HISTORY OF SINGAPORE NATIONAL EYE CENTRE
Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) was incorporated in 1989 and commenced operations in 1990. It is the designated national centre within the public sector healthcare network, and spearheads and coordinates the provision of specialised ophthalmological services with emphasis on quality education and research.
Since its opening in 1990, SNEC has achieved rapid growth and currently manages an annual workload of 250,000 outpatient visits, 14,000 major eye surgeries and 13,000 laser procedures.
Ten subspecialties in Cataract, Cataract and Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Corneal and External Eye Disease, Glaucoma, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Oculoplastic and Aesthetic Eyeplastic, Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Refractive Surgery, Ocular Inflammation and Immunology and Vitreo-Retina have been established to provide a full range of eye treatment from comprehensive to tertiary levels for the entire spectrum of eye conditions.
SNEC is actively involved in clinical trials and research into the causes and treatment of major eye conditions such as myopia and glaucoma. Thousands of ophthalmologists from neighbouring countries and beyond have participated in the Centre's teaching courses and international meetings, which are organised annually. To advance ophthalmic science and service, and to increase opportunities for professional interactions and collaboration, SNEC has also fostered strategic links with leading eye institutions around the world.
Today, SNEC's facilities include an 8-storey tower block and a 4 storey podium block and consists of 3 floors of outpatient clinics supported by comprehensive ancillary facilities, 9 operating theatres with day recovery suites, an auditorium and a resource centre and the Singapore Eye Research Institute's research clinics. These enhance SNEC's capabilities to deliver cost-effective quality eye care to meet increasing demand and to expand its role in ophthalmic education and research. SNEC was accorded the Excellence for Singapore Award in 2003 for achieving excellence in the area of Ophthalmology, thrusting Singapore into international prominence. In 2006, SNEC received the first Minister for Health Award for public health. Three clinician scientists from Singapore National Eye Centre and Singapore Eye Research Institute were awarded the prestigious President's Science and Technology Award in 2009, 2010 and 2014 for their outstanding contributions in translational, clinical and epidemiological research in cornea, retina and glaucoma. In December 2009, SNEC attained Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation, an international mark and endorsement for quality patient care and patient safety.
SNEC is one of the founding members of Asean Association of Eye Hospitals (AAEH). Together with the other members (namely American Eye Center, Cao Thang International Eye Hospital, Jakarta Eye Center, Rutnin Eye Hospital and The Tun Hussein Onn Eye Hospital, Yangon Eye Hospital), we aim to promote co-operation among the various Eye Hospitals and Eye Centres in ASEAN so as to make ASEAN a Centre of Excellence for ophthalmological and eye care services comparable to the best in the world.
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