Bringing myopia under control
This article looks at the best vision correction Dr Lee would look for the option that is best suited for each individual.
DrLee said: “Many people with myopia think that LASIK is the only solution to bring myopia under control and get rid of glasses.
“LASIK has its side effects. Each patient must seek counsel before deciding on it. It does not stop presbyopia or vision problems that come with age, and causes people to be unsuitable for other options in the future, like multifocal lenses which is very effective for shortsightedness,long-sightedness and astigmatism.
This is one reason why I prefer the Implantable contact lenses as it is reversible and presbyopia is easily addressed In the future. Also the results are better as the level of short sightedness in Singaporeans is higher.
After graduating from the National University of Singapore and spending more than a decade in Britain, the United States and France, Dr Cheryl Lee is currently the medical director of The EyeClinic by Dr Cheryl Lee. Located at Mandarin Gallery, The EyeClinic by Dr Cheryl Lee is a boutique clinic that provides treatment and solutions to help control the progression of myopia. The clinic aims to educate people about the causes of myopia, as well as how to control and prevent it.
TREATMENT FOR MYOPIA
Dr Lee spent the past 18 years specialising in diseases linked to shortsightedness, cataracts, retinal detachment and floaters, as well as controlling myopia progression in children. She also performs the Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL) procedure for myopic patients who do not want to wear glasses.
She says: "When I returned to Singapore some years ago I realized that Singaporeans knew little about the diseases linked with shortsightedness. Eighty per cent of children here are wearing glasses by the time they are in Secondary 1."
The clinic's services include treatments for children such as using eye drops or orthokeratology (reshaping the cornea using gas permeable contact lenses), which aim to slow down the progression of myopia. For adults, Dr Lee stresses the importance of opting for the best treatment options.
She says: "Many people think that Lasik is the only solution to control myopia and get rid of glasses.
"The higher the degree of myopia, the more of one's cornea has to be lasered to achieve results. This may result in dry eyes, higher chances of regression (the myopia returning with time) and haloes. Lasik may limit the options patients have when they grow older. They may also develop 'lao hua' or presbyopia and have to wear reading glasses as a result."
IMPLANTABLE CONTACT LENS
Dr Lee says: "ICL is a Swiss lens with a 20-year history. It is a reversible procedure that will not result in any corneal thinning or dry eyes. This is a unique feature of the ICL as it means that when presbyopia or 'lao hua' develops as we age, the ICL can be easily replaced with a lens so there is no need to use glasses for near or far distances.
"It is suitable for high degrees of myopia and astigmatism, which is common in Singaporeans. ICL also has a UV filter, a handy feature in sunny Singapore."
Visit www.theeyeclinic.com.sg for more information.