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Cataract Surgery

What is cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is recommended if cataract obstructs vision and interferes with daily activities. It may also be removed if it is extremely dense and likely to cause complications such as glaucoma.

Eye surgery in Singapore for cataracts has come a long way and can now be performed safely and effectively. It is commonly performed as a day surgery and takes less than 30 minutes for each eye.

The recuperation time is relatively short, and you should be able to resume most of your normal activities shortly after the procedure. Phacoemulsification is the preferred method of cataract removal, which involves inserting a small probe into the eye through a small incision. The probe employs ultrasonic vibrations to break up the cataract into smaller bits that may subsequently be suctioned out. To restore eyesight, an artificial Intraocular Lens (IOL) is then implanted. Visit The Hearing Room if you are looking for a trusted and experienced singapore cataract surgeon.

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Different types of Cataract Surgery in Singapore


Advances in technology have enabled cataract surgery to be bladeless; a laser machine is used to perform the different incisions during the initial stage of the surgery. This aims to increase the precision and predictability of the treatment.


Computerised image-guided devices may improve surgical accuracy even further, aiming for better visual outcomes. We use the Verion Image Guided System, an imaging device that collects high-resolution digital images of the eye. This provides the eye surgeon with real-time computer-generated overlays allowing for accurate incisions and positioning of the lens. This customisation is especially advantageous for those who choose multifocal IOLs or who have astigmatism.


You have 2 options for Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) for cataract surgery:


Monofocal IOLs allow you to see either near or far; most individuals prefer to see far and wear reading glasses for near vision.


IOLs with multifocal points include bifocals and trifocals. Bifocals have 2 good vision zones: near and far, while trifocals add a 3rd intermediate zone to allow you to see near, intermediate, and far.


If multifocal IOLs are not appropriate for your specific eye condition and you do not want to use reading glasses after cataract surgery, monovision with monofocal IOLs is an option.

Monovision is the correction of one eye, usually the dominant eye, for distant vision while the other eye is corrected for near vision. Most people will find this acceptable because they will not require reading glasses for most close work.


We offer customised IOLs, whether monofocal or multifocal, to suit your particular condition with the goal of providing you with optimal visual outcomes.

These include aspheric monofocal IOLs, which increase vision sharpness and quality, and toric IOLs, which correct astigmatism.


Cataract surgery treats the lens of the eye while laser-assisted surgery such as LASIK, PRK, ReLEx SMILE, or Epi-LASIK treats the cornea. If you have previously undergone laser-assisted surgery, it is beneficial to have your medical records on hand prior to undergoing cataract surgery so that the eye surgeon can select the correct power for your IOL when the time comes for the surgery.

You can have cataract surgery with a Trifocal IOL even if you have already had laser-assisted surgery. We offer the option to implant the Trifocal IOLs for those who have undergone laser-assisted surgery. This allows for good near, intermediate, and far vision following cataract surgery.

How much does cataract surgery cost in Singapore?

At private eye centres, cataract surgery costs in Singapore can vary depending on cataract surgeon’s expertise, experience and seniority, complexity of surgery and the type of intraocular lenses chosen etc. The surgery fee can range from $8,000 to $12,000 or more per eye. The procedure is insurance-claimable. In addition, Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents are able to do Medisave withdrawal for the procedure (up to $2,450 per eye).

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Choosing the right cataract surgeon in Singapore

The decision to go for cataract operation in Singapore is not a small one as it concerns our eyes and sight, which is deemed as the most important human sense by most. Hence, you need to be prudent when it comes to choosing a Singapore cataract surgeon. Some things to consider:

  • Experience: Choose a Singapore cataract surgeon who has performed a certain volume of surgery as experience comes from the amount of surgery performed.
  • Expertise: Is the Singapore cataract surgeon able to offer you a wide range of intraocular lens that can help you gain spectacle-freedom for near, intermediate and far vision post-surgery? If no, be open to seek a second opinion before making your final decision who to go to.
  • Level of patient service: Are you satisfied with the way your eyes are tested, the way your questions are answered and are the eye centre’s staff helpful in providing information?
  • Transparency in fees: Are you well-informed of all pre- and post-surgery fees?
  • Comfort with cataract surgeon: Does the Singapore cataract surgeon exude confidence and do you feel comfortable with him or her?
  • Get referral from loved ones or GP: This is often a very reliable way to choose who to go to.
  • Do online research: Hear what real patients are sharing about their cataract surgery experience and their surgical outcome through reviews, articles and blogs.


People with cataract may be unaware of their disease since the deterioration in eyesight is not visible to them. If you are 45 or older, schedule a cataract screening with Eye Max Centre to detect cataracts early and select the best possible treatment option for yourself.

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