Ophthalmology is the field of medicine that deals with the anatomy, functions and diseases of the eye.
Under the SingHealth Group, this specialty is offered at the
Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC),
Changi General Hospital (CGH),
Sengkang General Hospital (SKH), and
KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH). SNEC, with a range of 9 subspecialties, provides a full range of eye treatment from comprehensive to tertiary levels for the entire spectrum of eye conditions.
A corneal transplant involves replacing a cornea that is cloudy (usually due to ageing) or scarred (from injuries or infections) with a donor cornea to restore vision. Sometimes, a cataract (again, usually due to ageing) is also removed at the time of corneal transplantation, and an intraocular lens is placed to allow for good vision.
The ocular surface comprises the corneal epithelium and the conjunctival epithelium covering the cornea and front surface of the eye. Ocular Surface Diseases (OSD) are the result of injuries to or cell deficiency of the corneal epithelium and conjunctival epithelium, causing blindness. Direct causes include chemical and thermal burns, trachoma and Stevens Johnson syndrome.
Cataract and intraocular lens implantation surgery continues to be the most common operation performed at the Singapore National Eye Centre. The specialists here perform more than 10,000 cataract operations a year.
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