Astigmatism ‘common’ in kids with vision problems
The article reported that there is a growing number of pre-school children with problems such as myopia or astigmatism. According to the 2011 HPB figures, about 16 per cent of kindergarten children are short-sighted, up from seven per cent in 2009. There is no separate figure for astigmatism, which can occur together with myopia, but the SNEC said that it is “quite common” among the pre-schoolers it sees. In Singapore, astigmatism is the most common cause of amblymyopia, or “lazy eye”. Adj Assoc Prof Audrey Chia, Senior Consultant at SNEC Paediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus Service, explained that if the condition is not treated early, it may lead to permanent poor vision in the affected eye. The report noted that NUH has seen a 15 per cent rise in pre-school referrals in the past few years. Vision problems among young kids are being detected at annual screenings held by HPB at child care centres and kindergartens.
Eye Surgeon’s Legacy Will Live On
A letter by Rajasegaran Ramasamy, who said he was saddened by the death of Professor Arthur Lim. Rajasegaran cited an older article about Prof Lim years ago in which he said no one should go blind because of cataracts. Rajasegaran also noted that many of Singapore’s top ophthalmologists were taught by Prof Lim.
The Straits Times, Pg 34 (Page 34)
Arthur Lim Changed How Society Viewed Visually Handicapped
A letter by Tan Guan Heng, ex-president of the Singapore Association for the Blind (now the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped). He said that Professor Arthur Lim paved way for the charity to become a national voluntary welfare organisation for the welfare of the blind. Apart from that, Prof Lim believed that the blind should not be seen as passive recipients of charity, but as contributing citizens of society. Tan added that Prof Lim was a visionary, giving blind people a voice and stake in the charity's management. He had in fact encouraged and guided Tan to become the first blind president of the association.
The Sunday Times, Pg 34 (7 September 2014)
Arthur Lim always ahead of the curve: Dr Balakrishnan
TV News reported that Minister (EWR) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan paid tribute to the late prominent eye surgeon Professor Arthur Lim. Minister (EWR) said Prof Lim was always ahead of the curve, even in times of great uncertainty. In his eulogy at a service, he said that even though ophthalmology was viewed as a minor discipline by many in the 1980s, Prof Lim had played a huge role in urging authorities to invest more money into research in that area. Prof Lim’s involvement in the set-up of the SERI and the NUH’s ophthalmology department had helped to raise Singapore's profile globally as a medical centre for treatment of eye conditions. TDY (p6) reported Minister’s attendance at the wake.
Exposure to sunlight may prevent myopia
TDY (p12) carried a commentary on the prevalence of myopia by Professor K Ranga Krishnan, dean of the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore. He noted that children who develop myopia early in life are more likely to progress to a more severe form. This is not only a simple cosmetic issue that can be treated by wearing spectacles, but is also a risk factor for severe eye problems which can lead to complications and reduce vision. He opined that in sunny places such as Singapore, where the difference between outdoor and indoor light intensity is most extreme, myopia is perhaps more easily developed when children stay indoors. In a study by the Singapore Eye Research Institute, each hour a teenager spent outdoors lowered the risk of myopia by 10 per cent. Interestingly, time spent on outdoor sports was also associated with reduced risk of myopia, but this was not seen for indoor sports.
New chiefs at SNEC and NDCS from Aug 1
The Business Times reported on the new leadership appointments at SNEC
and NDCS, which will take effect from 1 August 2014. Prof Donald Tan,
Medical Director of SNEC for the last six years will pass the leadership
baton to his deputy, Prof Wong Tien Yin. In recognition of his
contributions, Prof Tan will be appointed senior adviser at SNEC. Prof
Wong will also take on the position as Academic Chair, SingHealth
Duke-NUS Ophthalmology Academic Clinical Program (ACP).
Meanwhile, at NDCS, Assoc Prof Kwa Chong Teck, Executive Director of
NDCS who has headed the Centre since 1997, will pass on the leadership
baton to his deputy, Assoc Prof Poon Choy Yoke. The report noted that
this top post, formerly called “executive director”, has been renamed to
“director” to better reflect the role and to include spearheading
NDCS’s agenda in clinical services, education and research. In
recognition of his contributions, Assoc Prof Kwa will be appointed
senior adviser of NDCS. Assoc Prof Poon will also become academic chair
of the newly established SingHealth Duke-NUS Oral Health ACP. ST Online
(25 Jul) carried a similar report.
The Straits Times, Pg 1 (24 July 2014)
S’pore-made blood test to detect genetic eye disease
A blood test to detect corneal stromal dystrophy has been developed by SNEC, A*STAR’s Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS), SGH and NUH, as part of the POLARIS programme. Corneal stromal dystrophy is a genetic eye disease which may run in families. It causes proteins to clump together in the cornea, clouding it and affecting vision. In some cases, patients need corneal transplant. This first made-in-Singapore genetic test can help those with a family history of the disease predict how likely they are to get it, how fast it will progress and whether they should avoid Lasik vision surgery, which can cause it to flare up.
Prof Donald Tan, Medical Director, SNEC shared that the centre operates on 10 to 11 corneal stromal dystrophy patients each year, and has around 200 such patients registered in its database. Prof Patrick Tan, POLARIS Programme Director, Senior Investigator at A*STAR’s GIS and Professor at Duke-NUS shared that the condition was picked to be worked on because of the wealth of existing research and expertise on it here, and further explained the benefits of having such a test in Singapore. The report noted that POLARIS is a national scheme to turn biomedical findings into treatments for Singapore patients. CNA, Ch8 news, ChU news and Capital 95.8FM carried similar reports.
The Straits Times, Pg 1 (24 July 2014)
Cataract cases increased by 37% over 10 years
Cataract cases in Singapore have increased by 37% in the last 10 years. According to research from the Singapore National Eye Centre, cases have increased from 10,013 cases in 2004 to 13,680 cases in 2013.
Dr Allan Fong, Deputy Head and Consultant, General Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology Service shares that although cataract is a condition that usually affects the elderly, the younger generation can also develop cataract due to diabetes, eye injury, severe myopia, congenital cataract etc. He also shares on the common symptoms of cataract which include deterioration of vision, sensitivity to glare, increase in the degree of myopia or astigmatism, fading of colours and double vision or multiple images in one eye. He also advised those affected to seek early treatment as any delay may result in blindness.
SNEC currently uses the phacoemulsification technique for cataract removal where the cataract lens is entirely removed and an artificial lens implant is inserted. Dr Fong urged readers to use sunglasses and hats to shield their eyes when they go outdoors as sun rays between 9am to 3pm are strongest and could harm the eyes.
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 3 (10 July 2014)
All eyes on man with clear vision
An interview with Professor Wong Tien Yin, Senior Consultant and Deputy Medical Director of Research at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), Group Director of Research at Singapore Health Services (SingHealth) and Vice-Dean of Clinical Sciences at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School was featured. It was noted that the work of Professor Wong and his team from the SNEC and SERI has been translated into international guidelines on how to manage diabetic retinopathy. His team was recently ranked among the world's most prolific researchers in two major eye diseases, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy (DR).
Prof Wong also noted the changing research landscape in Singapore – in the past, first generation clinician scientists including Prof Donald Tan, SNEC’s Medical Director, and Prof Aung Tin, SERI’s Executive Director, had to do everything much on their own; today, the 10 to 15 third-generation clinician scientists at SERI receive training and guidance from the experienced clinician scientists. He also shared his advice to aspiring researchers. A short overview of Prof Wong’s career and key achievements accompanied the main article.
The Sunday Times, Pg 41 (8 June 2014)
New treatment for glaucoma unveiled
Scientists from NTU and the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) have jointly developed a new nanomedicine that allows glaucoma patients to do away with daily eye drops. The treatment involves a painless injection to the front of the eye, which delivers millions of nano-sized capsules that release anti-glaucoma drugs slowly over six months. Co-lead scientist Adj A/Prof Tina Wong shared that 10% of blindness from Glaucoma is caused by poor adherence to prescribed dosages of the eyedrops, which can be prevented. The new therapy has gone through a pilot study with six patients conducted at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) and researchers said it has yielded exceptional results, having shown to be safe and effective in the treatment of glaucoma.
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 4 (4 June 2014)
SNEC gets global accreditation
SINGAPORE National Eye Centre (SNEC) is the first in Singapore and South-east Asia to be
accredited by the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel for Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO).
IJCAHPO provides international accreditation by setting academic standards for ophthalmic training programmes to enhance the quality and availability of ophthalmic patient care. IJCAHPO is the international division of the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel for Ophthalmology (JCAHPO), which offers certification and continuing education opportunities to ophthalmic allied health personnel.
The Business Times, Pg 11 (30 May 2014)
New treatment for glaucoma unveiled
A first-of-its-kind study conducted by SERI and NUS shows it can be harder to live with poor vision than chronic diseases. The study involving more than 10,000 Singaporeans aged between 40 and 80, compared the loss of quality of life that poor eyesight brings with that of other chronic conditions, and could possibly guide policymakers working on programmes to tackle eye diseases. Published in the top eye research journal Ophthalmology last month, the study – which culled data from three other population-based eye studies- found that for every 100,000 people here, the burden of visual impairment for the Chinese was equivalent to 512 healthy people dying every year. The impact was even greater for Malays and Indians, with the figure calculated at 707 and 609 respectively. Doctors expect an ageing population to lead to more people living with visual impairment
Dr Marcus Ang, Associate Consultant, Corneal and External Eye Disease Service, SNEC, who is the study’s co-investigator said he was not surprised with the findings. He explained that while conditions like diabetes and hypertension may lead to life-threatening conditions, whereas eye issues can greatly impact normal daily activities. Dr Ang also observed that patients tend to delay treatment for visual problems, especially those who see poorly with one eye but still can see with the other. Dr Ang advised people who experienced poor vision to seek help early.
The Sunday Times, Pg 16 (16 May 2014)
Three ‘Visionary’ S’pore Docs
Three doctors in Singapore have made it to the list of the world's 100 most influential people in ophthalmology by a British professional journal. Professor Donald Tan, medical director of the Singapore National Eye Centre, is third among the Who's Who in eye care. He is cited for his roles in myopia trials, cornea surgery and transplant. Prof Tan holds the patent to an instrument that is now widely used in eye transplants. The other two Singaporeans on the list are Professor Aung Tin, executive director of Singapore Eye Research Institute, and Professor Saw Seang Mei, an epidemiologist with the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. Prof Aung is best known for his insights into angle closure glaucoma, which is the type half the people get. Prof Tan said his discoveries made it possible to develop new diagnostic instruments. Prof Saw is not an eye doctor, but has worked extensively in the area of myopia, including environmental factors that affect short-sightedness. She is one of only 13 women to make the list. Singapore has done well to have three on the list, given that it is the smallest country in the list, said Prof Tan. He is particularly pleased that the nominations came from outside of Singapore, as "we didn't vote for ourselves". The report also published DMS’ quote: "I am pleased that our doctors are being recognised by their peers in the global arena for their achievements." He hopes this recognition will spur them to even greater heights, both in delivering better eye care and in advancing science and research in the field.
The Straits Times, Pg B3 (2 May 2014)
Sin Min Daily News, Pg 2 (2 May 2014)
$5m professorship to honour Arthur Lim
The Singapore NationalEye Centre (SNEC) and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore yesterday announced a $5 millionprofessorship to honourArthur Lim Siew Ming, a pioneer of Singapore’s ophthalmology sector.
The Arthur Lim Professorshipin Ophthalmology will be established with SNEC donating $2.5 million from the SNEC Health Research Endowment fund, with a dollar-for-dollar matching grant from the Ministry of Education through Duke-NUS. Prof Lim created a globally renowned eye department and raised the practice of ophthalmology in Singapore to world-class levels with the establishment of the SNEC, Singapore Eye Research Institute and the Department of Ophthalmology at the National University Hospital, among various feats.
The Business Times, Pg 9 (21 January 2014)
Love between teacher and student
Southeast Asia’s father of Ophthalmology, Professor Arthur Lim, has not only led Singapore to world-class status in the field of ophthalmology but also trained batch after batch of outstanding ophthalmologists. Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Environment and Water Resources is one such doctor who has trained under Prof Arthur Lim. Yesterday, the Arthur Lim Professorship in Ophthalmology was launched and Dr Vivian gave a heart warming speech of gratitude. Dr Vivian expressed his fond memories of Prof Arthur Lim as his teacher – one who was so determined to enhance the field of ophthalmology that he would record all of his students’ surgeries for them to reflect and learn from their mistakes.
Professor Arthur Lim is the founder of the Singapore National Eye Centre, who began research on cataract and blindness in China in the 1980s. In 2012, Prof Lim was awarded the Business China Excellence Award for his work in helping to fight blindness in China. The Arthur Lim Professorship in Ophthalmology is a joint collaboration between Duke-NUS and SNEC, who will each contribute $2.5 million to fund the professorship.
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 9 (21 January 2014)
Launch of The Arthur Lim Professorship in Ophthalmology
SNEC will launch an inaugural Professorship in Ophthalmology for a world-class doctor to join the SNEC team focusing on education and research. This Professorship honours Professor Arthur Lim and recognises his contributions. Medical Director of SNEC, Prof Donald Tan acknowledged the significance of this Professorship as it honours a medical visionary – Prof Arthur Lim. He said that Prof Arthur Lim founded SNEC over 20 years ago and put ophthalmology in Singapore at a world-class level. Prof Tan went on to say that the SNEC focuses on teaching and research and they are now ready to bring in another Professor to further enhance their program. The team hopes that this professorship will take SNEC another step further in ophthalmology. Prof Wong Tien Yin added that they are looking for a well-rounded candidate capable in several ÿelds of study in ophthalmology. Both interviewees shared that they have already sourced two to three potential candidates from the UK, USA and Japan. However, they said that the selection process will take a while as they want to secure the best possible candidate to receive the prestigious Professorship.
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 9 (20 January 2014)
SNEC and AIC to introduce training workshop for nurses at nursing homes
SNEC and AIC have collaborated to introduce a training workshop for staff nurses, enrolled nurses and nursing aides at nursing homes to administer eye care checks at their respective elderly homes. Dry eyes, glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy are the most common eye diseases amongst the elderly and without proper eye care could worsen the conditions. AIC plans to organise four more training workshops next year to reach out to more nurses in Singapore. There is currently more than 60 nursing homes and almost 9600 residents, most of which require proper eye care due to their old age. Soon Kuan Bee (pictured), a 69 year old part time nurse at Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home, attended the first training workshop last month. She said that she used to wash her patients’ eyes several times a day, but after attending the workshop, realised that one wash a day was sufficient. She also shared her increase in confidence to perform eye care on the elderly after attending the workshop. Another nurse who attended the first training workshop, Mr Lee Qing He, 48, said that prior to the workshop, he relied on brochures from SNEC to administer post-surgery care to his patients. However, the training has invoked new knowledge to him and he now has a better understanding of the correct post-surgery care procedures.
Lianhe Wanbao, Pg 14 (19 December 2013)
Eye-drops for kids with severe myopia
Children who suffer from rapidly deteriorating myopia can now turn to a new treatment offered by the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) – low-dose atropine eye-drops that cost less than $20 for a month’s supply. Prof Donald Tan, Medical Director, SNEC shared that the eye-drops can slow down short-sightedness by as much as 60 per cent, and that the centre will provide the drops to as many children here as possible. The report noted SNEC’s five-year trial of 400 children that begun in 2006, which found the daily use of low-dose atropine to have no noticeable side effects. The report also noted Prof Tan’s hope to conduct trials that will satisfy health regulators within a few years so that the eye-drops can be dispensed by any doctor. Currently, the eye-drops can be dispensed only by SNEC’s pharmacy, and all patients have to be logged.
The Straits Times, Pg B4 (18 December 2013)
SNEC doctor on Thyroid Eye Disease
A report on the prevalence of Thyroid Eye Disease (TED). Dr Audrey Looi, Head and Senior Consultant, Oculoplastic Service, SNEC noted that females are more likely to develop TED than males. She also highlighted the symptoms shown during the early and end stage of TED..
Lianhe Wanbao, Pg A5 (15 December 2013)
A Good Nurse Who Has a Good Sense of Observation
A letter from a patient who complimented on the flexibity exercised by the staff in changing her appointment to another date during her visit to SNEC on 31 Oct 2013.
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 41 (16 November 2013)
Free Eye Screening and Carnival Fun at SNEC's 14th National Eye Care Day
Over 2,000 elderly had their eyes checked for free, while 600 children enjoyed a carnival at SNEC’s 14th National Eye Care Day on Saturday. SNEC premises were transformed along the theme of "Alice in Wonderland – through the Looking Glass" for a children’s carnival at the event.
Shin Min Daily News, Pg 4 (9 November 2013)
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 2 (10 November 2013)
$300m spent on glasses every year
Singapore, which has one of the world's highest rates of myopia, spends a US$250 million (S$311.5 million) on prescription glasses every year. The US, on the other hand, spends US$13.4 billion, 53 times times as much, but for a population 59 times as big as Singapore's 5.4 million. Lack of outdoor activity among children here could be one reason for the high rates of myopia, an increasing problem for East Asian countries.
The Straits Times, Pg B3 (7 October 2013)
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 8 (7 October 2013)
Today, Pg 21 (7 October 2013)
Shin Min Daily News, Pg 4 (6 October 2013)
Berita Harian, Pg 10 (6 October 2013)
New treatment method for Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
EYELEA, a new treatment method for wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration, requires less frequent injections to halt or slow the progression of the condition as compared with other treatment options such as the use of laser or Anti-VEGF drugs.
Lianhe Wanbao, Pg 26 (7 October 2013)
App to catch kids with colour blindness
Parents will soon be able to tell within minutes if their young children are colour blind with a simple game called "DoDo's Catching Adventure" which is available as a free app from next month on the Apple App Store. Designed by NUS researchers for children between the ages of three and six, the game requires them to "catch" butterflies of matching colours by tapping a screen. A study on 32 children by SNEC this year found that the game, believed to be a world first, was as effective as existing tests in identifying red-green colour blindness, the most common variant
The Straits Times, Pg B1 (5 October 2013)
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 10 (5 October 2013)
There is an instant solution for every beauty problem these days. But many of these quick-fixes can have negative consequences, especially when one does not observe aftercare rules or proper hygiene.
The Straits Times Urban, Pg 10 - 12 (20 September 2013)
Eyes May Reveal Stroke Risk : Studies
Two studies done by the Singapore Eye Research Institute concluded that changes in retinal blood vessel could indicate that a person is at risk of having stroke. Patients with existing stroke risk factors such as high blood pressure may undergo retinal imaging to further evaluate how likely they are to develop stroke.
My Paper, Pg A2 (22 August 2013)
Today, Pg 26 (28 August 2013)
Berita Harian, Pg 14 (24 September 2013)
New Lens to Help Old Eyes
SNEC is taking a conservative approach in offering corneal implants for presbyopic correction, and is awaiting one-year results on the Kamra before considering its use.
The Straits Times Mind Your Body, Pg 6 - 7 (22 August 2013)
Improper Use of Contact Lens Will Lead to Cornea Injury
A total of 5843 patients with infected cornea took part in the Asia Cornea Society Infectious Keratitis Study headed by Prof Donald Tan across 8 Asian countries to alleviate corneal blindness in Asia. Through this study, investigators hope to understand the cause to better counteract corneal infections brought on by bacteria and fungi.
Shin Min Daily News, Pg 9 (10 August 2013)
Launch of 'MyEyeDrops' Chinese App
Singapore National Eye Centre has launched the chinese version of MyEyeDrops app to help remind glaucoma patients to apply their eyedrops on time.
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 5 (2 August 2013)
Lianhe Wanbao, Pg 10 (2 August 2013)
Shin Min Daily News, Pg 14 (8 August 2013)
We Are Sure We Have A Way to Treat Myopia
FOR 16 years, doctors at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) have been trying to find a way to stop myopia in its tracks. They finally have the answer: eyedrops with a concentration of 0.01 per cent atropine. The eyedrops could be available for prescription in the next six months. The eyedrops do not cure myopia,
but they seem to slow down its degenerative effects by up to 60 per cent.
The Straits Times, Pg A6 (18 July 2013)
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 14 (18 July 2013)
Sick of the Haze
Exposure to the haze can cause eye irritation and conjunctivitis, an infection commonly called red eye. Symptoms may include a burning sensation, redness and tearing of the eyes. While these do not harm vision, they cause discomfort.
The Straits Times Mind Your Body, Pg 4 (27 June 2013)
Heart-warming Service at SNEC Branch @Balestier
A compliment letter from a patient who has just undergone a cataract surgery on both her eye at SNEC Branch @ Balestier.
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 18 (3 May 2013)
Minimally Invasive Surgery to Beautify Your Eyes
Dr Choo Chai Teck, Senior Consultant at Singapore National Eye Centre said that minimally invasive surgery is currently the preferred form of cosmetic eye surgery by patients. The benefits of minimally invasive surgery are that only minimal anesthesia and small incisions are required. The procedure takes a short time and is very low risk. Patients also require very short recovery time. However, this surgery is not applicable for everyone and suitability evaluations are required for patients. Some eye-care tips were also shared on how readers can prevent the dark eye circle, eye bags and dermatochalasis.
Lianhe Wanbao, Pg 17 (15 Apr 2013)
Mock Cataract Surgery
A surgical simulator which allows novice surgeons to practise the different steps of cataract surgery without putting patient a risk is now available in Singapore. A/Prof Chee Soon Phaik, Head of Cataract Service at SNEC said the simulator would be especially useful for beginners who need training in this technique. SNEC is considering to purchase the simulator.
The Straits Times Mind Your Body, Pg 6 (11 April 2013)
Government Agencies Too Go the App Way
SNEC is continuously looking at new and innovative ways to connect and provide cost-effect patient care and treatment. Since the official launch of MyEyeDrops on 19 Feb 2013, SNEC has already started thinking of new apps. SNEC will also be launching apps MyEyeMatters and MyEyeGym later this year.
The Business Times, Pg 8 (8 April 2013)
Excellent Care at Eye Centre
A letter from Ms Eleanor Leong Wei Wei who sought eye treatment from Dr Chee Soon Phaik at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC). She shared that from the consultation to post-surgery care, both Dr Chee and the nurses displayed patience, dedication and care that were beyond excellent.
The Straits Times Online, 5 April 2013
Excellent Care at SGH
A compliment letter from Mr Ramakrishnan Kandasamy whose father sought treatment at SGH's A&E Department on 15 January 2013. The eye doctors who attended to him exhibited the most utmost professionalism and care in establishing the cause and attending to his eye.
The Straits Times Online, 15 March 2013
Healthcare Mobile Apps
A write-up on the various healthcare Apps offered by the hospitals and healthcare institutions in Singapore.
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 1 (7 March 2013)
Myopa May Be More Than Meets the Eye
Singapore has one of the highest rates of myopia in the world, affecting about two-thirds of Primary Six children and 80 per cent of NS men. People with high myopia – defined as short-sightedness over 600 degrees – the excessive elongation of the eyeball may lead to a host of problems including early-onset cataracts, retinal tears and detachment, glaucoma as well as macular degeneration. If left untreated, these conditions could lead to irreversible blindness.
Today, Pg 24 (27 February 2013)
Eye drop app for forgetful patients
Singapore National Eye Centre has launched the world's first free mobile app for glaucoma patients, aimed at helping patients and caregivers remember to apply their medication on time through reminder alerts.
The Straits Times, Pg B5 (20 February 2013)
Lianhe Zaoba, Pg 6 (20 February 2013)
Today, Pg 26 (20 February 2013)
Shin Ming Daily News, Pg 7 (19 February 2013)
Researchers Come Up with Jabs for Glaucoma Treatment
NTU researchers from the Ocular Therapeutic Engineering Centre (OTEC) have developed a new solution which requires a quick and painless injection only four times a year to treat glaucoma. This may possibly eliminate the need for daily medication in treating glaucoma, which affects about six per cent of the population here.
The Straits Times, Pg B8 (31 January 2013)
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 17 (31 January 2013)
Today, Pg 28 (30 January 2013)
S'pore Scientists in Global Study Identify Eye Disease Genes
A team of researchers in Singapore have managed to identify 27 genes related to CCT through collaboration with researchers from 14 other countries. This research collaboration is driven by Singapore Eye Research Institute and Genome Institute of Singapore along with more than 50 other research centres which took up to four years to gather and analyse the sample data.
The Straits Times, Pg B4 (17 January 2013)
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 18 (18 January 2013)
Wanted: More doctor-researchers
An interview with Professor Wong Tien Yin, SingHealth’s Group Director, Research, and Executive Director, SERI, on turning Singapore into an internationally competitive research nation. To raise biomedical research to the next level, Prof Wong’s first priority is to encourage more doctors to do research. This will enable Singapore to build up a national pipeline of clinician-scientists, a group that is rare the world over because of the effort it takes to juggle treating patients with doing research. He also emphasised the need to wipe out the “silo mentality” and increase collaboration across research groups as well as coordinate efforts so that work is not duplicated.
The Sunday Times, Pg 43 (13 January 2013)
No More Reading Glasses for Her
A new procedure termed “Icolens” , where a bifocal lens is implanted into the cornea of the patient’s non-dominant eye, is used to cure presbyopia or the age-related loss of ability to focus on near objectives. Dr Cordelia Chan, head of the Refractive Surgery Service and Senior Consultant at the Cornea & External Eye Disease Service at SNEC, said the concern with using synthetic implants, such as icolens, is the risk of corneal scarring, which can potentially affect vision.
Mind Your Body, Pg 6 (10 January 2013)
Protect Those Peepers
Age-related eye problems such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy can be so silent that there are no symptoms until the diseases have progressed very far. Hence, it is important for people aged 40 years and above or those who have a family history of these eye conditions to go for a baseline eye examination.
Mind Your Body, Pg 8 (27 December 2012)
SNEC Founding Director & SERI Founding Chairman recognised for his efforts to eradicate cataract blindness in China
Professor Arthur Lim, Founding Medical Director, SNEC, and Founding Chairman, SERI, was awarded the Business China Excellence Award for his work to combat cataract blindness in China.
Prof Lim, 78, has been working to eradicate cataract blindness in China since 1986. Back then, China had about four million people with cataract problems and faced a lack of doctors to perform the operations. But under Prof Lim’s leadership, more than 5,000 local specialists were trained in 10 eye centres, which he helped establish across the country. This helped nearly half a million eye patients. By personally performing pro bono surgery and donating generously to the eye centres in China, he has enhanced relations between Singapore and China, the award organisers said yesterday.
Prof Lim was also given the Friendship Award in 1996 by the Chinese government. It is the highest award that can be bestowed on a foreign national.
The Business Times, Pg 16 (29 November 2012)
The Straits Times, Pg B9 (29 November 2012)
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 26 (29 November 2012)
Fighting myopia, 1 eye drop a night
Singapore researchers had found a way to put the brakes on myopia in children, and even improve the eyesight of a lucky few. A simple eye drop could be the best solution to fighting short-sightedness, which afflicted eight in 10 people here by the time they were adults. Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) had tried battling myopia on several fronts - using computer software to exercise the brain and an eye gel, for example - but nothing had proven as successful as the latest eye drops. They contained a very dilute solution of the chemical atropine, which had been proven to slow myopia, but could cause problems such as glare and the loss of near vision in higher concentrations. The five-year trial that ended last year involved 400 children, aged six to 12, who applied a single drop every night.
The Sunday Times, Pg 4 (11 November 2012)
Shin Min Daily News, Pg 8 (11 November 2012)
They're in their 40s, and have cataracts
Patients in their 40s and under are suffering from eye problems such as cataracts as the "myopic generation" comes of age. These diseases are usually found in the enderly, but doctors have started noticing cases involving younger people. They attribute this to the "cohort effect" - the first generation discovered to be suffering from widespread short-sightedness in the 1980s and are growing up and experiencing more serious eye problems.
The Straits Times, Pg B1 (10 November 2012)
Surgery to Extract and Store Lenticules a Potential Cure for Presbyopia
ReLEx SMILE (SMall Incision Lenticular Extraction) laser treatment uses only one laser for the entire procedure and removes only an inner lens-shaped piece of cornea (lenticule) which corresponds to the patient's myopia and/or astigmatism, through a keyhole incision in the cornea. Local experts believe that the lenticules could be re-implanted back into the cornea to correct presbyopia, or for the treatment of diseases such as cornea thinning. While there has not yet been a successful re-implantation of the human lens tissue, a new spin-off company, Lenticor, located at the SNEC, will be storing lenticules for patients, similar to the concept of cord blood banking, and aims to do this for 1,000 patients by next year.
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 19 (10 November 2012)
An eye for an eye
Scientists from Singapore Eye Research Institute get a S$25m grant from National Medical Research Council to study how removed corneal tissue can be re-implanted to correct far-sightedness..
The New Paper, Pg 14 (10 November 2012)
Optical shops roped in for eye-screening
A new initiative by Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), which will rope in family doctors and optical shops to conduct eye-screening for patients. Patients will have their eyes photographed by their nearest participating optometrist after being referred by a GP, and the photos will be processed at a newly set up centralised laboratory which will generate a report in as little as one hour. Patients can then seek further advice from the GP based on the report, or be referred to an eye specialist. About 30 GPs and 20 optometrists are taking part in this initiative, which is being helmed by the Singapore Eye Research Institute.
The Straits Times, Pg B4 (7 November 2012)
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 8 (7 November 2012)
Lianhe Wanbao, Pg 9 (6 November 2012)
Shin Min Daily News, Pg 11 (7 November 2012)
My Paper, Pg B2 (7 November 2012)
Berita Harian, Pg 3 (7 Noember 2012)
Let there be sight
Ms Lisa Ong, a principal optometrist at Singapore National Eye Centre's (SNEC) Low Vision and Optometry Service, counselled and rehabilitated patients who were visually impaired to improve their quality of life. While many of her patients, both young and old, still retained some usable vision, their poor sight could no longer be corrected with glasses. Hence, any remaining vision they had would need to be maximised. Her wish for this year's World Sight Day - which falls on 11 Oct 2012 - is for greater awareness on low vision. She also hopes for more services and support to be made available for those with visual impairment.
Today, Pg 28 (10 October 2012)
A faster way to detect eye disease
A group of researchers in Singapore have devised a computer program to reduce blindness caused by severe myopia. The program is based on early and rapid detection of peripapillary atrophy (PPA), and can be used as a quick and automatic screening tool in hospitals. It was noted that in Singapore, about 9 per cent of 40 to 80 year old Chinese people suffer from severe myopia, with the rate at about 4 per cent for Indians and Malays in the same age group. The computer programme was a collaborative effort between ASTAR and NUS’ School of Public Health and SERI.
The Straits Times, Pg B6 (9 October 2012)
Stroke in the eye
Stroke in the eye is one of the common causes of vision loss in people aged 50 and older in Singapore. This condition occurs when the blood supply to the optic nerve or retina is interrupted.
Lianhe Wanbao, Pg 4 (1 October 2012)
Eye doc only Asian to win Bayer grant
Dr Gemmy Cheung, a consultant ophthalmologist from SNEC's medical retinal service, won a US$25,000 (S$30,860) international research grant for a study that will pave the way to simpler diagnosis of a major cause of blindness in Singapore. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), an eye disease that progressively destroys a person's central vision, is the second most common cause of blindness here - after cataracts - affecting those aged 40 and above.
The Straits Times, Pg B7 (28 September 2012)
Shin Min Daily News, Pg 7 (30 September 2012)
Study links three genes to Glaucoma
In a first large-scale study to examine genetic variations associated with closed angle glaucoma, scientists in Singapore had isolated three genes related to glaucoma which could pave the way to identifying those at risk. The findings would bring about wider understanding of primary angle closure glaucoma (PACG), as well as explain why some people were genetically predisposed to the disease. The research also confirmed that the condition was more common among the Chinese as they have more narrow angles in their eyes. More than 20,000 people from seven countries took part in the three-year study, including nearly 2,000 Singaporeans.
The Straits Times, Pg B7 (4 September 2012)
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 9 (4 September 2012)
Today, Pg 18 (4 September 2012)
The New Paper, Pg 8 (4 September 2012)
Glaucoma- The silent thief of sight
Glaucoma is the most prevalent eye condition among those 50 years and above. 40 per cent of the vision loss cases in Singapore resulted from damage to the optic nerves.
Lianhe Wanbao, Pg 15 (2 September 2012)
Seeing the world in a new light
More patients are offered the gift of sight due to a successful corneal procurement programme by the Singapore Eye Bank as well as an increase in the number of local donors. Presently, more than 300 corneal transplants are performed in Singapore each year. The figure is a six-fold increase from 20 years ago.
Today, Pg 24 (22 August 2012)
Many in the dark about lens hygiene
Public hospitals in Singapore sees about 50 people a month for eye infections, two-thirds of which got infected from contact lenses. Of these about one case a month required a cornea transplant. A person could get an eye infection if they don't take proper sanitary measures in cleaning and storing contact lenses.
The Straits Times, Pg 2 (13 August 2012)
Cataract surgery is now very safe with new technology (bladeless Lasik). This new method of cataract surgery is now available at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC). The laser system provides real-time 3D views of the eye, allowing surgeons to adjust the parameters before and during the procedure, making cataract surgery even safer.
Mind Your Body, Pg 32 (2 August 2012)
Keep an eye on short-sightedness
Childhood myopia is common is Singapore but preventive action can avoid or slow down the problem. Practising good eye habits is one of the best ways to prevents myopia in your child. Children should take frequent breaks to rest the eyes when doing near work such as reading, watching TV or using the computer.
Mind Your Body, Pg 31 (2 August 2012)
A common complication of diabetes is diabetic retinopathy, a major cause of vision loss in working Singapore adults aged between 21 and 60 years. Diabetics should have their eyes checked annually by a doctor and have photographs of the retina taken even if sugar levels are well-controlled, so as to maintain good vision in case retinopathy is detected and can be treated early before permanent damage occurs.
Mind Your Body, Pg 25 (2 August 2012)
Sights set on preventing glaucoma post-op scars
Researchers in Singapore has designed a gel that has proven effective in preventing further scarring in the eyes of patients who have undergone glaucoma surgery. A trial found that only 12 per cent of patients given the gel required a second corrective operation, compared with half using the normal procedure. The results of the study have been published in the Ophthalmology journal in the US. The team is not commercialising the drug but is now working on a second version. The improved gel is expected to be ready by early next year and be on the market in four years.
The Straits Times, Pg B1 (24 July 2012)
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 7 (24 July 2012)
Shin Min Daily News, Pg 8 (24 July 2012)
S'pore Doc to Head Cornea Society
Professor Donald Tan, Medical Director of SNEC and Chairman of Singapore Eye Research Institute is the first non-American to be elected to head the Cornea Society. The society plays a pivotal role in unveiling new techniques and treatment to eye surgeons worldwide. Prof Tan attributed his new role to Singapore’s prominence in cornea transplants and using new forms of transplant techniques.
The Straits Times, Pg B7 (19 July 2012)
Easier on the Eye
At the Singapore National Eye Centre, three doctors have started using the femtosecond laser system to treat both straightforward and complicated cataracts. A/Prof Chee Soon Phaik, Head and Senior Consultant, Cataract Service, SNEC shared that the biggest advantage to laser is that it has the ability to create a precise capsule opening that is round and centred on the intraocular lens implants. This minimises optical aberrations (distortions) of the lens, which is something every surgeon would wish to be able to deliver to his patient.
The Business Times, Pg L15 (14 - 15 July 2012)
Research on new plasma eye drops to alleviate dry eyes
A study by SERI and SNEC has shown that eye drops made from plasma can effectively relieve dry eyes. The lead investigator of the study, Adj Assoc Prof Louis Tong, Consultant, Corneal and External Eye Disease Service, SNEC, said that while its composition is not perfectly identical to tears, plasma contains many proteins that are present in tears. The proteins provide a normal, anti-inflammatory environment for the eye surface, and therefore, plasma could well be a tear substitute. He added that the research observed reduced damage on the epithelial cells (cells at the surface of the eye) in patients after six weeks of treatment.
Shin Min Daily News, Pg 8 (3 July 2012)
Aesthetic Eyelid Surgery
Our specialist provides reply on queries on Droopy Eyelid, Aesthetic Eyelid Surgery and Botox Injection.
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 22 (15 April 2012)
A report noting that a third of diabetic patients in Singapore may develop diabetic retinopathy. Prof Wong Tien Yin, Director, SERI, shared that the risk for diabetic retinopathy increases with the course of the disease. For diabetic patients, they face a 5 per cent increase in risk of contracting diabetic retinopathy each year. If the blood sugar content increase by 1%, the risk of diabetic retinopathy will be more than 25%. The report further cited MOH data that in 2004, 8.2 per cent of adults aged 18 to 69 years had diabetes and in 2010, 11.3 per cent had diabetes. The number of diabetics is expected to increase given the aging population.
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 7 (9 April 2012)
Femtosecond Laser to Treat Cataracts More Precisely
Local patients might be able to undergo safer and more precise cataract surgery using a new technique known as Femtosecond Laser. The recovery period for patients for using the new technique is 3 weeks, as compared to the 1 – 2 months recovery period for patients using ECCE.
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 8 (4 April 2012)
Coming Soon: A Better Way to Treat Cataracts
SNEC is rolling out a safer and more reliable cataract surgery procedure which uses the femtosecond laser technology system. The system, previously used in LASIK, will give ophthalmologists greater control when performing microsurgery within the eye. The technology will also allow SNEC to ensure “better and more predictable outcomes” for patients.
Today, Pg 23 (22 March 2012)
Overnight Wear of Contact Lenses Associated with Corneal Infection
A study by 3 students from Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information in NTU showed that about 75% of contact lens wearer do not undergo regular eye checks. They only consult an eye specialist when they experience dry eye symptoms, itchiness and swelling. Dr Lim Li, Senior Consultant, Corneal & External Eye Disease Service pointed out that overnight wear of contact lenses has been associated with an increased risk of corneal infections and is not recommended. Dr Lim said that regular check-up is recommended 6 months to yearly even if the contact lens wear do not experience any eye problems. This is because problems with contact lens wear can occur even if the wearer is asymptomatic.
Lianhe Wanbao, Pg 8 (20 March 2012)
Family Members of Chinese Glaucoma Patients Should Get Their Eyes Checked
A local study by the Singapore Eye Research Institute found that siblings of Chinese glaucoma patients are six times more likely to suffer from glaucoma. Glaucoma is quite common amongst the Chinese, and patients diagnosed with glaucoma should inform their siblings aged 40 and above to go for screenings as a preventive measure.
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 6 (5 March 2012)
Singapore Malay Eye Study (SiMES) 2
Singapore Malay Eye Study (SiMES) 2, is the follow-up to the first eye study of the Malay population (40 years and above) in Singapore by the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) in 2004-2006. Study participants were invited to take part to help the researchers achieve a better understanding of the natural history and prognosis of major eye diseases and how to prevent them. SERI is presently contacting the 3,280 participants to take part in this new, second phase which commenced in January 2012. Eye checks are conducted at SERI located in Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC).
Berita Harian, Pg 8 (22 February 2012)
LASIK Surgery is safe at this present stage
A top ophthalmologist in Taiwan, Dr Cai Rui Fang, had announced his decision to stop performing LASIK procedures, sparking public concern that LASIK procedures are risky. However, many eye surgeons here have assured that at the present stage, Lasik procedures are safe. It noted that there have been no cases of severe adverse effects after Lasik here and that the chances of severe side effects is less than one per cent.
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 6 (21 February 2012)
An article about the lives of two patients who suffer from Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). RP is usually inherited genetically, and not all patients will lose their vision. Although vitamins A, C, E and Lutein may help slow down the loss of vision in patients, they are unable to restore vision. Some treatments for RP that are studied currently are retinal implants and gene therapy.
Berita Minggu, Pg 12 - 13 (29 January 2012)
A cornea for vision
A patient of SNEC shares on how 2012 marks a new beginning in his live.
The Sunday Times, Pg 4 (1 January 2012)
Top 10 local discoveries : SNEC pressure-sensor contact lenses
Researchers from SNEC are currently testing a contact lens fitted with a tiny sensor which can detect the changes in eye pressure and send the data to a recorder. The smart contact lens would benefit patients with glaucoma as it measures eye pressure around the clock. In glaucoma, elevated eye pressure is one of the factors that can damage the optic nerve, eventually causing blindness.
The Straits Times, Pg C12 (24 December 2011)
7% Singaporeans above 40 years old has Age-Related Macular Degeneration
A study done by SNEC which found that around 7% of Singaporeans above 40 years old has Age-related Macular Degeneration. This percentage increases to 16.3% for people aged between 70 – 79 years. The disease incidence amongst the different ethnicity, Chinese, Malay and Indians, are comparable. This is the first such study on AMD and ethnicity. Awareness for AMD is still relatively low amongst Singaporeans. Given the rapidly aging population, there will be more people contracting AMD. If not treated early, AMD can result in blindness.
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 9 (14 December 2011)
GLAUCOMA ALERT : Preventing blindness with technology
Computer engineers have joined hands with eye specialist to detect and prevent blindness, as well as understand its genetic roots. They are developing specialised image processing software to analyse photographs taken of the retina – the nerve layer at the back of the eye – to screen people and detect glaucoma early. The work is a collaboration between the Institute of Infocomm Research and the Singapore Eye Research Institute (Seri). The project is called Aglaia – Automatic Glaucoma Diagnosis and Its Genetic Association Study through Medical Image Informatics.
The Straits Times, Pg D8 (10 December 2011)
Fewer short-sighted kids here
A six-year study of about 20,000 pupils between seven and 12 years old by the HPB showed there has been a 5 per cent drop in the number of children who have had to turn to spectacles; while 38 pupils out of every 100 had myopia in 2004, the number dropped to 33 in 2009. The board said the dip in numbers, believed to be the first in the world, is the likely result of a comprehensive 10-year National Myopia Prevention Programme that promotes early intervention and good eye-care habits in schools.
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said that while the figures from the study attested to the good efforts made, individuals should play their part. The battle with myopia will go on and go bigger. Early next year, the Singapore National Eye Centre will open a paediatric myopia clinic that will provide therapy solutions and education.
The Sunday Times, Pg 1 & 10 (13 November 2011)
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 1 & 6 (13 November 2011)
The eye physiotherapist
A write-up on our Orthoptist, Karen Zhang.
Mind Your Body, Pg 22 (20 October 2011)
Docs find better way to transplant corneas
The Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) offers an improved corneal transplant technique called Descemets Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) which is the latest in minimally invasive corneal transplantation. The operation cost between $1500 and $1700 with subsidies up to $5900 for private patients. The procedure involves transplanting a delicate sheet of corneal cells on a 1/100mm-thick membrane - a thinner layer than previously used - in patients whose corneas are cloudy from ageing processes or diseases.
The Straits Times, Pg B15 (24 September 2011)
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 19 (24 September 2011)
SNEC Balestier Branch clinic will offer eye surgeries starting next month
NEC’s satellite clinic located at Balestier will offer eye surgeries from next month onwards. Patients in the Balestier area will benefit from the increased convenience and shorter waiting times. A SNEC spokesperson said the objective of the satellite clinic is to ease the patient load at SNEC and to offer greater convenience for patients in the community. Since the branch began operations in 2007, it has helped to ease waiting times at SNEC. Dr Cordelia Chan, Senior Consultant at SNEC's Cataract and Comprehensive Ophthalmology Service explained that with a well-equipped operating room, doctors will be able to perform less complex surgeries for the patients such as cataract surgery in these clinics, however, other complex surgeries will continue to be arranged to take place at the SNEC.
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 7 (18 September 2011)
My Paper, Pg B3 (20 September 2011)
Nurses put on thinking caps and produce magic
Nurses at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) came up with a special pupil ruler and a pupil dilation chart to improve the cataract surgery process for patients. These help to ensure that a patient's pupil is dilated to the necessary size prior to surgery. Associate Professor Chee Soon Phaik, a senior consultant at SNEC's cataract service department, said that if the patient's pupil is inadequately dilated on arrival at the operation room, we resort to using more potent eye drops that may have side effects. Sometimes they even have to inject medication or use pupillary expansion devices and all these make surgery more complicated and costly. The chart now enables nurses to check the progress of dilation at regular intervals prior to the patient entering the operating theatre. More medication may be administered only if needed.
The Straits Times, Pg 16 (18 September 2011)
'Smart' lens for clearer glaucoma test
Doctors at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) are using a “smart” contact lens that could measure patients’ eye pressure over 24 hours to help them treat glaucoma.
The Straits Times, Pg A9 (14 September 2011)
Clear vision for nun with new corneas
Sister Marguerite Fernandez of the Good Shepherd Convent underwent her first corneal transplant in 2008 and her second transplant just last week after suffering from granular dystrophy for almost 40 years. The Singapore National Eye Centre Cornea Transplant Programme started in 1991 and has performed more than 3,000 tranplants. There are now 23 patients awaiting transplants, a process that takes only three to four weeks because corneas are more readily available than vital organs and much easier to find a match for.
The Straits Times, Pg C5 (26 August 2011)
Keep an eye on your sight
Be on guard against Cataract, Glaucoma and Age-Related Macular Degeneration; eye ailments that can develop without warning.
Mind Your Body, Pg 38 (25 August 2011)
Coloured contact lens may harm your eyes
A local shop has been selling coloured contact lenses illegally. The coloured contact lenses were sent for laboratory tests and HSA confirmed that the lens passed the sterility tests. However, coloured pigments were found on the interior surface of the lens. Experts raised concerns that the pigments may impair the breathability of the lens, and cause the interior surface of the lens to be uneven, thus promoting the chances of bacterial growth. Consumers are advised not to buy contact lenses from unlicensed vendors over the Internet or elsewhere.
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 6 (20 August 2011)
Common Eye Ailments
A study published in January this year in American journal Eye & Contact Lens found that most people suffering from eye infections wore soft contact lenses. Between April 1999 and March 2001, 93.7 per cent of lens wearers who sought treatment at public hospitals here wore soft contact lenses. The common eye infections which most contact lens wearers suffered from include infective keratitis, epithelial keratitis and allergic conjunctivitis.
Mind Your Body, Pg 12 (18 August 2011)
How clean are your soft lenses?
Studies have shown that cornea infections affect about five in 10,000 contact lens wearers per year and those wearing soft lenses are at higher risk than those using hard ones. According to SNEC, from July 2010 to last month, 58 patients treated by SNEC doctors had to be hospitalised at SGH for corneal infections. All had worn soft contact lenses.
Mind Your Body, Pg 12 - 13 (18 August 2011)
The risks associated with wearing contact lenses
Our doctor talks about the risks asociated with wearing contact lenses as well as corneal infection.
Lianhe Wanbao, Pg 16 - 17 (15 August 2011)
It is important to get your lenses fitted by an optician or optometrist and follow the recommended wearing time, cleaning the lenses thoroughly and regularly and avoid them when sleep/swim. The possible risks associated with wearing contact lens include redness, dryness in eyes, discomfort, swollen eyelids and corneal infection.
Berita Harian, Pg 12 (3 August 2011)
Myth causes some to opt out as organ donors
Many people opt out of donating their organs when they die for fear of appearing disfigured.
My Paper, Pg A6 (27 July 2011)
The evolution of Lasik
When Lasik was first offered here in 1996, there were concerns about long-term complications from the surgery. Now, far fewer people would bat an eyelid at the thought of going for the eye procedure. New machines with technologically more advanced features have made the procedure safer. These cut down surgery time and provide more precise treatments to the eye.
Mind Your Body, Pg 16 (21 July 2011)
Lasik surgery, a popular procedure chosen by many here to improve their visual acuity, has had a high success rate but it is not without risks and side effects says experts interviewed for the report. Centres and clinics offering Lasik here say severe and persistent complications are few and far between, but the procedure does have some uncomfortable and common side effects such as some degree of dryness in the eyes a month or two after the procedure and reduced quality of night vision.
Mind Your Body, Pg 14 (21 July 2011)
100 boxes of fake coloured contact lenses seized
More than 100 boxes of counterfeit coloured contact lenses under Ciba Vision’s “Freshlook ColourBlends” had been seized and tests by HSA had found the poor quality lenses soaking in bacteria laden solution.
The Straits Times, Pg A3 (21 July 2011)
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 8 (21 July 2011)
Fleshy growth in eyes due to the sun
A report on pterygium and how it affects people daily lives. Currently the exact cause of this condition is still unknown but doctors believe that ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun has been shown to be the most likely contributing factor. Other factors include a dusty environment and genetic predisposition.
Mind Your Body, Pg 4 (14 July 2011)
More choosing partial cornea transplants
More people are choosing partial cornea transplants over full cornea replacement as the risk of rejection is lower. There are two types of partial cornea transplant - anterior lamellar keratoplasty (ALK) which involves removing the front layers of the cornea and replacing them with donor tissue and endothelial keratoplasty (EK) which replaces just the endothelial layer, leaving most of the cornea intact.
The Straits Times, Pg C9 (8 July 2011)
More help for dry eyes
New products and treatment methods, ranging from special eye drops to eye-warming devices, are being tested for dry eyes.
Mind Your Body, Pg 15 (30 June 2011)
An indepth article on how dry eye can affect a person's quality of life. A study by SNEC found that dry eye had a significant impact on quality of life and even the ability to work. The article also covered other research findings on dry eye.
Mind Your Body, Pg 13 - 14 (30 June 2011)
Indians and risk of diabetic blindness
One in 20 Singaporean Indians has a severe form of a diabetes-related eye disease which could leave
them blind. Another one in 10 already suffers from some sort of visual impairment caused by diabetic retinopathy, according to the recently published Singapore Indian Eye Study. The study helped to shed light on the prevalence of diabetes in this ethnic group.
The Straits Times, Pg B3 (22 June 2011)
Whose Eye Is This?
An exhibition, titled 'Eye That Tell Stories', featuring 20 images of irises of Singapore's iconic personalities, was organised by Singapore Eye Research Institute to raise funds for research on eye diseases.
The Straits Times, Pg A3 (22 June 2011)
Today, Pg 22 (22 June 2011)
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 12 (22 June 2011)
Lianhe Wanbao, Pg 10 (22 June 2011)
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 14 (29 June 2011)
Clearing cataracts and poor vision
New lenses fitted during cataract surgery not only replace the eye's cloudy lens with a clear one, but it can correct for up to three other conditions at once. They are myopia (short sightedness) or hyperopia (long sightedness); presbyopia (laohua in Mandarin) and astigmatism. These newer lenses have been available here for the past 11/2 years, doctors said.
Mind Your Body, Pg 6 (16 June 2011)
Retinal Artery Occlusion
Retinal artery occlusion is an early indication that a patient is suffering from a serious health problem. The condition is caused by a blood clot which hinders the patient's blood flow in the artery. Patient suffering from retinal artery occlusion needs immediate medical attention. Those who are at risk of getting this condition include those suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes and those who are heavy smokers .
Berita Harian, Pg 11 (4 May 2011)
No more eye drops?
Glaucoma patients may soon have a hassle-free and more effective alternative to daily eye drops in managing their condition.
Singapore Health, Pg 1 & 6 (May / June 2011 Issue)
Goodbye Lasik Hello Relex?
Relex (Refractive Lenticule Extraction) is the newest vision correction surgery available in Singapore National Eye Centre that corrects myopia.
Her World April 2011, Pg 202
Not too young for glaucoma
Although it is uncommon, young people can develop glaucoma, which is the leading cause of irreversible blindness here, says doctors. Screening are essential, even for those in their 20s and 30s with known risks of glaucoma, to prevent irreversible blindness.
Mind Your Body, Pg 6 (14 April 2011)
Contact Lens Woes
Our eye specialist provides insight into the adverse effects of using contact lens, reasons that lead to an eye infection and the preventive measures to avoid infection.
Berita Harian, Pg 11 (9 March 2011)
An eye bank to look forward to
Medical tourists can look forward to an increased supply when the National Eye Bank of Sri Lanka (NEBLS) opens next week. The NEBSL is set up by the Singapore Eye Bank (SEB) and also the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health. It is funded partly by a $5 million donation which the Lee Foundation gave the SEB.
The Straits Times, Pg B2 (16 February 2011)
The Business Tines, Pg B7 (16 February 2011)
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 15 (17 February 2011)
Optometrist used prism lenses to improve patient's vision
Our optometrist used prism lenses to help improve a patient's vision, whose vision in the right eye reduced significantly after suffering from brain tumour and stroke.
Lianhe Wanbao, Pg 9 (11 February 2011)
SAF regulars get more help to fix eyesight
More short-sighted regulars in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) are to be given perfect or near-perfect eyesight to improve the way they shoot, swim or pilot airplanes. From next year, the SAF will increase the number of vision-correcting operations it offers to its existing regulars. Currently, this type of corrective eye surgery, called photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), is offered mostly to new enlistees who sign on with the SAF for critical jobs requiring good eyesight.
The Straits Times, Pg A1 - A4 (28 December 2010)
S'pore scientists find two glaucoma-linked genes
Singapore scientists have discovered two genes from the collagen family that show a strong link with central corneal thickness (CCT), a risk factor of glaucoma.
Today , Pg 8 (15 December 2010)
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 8 (15 December 2010)
Doc Pioneers Eye Scan That Can Predict Disease
Prof Wong Tien Yin, Director of Singapore Eye Research Institute, has pioneered a non-invasive scan of the blood vessels at the back of the eyeball, which can predict the risk of disease years before symptoms appear, or other diagnostic tests sound the alarm.
The Straits Times , Pg D2 (11 December 2010)
Eye on the future
Singapore Eye Research Institute has been awarded the Special Merit Award at this year's Singapore Prestige Brand Award for its sterling research work.
The Straits Times , Pg 29 (9 December 2010)
From brow embroidery to eyeliner tattoos and lash extensions, women - and men - are pulling out all the stops to get dazzling peepers. However, doctors warned that there are health haazards and common side effects of these beauty procedures include red and irritated eyes, tearing and eye discharge.
The Straits Times Urban, Pg 11 (12 November 2010)
Kids get cataracts too
Kids can get cataracts too. However, the condition is rare, with an incidence rate of about 15 cases per 10,000 children here.
Mind Your Body, Pg 6 (3 November 2010)
Eye for details
Personal profile of Dr Doric Wong, Head & Senior Consultant, Vitreo-Retinal Service, Singapore National Eye Centre.
Mind Your Body, Pg 22 (21 October 2010)
Results for Diabetic Retinal Photography known in half an hour
Singapore Eye Research Institute improved the work process of diabetic retinal photography in polyclinics. With the improved process, results are available within 30 minutes, enabling doctors to make the prognosis of the eye condition within the same day.
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 12 (16 October 2010)
Top 5 Causes of Blindness
Delayed treatment of various eye conditions such as Cataract, Undercorrected refractive errors, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration and Diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness.
Mind Your Body, Pg 14 - 15 (14 October 2010)
Smile, there is fresh vision for 'old eyes'
Two new procedures namely Femtosecond Lenticule Extraction (FLEx) and Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (Smile), are available in Singapore National Eye Centre for the treatment of myopia.
The Straits Times, Pg B5 (6 October 2010)
Today, Pg 12 (6 October 2010)
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 9 (6 October 2010)
Cutting-edge Researchers Are Lauded
Prof Wong Tien Yin of the Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore National Eye Centre and National University Health System was awarded the President's Science Award during the prestigious President's Science and Technology Award ceremony held yesterday. Professor Wong pioneered the eye scan, which can detect an individual’s risk of heart attack and diabetes.
The Straits Times, Pg C2 (1 October 2010)
Today, Pg 4 (1 October 2010)
New Lenses for Myopic Kids
French lens maker Essilor unveils new progressive and bifocal lens that claim to be able to reduce the rate of myopia progression by up to 62 per cent in kids.
The Straits Times, Pg 16 (30 September 2010)
Our doctor explained the cause of presbyopia and its symptoms.
Lianhe Wanbao, Pg 6 (29 September 2010)
More Opt for Contact Lens Implant
Eye specialist have observed that more people who desire perfect vision are now opting for implantable contact lenses. In Singapore, about 1,000 such lens implants have been done since 2005, with 300 of the procedures performed this year alone so far, according to figures from STAAR Surgical Company, which produces the lenses used here.
The Straits Times, Pg 12 (9 September 2010)
Stemming Vision Loss
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) usually sets in as one ages and destroys central vision, causing symptoms like blind spots in the central field of vision. There is no cure for AMD, but vitamins and antioxidants can stop it from robbing your sight.
The Straits Times, Pg 6 (26 August 2010)
2010 Medical Breakthroughs
Prof Wong Tien Yin, Director, SERI, discusses how he and his team use web-based system of retinal vascular imaging to predict diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and heart disease thereby revolutioinising the way diseases are detected and diagnosed.
Reader's Digest, Pg 82 - 84 (August 2010)
Nurses' Day Celebrations 2010
A four-parter in celebration of Nurses’ Day. Nursing services from various hospitals and institutions and nurses’ experiences in different capacities and job areas were featured. These included the Nurse Clinician Service (NCS) at polyclinics; KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH)’s clinic in providing holistic and personalised service for expectant mothers; breast care nurse clinicians at the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS)’s innovative drain pouch and veteran nurses’ take on how their profession has evolved over the years. One of the veteran nurses featured was Ms Lim Mein Chee, who shared on proper work-life balance.
The Sunday Times, pg 11 - 14 (1 August 2010)
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
The current treatment for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) involves monthly eye injections to prevent loss of vision. However local eye researchers who are testing a new drug can reduce the number of injections to once every 6 months.
Lianhe Zaobao, Pg 5 (6 July 2010)
Beware of tired eyes
Eye strain is a common problem for those who spend long hours looking at a computer screen. Use eye drops and take a break, eyecare experts advise.
The Straits Times, Pg 54 (1 July 2010)
In an article reviewing the current hype of watching 3D television, our doctor from the Singapore National Eye Centre, offers her input on the risks to your eyes from watching 3D TV. She cautions that people with squint, or lazy eye, might have a more difficult time fusing 3D images, and therefore experience blur, nausea and headache. Her advice is to take breaks when feeling unwell and watch 3D TV in moderation.
LifeStyle Magazine, pg 76 (June issue)
Get a clear picture
According to the World Health Organization, cataract is the leading cause of impaired vision worldwide, accounting for nearly half of the world’s blind, or 18 million people. The majority of cataract operations done at SNEC use a technique called phacoemulsification, which involves making an incision in the cornea that is so small that stitches are not necessary.
Singapore Health, pg 15 (May / June 2010)
Initiatives to boost eye-bank process
Singapore will take the lead in the setting up of an Asian-wide body, which will look into corneal transplants and promoting high-quality banking practices. The Republic's role in the forming of the Association of Eye Banks of Asia (AEBA) will see it coordinating with members to increase corneal donation and establish shared corneal tissue programmes among Asian countries. This was announced by Prof Donald Tan, medical director of both the SNEC and the Singapore Eye Bank (SEB), at the official launch of the SEB expansion and the Lee Kong Chian Centre of Excellence for Cornea, Eye Banking and Eye Diseases. Singapore will co-develop a new National Eye Bank with Sri Lanka that will see patients here - and in Asia - stand a better chance of finding a match faster for corneal transplants.
The Straits Times, pg B4 (22 May 2010)
The Business Times, pg 18 (22-23 May 2010)
My Paper, pg A6 (24 May 2010)
The New Paper, pg 10 (22 May 2010)
Lianhe Zaobao, pg 4 (24 May 2010)
A new surgical procedure is being touted as a long-term solution to treating presbyopia
Singapore National Eye Centre offers a new surgical procedure for presbyopia ("lau hua"), the KAMRA Corneal Inlay.
The Straits Times, pg 9 (2 May 2010)
Eye research institute aims to be among world's top 5
Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) aims to be one of the world’s top five research institutes in five years time. SERI is currently one of the largest eye and vision research institutes in the Asia-Pacific in terms of staff numbers, grant income, the number of research initiatives and the output from such projects.
The Business Times, pg 15 (15 April 2010)
KAMRA Treatment for Presbyopia
An article on KAMRA Treatment for Presbyopia.
Lianhe Wanbao, pg 24 (14 April 2010)
An article on the pros and cons of 3D television, content and its related health issues.
My Paper, pg B1, B6 & B7 (8 April 2010)
Presbyopia ("lau hua", 老花）
Our doctor explains the causes and treatment options for presbyopia ("lau hua").
Lianhe Wanbao, pg 6 (5 April 2010)
Retina imaging service to be offered soon at four polyclinics
The Singapore Advanced Imaging Laboratory for Ocular Research (SAILOR), a collaboration between A*Star's Institute for Infocomm Research and SERI was launched on 22 March 2010 at the second Asia-Pacific Ocular Imaging Symposium. SAILOR will pilot a project using retina imaging service to screen for conditions like glaucoma and heart disease at four polyclinics in a few months time.
Today, pg 3 (23 March 2010)
My Paper, pg A3 (23 March 2010)
Lianhe Zaobao, pg 6 (23 March 2010)
Eye styes are usually a benign eye disease. However, frequent recurrence of styes could be a symptom of cancer.
Lianhe Wanbao, pg 17 (15 March 2010)
1 in 3 Indians risks eye disease due to diabetes
According to a study by the Singapore Eye Research Institute, one third of Indians here have diabetes and could be at risk of eye diseases related to it. This was alarmingly more than those from India where only one in five suffers from the disease. The study was the second part of a three-part study, which examines the visual health of Chinese, Malay and Indian communities here. The first part of the study, a two-year study on Malays, was started in 2004. The last part, on the Chinese, has just started and are aiming to recruit 3,400 people.
The Straits Times, pg B8 (4 February 2010)
Lianhe Zaobao, pg 10 (7 February 2010)
Science of sight
Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) is a pioneer in developing Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (ALK) and Endothelial Keratoplasty (EK), replacing the method of the past, Penetrating Keratoplasty (PK). The procedure involves replacing a patient’s damaged corneal tissue, rather than replacing the cornea completely.
Singapore Health, pg 23 (January / February 2010)
An eye on old age
Presbyopia is a natural ageing condition of the eye that affects everyone. This medical condition affects mainly middle-aged individuals and could be fixed by getting a pair of reading spectacles. However, with the introduction of KAMRA, a corneal implant, patients do not need to go through the hassle of adjusting reading glasses every few years.
Singapore Health, pg 4 (January / February 2010)
A letter from Christina Cheang who praised the doctors and nurses of the Singapore National Eye Centre for their care and dedicated professionalism.
The Straits Times, pg A36 (1 January 2010)
New methods of Cornea Transplants
Singapore National Eye Centre is a pioneer in developing Deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) and Descement’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK).
Lianhe Wanbao, pg 16 (6 December 2009)
More diabetics at risk of going blind
The Vitreo-Retinal team at Singapore National Eye Centre advises people with diabetes to get regular eye screenings as diabetics are at risk of getting diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness in Asia.
Singapore Health, pg 23 (November / December 2009)
Restoring sight to the blind
The Singapore Eye Research Institute works on stem cell transplants and corneal surgeries to prevent blindness and help patients regain their eyesight.
The Straits Times, pg 19 (29 September 2009)
Clear vision, intelligent fusion
Singapore Eye Research Institute (Seri) have come this far to establish itself as a leading research centre for eye diseases and will continue to pursue innovative and high impact research to improve diagnosis and treatments for its patient.
The Straits Times, pg 19 (29 September 2009)
Meet the ‘eye repair’ experts
Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) scientists have earned national recognition and won the President’s Science Award for successful work on eye ailments.
The Straits Times (29 September 2009)
Study on link between race and eye diseases
The Singapore Eye Research Institute (Seri) is currently doing a study on eye diseases of our local racial group. With the findings, Seri hopes to plan and tailor a suite of prevention, screenings and treatments for each racial group.
The Straits Times, pg B3 (28 April 2009)
Zero infections at SNEC last year
Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) has made an astonishing record of zero infection last year which involves almost 17,000 operations.
The Straits Times (28 April 2009)
Spot health risks via eye images
Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) eye specialist Wong Tien Yin has found that the blood vessels in the retina can sound an alarm of a health risk.
The Straits Times, pg D9 (25 April 2009)
Eye research institute looking to raise funds
Singapore Nation Eye Research Institute (SERI) is looking to raise funds for expansion, to increase its number of researchers, doctors and administrators by one-third.
The Straits Times, pg D9 (25 April 2009)
S’pore institute focuses on super antibiotics for eyes
Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) had patented two potential drugs that mimic a body’s natural defences against eye infections.
The Straits Times, pg 9 (26 March 2009)
Singapore most prolific in world for eye research per capita
Singapore has been ranked as the most productive country in eye research, when adjusted for population size. Singapore produced 20.49 publications for every one million people from 2002 to 2006, placing it in the top spot, ahead of research heavyweights such as Britain and the United States.
The Straits Time, pg D10 (20 December 2008)
Eye doc put S’pore on research map
Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), award winning scientist and researcher has place Singapore on the medical research map.
The Straits Time (27 March 2008)
Eye doc solves infection puzzle
Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) associate professor has cracked the puzzle of a threatening cornea-attacking virus which could save dozens of patients each year.
The Straits Times, pg H4 (14 March 2008)
More saved from going blind, thanks to new cornea transplant
Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) professors and doctors have discovered a new technique to cornea transplant, which will help save many from going blind.
The Straits Times, pg H2 (11 March 2008)
Hope for those with near-vision problems
Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) has created hope for people who suffer from near-vision problems, also known as presbyopia.
The Straits Times, pg H9 (18 July 2007)
Singapore expertise in demand for eye ops
Singapore National Eye Centre is fast becoming a referral centre for cornea transplants.
The Straits Times, pg 3 (2 January 2007)
They turned to S’pore when their sight failed
Foreign patients turn to Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) to sort treatment after unsuccessful attempts in Thailand and the United States.
The Straits Times, pg H5 (2 January 2007)
Eye jab saves tourist’s sight
An eye jab from our doctors at the Singapore National Eye Centre saves a tourist from losing his sight.
The Straits Times, pg H5 (25 December 2006)
QUESTION & ANSWER SERIES ON COMMON EYE CONDITIONS (WITH LIANHE WANBAO)
Dry Eyes (干眼症)
Our doctor talks on the causes of dry eyes, the symptoms of the condition and the various treatment options available
Lianhe Wanbao, pg 10 (19 July 2010)
Our doctor answers queries on glaucoma, often called 'the silent thief of sight', and discusses the latest treatment options.
Lianhe Wanbao, pg 19 (12 March 2010)
Diabetic Retinopathy (患上糖尿病是否会影响我的视力?)
Our doctor gives advice on diabetic retinopathy, advising people with diabetes to go for regular eye check-ups.
Lianhe Wanbao (19 October 2009)
Children's Eye Conditions (儿童如何防治近视与懒惰眼?)
Our doctor provides answers to queries on common children's eye conditions, like myopia and amblyopia (lazy eye).
Lianhe Wanbao, pg 22 (18 September 2009)
Glaucoma (视力的窃贼 - 青光眼)
Our doctors answers to numerous questions on glaucoma, for example what is glaucoma, who is at risk of getting glaucoma, and the treatment options for glaucoma.
Lianhe Wanbao, pg 6 (17 August 2009)
Aesthetic Eye Surgery (消除眼袋有而法)
Our doctor talks about the reasons for the formation of eyebags, and undergoing double eyelid surgery.
Lianhe Wanbao, pg 6 (20 July 2009)
Our doctor provides answers to queries on cataracts and the need for cataract surgery.
Lianhe Wanbao, pg 12 (15 June 2009)
Blurred Vision, Double Vision and Eyelid Twitching (视力模糊复视眼睑抽动)
Our doctor answers questions on the possible reasons for blurred vision and eyelid twitching, and discusses the severity of double vision.
Lianhe Wanbao, pg 17 (17 May 2008)
Six Most Common Eye Complaints (常见的六种视力问题)
Our doctor offers advice on numerous eye conditions which you may at be higher risk to, with age. He also cautions that these eye conditions may signal a more serious underlying condition.
Lianhe Wanbao, Pg 4 (20 April 2009)
Common Eye Conditions in the Elderly (年长者常见的眼疾)
Our doctor gives answers to questions on common eye conditions which the elderly are more susceptible to, and advises them to get proper treatment if they need it.
Lianhe Wanbao, pg 16 (23 March 2009)
Contact Lens (勿上网选购或买现成隐形眼镜)
Our doctor answers a number of questions on contact lenses including dangers of wearing coloured contact lenses, and whether wearing contact lenses increases the risk of getting corneal infection, cosmetic non prescription contact lenses and risks of infection from contact lens misuse.
Lianhe Wanbao, pg 24 (17 March 2009)
Floaters & Retinal Detachment (年纪大了–当心飞蚊与视网膜脱落)
Our doctor provides answers to questions on floaters and retinal detachment, and suggests early eye screenings and advises that people should go for eye check-ups immediately if they discover an increase in the number of floaters.
Lianhe Wanbao, pg 6 (17 February 2009)
Sports Related Eye Injuries (运动时, 如何保护双眼?)
Our doctor gives answers to queries on eye injuries sustained from sports like playing football and swimming, and also suggests several precautionary measures to protect your eyes.
Lianhe Wanbao, Pg 14 (15 December 2008)
Implantable Contact Lenses (植入式接触镜可纠正近视度数)
Our doctor provides an alternative for candidates who are looking for ways to not rely on reading glasses and contact lenses but are not suitable for the LASIK procedure.
Lianhe Wanbao, pg 6 (17 November 2008)
Our doctor provides answers to queries on headaches/migraines caused by eye diseases, and blurry vision.
Lianhe Wanbao, pg 10 (15 September 2008)
Our doctor answers questions on Glaucoma, which is the leading cause of blindness worldwide, and suggests treatment possibilities.
Lianhe Wanbao (18 August 2008)
Ptosis and Thyroid Eye Disease (眼睑下垂)
Our doctor gives her insight on what possible conditions, symptoms like droopy eyelids and eyes of different sizes could indicate.
Lianhe Wanbao, pg 2 (21 July 2008)
Myopia & Amblyopia (适合儿童的近视疗法及弱视)
Our doctor answers questions about young children having myopia, possible methods to slow progression of myopia, lazy eye and ways to cure it.
Lianhe Wanbao, pg 16 (11 May 2008)
Floaters, Flashers & Diabetic Retinopathy (飞蚊症, 闪光及糖尿病视网膜病变)
Our doctor answers questions regarding floaters, flashes, and diabetic retinopathy, and gives advice on possible action to take if suspected of having these conditions.
Lianhe Wanbao, pg 16 (23 March 2008)
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I Want an Eye Examination / an Appointment
Common Eye Conditions & Procedures
SNEC Smartphone Apps for Patients