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What are the advantages of getting LASIK in Singapore?
It is estimated that around 500,000 medical tourists visit Singapore each year, many of which choose this country to undergo LASIK. LASIK in this country is so popular that you can even find numerous discussions about LASIK in Singapore on Reddit. LASIK in Singapore is also talked about in many forums as more and more people are considering to get their procedure here. This Southeast Asian country is a preferred destination for LASIK for many reasons. Some of the main reasons are:
Excellent healthcare system – Singapore boasts ultra-high quality levels in healthcare and world-class facilities. In fact, it has one of the most efficient health systems in the world. Many hospitals in the country have international accreditation from the Joint Commission International (JCI), OHSAS, and ISO. The country's hospitals also receive local accreditation from the Singapore Health Promotion Board, the Singapore Laboratory Accreditation System (SINGLAS), the Singaporean Ministry of Health, and the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC). For instance, the National University Hospital (NUH) offers LASIK and is accredited by JCI, ISO, and SAC.
World-class medical centers – the excellent healthcare system that Singapore has to mean that the medical centers in the country offer top-notch quality. Many hospitals in the country are equipped with the most advanced technology for LASIK, such as LASIK with femtosecond laser and iLASIK. These medical centers also offer first-class facilities, ensuring patients have the most comfortable experience.
Lower costs of LASIK – Singapore is not the most affordable place to go for medical treatments, especially when compared to other Asian medical tourism destinations. However, compared to many Western countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom, the cost of LASIK can be 20% to 30% lower.
English is widely spoken – Since English is one of Singapore's official languages, all doctors and medical staff can speak the language. You don't have to worry about language barriers.
Can anyone get LASIK performed in Singapore?
Not everyone can get LASIK in Singapore. As in other parts of the world, there are several requirements that you have to meet to be a candidate for LASIK. Below are some of the requirements to get LASIK in Singapore:
You have to be at least 18 years of age
Like every other organ in your body, eyes grow and are affected by the hormonal changes children go through when they start puberty. Having LASIK before your eyes are fully formed can reduce the long-term result of LASIK. Note that you need to have parental consent if you are below 21 years old.
You have stable vision over 12 months prior to surgery
The results of LASIK will be better if you have stable vision and a prescription that you have not needed to change. If you need to change prescription every 12 months or so, the chance of you getting disappointing results is higher.
You have healthy eyes
LASIK is generally more appropriate for people with a moderate degree of refractive error, although there are certain types of LASIK machines that are very precise and allow doctors to work on people with high levels of nearsightedness. In general, your nearsightedness should not be more than 1000 degrees, farsightedness should not be more than 400 degrees, and astigmatism should not be more than 400 degrees.
In addition, you may not be eligible for LASIK if you have unusual vision problems. Your surgeon will ask you a detailed question about your eye health to ensure that you do not have any conditions that might result in poor outcomes or complications. Some of these conditions are keratoconus, keratitis, uveitis, eye injuries, dry eyes, glaucoma, cataracts, and large pupils.
You have no significant medical condition.
You need to be generally healthy in order to undergo LASIK. Although they are unrelated to your eyes, certain medical conditions can increase the risk associated with LASIK or make the outcome disappointing. These medical conditions include diabetes, depression, certain chronic pain conditions (migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia), and any condition affecting your immune system. You may also need to rethink undergoing LASIK if you take immunosuppressive medication for any reason.
Not pregnant or breastfeeding
Since pregnant and breastfeeding women undergo significant hormonal changes throughout their body, including their eyesight, they are not the best candidate for LASIK. Sometimes, pregnant women may need to change their glasses prescription, but this change may be temporary.
What happens after my LASIK procedure in Singapore?
Immediately after LASIK, your surgeon will have you rest for a while in the hospital until the anesthetic wears off. You may feel a temporary itching or burning sensation following the procedure. Your surgeon or medical team may perform a brief post-operative exam to determine whether you can leave the hospital or not.
If everything is alright, you should be allowed to leave the hospital right away. However, you should not leave Singapore on the same day as your procedure. It is recommended that you stay in the country for around 3 to 5 days for initial recovery and attend a follow-up checkup. During the follow-up checkup, the health of your eye and your visual acuity will be evaluated.
The good news is, most people can return to work and some light activities within the next day or after one day of rest. This means that you should be able to enjoy a fantastic holiday in Singapore before you travel back home. However, remember that you are still recovering, and there may be some restrictions to your activities, so make sure to talk to your doctor first before you travel around Singapore.
You also need to refrain from any strenuous activities and avoid eye makeup for at least seven days as it can affect your healing and traumatize your eyes. Activities like swimming, water sports, and contact sports should be avoided for about a month.
You may need to wear a protective eye shield while sleeping to protect your eyes for at least three days following your surgery. Your surgeon may also prescribe medicated eye drops. Make sure to use it as directed.
In general, most patients can see immediately after surgery and recover around 75% to 80% of their vision the next day, but full visual recovery occurs typically in a week. However, it may take around 1 to 2 months until your vision fully stabilize.
What are the risk and side effects of LASIK in Singapore?
LASIK has been around for over 25 years. It has been approved and proven safe and effective many times. It is also very accurate, with around 96% of patients achieve their vision goals after LASIK. Its safety and effectiveness continue to improve alongside the advancement of technology. For instance, the laser's computer used in LASIK uses a tracking system to monitor the position of your eye, so even if you blink or you accidentally move your body, the laser will not hurt you.
Still, with advanced technology and experience, there are still some possible risks and side effects that you need to be aware of. These include:
Dry eyes – this is the most common side effects of LASIK caused by the creation of the corneal flap, which results in the cutting of the corneal nerves. These nerves are responsible for the normal production of tears. However, this condition should resolve within a few months.
Discomfort and itchiness – this is a part of the healing process and usually goes away within a few hours following the procedure.
Night vision issue – you may temporarily see starburst, halos, or glares at night time, particularly if you have a high level of myopia or astigmatism. Your night vision will gradually improve within nine to twelve months after your surgery.
Thinning cornea – although it is very rare, it does happen. Your cornea can become irregular and unstable after LASIK. This is known as post-LASIK ectasia.
Inaccurate eye pressure readings – LASIK makes reading your eye pressure more of a challenge, which leads to a lower reading.
Regression – the improvements after LASIK is permanent, but in some cases, your old eyesight may return.
Problems with cataract surgery in the future – cataract surgery involves replacing the lens in your eye with an artificial one. Since LASIK changes your cornea permanently, the lens calculations can be complicated because it needs a normal cornea for correct reading. Therefore, if you had cataract surgery after LASIK, you may need to wear glasses.
How much does LASIK Surgery in Singapore cost?
The cost of LASIK surgery in Singapore varies, usually depending on the clinic's technology to perform the procedure. Some medical centers may use less advanced machines, which may cost less. The average LASIK in Singapore price in 2020 is around $3,000 to $4,500, although some clinic offers as low as $2,400. For example, Eagle Eye Center offers LASIK for $2,404, and this clinic is known as one of the best private clinics for LASIK in Singapore.
Singapore National Eye Center (SNEC) offers LASIK and have many amazing reviews. It is a popular public institution in Singapore to undergo this type of eye surgery. SNEC LASIK price varies between $2,364 and $3,531. LASIK installment plans are available in Singapore. Many clinics do offer a monthly installment payment option with 0% interest over six to twelve months.
What if I am not a candidate for LASIK, are there alternative treatments?
If you are not a candidate for LASIK, you may consider other types of laser eye surgeries. These include Advanced Surface Ablation (PRK, Epi-LASIK, LASEK, and TransPRK) and ReLEx SMILE.
Advanced Surface Ablation, or ASA, is a group of procedures that include PRK, Epi-LASIK, LASEK, and TransPRK. It is a no-flap, no incision, a surface-based procedure that is ideal for those who have an active lifestyle and into contact sports, those with thinner corneas, and those with concern over flap-related issues from LASIK.
ReLEx SMILE, or Refractive Lenticule Extraction – Small Incision Lenticule Extraction, is a flapless and minimally invasive procedure. This technique combines the benefits of LASIK and ASA. It is suitable for those who engage in sports or those whose occupation entails some risk of eye or head trauma.
Whilst the information presented here has been accurately sourced and verified by a medical professional for its accuracy, it is still advised to consult with your doctor before pursuing a medical treatment at one of the listed medical providers. This content was last updated on 04/07/2023.
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Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK) in and around Singapore
Singapore is a small, yet beautiful island city-state in South East Asia. The country's growth and prosperity in terms of infrastructure and economy are astounding and Singapore is affluent and tax-friendly and its GDP is on par with developed European nations.
Singapore is a global center for education, technology, tourism, trade, logistics, and healthcare. Medical expenses in Singapore are expensive when compared to Thailand and India. Yet, the country attracts medical tourists with its cleanliness, world-class medical infrastructure, and facilities. A C-section will cost anywhere between $6,048 and $11,267 in Singapore. Hip replacements can cost around $8,550-$12,850 and breast lump removal will cost you $5,459-$10,700 including a private room.
The country has 15 JCI accredited hospitals and medical centers, which offer a variety of services from orthopedics, dermatology, dental, cardiology, ophthalmology, and cosmetic procedures to alternative therapies such as acupuncture and Ayurveda. English-speaking medical professionals are extremely skilled and experienced. The hospitals in Singapore have access to cutting edge technologies and it is the best country to treat life-threatening, complex conditions.
It is advisable for medical tourists to have an International Health Insurance Plan to cover surgical costs. Most of the reputed hospitals in Singapore will only admit foreign patients with health insurance.
Medical care in Singapore is not just about getting preventive care and treatments for medical conditions that one may have. Some of the health care centers in Singapore are super luxurious and you can even order your food and shop using wireless tablets provided and make use of the nearby spas. Popular Hospitals and Clinics are the Farrer Park Hospital, Gleneagles Hospital Singapore, Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Parkway East Hospital, and Thomson Medical Centre.
Popular parts of Singapore
Singapore is home to over 5.5 million people and its cultural diversity is displayed in the extensive ethnic cuisine and major festivals. Singapore ranks number ten in the world for skyscrapers.
Sentosa: Each of Sentosa’s three beaches: Siloso, Palawan, and Tanjong—hold their own unique charms. Palawan beach’s islets and playgrounds are great spaces for families to unwind. Resorts World Sentosa is home to several amazing experiences. Take a movie-themed ride at Universal Studios Singapore, or immerse yourself in aquatic adventures at the S.E.A. Aquarium.
Marina Bay: If you wish to explore the extravagant side of Singapore, visit the stunning, Marina Bay. The Nightlife is amazing with glittering lights, glitzy rooftop bars, and restaurants. Marina Bay is the central and the busiest district of Singapore.
Chinatown: You can experience an impressive blend of traditional and modern Singapore in Chinatown. There are ornate Chinese, Buddhist and Hindu temples, museums and plenty of opportunities to soak up the busy streets which are full of old shophouses. It is the perfect location for traditional cuisine and you will be spoilt for choice.
Orchard: The 2 km long Orchard Road is a shopper’s paradise as you will find large shopping malls and designer’s stores. Singapore’s only UNESCO World Heritage site, the Botanical Garden lies at the corner of Orchard Road.
Joo Chiat: This neighborhood is more residential and you will find an amazing range of housing options.
Little India: is the center of the Indian community within Singapore and is filled with multicolored shop-houses that line the streets, and various mosques and temples, and enjoy the aromas that infuse the night air when the demand for food is at its peak.
Weather and Climate in Singapore
Singapore lies close to the equator in the Southern Hemisphere. The island country has a tropical climate. It is hot and humid throughout the year which has led to a steady inflow of tourists all year round.
Singapore receives an annual rainfall of 2430 mm. An average of 167 days receives moderate to heavy rainfall. Two different monsoons: Northeast (December to March) and Southwest monsoon (May to September) accounts for the rainfall. Thunderstorms are quite common during the Southwest monsoon.
The average temperature is 31°C during the day. It is most likely that the temperature can drop to 19°C during the hours of darkness.
Getting around in Singapore
Rated as the world's best airport by Skytrax, Singapore Changi Airport is one of the busiest airports in the World. The airport serves around 100 airlines, flying to 400 cities across 100 countries. You can hire a taxi or use the MRT to reach downtown Singapore.
The transport system is efficient due to the systematic and comprehensive network of roadways. The Land Transport Authority controls private vehicles and minimizes traffic congestion. Some of the common forms of transportation are:
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT): The MRT has a total of five lines. You can buy a Singapore Tourist Pass or EZ Link card which allows you to use the railways any number of times for two or three days. A single journey costs 0.58 USD and a train arrives every 2-3 minutes during the peak hours.
Public buses: There are over 300 public buses to serve the locals and tourists and bus fares range from 0.58 USD to 2.07 USD.
Taxis: are widespread in Singapore and are less expensive and metered. It can cost you 2.63 USD per km.
Water taxis: Will take you across the beautiful River Singapore. You can visit a few tourist spots via water taxis and view the downtown from a different angle. A single journey will cost 5 USD.
Tourist Visa in Singapore
Citizens of India, China and Russia require a valid tourist visa to enter the territory of Singapore. The visa processing time is just 5 days and it is valid for 90 days from the date of issue. You are allowed to stay here for a maximum of 30 days.
People from the European Union, US, Norway, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand can enter and stay for 90 days in Singapore visa-free.
Singapore dollar (S$) is the official currency of Singapore. 1 USD is equivalent to 1.36 Singapore dollars.
You can find ATMs close to banks, shopping malls and almost every tourist location. You can also pay by using credit and debit cards.
Malay is the national language of Singapore. Mandarin, English, Malay, and Tamil are the four other official languages of the country. So, almost all the locals are fluent in English.
Singapore is home to 10 religions. 33% of the total population practice Buddhism, followed by Christianity and Islam.
New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year, Labour’s day, Good Friday, Deepavali, Vesak day, Hari Raya Puasa and Christmas are some of the public holidays in Singapore.