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Need surgery? Here’s what to expect

A guide to take you through a typical patient journey at SNEC from the time of your specialist consultation to post-operative discharge.


Step 1: When you need to do surgery, the doctor will explain:

  • What the surgery is for, and if there are other options
  • What outcome you can expect


Step 2: You will be directed to 1C Pre-Surgery Services/Diabetes & Metabolism Centre (DMC) for financial counselling*:

  • Estimated total bill of the upcoming surgery
  • Any out-of-pocket cash payment to be made

*Patients at SNEC Eye Clinic @ Bedok and SNEC Eye Clinic @ SKH will have their financial counselling done at the respective clinics.


Step 3: You will need to go for pre-operative assessment:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Blood pressure
  • Biometry (if lenses are required)
  • Fasting instructions

Step 4: On the day of surgery, you should:

  • Register with your Day Surgery Guide folder and relevant documents
  • Bring along medications (with labels) and pre-operative eye drops
  • Biometry (if lenses are required)
  • Expect to be at the centre for about 3 to 5 hours, depending on the type of surgery you undergo


Step 5: After surgery

You will be taken to the recovery area by a nurse to monitor your general condition (such as blood pressure monitoring).


Step 6: Going Home

   When you are alert and stable, you are ready to go home. You will receive:
  • Medications
  • Instructions on caring for your operated eye
  • Details of your follow-up appointment


Step 7: Post-surgery

After receiving your bill via post, you can submit insurance claims for your consultation(s) and pre-operative assessment.