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LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is an outpatient surgical procedure used to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.

Modern LASIK surgery is now bladeless using a femtosecond laser to create a corneal flap. The surgeon folds the flap back, and then removes some corneal tissue using an excimer laser. The flap is then laid back in place. When the cornea is reshaped, it focuses light directly onto the retina, providing clearer vision.

The surgery takes about 15 minutes to perform for each eye. LASIK is performed using anaesthetic eye drops so there is no pain during the procedure. However, you may experience some eye discomfort and tearing during the first eight hours after the surgery. Common side effects are dry eyes, light sensitivity, glare and halos during the first few weeks, but most of these usually subside over time.

LASIK is a painless procedure with rapid visual recovery, and yields excellent visual outcomes for varying degrees of short-sightedness and astigmatism.


What are the advantages of LASIK?

  • Quick visual recovery

  • Relatively painless

  • Established procedure

  • High patient satisfaction in many studies

  • Low complication rates

  • Affordable


The LASIK Procedure – How is it performed?

At the start of surgery, anaesthetic eye drops are applied. Once the eye is numbed, an eyelid speculum is inserted to prevent the eyelids from blinking. Next, a thin flap is created in the outer layer of the cornea using a femtosecond laser. A little pressure or tightness may be felt at this stage.

Next, the hinged corneal flap is lifted, exposing the treatment area. You will be prompted to look and focus on an overhead target light while the excimer laser is applied to the treatment area.

Finally, the flap is repositioned upon completion and allowed to adhere, stitch-free. The eyelid speculum is removed at this stage. The whole treatment lasts approximately 15 minutes for each eye.

Once the anaesthetic eye drops wear off, the eye will feel quite gritty and irritable for a few hours. Frequent application of lubricating eye drops is useful. It is important that you do not rub your eyes in the first two weeks as the flap could be dislodged. Vision is misty during the first day and should clear by the next day. If there is severe pain with reduced vision, the flap may have been displaced and you should return to the eye centre immediately.


LASIK Fees

At the SNEC Laser Vision Centre, we are committed to providing quality and accessible ophthalmic eye care. Our rates are deliberated with the patient in mind.

For more information on financial options, please call +65 6322 8891.

We accept payment by cash, NETS (subject to the daily limit), debit and credit cards.

Description

Fees with 7% GST (per eye)

Pre-operative Consultation

S$109.14 (Consultant)

S$123.05 (Senior Consultant)

LASIK Suitability Assessment

S$85.60

LASIK Surgery (Bladeless)

S$1,498 (SNEC Assigned Doctor)

S$1,659 (Consultant)

S$1,766 (Senior Consultant)

Note:

  • Fee for LASIK surgery is inclusive of first day post-operative consultation and enhancement surgery (if recommended by the primary surgeon within two years).

  • Fees quoted are correct as of 23 June 2014 and may be subject to change without prior notice.

  • Fees quoted are applicable to Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and Employment Pass/Work Permit holders, Dependent Pass holders and Long-Term Visit Pass - Plus holders.

  • A surcharge is applicable to Social Visit Pass holders, Student Pass holders, Long Term Visit Pass holders and tourists.

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