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12 September 2017


The miniaturisation and proliferation of technology, coupled with the convenience of mobile applications and "on-the-go" information, has led to a higher dependency on smart devices. Increased smart device use means that more time is spent sitting, and less time is spent engaging in physical and outdoor activities. This could lead, even in the short term, to habits that are detrimental to general and eye health. Excessive device use can result in ocular symptoms, and increase risk factors associated with myopia, such as (i) time spent on near work, (ii) distance of device held from one’s eyes , (iii) childhood obesity, and (iv) the formation of bad body posture.

To better manage this phenomenon, plano® was created to revolutionize the way smart devices (phones and tablets) are used


22 July 2017

The Robert Loh Professorship in Clinical Innovation in Ophthalmology 

The late Dr Robert Loh (1925-2017) was one of Singapore’s founding fathers in Ophthalmology and Medicine. His contributions to these fields were both immense and invaluable.

The late Dr Loh was a past Master of the Academy of Medicine, a Past President of the Singapore Medical Association and Founding President of the Singapore Society of Ophthalmology, which fundamentally served as the catalyst towards the establishment of the College of Ophthalmologists. The late Dr Loh was also a key pioneering member of the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology.

Today, Singapore Ophthalmology holds a world-leading reputation as a global centre of excellence, and this is certainly attributable to our pioneer leaders and visionaries, including undoubtedly, the late Dr Loh.

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31 August 2012

Singapore Scientists Find Genes Associated with Glaucoma, a Major Cause of Eye Blindness

Singapore scientists have identified three new genes associated with Primary Angle Closure Glaucoma (PACG), a leading cause of blindness in Chinese people.  PACG affects 15 million people worldwide, 80% of whom live in Asia.

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23 July 2012

Breakthrough Treatment Reduces Post-Surgical Scarring for Glaucoma Patients

Scientists at the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed an innovative way to combat post-surgical scarring for glaucoma patients.  A clinical trial has shown that the use of a new drug delivery method has resulted in 40 per cent fewer injections needed by glaucoma patients to prevent scarring after surgery.  This also means fewer hospital visits for these patients in future.

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 30 May 2012

 Glaucoma – Travoprost Punctum Plug

A study on Travoprost as a medication used for reducing elevated Intra-Ocular Pressure (IOP)
has commenced at Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) /Singapore Research Eye Institute (SERI).

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 23 Sept 2011

DMEK Minimally Invasive Corneal Transplantation Technique Performed at Singapore National Eye Centre

DMEK is a complex technique of minimally-invasive, sutureless, keyhole surgery known as Endothelial Keratoplasty (EK).  Instead of implanting a 10th mm thick donor, this new procedure now just replaces the actual damaged corneal endothelial cells which are on a membrane just 1/100th mm thick. The major advance over current DSAEK (Descemets Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty) is that patients now have the possibility of attaining 100% vision within a few weeks of surgery, i.e 6/6 vision, unlike DSAEK in which patients may often attain only 90-95% perfect vision.

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15 Feb 2011

Alleviating Corneal Blindness in Singapore and Asia

Patients who require cornea transplants can now look forward to a lower price and a shorter wait, due to a tie up between the Singapore Eye Bank (SEB), the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health, and the National Eye Hospital of Colombo to set up the National Eye Bank of Sri Lanka (NEBSL). The NEBSL is expected to get about 1,000 corneas each year from deceased patients, and these corneas can be used by patients in Sri Lanka as well as Singapore and other countries in Asia. 
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5 October 2010

Femtosecond Lenticule Extraction (FLEx) : A New Alternative to LASIK  Femtosecond Lenticule Extraction (FLEx) - an evolution of laser refractive surgery, is a new alternative to conventional LASIK offered by Singapore National Eye Centre.
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19 May 2010 Alleviating Corneal Blindness in Singapore and Asia The Singapore Eye Bank (SEB) and the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) will be launching an initiative encompassing a series of interlinked Asia eye-banking programs to enable SEB and other Asian eye banks to collectively enhance corneal donation and eye-banking processes, enabling higher rates of corneal donation, better medical eye-banking standards, and more corneal transplants in Asiato help alleviate corneal blindness in the region.
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12 Mar 2009 Singapore 5-Fluorouracil Trabeculectomy study Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) study results recognize the need for the use of antiscarring agents in Asian eyes, which are known to have a greater propensity to post-operative scarring and as a result can significantly limit the success of the surgery. Read More 16 Feb 2009 Local spin off to work with the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) to develop rapid diagnosis of a common eye disease Curiox Biosystems, a Singapore based spin-off from the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), has developed a new platform, DropArray™ technology, for conducting immunoassays using fluid volumes smaller than a single drop. The new platform will now for the first time allow researchers at the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) to perform assays of tears from the eye to detect proteins associated with inflammatory diseases such as dry eye. Read More 10 Dec 2008 Singapore Ophthalmology Research Publications Leads Global Field - With Most Number of Eye Related Publications per Population A recent article from the UK which reviewed all ophthalmology clinical and research evidence-based publications had identified Singapore as the number one country currently leading the field in terms of the most number of eye related scientific publications per population. Read More 02 Apr 2008 Leadership changes in SNEC and SGH Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), both institutions of the SingHealth group, will be seeing changes in their top leadership positions. Read More 12 Mar 2008 AcuFocus Corneal Inlay (ACI)

The innovative AcuFocus Corneal Inlay offers those over 40 years of age, a treatment option for improving functional near vision and reducing dependency on reading glasses. Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) now offers a truly complete and effective one-stop solution for myopia and presbyopia.

SNEC 18th Anniversary International Meeting – "The Practical Ophthalmologist"

Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) celebrates its 18th Anniversary with International Ophthalmology Meeting featuring the latest developments.

Read More 10 Mar 2008 Breakthroughs in Cornea Transplantation at Singapore National Eye Centre

1) Breakthroughs in Cornea Transplantation at Singapore National Eye Centre

New techniques in corneal transplantation have been developed and successfully introduced to patients at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC).

2) Inaugural Asia Cornea Society Scientific Meeting to be held in Singapore

The landmark Inaugural Asia Cornea Society Meeting will gather corneal leaders and specialists form the region and beyond to determine and deliberate on the emerging trends and latest research and clinical developments over a wide range of corneal and external eye diseases.

Read More 17 Jul 2007 Acufocus Corneal Inlay for Presbyopia Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) and Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) announce clinical trial success of revolutionary corneal inlay as a new treatment option for presbyopia.
Read More 16 May 2006 SNEC Launches SingLASIK Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) launches a new specially customized programme called singlasikTM that promises patients a unique experience. Read More 28 Mar 2006 Singapore National Eye Centre to perfect the vision of Singapore national sailors The Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) is launching a partnership with the SingaporeSailing to perfect the vision of a team of selected competing sailors using the Bausch & Lomb (B&L)’s Zyoptix LASIK treatment. Read More 16 Feb 2006 High Definition Telemedicine Transmission in Ophthalmology Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) co-hosts with Panasonic Systems Solutions, Japan a live surgery transmission to demonstrate a new telemedicine platform using its unique 3D-HD system via the Asia Broadband Network with Asahikawa Medical College (AMC) of Hokkaido, Japan. Read More 03 Dec 2005 6TH NATIONAL EYE CARE DAY Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) together with the major eye tertiary institutions are organising the 6th National Eye Care Day on 3 December 2005. Read More 11 Nov 2005 Tele-Ophthalmology link-up with the largest eye centre in India - Singapore National Eye Centre transmits successful laser-assisted corneal graft live surgery using the latest femtosecond laser technology. Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) will conduct a live demonstration of four eye operations, with the first’s laser-assisted corneal graft surgery using the latest femtosecond laser technology. SNEC will also be collaborating with Aravind Eye Care System in clinical service, teaching and research. Read More 25 May 2005 OSTEO – ODONTO Keratoprosthesis– ‘TOOTH- IN- EYE’ Surgery Since its successful case of OSTEO-ODONTO Keratoprosthesis (OOKP) ‘tooth-in-eye’ surgery in 2004, Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) OOKP program have enhanced Singapore international reputation for excellent and innovative eye surgery and research. Read More 06 Dec 2004 Singapore National Eye Centre – Laser Refractive Surgery Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) started laser refractive surgery to correct short sightedness in 1992 with the earlier PRK technique and later switched to performing the most successful LASIK procedure which we started in 1998. To date we have performed a good track record of 5953 PRK and 18,288 LASIK (total of 24241 cases) surgery. Read More 12 Aug 2004 Launch of Singapore Malay Eye Study

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Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) will be conducting a research project called the Singapore Malay Eye Study (SiMES) on Singaporean Malays between the ages of 40-80 years. 3,200 participants will be pre-selected from the southern central residential district area and SiMES is running this project from August 2004 to December 2006.

Read More 31 Jul 2004 OSTEO - ODONTO KERATOPROSTHESIS - 'Tooth In Eye Surgery' Eye surgeons from Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) successfully completed the second stage of a revolutionary two stage surgical procedure to help a blind boy from Thailand to see again. This is believed to be the first OSTEO-ODONTO KERATOPROSTHESIS (OOKP) – ‘Tooth-in-Eye’ surgery in South-East Asia. Read More 10 Jun 2004 SNEC & SERI in New International Collaboration to Bring Latest Laser Technology for Treatment of Myopia and Corneal Diseases The Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) and the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) will embark on collaboration with a leading company, 20/10 PERFECT VISION in Heidelberg, Germany to bring in the FEMTECHTM laser microkeratome. Read More 25 Feb 2004 OSTEO - ODONTO KERATOPROSTHESIS Eye surgeons from Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) successfully completed the first stage of a revolutionary two stage surgical procedure to help a blind boy from Thailand to see again. This is believed to be the first OSTEO-ODONTO KERATOPROSTHESIS (OOKP) – ‘Tooth-in-Eye’ surgery in South-East Asia. Read More 09 Feb 2004 SNEC 15th Anniversary International Meeting Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) 15th Anniversary International Meeting which will be held from 3 to 6 September 2004. The Theme of the Meeting will be “Clear Vision for All Ages”, represents the mission of every ophthalmologist. Read More 02 Jul 2003 Singapore National Eye Centre achieves IRAS approved digital financial records in full Compliance with the Evidence Act Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), a member of Singapore Health Services (SingHealth) has recently successfully moved onto an electronic document archival platform in managing its financial records. Read More 07 Feb 2003 Preliminary Results from the Atropine in the Treatment of Myopia (ATOM) Study Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) has been performing randomized clinical trials for the control of myopia progression. Today, we are pleased to announce the results of the first of a series of interventional drug trials conducted in our SERI Myopia Research Clinics. Read More 29 Jan 2003 First Major International Eye Research Meeting in Asia-Pacific Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), and the national coordinating centre for ophthalmic and vision-related biomedical research in Singapore, is honoured to host the First SERI-ARVO Meeting on Vision and Ophthalmology to be held from 6-9 February 2003 at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre. Read More 29 Jan 2003 Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) Ocular Stem Cell Research The human eye contains adult stem cells which are essential to vision. Over the last few years, Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) efforts have been made to identify the exact location of these stem cells in order to treat corneal and retinal diseases which arise from damage or loss of these stem cells due to injury or ageing. Read More 16 Jan 2003 First LADARVISION® Laser Eye Surgery System in Singapore - A Boon to High Myopic Patients Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) is the first medical institution in Singapore to acquire the new LADARVISION® laser surgery system to give hope for Singaporeans who are considering LASIK surgery to correct refractive errors such as myopia. Read More 15 Oct 2002 Memorandum of Understanding between Singapore National Eye Centre and Sankara Nethralaya Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) and renowned eye centre in Chennai, Sankara Nethralaya (SN) are pleased to announce a formalized collaboration with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. Read More 19 Mar 2002 Inaugural Continuing Education Programme for Optometrists and Opticians In a move to extend its educational activities and exchange with eye care professionals, Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) will hold its 1st Clinical Updates for Optometrists and Opticians with the aim to update optometrists and opticians with the latest clinical progress and advances in the field of vision care. Read More 07 Feb 2002 SNEC Announces Final Results of Wavefront-Guided LASIK (Customised Laser Vision Correction) Under Bausch & Lomb (B&L) Global Alliance Study A randomised multi-centre trial on the wavefront-guided LASIK technology under the Bausch & Lomb (B&L) global alliance study has concluded recently. Read More

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