Published on June 7, 2024

What is Paul Glaucoma Implant in Singapore?

Glaucoma is a leading cause of permanent blindness globally, with an estimated 80 million people having the condition. It is a progressive eye disease in which the optic nerve is damaged, leading to a gradual loss of vision.

Glaucoma can develop gradually and may not cause any symptoms until significant damage has been done. This is why it is important to have regular eye exams, so that glaucoma can be diagnosed and treated early. In Singapore, eye clinics like Chelvin SNG Eye Center offer comprehensive eye exams that can help to detect glaucoma early.

What is Paul Glaucoma Implant Surgery 

Paul glaucoma implant surgery is a type of surgery used to treat glaucoma. The Paul Glaucoma Implant, in this case, is an aqueous shunt device specifically designed to help minimize the postoperative complications common with the shunts currently being used.

The implant is a non-valved glaucoma drainage device placed in the eye to help drain fluid and relieve pressure. This procedure is done under anesthesia, implying that you shouldn’t feel any pain during the surgery. The benefits of this surgery are:

  • Low rate of postoperative complications
  • Proven long-term efficacy
  • No need for antifibrotic drugs
  • Reduced surgical time
  • Reduced postoperative visits

How much does Paul Glaucoma Implant in Singapore cost? 

As you probably already know, the cost of healthcare services and procedures varies greatly depending on your location. The surgery will likely cost a few thousand dollars but may be covered by your insurance. On average, you can expect to pay around $7872 for Paul glaucoma implant in Singapore.

Be sure to speak to your insurance provider to see if the surgery is covered. Other than knowing the cost beforehand, keep in mind that doctors are not all the same. Here are a few helpful basics you can do when preparing for Paul glaucoma implant in Singapore: 

  • Choose an experienced surgeon: When you’re dealing with your vision, you want to be sure you’re in good hands. Research surgeons in your area and read reviews from other patients. By working with an experienced surgeon, you can be sure that the surgery will go smoothly and that your vision will be in good hands. 
  • Have a pre-op visit: This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about the surgery and get to know your surgeon. A good ophthalmologist will be more than willing to ensure that all your concerns about Paul glaucoma implant in Singapore are all addressed. A few helpful questions you may want to ask the ophthalmologist include: 
  1. What is the success rate of this surgery? 
  2. What are the risks and complications associated with this surgery?
  3. How long will the surgery take? 
  4. When can I expect to see results? 

Make sure you understand everything about the surgery and feel comfortable with your surgeon before moving forward. 

  • Stop taking certain medications: If you’re taking any blood thinners or other medications that could interfere with the surgery, be sure to stop taking them a few days beforehand. 
  • Arrange for a ride home: Since you will be under anesthesia for the surgery, you will not be able to drive yourself home. Besides, your vision will also be affected which can make driving risky for you. Make sure you have someone there to pick you up after the surgery. 
  • Bring a list of medications: It’s important to bring a list of all the medications you’re taking, both prescription and over-the-counter, to your pre-op visit. This will help your surgeon know what medications to avoid before and after the surgery.

Are there any Risks Associated with the Surgery?

As with any surgery, there are always risks and complications associated with the procedure. However, Paul glaucoma implant surgery is a minimally invasive procedure with a low rate of complications. Some of the risks and complications associated with this surgery include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Double vision
  • Flashes of light
  • Eye irritation 

Most of these complications are rare and can be easily treated. However, it’s important to be aware of the risks before undergoing the procedure. You can reduce your risk of complications by working with an experienced surgeon and following all of the pre-and postoperative instructions. Some of the things your ophthalmologist will tell you to do before and after surgery include: 

  • Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes: Rubbing your eyes can only increase irritation and may even cause further damage. It’s important to avoid touching or rubbing your eyes after surgery. 
  • Wearing sunglasses: Sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun and wind. They can also help reduce the swelling and pain. It is important to wear sunglasses every day for the first few weeks after surgery. 
  • Using artificial tears: Artificial tears will help keep your eyes lubricated and can help reduce irritation. It is important to use artificial tears as prescribed by your surgeon. 
  • Taking medications as prescribed: Medications play a crucial role in the healing process. Make sure you take all of your medications as prescribed and don’t stop taking them before the surgery is healed. 
  • Following up with your surgeon: It is important to follow up with your surgeon after the surgery. This will help ensure that the surgery is healing properly and that there are no complications. 

Final Thoughts

Paul glaucoma implant in Singapore is a minimally invasive procedure that can help improve vision in patients with glaucoma. The surgery is relatively safe with a low rate of complications. However, as with any surgery, there are always risks and complications associated with the procedure. Be sure to understand the risks and complications before undergoing the surgery. Work with an experienced surgeon and follow all pre-and post-operative instructions to reduce your risk of complications.

Our team of experienced surgeons at Chelvin SNG Eye Center can help you decide if Paul glaucoma implant surgery is the right treatment for you. We will answer all of your questions and help you understand the risks and benefits of the surgery. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. Call: +65 6334 2282.

Dr Chelvin Sng

Adjunct Associate Professor

Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist

38 Irrawaddy Road Mt Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, #06-25, Singapore 329563

+65 6334 2282

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