LASIK is a popular eye surgery in Singapore, being a myopia capital where 80% of our youths are short-sighted. Medically known as Laser-assisted in situ Keratomileusis, LASIK uses a laser to sculpt or shape your cornea, changing the way light bends into your eye and voila, correcting your refractive errors (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism).
We’ve all heard the raving reviews from friends and family who have done LASIK in Singapore about how freeing and life-transforming regaining perfect vision can be. I have experienced this first hand, having undergone LASIK myself a few years back and can personally attest to these dramatic declarations. After all, the feeling of waking up with crystal clear vision is priceless and the deed of throwing away all my contact lenses and glasses was almost cathartic. It was like telling my subconscious, hello, new me.
Doing LASIK in Singapore is generally very safe as our eye surgeons here have had a lot of practice, due to the fact that we have such high rates of myopia in our country. However, you will want to go to an experienced eye surgeon who specialises in refractive eye surgery and has done thousands of LASIK procedures to minimise risk and ensure best results.
It can be confusing to pick your LASIK surgeon though, as there are many LASIK clinics in Singapore and the market is rather competitive. It also doesn’t help that you’re nervous about the procedure – these are our precious eyes we’re talking about after all! Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of 12 reputable and trustworthy eye clinics for LASIK in Singapore.
1. Eagle Eye Centre
Eagle Eye Centre (EEC) is arguably the largest LASIK centre in Singapore, with 7 clinic locations islandwide and boasting an impressive team of 15 eye doctors. Helmed by celebrity eye surgeon Dr Julian Theng, EEC has grown and expanded steadily over the years and offers a full suite of eye care services – from LASIK, presbyopia, cataract, retina, corneal transplants, glaucoma, diabetic eye treatments to neuro-ophthalmology.
For laser vision correction techniques, EEC is focused on LASIK. They also offer alternatives like Epi-LASIK, ReLEx SMILE and Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL). Look for Dr Julian Theng or Dr E-Shawn Goh, as they have both done a high volume of LASIK surgery.
Laser technology used: LASIK is done via the Ziemer LDV Z6 Femtosecond laser + Allegretto Wavelight Excimer Laser; Epi-LASIK via the Allegretto Wavelight Excimer laser; ReLEx SMILE via the Zeiss VisuMax Femtosecond System.
Price with GST: LASIK costs start from $3,692 for both eyes. Prices differ based on your choice of surgery type (e.g LASIK, Epi-LASIK, ReLEx SMILE). Eye evaluation costs $300++ (waived if you proceed with surgery).
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm; Sat, 9am to 12pm, for most outlets.
Locations: Mount Alvernia, King Albert Park Residences Mall, Mount Elizabeth Orchard, Mount Elizabeth Novena, Royal Square at Novena, Parkway East, Westgate Mall.
2. Clearvision Eye Clinic & LASIK Centre
Clearvision Eye Clinic & LASIK Centre is tucked away in an old shophouse building at the back of Orchard Road, next to Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre Orchard. This LASIK clinic was established in 2001 (almost 20 years ago!) by senior ophthalmologist Dr Tony Ho.
The clinic is known as one of the first LASIK centres in Singapore and Dr Ho is a big advocate of surface-based laser vision correction techniques like Epi-LASIK and TransPRK. The pros of TransPRK are: it does not cut a LASIK corneal flap so there is minimal risk of dry eyes and zero risk of corneal flap complications. Con: recovery time is longer. While the clinic does not offer LASIK anymore, Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) is available.
Laser technology used: TransPRK is done via the Schwind Amaris 1050RS Excimer Laser.
Price with GST: TransPRK costs $3,888 for both eyes, including first set of medications. Eye evaluation costs $37.50.
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm; Wed, 6pm to 8pm; Sat, 9am to 1pm.
Location: 6 Nutmeg Road, Nutmeg Court, Singapore 228337
3. Atlas Eye Specialist Centre
Atlas Eye is a considerably new name in the LASIK industry in Singapore, but it is a fast-growing LASIK centre and come highly recommended by happy patients for its doctor’s professionalism and staff friendliness. Founded by Dr David Chan, Atlas Eye offers LASIK and also a comprehensive suite of eye services.
Dr Chan advocates ReLEx SMILE in particular – the newest laser vision correction technique that was launched in 2017. Pros of ReLEx SMILE include minimal risk of dry eyes and zero risk of LASIK corneal flap complications. Cons: it can corrects myopia degrees within a certain bandwidth only and it cannot correct hyperopia or astigmatism. The clinic also offers LASIK and PRK as alternatives.
Laser technology used: ReLEx SMILE is done via the Zeiss VisuMax Femtosecond Laser System.
Price with GST: Epi-LASIK costs $3,851; LASIK costs $4,279; ReLEx SMILE costs $5,670. Eye evaluation costs $19 and all medications are chargeable.
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 8.30am to 5.30pm; Sat, 8.30am to 12pm
Location: 290 Orchard Road, Medical, #07-09 Paragon, Singapore 238859
4. Shinagawa Eye Centre
Shinagawa Eye Centre amassed a steady stream of loyal patients since its establishment in 2008 and they pride themselves on delivering eye care services with the human touch.
Under the care of Dr Lee Sao Bing – previously Head of Cornea Service at the National University Hospital (NUH) – Shinagawa has flourished over the years. Dr Lee also has extensive experience in refractive surgery and offers LASIK, TransPRK and Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL).
Laser technology used: LASIK is done via the iFS Intralase Femtosecond Laser (with Wavescan) + Schwind Amaris 750RS Excimer Laser; TransPRK is done via the Schwind Amaris 750RS Excimer Laser System.
Price with GST: LASIK costs $4,160 for both eyes. Eye evaluation costs $22. All medications are chargeable.
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 9am to 5.30pm; Sat, 9am to 5pm
Location: 501 Orchard Road, Wheelock Place #05-15, Singapore 238880
5. LSC Eye Clinic (previously The LASIK Surgery Clinic)
LSC Eye Clinic is part of private medical group powerhouse Singapore Medical Group (SMG), the same group that also operates The Dental Studio and SW1 Clinic. Established since 2005, LSC Eye Clinic is also one of the LASIK centre pioneers in Singapore under the care of Dr Eugene Tay and Dr Marc Tay.
Both doctors have done high volumes of LASIK surgery and they now focus on the newer technique ReLEx SMILE. Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) is also available.
Laser technology used: LASIK is done via the iFS Intralase Femtosecond Laser (with Wavescan) + VISX Star S4 IR Excimer Laser; ReLEx SMILE is done via the Zeiss VisuMax System.
Price with GST: LASIK costs $4,375 for both eyes; ReLEx SMILE costs $5,659 for both eyes. Eye evaluation costs $27 (aged 18 to 49) or $161 (50 years old and above). All medications are chargeable.
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 9am to 6pm; Sat, 9am to 1pm
Location: 290 Orchard Road, #16-01/02 Paragon Medical Tower 1 via Lift Lobby F, Singapore 238859
6. Asia Pacific Eye Centre (previously known as Lee Hung Ming Eye Centre)
Formerly known as Lee Hung Ming Eye Centre, Asia Pacific Eye Centre (APEC) was a result of the joint venture between Parkway Pantai Hospitals and ISEC Healthcare. The centre is still under the care of Dr Lee Hung Ming, previously head of LASIK surgery in Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and National University Hospital (NUH), as well as Dr Tan Yar Li.
APEC focuses on LASIK surgery using iDesign machine to map out cornea aberrations to provide better wavefront-guided LASIK. The clinic also offers Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL) as another alternative.
Laser technology used: LASIK is done via the iFS Intralase Femtosecond Laser (with iDesign) + VISX Star S4 IR Excimer Laser – sometimes known as “iLASIK”.
Price with GST: LASIK costs $3,724.67 for both eyes.
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 8.30am to 5.30pm; Sat, 8.30am to 12.30pm
Location: Gleneagles Hospital, Level 3 Hospital Block, 6A Napier Rd, Singapore 258500
7. Jerry Tan Eye Surgery
Established in 1996, Jerry Tan Eye Surgery is perhaps the very first eye clinic in Singapore. Founded by Dr Jerry Tan himself, he has performed more than 13,000 LASIK surgeries in Singapore to date.
The eye evaluation process at Jerry Tan Eye Surgery is extremely elaborate and meticulous. The LASIK candidate has to undergo a whole suite of eye tests, including a cycloplegic refraction test – the application of an eye drop called cyclogyl – which is usually not done at other LASIK centres in Singapore. Be warned: you will experience difficulties reading or seeing clearly for near vision for about 1 to 2 days. Expect to take 4 to 5 hours for the whole evaluation.
Also expect top-notch service for the amount you will be forking out – from your thorough eye evaluation, to surgery day proceedings to the complimentary limousine service specially chartered to take you home safely post-op.
Laser technology used: LASIK is done via the 5th generation iFS Intralase Laser + Schwind Amaris 1050RS Excimer Laser.
Price with GST: LASIK costs $7,000 for both eyes, including medications. Eye evaluation costs $400.
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 9am to 5.30am; Sat, 9am to 1pm
Location: 1 Scotts Rd, #21-03 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208
8. W Eye Clinic
W Eye Clinic operates inside W Optics in Suntec City Shopping Centre, one of Singapore’s largest optical retail stores. Headed by Dr Gerard Nah, W Eye focuses on refractive eye surgeries as well as eye screenings for health and for vocation.
Dr Gerard Nah was a military man – formerly head of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Vision Performance Centre and also served as head of Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Aeromedical Centre for almost 20 years. At W Eye Clinic, he offers a spectrum of laser vision correction procedures: LASEK, TransPRK, ReLEx SMILE, LASIK surgery and ICL.
Laser technology used: LASEK is done via alcohol and the Wavelight Allegretto Excimer System; TransPRK via the Schwind Amaris 750RS Laser, ReLEx SMILE via the Zeiss VisuMax Femtosecond Laser; LASIK via the Intralase FS Laser + Wavelight Allegretto Excimer / Schwind Amaris 750RS Excimer Laser.
Price with GST: LASEK costs $3,304 for both eyes; TransPRK costs $3,625.20; ReLEx SMILE costs $5,3317.20; LASIK costs $3,625.20. Eye evaluation costs $107.
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 10am to 6pm; Sat, 10am to 1pm
Location: 3 Temasek boulevard #01-402 Suntec City (Near Tower 5), Singapore 038983
9. Dr Natasha Lim Eye Centre
Dr Natasha Lim Eye Centre, founded by none other than Dr Natasha Lim herself, specialises in Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) – a vision correction procedure for those who are not suitable for laser eye surgery due to extremely high refractive errors (for example, above 1,200 myopia degrees per eye).
Dr Natasha Lim also specialises in LASIK in Singapore and uses the iDesign Wavescan system instead of its Wavescan predecessor to map out cornea aberrations.
Laser technology used: LASIK is done via the iFS Intralase Femtosecond Laser (with iDesign Wavescan) + VISX Star S4 IR Excimer Laser (sometimes known as “iLASIK”); ICL is done using the Visian Implantable Contact Lens.
Price with GST: LASIK costs $3,423 for both eyes. Eye evaluation costs $130.
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 8.30am to 6pm; Sat, 8.30am to 1pm
Location: 101 Irrawaddy Rd, #19-01/02/03/07, Royal Square Medical Suites, Royal Square @ Novena, Singapore 329565
10. Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) LASIK Centre
Singapore also has very robust and world-renowned eye specialist services in its public hospitals. Look for Dr Heng Wee Jin, who has been head of TTSH LASIK Centre since 2007 and is very experienced in LASIK surgery in Singapore. Patients with LASIK complications overseas have been known to be referred to him for his professional opinion.
Fun fact: he is also known to have done LASIK and TransPRK surgery for many fellow doctors (LASIK surgeons in Singapore included) as well as healthcare staff! Under Dr Heng’s lead, TTSH LASIK Centre focuses on offering LASIK and TransPRK surgery as its main laser vision correction procedures. ICL is also available.
Laser technology used: LASIK is done via the iFS Intralase Femtosecond Laser + Schwind Amaris 1050RS Excimer Laser; TransPRK is done via the Schwind Amaris 1050RS Excimer Laser.
Price with GST: LASIK costs $3,000 to $3,800 for both eyes; TransPRK costs $2,600 to $3,200. Eye evaluation costs $202.
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 8.30am to 5:30pm
Location: TTSH Eye Centre, Level 1, 11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng Hospital Singapore 308433
11. SNEC Laser Vision Centre
How can we miss out Singapore’s very own LASIK department – the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) Laser Vision Centre? As with all public hospitals, the eye doctors here vary from junior trainee to consultant to senior consultant and prices also vary accordingly.
SNEC focuses on a considerably broad range of laser vision correction techniques: LASEK, LASIK surgery, ReLEX SMILE and ICL.
Laser technology used: LASIK is done via the iFS Intralase Femtosecond Laser/Ziemer LDV Femtosecond Laser + Alcon Wavelight Ex500 Excimer Laser; ReLEx SMILE via the VisuMax Femtosecond Laser.
Price with GST (for both eyes): LASEK costs $3,800 to $4,200; LASIK costs $3,000 to $3,200; ReLEx SMILE costs $4,600 – $5,000; ICL costs $12,000 to $13,000. Eye evaluation costs $200-$400.
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 8.30am to 5.30pm; Sat, 8.30am to 12.30pm
Location: 11 Third Hospital Ave, Singapore 168751
12. National University Hospital (NUH) Cataract & LASIK Centre
Last but not least, National University Hospital (NUH)’s Cataract & LASIK Centre has also been offering eye refractive surgeries for years. It focuses on offering the following laser vision correction techniques: LASIK, PRK and ReLEx SMILE. ICL is also available. Similar to all public hospitals, the eye doctors’ experience ranges and prices reflect accordingly.
Price with GST (for both eyes): PRK costs $3,200 to $3,800; LASIK costs $3,300 to $6,600; ReLEx SMILE costs $4,600 – $5,000. Eye evaluation costs $102.
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 8.30am to 5.30pm
Location: NUH Medical Centre Level 17, 5 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119074
If you have been debating whether to do LASIK in Singapore and where you can get the best LASIK surgery done, you now have all the info you need! We also included lots of information on the LASIK technology that each of the clinic uses since both the laser machine and your eye surgeon are equally important in modern LASIK procedures, and also as a bonus for the extra geeky ones who need to know. If it’s TMI for you, feel free to skip that portion.
So, are you ready to regain perfect vision yet? If you’re game, you can use our free treatment quote service to get connected with a few experienced eye specialists via email. See you on the other (20/20) side!
Jolene lives for avo toasts, yoga and is a little more OCD than she cares to admit. She never fails to start her day with morning coffee and is very partial to flat whites. She is obsessed with interiors and homeware, and is currently taking her RYT 200h yoga teacher training course as an aspiring ashtangi.