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Signs that point to cataracts:

  • Cloudy or blurry vision.
  • Colors seem faded.
  • Glare. Headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright. A halo may appear around lights.
  • Poor night vision.
  • Double vision or multiple images in one eye. (This symptom may clear as the cataract gets larger.)
  • Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Youtube video on Cataract Surgery Procedure

Cataract surgery is a procedure to remove the lens of your eye and, in most cases, replace it with an artificial lens. Cataract surgery is used to treat a cataract — the clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye. Cataract surgery is performed by an eye doctor / ophthalmologist on an outpatient basis, which means you don’t have to stay in the hospital after the surgery. Cataract surgery is very common and is generally a safe procedure.There are two types of cataract surgery. Your doctor can explain the differences and help determine which is better for you:


  1. Phacoemulsification, or phaco. A small incision is made on the side of the cornea, the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye. Your doctor inserts a tiny probe into the eye. This device emits ultrasound waves that soften and break up the lens so that it can be removed by suction. Most cataract surgery today is done by phacoemulsification, also called “small incision cataract surgery.”
  2. Extracapsular surgery. Your doctor makes a longer incision on the side of the cornea and removes the cloudy core of the lens in one piece. The rest of the lens is removed by suction.


After the natural lens has been removed, it often is replaced by an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL). An IOL is a clear, plastic lens that requires no care and becomes a permanent part of your eye. Light is focused clearly by the IOL onto the retina, improving your vision. You will not feel or see the new lens.Some people cannot have an IOL. They may have another eye disease or have problems during surgery. For these patients, a soft contact lens, or glasses that provide high magnification, may be suggested.

The following is a table of cataract surgery cost in Singapore hospitals.

  • Day Surgery (Private Patients with no subsidy)

    Hospital Volume  Average Length Of Stay (days)  50th Percentile Bill Size ($) 90th Percentile Bill Size ($)
    Changi General Hospital 174 1.0 2,942 3,545
    Gleneagles Hospital 1,911 1.0 4,891 6,634
    Khoo Teck Puat Hospital 175 1.0 3,093 4,293
    Mount Alvernia Hospital 1,111 1.0 3,512 4,428
    Mount Elizabeth Hospital 1,311 1.0 4,868 7,224
    National University Hospital 601 1.0 3,765 5,266
    Parkway East Hospital 332 1.0 3,898 5,037
    Raffles Hospital 102 1.0 4,541 6,047
    Singapore National Eye Centre 3,793 1.0 3,093 3,968
    Tan Tock Seng Hospital 1,645 1.0 2,860 3,895

One thought on “Cataract Surgery

  1. Hi,

    Thank you for your helpful information.
    Do you have any particular recommendation as to which doctor is an expert for cataract surgery? Should I go to SNEC to be safe?
    Is there any website that can show reviews as to the result of the operation? thank you in advance


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