Eye Health - Protect Your Vision From Silent Threats

Some eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy are common in Singapore and can develop without any symptoms. Learn more about these silent threats to the vision with our collection of informative articles and resources.

Cataract Symptoms, Screening, And Treatment In Singapore

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Do Not Let Eye Diseases Steal Your Vision – Act Now!

Ignoring your eye health today could mean losing your sight tomorrow. The silent threats are real, but with proactive measures and treatment, you can safeguard your vision. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

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Dr David Chan – Atlas Eye Specialist Centre

A/Prof Victor Koh – National University Hospital

Dr Melissa Wong – Singapore National Eye Centre



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What are the symptoms of cataracts, and how can they be treated?

Cataracts typically develop slowly and may initially go unnoticed. Common symptoms include blurry vision, difficulty seeing at night, sensitivity to light, and seeing halos around lights. Colors may also appear faded. The primary treatment for cataracts is surgical removal of the cloudy lens, which is then replaced with an artificial intraocular lens. Cataract surgery is highly effective and can significantly improve vision.

How can I prevent glaucoma, and what treatments are available?

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, often due to high intraocular pressure. Preventative measures include regular eye exams, especially if you are over 40 or have a family history of glaucoma. Early detection is key to preventing vision loss. Treatment options include prescription eye drops, oral medications, laser therapy, and surgery to lower eye pressure and protect the optic nerve.

What is diabetic retinopathy, and how can it affect my vision?

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that affects the blood vessels of the retina. High blood sugar levels can cause these vessels to swell, leak, or grow abnormally, leading to vision impairment or blindness if untreated. Symptoms may include spots or dark strings floating in your vision, blurred vision, fluctuating vision, and impaired color vision. Managing blood sugar levels, regular eye exams, and early treatment with laser therapy, injections, or surgery can help prevent severe vision loss.

What should I do if I suspect I have an eye condition like cataracts, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy?

If you suspect you have an eye condition such as cataracts, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy, it is essential to seek prompt medical attention. Schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist for a comprehensive eye exam, which may include tests like tonometry to measure eye pressure, retinal imaging, and visual acuity tests. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial in managing these conditions effectively and preventing significant vision loss.

What lifestyle changes can help maintain eye health and prevent conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy?

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is crucial for eye health. To prevent conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy, it is important to manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, avoid smoking, and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV radiation. Regular exercise, a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and maintaining a healthy weight also contribute to overall eye health. Additionally, regular eye exams are essential for early detection and management of eye conditions.

Additional Resources

  1. Singapore’s Eye Health | Singapore National Eye Centre. Available from: https://www.snec.com.sg/giving/singapores-eye-health
  2. Common Eye Problems and Their Symptoms | HealthHub. Available from: https://www.healthhub.sg/a-z/diseases-and-conditions/common-eye-problems
  3. 6 Common Eye Problems: Possible Causes and Tips | HealthXchange.sg. Available from: https://www.healthxchange.sg/head-neck/eye-care/causes-common-eye-problems
  4. Cataract Surgery | SingHealth. Available from: https://www.singhealth.com.sg/patient-care/conditions-treatments/cataract
  5. Cataracts: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment | HealthXchange.sg. Available from: https://www.healthxchange.sg/head-neck/eye-care/cataracts-causes-symptoms-treatment
  6. Cataract – Singapore | National University Hospital. Available from: https://www.nuh.com.sg/About-NUH/Clinical-Outcomes/Pages/Cataract.aspx
  7. Glaucoma | Singapore National Eye Centre. Available from: https://www.snec.com.sg/patient-care/specialties-and-services/clinical-subspecialties/glaucoma-what-we-do
  8. Glaucoma – Symptoms & Treatment | SingHealth | Singapore General Hospital. Available from: https://www.sgh.com.sg/patient-care/conditions-treatments/glaucoma
  9. Diabetic Retinopathy Singapore | Dr Natasha Lim Eye Centre. Available from: https://www.drnatashalim.com/?gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAjwps-zBhAiEiwALwsVYWQiA7vRRJBA118CahxQneYqtnDwtJ1_crREs4dkISCHWNNLkzjUPhoC1uMQAvD_BwE
  10. Diabetic retinopathy – Symptoms & causes | Mayo Clinic. Available from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetic-retinopathy/symptoms-causes/syc-20371611

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