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Cataract

  • What is a Cataract?

    A cataract is clouding of the lens in your eye. This lens is normally clear, and allows light to pass through from the front of your eye to the retina so you can see. If the lens becomes cloudy, light cannot pass through and your vision becomes blurred. Most cataracts develop slowly. It is only in the later stages, when your vision becomes cloudy, that activities such as reading and driving can become difficult. Developing cataracts is a natural process of ageing that cannot be avoided or prevented with medicines.

    There are several types of cataract:

    • Cortical cataract is an opaque area on the outer edge of the lens
    • Nuclear cataract is clouding in the centre of the lens
    • Subcapsular cataract is an opaque area towards the back of the lens
  • The most common cause of Cataract is ageing. As we age, some of the proteins in the lens may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. Over time, the Cataract may grow larger and more of the lens becomes cloudy, making it harder to see. Some other causes of Cataract include:

    • A baby may be born with a Cataract or develop cataracts in childhood — This is called congenital Cataract
    • Cataract can develop after exposure to some types of radiation
    • Secondary Cataract
      1. After surgery for other eye problems such as glaucoma
      2. In people who have other health problems, such as diabetes
      3. After taking certain medications such as steroids for a long time
    • Traumatic Cataract can develop after an eye injury
  • The first sign of Cataract is usually blurred vision. Other signs may include:

    • Colours appearing dull
    • Difficulty driving at night
    • Difficulty reading or watching television
    • Double vision in one eye only
    • Frequent changes of glasses or contact lenses
    • Glare
    • Halos around lights
    • Poor vision in bright light
  • When your vision becomes impaired, you may need surgery to replace the lens. Not all people with cataracts need surgery. For some people, changing their glasses or using a magnifying glass may improve their vision sufficiently.

    If you do need surgery, cataract surgery is usually performed as day surgery under local anaesthetic. By using the latest technology, we are able to offer bladeless cataract surgery. In this procedure, the incisions for the surgery are made by laser rather than a surgical blade, which makes the surgery more accurate.

  • Cataract surgery is normally safe and most patients heal well with good vision. Infection may sometimes occur and can result in poor vision. Warning signs of infection include:

    • Discharge from the eye
    • Increasing pain and redness of the eye
    • Sudden blurring of vision
    • Swelling of the eye

    If you notice any of these signs, you should see your eye doctor immediately.

    Some other complications are retinal tear and/or detachment, and bleeding.

  • With the Price Assurance Programme, expect to pay no more than the listed price for each medical procedure.

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    • Bundles under this programme apply to standard procedures, without complications.
    • Bundles are applicable only at Mount Elizabeth Hospital (Orchard) and for patients who self-pay in full to the hospital. Payment can be made in cash or by credit card. The hospital will assist with the submission of claims for Medisave, Medishield and Integrated Shield Plans.
    • The programme is applicable to doctors in the panel.
    • Prices include hospital stay (type of stay as stated for each bundle), operation costs, doctors' fees (surgeon and anaesthetist, where anaesthetist is applicable) and GST. Pre-admission investigations, post-hospital follow-up treatment and outpatient charges are excluded.
    • Prices may be revised without advance notice.
    • Other terms & conditions may apply.

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