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Date:3/24/2009

c nerve disease will not qualify," said Prof Tan.

Patients with glaucoma will not be able to have full sight restored, but some vision can still be saved. According to Prof Tan, only teenagers and adults qualify for this procedure, since teeth from young children are not suitable.

Expertise aside, cost is an issue for such surgeries.
"Because of the nature of such procedures, costs can be astronomical. The United Kingdom for example charges about 25,000 pounds (US$35,000). Thankfully, since SNEC has access to public funding, we can afford to charge a lot less, about US$15,300," said Prof Tan.

While there is no issue of rejection and no cases of extrusion of the implant so far, patients who do their operations in Singapore will be offered lifelong follow-up.

"We will continue to look out for our patients for the rest of their lives. Having a new eye doesn't mean the new eye is invincible. So we monitor them every year to make sure everything is going fine. Many of these patients also have glaucoma and retinal problems which need ongoing management".

About Singapore National Eye Centre
Since its opening in 1990, SNEC has achieved rapid growth and currently manages an annual workload of a quarter million patient visits, 14,000 major eye surgeries and 13,000 laser procedures. Nine subspecialties have been established to provide a full range of eye treatment from comprehensive to tertiary levels for the entire spectrum of eye conditions. SNEC is actively involved in clinical trials and research into the causes and treatment of major eye conditions such as myopia and glaucoma. Thousands of ophthalmologists from neighboring countries and beyond have participated in the Center's teaching courses and international meetings organized annually. Visit http://www.snec.com.sg/ for more information.

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