In case you were wondering, yes doctors also research like crazy before finally deciding on the best doctor to perform LASIK in Singapore. After all, you only get one stab at your eyes right?
We were lucky because we could directly ask our ophthalmologists friends the best LASIK clinics they’d recommend. This was followed by asking our colleagues about their own LASIK surgery experiences with various doctors. It’s how we put together our list of the 7 best LASIK clinics below.
Disclaimers: We’re not affiliated to any clinic or doctor, and yes, doctors have to pay for LASIK too (although there is generally some discount extended to all doctors out of professional courtesy).
1. Eagle Eye Centre
LASIK clinic located at: Eagle Eye Centre
Address: 820 Thomson Road, Mount Alvernia Hospital, Medical Centre D, #06-57 Singapore 574623
Phone: 6456 1000
Dr Julian Theng is the founder and Medical Director of Eagle Eye Centre. As a cornea specialist, Dr Theng is renowned as a high volume surgeon in LASIK and refractive surgery.
Dr Julian Theng was my chosen LASIK doctor. Many of my closest doctor friends also had their LASIK performed by him. You can read about why I chose Dr Theng, as well as my LASIK experience in Singapore at Eagle Eye Centre.
I can also strongly recommend Dr Inez and Dr E-Shawn, both of whom I’ve had the pleasure of following up with while at EEC.
2. Atlas Eye Specialist Centre
LASIK clinic located at: Atlas Eye Specialist Clinic
Address: Paragon Medical Tower One, Unit 07-09, Singapore 238859
Phone: 6737 9119
Dr David Chan is the Medical Director of Atlas Eye, and has been in practice for the past 20 years. I was super impressed that he’s been fully registered with the UK and Canadian Medical Councils at various periods (on top of Singapore), which speaks a lot about his work experience in different countries of practice.
He has also formerly served as a surgical instructor at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) and the University of Calgary in Canada.
Even though Atlas Eye offers and performs all 3 types of refractive surgery for myopia, Dr Chan is a big advocate of ReLEx SMILE in particular, a newer technique which requires a much smaller incision than LASIK. It may also cause less problems with eye dryness.
Looking back, if I had chosen to go with ReLEx SMILE instead, I’d certainly have considered Atlas Eye as one of my first choices.
2. NUH LASIK Centre Biopolis
Dr Lennard Thean is the Head of Cataract, LASIK & Refractive Surgery, NUH. He’s been performing refractive laser surgeries in Singapore since 1997, and has a reputation amongst our circles for operating on healthcare professionals.
Dr Thean’s area of interest for research is in LASIK and Refractive Laser Surgery, and he’s regularly invited to chair conferences on LASIK and Refractive Laser Surgery around the world.
Pretty much the grandfather of LASIK in the medical field, he has performed LASIK in Singapore on countless doctors. My consultant colleague had LASIK performed by Dr Thean when he was just a junior doctor (and recommended him to me), which shows you just how senior Dr Thean is.
My collegue’s own experience with Dr Thean was that he was very reassuring throughout, and he recovered speedily with no post-op halos. He also liked that Dr Thean limited himself to 10 cases a day to avoid tiring himself out.
3. TTSH LASIK Eye Centre
LASIK clinic located at: Tan Tock Seng Hospital LASIK Eye Centre
Address: Level 1, TTSH Eye Centre 11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng Hospital Singapore 308433
Phone: 6357 2255
Dr Heng Wee Jin has been TTSH’s Head of Refractive Surgery since 2007. He’s also an instructor in LASIK and ophthalmic microsurgery courses.
As a cornea specialist, his areas of expertise include determining whether patients are good candidates for LASIK surgery, which is important in decreasing the risk of complications after LASIK.
When LASIK complications do occur, patients are referred from local and overseas eye centres to Dr Heng for his opinion and care, which speaks volumes about his experience and expertise.
Dr Heng is known for performing LASIK surgery on most of the doctors and hospital staff at TTSH. When I was rotating through TTSH, all my collegues had their LASIK performed by him.
My colleague (who saw Dr Heng for LASIK) said that he was particularly caring and friendly, and she suffered no side effects such as dry eyes or halo effects post procedure.
4. Jerry Tan Eye Surgery
LASIK clinic located at: Jerry Tan Eye Surgery
Address:1 Orchard Blvd, Singapore 248649
Phone: 6738 8122
One of the oldest players in the field of LASIK, Dr Jerry Tan’s clinic has been established since March 1995. That’s probably the reason why MOH included his private clinic in a 2006 study of LASIK surgery outcomes, along with 4 other public LASIK hospitals – he’s been around for that long, and operated on that many patients.
Dr Jerry Tan is the only LASIK doctor in Singapore that routinely performs LASIK surgery on one eye at a time, as he believes there’s a bigger risk of infection with simultaneous LASIK surgery. He also has a regular stream of international patients who travel to Singapore just to have him perform LASIK.
Dr Jerry Tan was the chosen LASIK doctor for Dr Meow, primarily for his experience as a pioneer in the industry. She also liked that he did LASIK on one eye each time (non-dominant first) to assess the outcome.
Dr Meow found him to be very reassuring and patient in answering all of her questions, considering how paranoid she was over losing her eyesight and ruining her career. She also greatly appreciated the LASIK simulation exercise that prepared her for the actual procedure.
Post-LASIK surgery, Dr Meow had a smooth and painless recovery, with zero down time and no side effects.
If you haven’t already gathered, Dr Jerry Tan is the most expensive on the list by far, but Dr Meow felt it was worth it for the reasons mentioned above. The clinic also provided A-star service throughout, which included a sleeping room post-op, and a personal limousine ride home after.
5. Eye Surgeons Novena
LASIK clinic located at: Eye Surgeons Novena
Address: Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre 38 Irrawaddy Road #09-26 Singapore 329563
Phone: 6694 0400
Dr Cordelia Chan came highly recommended by an opthalmologist collegue of mine. She’s the immediate former Head of Refractive Surgery Service at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC).
Over the years, Dr Chan has trained both local and international ophthalmologists in LASIK, ReLEx SMILE and cornea transplantation. Many of these doctors are now consultant Ophthalmologists. Friendly, knowledgeable, and calm were the words used to describe her by my friends – this personality extends to her care of patients as well.
Dr Por Yong Ming is also based at Eye Surgeons Novena. He’s a bit of a LASIK subject matter expert on Quora, having answered over 100 LASIK-related questions. I learnt a lot about the procedure from reading his answers. Feel free to browse away.
6. SNEC Laser Vision Centre
LASIK clinic located at: Singapore National Eye Centre Laser Vision Centre
Address: 11 Third Hospital Avenue SNEC Building Level 1 Singapore 168751
Phone: 6322 8891
SNEC performs a high load of refractive surgeries in Singapore, and is a referral centre for complicated and difficult LASIK cases from Singapore and the region.
Again highly recommended by our opthalmologist collegues, Dr Jodhbir Mehta is a renowned researcher into corneal disease and refractive surgery, for which he has won many awards. It means that his knowledge and skills are always kept up to date. My opthalmologist friends all know him to be friendly and down to earth, and this translates into the meticulous and caring manner in which he treats all his patients.
If you’d like to be extra geeky, (or you’re a doctor yourself), I dug out this public but dated Ministry of Health paper from 2006. It compares the volume of LASIK patients and outcomes between 4 LASIK centres over a period of 3 months (TTSH, NUH, SNEC, and Dr Jerry Tan were the 4 clinics studied).
All 4 LASIK centres in the study achieved excellent results with success rates (vision better than 6/12) exceeding 98%. The 4 centres also achieved safety rates exceeding 99%, meaning that the majority of patients had complete recovery with no side effects. Interestingly, the paper showed that Dr Jerry Tan does the most LASIK surgeries per doctor per year. Make of that what you will, but Dr Meow is extremely smug about that fact.
For any other LASIK surgery-related questions, head over to our Ask A Doctor section, or browse previous questions and answers about LASIK in Singapore here.