Dr Melissa Wong, Senior Consultant from the Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology Department at Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), answers your questions on the causes, symptoms and treatment for cataract.
The first sign of a cataract is usually blurred vision.
Cataract is a condition where the natural lens in your eye becomes progressively cloudy, impacting your vision and making it difficult for you to go about performing your daily activities.
Most forms of cataract develop in adult life and cause the lens to harden and become cloudy as you age. Although most cataracts are age-related, there are other types, including congenital (present at birth), drug induced (steroids), and traumatic (injury to the eye).
Cataract is also more common in people who have certain diseases such as diabetes, which tend to occur at an earlier age than those without the disease.
While cataract cannot be prevented, it can be treated by a surgical procedure commonly known as phacoemulsification, where the cloudy cataract lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens implant.
If the amount of cataract is little and does not disturb your vision or your daily activities (e.g. driving or reading), it can be left alone.
Eyeglasses may help at this stage to allow you to see better. If using eyeglasses does not help, and the cataract interferes with your vision, your eye doctor may suggest doing a cataract surgery.
In this 'Ask the Specialist' Q&A forum, Dr Melissa Wong, Senior Consultant from the Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology Department at Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), a member of the SingHealth group, will answer your questions on the causes, symptoms and treatment for cataract. So don't miss this chance to get all your questions answered!
The forum is open from 15 May to 12 June 2022.
About Dr Melissa Wong
Dr Melissa Wong is a Senior Consultant with the Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology, as well as the Refractive Surgery departments at SNEC.
She obtained her medical degree from the National University of Singapore in 2005; qualified as a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2009; obtained her Master of Medicine (Ophthalmology) qualifications in 2010 and completed a further 3 years of advance surgical training at SNEC.
In 2013, she obtained Fellowships from both The Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) and Academy of Medicine (Singapore). Dr Wong completed her subspecialty fellowship training in complex cataract surgery at SNEC in 2015. Her current interests are in cataract surgery including femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery, as well as refractive surgery.
Dr Wong is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School since 2017 as well as Clinical Lecturer with Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore since 2015.