Singapore has one of the highest literacy rates of 97.6% in the world as of 2021. However, a study conducted by Johnson & Johnson Vision demonstrated that high literacy does not always translate into high levels of health literacy, and as a result, better health outcomes.
A prevalent area of concern for many people was eye health. According to a survey conducted as part of the study, only about half of Singaporeans are meeting the recommended frequency of getting their eye health check-ups once every two years. As a nation with a rapidly ageing population and an increasing burden of chronic diseases, citizens must be aware of their eye health in order to ensure early interventions and better health outcomes.
Cataracts are one example of such a concern. With over 17,000 surgeries performed each year at the Singapore National Eye Centre and nearly 80% of senior citizens affected by the condition, cataracts continue to be one of the leading causes of blindness among the elderly in Singapore.
Join us on a cataract awareness journey with a 3-part video series -where we feature cataract patients, their doctors and navigate their cataract journey – from being diagnosed with the eye condition to the decision-making process and post-surgery outcomes.
Catch the three episodes with MediaCorp artiste, Chen Tian Wen below to answer all your queries about cataracts!
In the first episode, we bring to you Madam Li Li, and her doctor, Dr Clarissa Cheng. They discuss the patient’s concerns prior to the cataract surgery, as well as her vibrant and active life after the implantation of a Monofocal Plus intra-ocular lens.
In the second episode, Professor Chee Soon Phaik from the Singapore National Eye Centre discusses the importance of early diagnosis and choosing suitable treatment options for cataracts.
In the third episode, we feature Ms So Mun Bin and her doctor, Dr Lim Wee Kiak from Eagle Eye Centre. Ms So, a patient who has had the most recent and advanced continuous range of vision (CRV) intra-ocular lenses implanted for cataracts, shares her recovery process and her spectacle independent life post-surgery, while Dr Lim addresses questions about the latest treatment options available and key considerations for different options.
We hope you enjoyed the video series! Do not put off seeing a doctor if you are experiencing vision loss, and if you have been diagnosed with cataracts, do seek treatment early.
If you want to learn more about cataracts or the different treatment options available, visit https://www.beyondcataracts.com.sg/.