23 Mar '11, 3pm

Patient regains sight after groundbreaking operation

Patient regains sight after groundbreaking operation

A Taiwanese patient recently had her sight restored after undergoing a highly complex operation by an eye specialist here. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM A TAIWANESE patient recently had her sight restored after undergoing a highly complex operation by an eye specialist here. The four-hour operation, conducted in January this year, involved a delicate two-step process whereby the doctor reconstructed the entire damaged surface of the patient's right eye, then performed an artificial cornea transplant on it. It was the first time such a combination has been attempted in Singapore, and was helmed by Dr Leonard Ang, medical director of The Eye & Cornea Transplant Centre at Paragon. The operation on the right eye cost $30,000. The left eye, which is currently in a stable condition, will be operated on within the next year. It is believed that fewer than 20 eye surgeons in the worl...

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