At Eye and Retina Surgeons, we offer a comprehensive refractive surgery practice to deal with the whole gamut of refractive errors. These are :
LASIK has stood the test of time in terms of its success rate and efficacy and we offer it in several modes. It is basically an operation in which a corneal flap is raised and then an excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea underneath after which the flap is replaced. This is like carving a contact lens on the eye.
Before a patient even gets to the operating room though, much important work needs to be done as part of the pre-operative assessment. Only in this way can we assess if a patient's eye is suitable for Lasik vision correction. This establishes the safety/benefit profile.
An accurate refraction to determine your refractive error is carried out by our fully qualified optometrist before and after pupillary dilatation. Other important measurements are also carried out: the most important of these is corneal topography and we have two systems available to do this, the ORBSCAN II from Bausch and Lomb and the PENTACAM from Oculus. Corneal topography shows us the contours and thickness of the cornea so that an optimal treatment plan can be formulated by our doctors. Wavefront measurements using the Zywave aberrometer are also available. Finally a careful examination through the dilated pupil is made to exclude cataract and other retinal problems like retinal holes or detachments. If your LASIK surgeon does not do this, ask him to! Myopic individuals have a higher risk of thin retinas with holes or retinal detachments and it is an essential pre-LASIK examination. We have seen many patients over the years who have had these problems picked up during a thorough pre-LASIK assessment. These retinal problems need to be repaired before LASIK is considered.
The eye surgeon will review and check the numbers and plan the type of LASIK: essentially there are four types of LASIK:
The LASIK procedure itself is a quick painless procedure that takes less than 10 minutes per eye. We recommend doing both eyes consecutively on the one occasion. We find that in so doing, patients adapt better during the recovery period as the eyes are balanced.
There are two ways of making a LASIK flap. The tried and tested microkeratome which uses a very high quality blade to make very predictable flaps, and the newer femtosecond laser method which uses a laser to create the flap. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages with specific indications according to each individual's eye condition and characteristics. We will assess each patient and advise them on the suitability of each of these two methods for their LASIK procedure.
After the procedure, a patient can go home after half an hour or so. When the anaesthetic wears off an hour or two later, the eye may feel uncomfortable, scratchy, itchy, uncomfortable and may water a lot. This is normal and eye drops are given to counter this. In most cases, by the time evening comes around, the pain has settled and patients are able to go out for dinner or watch television. It is also good to try and nap an hour or two after surgery.
Dr Ronald Yeoh:
Set up and started the LASIK facility in Gleneagles and Mt Elizabeth Hospital in 2000. He is a certified trainer for Bausch and Lomb z100 LASIK systems. He is also Secretary of the Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.
Dr Chan Wing Kwong
Formerly Head of Refractive Surgery in Singapore National Eye Centre(SNEC), Dr Chan was one of the early LASIK surgeons in Singapore and brings with him a wealth of experience in all aspects of refractive surgery. He has trained many LASIK surgeons all over the world.
Camden Medical Centre,
1 Orchard Boulevard,
Tel: 6738 2000
Fax: 6738 2111