyes work together as a team.


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