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Vision 20/20: viewing the world perfectly

AT the dawn of a year and decade, it is fitting to review and renew our goals. 2020 holds special meaning for everyone who appreciates the sense of sight and especially for me as an eye specialist. "20/20 vision" is medical parlance for normal or optimal visual sharpness: what a healthy eye...

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Guarding against diabetes-linked eye disease

SEVERAL years ago, while volunteering as a consultant to teach local eye doctors for a charitable organisation in rural China, I was eager to share the strategies applied in healthcare in Singapore against the rise of diabetes mellitus, an increasingly common disease.

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Safeguarding your eyes from the 'thief of sight'

THE recent haze ended as quickly as it began and the skies in Singapore are blue again. In medical parlance, such episodic problems are usually termed an "attack", such as a heart attack, a gout attack or more relevant to my profession, a glaucoma attack.

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Keeping an eye on dry eye syndrome

A PATIENT of mine who suffered from dry and allergic eyes and eyelids told me recently that she deemed me a role model because of my "sparkly eyes". As an eye doctor of 20 years and counting, it was the first compliment of its kind, amidst the usual polite comments on my youthful appearance or "...

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The evolving vision of cataract surgery

MANY years ago, during a clinical Observership in Cataracts and Anterior Segment Reconstruction with Drs Robert Osher and Michael E Snyder at the Cincinnati Eye Institute, one of the United States' largest private eye centres, I was invited to co-author a chapter in the Textbook of Intraocular...

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Set your sights on eating right

HAVE you ever eaten "with your eyes"? The chances are yes. Apart from odor and taste, the sight of food contributes significantly to our assessment and enjoyment of food. In fact, the glamourised appearance of a particular food item often becomes the single most powerful advertisement...