The General Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology Department is led by Dr Allan Fong (Head and Senior Consultant) who is supported by more than 70 consultant surgeons trained in the management of cataract and general eye diseases.
The department provides cataract surgery and forms the backbone of primary eye care for most patients. Regular continuing medical education, internal audit, proper accreditation and privileging ensures a high standard of practice and quality care for patients.
General eye care services include evaluation and treatment for cataracts, provision of eye evaluation and management for important sight-threatening eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Other diseases screened and managed include floaters, flashes and other retinal conditions, corneal and ocular surface disorders, dry eyes, eye infections, eyelid diseases such as ptosis and injuries to the eyes.
A wide range of diagnostic and screening services are available, including refraction and optometric services, slit-lamp evaluation, ophthalmoscopy, tonometry, gonioscopy, retina and optic nerve scanning and visual field testing. The department also provides referrals for and coordinates advanced care in subspecialty departments within SNEC.
Annually, close to 17,000 cataract surgeries are performed at SNEC. These take place both at the main centre and at satellite branches. The overall visual success rate is very high at 98% to 99% (patients achieve best-corrected visual acuity [BCVA] of 6/12 or better).
13,919 of the 17,682 cataract surgeries performed in 2014 at SNEC were performed at SNEC's main centre with the remainder carried out at its branches.
The average endophthalmitis (sight-threatening microbial infection) incidence rate was very low for the 127,046 cataract operations performed from 2005 to 2014 at 0.0143% for culture-positive and 0.0208% for cases diagnosed using clinical criteria.
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