JurongHealth Campus’ Ophthalmology service offers up-to-date and comprehensive eye care for our patients. Our doctors treat a wide spectrum of eye conditions including age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and corneal diseases.
Common Eye Conditions Treated at JurongHealth Campus
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye. As the lens is normally clear, the clouding will affect one’s vision. Cataracts are common in older people and they tend to complain of blurred vision, similar to that when one looks through a fogged-up window.
Common symptoms are:
- Blurred vision
- Colours that seem faded
- Poor night vision
- Double vision
- Frequent prescription changes in your eye wear
Age-related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration is a condition that destroys one’s vision because of damage to the macula – the central part of the retina. The condition is commonly associated with ageing and can make it difficult for patients to read or recognise faces. Age-related macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness in developed countries and typically affects those above 50 years of age.
Glaucoma is a disorder of the eye whereby increased eye pressure causes optic nerve damage. Vision in the eye is gradually affected, sometimes with no noticeable change at all until severe visual impairment occurs. This will eventually lead to complete blindness if left untreated.
Diabetic retinopathy is a common eye disease affecting individuals who are diabetic. This condition occurs when tiny blood vessels inside the retina, the light sensitive area at the back of the eye, are damaged. If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy may result in blindness.
Dry eyes is a common condition that occurs when one’s eyes are not adequately lubricated by tears. The surface of the eye has a layer of tears that keeps the eye moist constantly. When the quantity and / or quality of the tears is abnormal, the surface of the eye will get dry easily, resulting in irritation of the eyes.
Refractive errors occur when there is an error in the focusing of the light that comes into the eye. This causes reduced visual acuity and objects look blurred.
Common refractive errors are:
- Myopia (near-sightedness)
- Hyperopia (long-sightedness)
The eyes are vulnerable to external injury. All structures of the eye, including the eyelids, cornea, retina and nerves, can be damaged. Timely and appropriate treatment can reduce the risk of permanent vision loss.