Curious about whether LASIK eye surgery is for you? We break down everything you need to know from how much LASIK costs to how it works and where to find LASIK clinics in Singapore
Tired of having to pack contact lens solutions or those annoyingly tiny storage cases when you travel? Or maybe you’re just tired of wearing spectacles that slide down your nose and constantly fog up in Singapore’s humidity. If you’re already nodding your head vigorously while reading this, then perhaps it’s time to seriously consider LASIK eye surgery. Is LASIK safe, you ask? The answer is YES, as it has a 95-99% success rate and takes just 15 minutes! We break down how LASIK works, how to know your suitability for LASIK and which LASIK clinics in Singapore have the right procedures for your lifestyle.
How does LASIK work?
If you’re not too familiar with LASIK, it’s a type of eye surgery in which an eye surgeon creates a flap in the cornea, and then uses a laser to reshape the cornea and correct any other refractive errors in the eye – including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Consult this FDA guide for everything you can expect before, during and after LASIK eye surgery to get an overall idea before you consult a doctor with your own concerns. LASIK recovery periods will vary, depending on your overall health, but it typically takes between three and six months to fully heal.
Who can undergo LASIK eye surgery?
LASIK isn’t suitable for everyone. You must be above the age of 21, you should not be pregnant or have cataracts, glaucoma or retinal diseases. You will need to undergo a thorough eye examination with an ophthalmologist before you can undergo LASIK eye surgery. If you want to know about whether LASIK is right for you, risk factors, or side effects, check out our interview with Dr. Lee Hung Ming, who answers FAQs about everything related to LASIK, ranging from recovery time to average cost.
How much does LASIK cost in Singapore?
In general, LASIK is broken up into three areas: the pre-op consultation, the LASIK procedure itself and the post-op follow-up and medication. While prices for the assessment are generally affordable (from $100 and up), the price of the LASIK surgery itself doesn’t vary too widely between public and private hospitals. Some clinics may offer cheaper prices initially, but there could be hidden fees afterwards. In general, the overall costs of the assessment, corrective procedure and post-op follow-ups should range anywhere between $3,000 to $5,000 – this figure also depends on your body’s response to the procedure and if there are any side effects or complications. LASIK generally isn’t covered by insurance or by Medisave (unless it was done for urgent health reasons), but if you’re tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses, then you’ll certainly save on those costs for the rest of your life!
LASIK Clinics in Singapore
While LASIK surgery is pretty straightforward and has an excellent success rate, it’s always a comfort to know you’re in competent, experienced hands. So if you’re curious about whether you’re a good candidate for a LASIK procedure, or if you just want to know more about it, then why not consult these LASIK clinics in Singapore?
Clearvision Eye Clinic & LASIK Centre
Founded in 2001 by Dr. Tony Ho, Clearvision Eye Clinic & LASIK Centre specialises in flap-less and bladeless, minimally invasive laser vision correction procedures like TransPRK and SMILE. And if you’re worried about LASIK in general, two of their doctors have undergone the procecures themselves, so they can walk you through any concern or worry you may have about it. Clearvision is also a hit on TikTok, and you can follow them there for all sorts of eye care solutions, LASIK aftercare tips and more.
Clearvision Eye Clinic & LASIK Centre, 6 Nutmeg Road, Singapore 228337, Tel: 8383 7989 (WhatsApp), www.clearvision.com.sg
Atlas Eye Specialist Centre
This LASIK clinic at Paragon offers three types of corrective procedures – ReLEx® SMILE, Wavefront Bladeless LASIK and Wavefront PRK – which are suitable for myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism correction. The type of treatment is recommended based on your visual needs and the centre is well-equipped to ensure safe and optimal outcomes for your treatment.
Atlas Eye Specialist Centre, multiple locations, www.atlaseye.sg
Lang Eye Centre
Helmed by renowned ophthalmologist Dr Leonard Ang, who’s pioneered many cutting-edge treatments for a variety of complex eye conditions, Lang Eye Centre offers a comprehensive range of both LASIK and other refractive surgical options to suit your needs, including the ultra-precise, blade-free High Definition iLASIK. This fifth-generation technology is achieving greater precision and safety than ever before.
Lang Eye Centre, Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, 38 Irrawaddy Road, #08-46/47, Singapore 329563, www.langeye.sg
The Lasik Surgery Clinic (LSC)
One of the largest one-stop LASIK clinics and eye specialists in Singapore, LSC has been doing its thing since 2005. It offers a wide range of LASIK, Epi-LASIK and LASEK treatments, in addition to other refractive eye surgeries like ReLEx SMILE (a less-invasive procedure introduced in recent years with fewer post-operative side effects). Every LSC patient undergoes a thorough eye test before surgery to ensure they receive a personalised laser vision correction plan.
The Lasik Surgery Clinic, 290 Orchard Road, Paragon #13-01 to 06, Singapore 238859, Tel: (+65) 6836 1000, www.lsc.sg
Raffles Eye Centre
Shinagawa Eye Centre
Visit this plush LASIK clinic in Singapore, and you just might forget you’re in a doctor’s office for a second. Rest assured you’ll receive top-notch care under Dr Lee Sao Bing, who has been Head of the Cornea Service at the National University Hospital Eye Centre; here, he performed cataract surgeries, cornea transplants, LASIK and Epi-LASIK surgeries. Shinagawa Eye Centre offers a full range of eye services and screenings, and continually invests in cutting-edge, modern equipment while always providing a comforting human touch. The clinic also offers telemedicine services.
Shinagawa Eye Centre, 501 Orchard Road, Wheelock Place #05-15, Singapore 238880, Tel: (+65) 6738 8222, www.shinagawa.com.sg
The Eagle Eye Centre (EEC)
One of Singapore’s leading comprehensive eye and LASIK clinics, EEC has a team of internationally-renowned ophthalmologists with the most advanced technology at their disposal. Eagle Eye Centre was one of the first clinics in Singapore to integrate ophthalmic and optometric eye care under one roof, and offers at least four varieties of LASIK/refractive surgeries alone.
The Eagle Eye Centre, multiple locations, www.eagleeyecentre.com.sg
Asia Pacific Eye Centre (formerly Lee Hung Ming Eye Centre)
Helmed by one of Singapore’s most experienced LASIK surgeons, Dr. Lee Hung Ming was the first doctor to perform bladeless LASIK in Singapore back in 2004. With state-of-the-art equipment and a variety of different surgical options on offer (including both LASIK and SMILE ReLEx), Dr Lee has thousands of satisfied patients with excellent vision across the island.
Asia Pacific Eye Centre, Gleneagles Hospital, 6A Napier Road, Hospital Block Level 3, Singapore 258500, Tel: 6470 3366, www.asiapacificeyecentre.com.sg
Dr Leo Adult & Paediatric Eye Specialist
With training in the UK, the United States and Singapore, Dr. Leo has years of experience (and a trophy case of awards) under her belt. In addition to LASIK procedures, she specialises in paediatric ophthalmology and her eyecare and LASIK clinic in Singapore has a team of eye care professionals (including an orthoptist and optometrist) all under one roof to make it your family’s one-stop-shop for eye health.
Dr Leo Adult & Paediatric Eye Specialist, Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, 3 Mount Elizabeth, #10-04, Singapore 228510, Tel: (+65) 6737 8366, www.drleoeyespecialist.com
SNEC Laser Vision Centre
As part of the government-affiliated Singapore National Eye Centre, Laser Vision Centre is at the forefront of ophthalmological research in Singapore and performs some of the highest volumes of procedures of any public institution in Singapore. The SNEC Laser Vision Centre has a full team of experienced refractive surgeons and trained refractive surgery nurses, and performs procedures including LASIK, LASIK Xtra™ and SMILE®in a state-of-the-art treatment centre. We also like that they display all the LASIK costs on their website (click on the individual LASIK procedures for rates!)
SNEC Laser Vision Centre, 11 Third Hospital Avenue, SNEC Building Level 1, Singapore 168751, Tel: (+65) 6322 8891, www.snec.com.sg
TTSH LASIK Centre
With three highly experienced surgeons on staff, TTSH LASIK Centre offers a variety of LASIK treatments and has a high success rate. However, if you’re in the market for non-laser corrective procecures, TTSH LASIK Centre also offers implantable contact lenses and corneal cross-linking; the latter uses Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) eye drops and UV light to strengthen the cornea.
TTSH LASIK Centre, TTSH Eye Centre, Level 1, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, 11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng, Singapore 308433 Tel: (+65) 6357 2255, www.ttsh.com.sg
The Eye Clinic by Dr Cheryl Lee
We’ve heard mamas in Singapore rave about Dr Lee, an award-winning doctor with years of international experience who performs LASIK but is also one of the region’s leading proponents for alternative treatments like implantable contact lenses (ICL). There’s a cute little interactive infographic on her website that lets you see what your LASIK surgery options are, depending on your personal preferences.
The Eye Clinic by Dr Cheryl Lee, 333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery, #04-24/25, Singapore 238897, Tel: (+65) 6235 5833, www.theeyeclinic.com.sg
W Eye Clinic
This Suntec City LASIK clinic in Singapore offers LASIK eye surgery, Soft-touch PRK, TransPRK, SMILE, Intra-Ocular Lens Implants, and other comprehensive eye care services. W Eye Clinic is helmed by Dr. Gerard Nah, who begins your LASIK journey with a comprehensive vision performance screening before recommending a customised treatment plan that will suit your lifestyle.
W Eye Clinic, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City, #01-402 Singapore 038983, Tel: (+65) 6337 9119, www.weyeclinic.sg
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