Meet Dr Natasha Lim – Ophthalmologist In Singapore
Dr Natasha Lim

Dr Natasha Lim

Specialty: Refractive Surgery (iLASIK, LASIK, PRK, SILK, ICL), Cataract Surgery, Macular Conditions

Clinic: Dr Natasha Lim Eye Centre


Who Is Dr Natasha Lim?

Dr Natasha Lim is the Medical Director of Dr Natasha Lim Eye Centre and an Ophthalmologist in Singapore. She is an internationally renowned pioneer LASIK surgeon for iDesign iLASIK in Singapore specialising in macular edema treatment, laser cataract surgery, age related macular degeneration, and more. Among her clinical interests are Laser Refractive Surgery, Refractive Cataract Surgery, and Diabetic Macular Edema. Dr Lim has more than 20 years of experience in Ophthalmology.

Dr Lim graduated from the University of Nottingham Medical School in the United Kingdom (UK). She underwent a residency training programme in Ophthalmology in Central London before undergoing advanced surgical training at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, one of the most renowned eye centres in the world.

Since returning to Singapore in 2008, Dr Lim has served as a Consultant at the Singapore National Eye Centre’s Cataract and Comprehensive Ophthalmology Service and later became the Medical Director of The Lasik Surgery Clinic and Centre for Eye Surgery.

Her clinic, Dr Natasha Lim Eye Centre, has been designated a Centre of Excellence for the innovative use of LENTIS multi-focal intra-ocular lenses in presbyopia correction.

What Is Dr Lim’s Ethos In Medicine?

Dr Natasha Lim embodies a steadfast commitment to patient-centred care, characterised by her extensive experience, genuine compassion, and unwavering dedication to excellence in surgery. With a profound ethos rooted in providing the highest standard of medical care, Dr Lim ensures a personalised approach to each patient’s needs, fostering trust and confidence throughout the consultation process.

If You Run Into Dr Lim Outside Work, You Are Likely To…

Witness her participating in charities like “Keeping Hope Alive”. Some cataract patients received their Pro-Bono cataract surgeries from the programme of Dr Natasha Lim Eye Centre.

Also seeing her give mass public educational talks at Health Care Events organised by SPH, Mediacorp, SAFRA etc. on topics such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, LASIK, PRK, and Implantable Contact Lens.

Question & Answers

Initially, I trained in Neurosurgery. My experiences of the eye clinics we shared with Ophthalmologists made me more interested in the Eye, perhaps also due to the precision associated with eye checks, eye measurements and especially eye surgeries whose success rates are very predictable and very high. So I changed to do Ophthalmology instead.

When they begin to notice changes in their vision such as blurred vision or discomfort in their eyes. Essentially any changes that are not normal. Patients over the age of 50 years should also screen regularly for Glaucoma, Cataracts, Macular Degeneration and Dry eyes.

I join the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) in their annual meetings and read their monthly journal of scientific, peer-reviewed publications. I would also regularly participate in the Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract and refractive Surgeons (APACRS) User’s meetings and lectures.

My principle is to see to patients’ individual needs with patience and informative communication, and to always deliver excellent surgery results.

1. LASIK surgery can treat cataracts.
LASIK is only suitable for patients without cataracts. Cataract development starts around 50 years of age, causing progressive changes of the natural lens colour and thus change to the eye’s power. Thus LASIK surgery given to a patient who already has early cataract formation is not going to provide spectacle freedom for long.

2. I should wait until my cataracts are very ripe before I undergo cataract surgery.
The older the cataract, the larger and denser it becomes. Surgery time will not only increase, causing higher chance of corneal decompensation and requring a larger wound size, there is also increased chance of intra-operative complication such as capsular support rupture, ligament support rupture or macular oedema . raised eye pressure. Don’t wait until it is too late and your prognosis is poor.

From the most conservative management eg regularly change prescription glasses to the ultimate surgery of choice, all pros and cons must be clearly laid out and explained to the patients. My approach is patient and delivery has to be clearly structured for easy and best understanding. Additionally, we provide to patients information leaflets and in-house educational videos.

I try and exercise by walking the dog in the mornings and playing tennis regularly at night, thus always getting 6-8 hours of deep sleep. It gives me good daytime concentration this way.

Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) lens implant for presbyopia correction at the time of cataract surgery, Wavefront-guided iLASIK to improve night vision, Smooth Incision Lenticule Keratomileusis for flapless laser vision correction of myopia and astigmatism, Stem cell therapy for age-related macular degeneration.

After the age of 50, do regular eye screening for cataracts, glaucoma, macular disease and dry eyes. If there is a positive family history of any of these conditions, you should do so starting from the age of 40-45 years old. People with strong family history may also receive advice on what supplements to take and eye drops to use to prevent the onset, or to slow down the process of aging eye diseases.

As from a young age, people should think about wearing UV protective sunglasses as well as to ensure a diet with plenty of antioxidants ( eg fruits and vegetables ) in order to better prevent against aging eye diseases once they hit middle age. They should also refrain from smoking or vaping and not have a diet that has too much red meat and lacking in anti-oxidants.

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Caring And Passionate

“I believe in providing better medical care by improving consultation and communication skills with patients and achieving high quality results for patients. Having a positive outlook helped me embrace any challenges.”
– Dr Natasha Lim

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This article is informative only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.