What Cataracts Are

A cataract is the clouding of the lens in the human eye, which impairs the vision and makes it hard to do even the simplest task. More often than not, it develops slowly and is brought about by ageing, although trauma and injury to the eye can also trigger the condition. Cataracts are the main reason for blindness all over the world in people over the age of 40. The disease should not be taken lightly. As soon as you notice vision problems, you should run to your doctor to see what is going on. Regular eye checks are also recommended, especially if you are well in your 40s, 50s and up.

*Dr Claudine also wrote a very comprehensive cataract surgery guide for doctorxdentist.com

Cataract Operation at Asia Retina

The treatment involves removing the cataract and replacing it with an artificial lens (also known as intraocular lens, or IOL). Asia Retina is equipped with all four types of IOL to give you the widest range of options in terms of comfort and lifestyle suitability:

Asia Retina utilises the Phaco method for cataract surgery, which removes the cataract using ultrasound energy via a tiny, 2mm wound.

Asia Retina offers both the Bladed and Femtosecond laser surgery to our patients, depending on their existing medical condition. Dr Claudine Pang will personally assess and provide recommendations based on suitability. The procedure takes about only 30 minutes. Asia Retina prefers to fully sedate our patients for their maximum comfort. That means you will not be aware of what is happening in the operating room.

This is basically a day surgery, therefore you do not need to stay overnight. For the most part, the recovery process is painless and smooth but that does not mean you shouldn’t follow some aftercare tips. For starters, you need someone to come pick you up from the hospital as you are not recommended to drive on the first day. It is also necessary to take a few days off work. Some patients handle the procedure so well that they feel like going back to the office right away and doing their normal tasks. However, you had better spend some time at home resting before engaging in these activities again.

Cataract Surgery Cost Singapore

You can make an enquiry to find out the expenses during such an intervention. Depending on whether you are in a public or private hospital, you will be charged from $1,300 to $4,000 per eye. And if you are enrolling for a premium lens, you will need to cough up anywhere between $4,500 and $6,000. However, keep in mind that the final price will also include hospital stay, if such is necessary, pre and post-surgery visits, etc. Hence, when you are calculating the amount, you have to take all these factors into account.

Furthermore, medical complications are unlikely to arise, but each body is different and we can never predict its response with 100% certainty. If something like that happens, your treatment will probably take longer, not to mention that will add to the cost. The amount will depend on the type of equipment used and the need for the involvement of another expert. There is no way to tell the full price upfront because there is no way to tell what will go wrong, if anything, during or after the operation.

Just so you know, cataract surgery at Asia Retina is medisave and insurance claimable.

Cataract Surgery Cost Singapore
Medisave Claimable
Guided Claims

For Medisave, you can expect to claim $2,450 off surgical costs.

For Insurance, depending on your policy and medishield riders, it is possible to claim up to the full amount of cost including pre-surgery and post-surgery visits.

Asia Retina will gladly guide you through the claims process.

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