The group at IGARD is licensed with the Health Sciences Authority of Singapore for prescribing and dispensing all types of contact lenses. Major brands of contact lenses are available at IGARD. They include Bausch and Lomb, Johnson and Johnson (Acuvue), ALCON/CIBA Vision, Boston Polymer Technology, Menicon Japan, and many more…
The Health Sciences Authority of Singapore requires all types of contact lenses to be prescribed and dispensed by registered and licensed practitioners. It is illegal in Singapore for shops or unqualified personnel to sell you contact lenses over-the-counter without the supervision of registered and licensed practitioners.
Contact Lenses for Low, Moderate and High Astigmatism
Astigmatism is a common type of vision issue that can be corrected using a special type of contact lenses, called toric lenses. This is available in both disposable and conventional modalities. Although toric lenses tend to work very well in most cases of patients with low to moderate magnitudes of astigmatism, it is often a challenge for some patients who have higher magnitudes of astigmatism or irregular types of astigmatism. The latter may be due to excessive lens rotation, poor stability or discomfort. This is when you need to look into specialty contact lenses, such as rigid lenses and hybrid lenses. Don’t fret if you have presbyopia at the same time, there are ways to help that too! (Link to Contact Lenses for Presbyopia)
Contact Lenses for Presbyopia
When it becomes a challenge to focus clearly at near objects, such as reading and the mobile phone, this is when you might be suffering from presbyopia and eyestrain. According to Dr Yap Tiong Peng from IGARD, presbyopia generally becomes an issue around the age of 40 years. If you are already a contact lens wearer, this is very easy because you can simply explore the various multifocal and progessive options that are available in disposable and conventional modalities. There are even ways to correct high astigmatism (Link to Contact Lenses for Low, Moderate and High Astigmatism) and presbyopia at the same time!
Contact Lenses for Post-lasik Patients
Lasik surgery often produces good visual outcomes but there is a small percentage of patients who encounter post-operative issues, such as eye pain, blurred or double vision and difficulty driving at night. Because LASIK permanently alters the shape of the eye (cornea), it may not be easy for the patient to use regular types of contact lenses and spectacles. This is when you may wish to explore post-lasik contact lenses, which are specifically customized to address the technical challenges of restoring vision.
Updates in Contact Lenses. Senior consultant optometrists Rachel Kelly and Yap Tiong Peng (IGARD Group Singapore) with Senior Consultant Physiotherapist Carolina Lee (IGARD Group Singapore) and Professor Nathan Efron (Queensland University of Technology, Australia).