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Dr Alsagoff Sharifah Zainah

Dr Alsagoff Sharifah Zainah

MBBS, M Med(Ophth), FRCS(Ed)

Senior Consultant

Singapore National Eye Centre

Specialty: Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology

Sub-specialties: Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Cataract Surgery, Diabetic Retinopathy, Dry Eyes.

Clinical Appointments

  • Senior Consultant Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology Department Singapore National Eye CentreSingapore National Eye Centre
  • Head & Senior Consultant SNEC Eye Clinic @ SKH Sengkang General HospitalSengkang General Hospital


​Dr Zainah graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore in 1992. She completed her ophthalmology residency training in Singapore and obtained her post-graduate Ophthalmology qualifications in 1997. She subsequently underwent 3 years of advance surgical training and attained her specialist accreditation in 2001.

She was involved in the organisation and running of microsurgical and cataract surgery courses locally and internationally as well as training of registrars and overseas fellows in cataract surgery. She spent three months observing at the practice of renowned cataract surgeons Dr Howard Fine in Oregon and one week with Dr Akahoshi Takayuki in Tokyo.

Dr Zainah was Examiner for Master of Medicine (Ophthalmology) in 2006 and Examiner for Fellow of Academy of Medicine in 2008. She also contributed to parts of the Cataract & IOL chapter for the book titled Asian Perspective in Ophthalmology. She was accorded the Excellence in Teaching Award from Dean of Medical Faculty, National University of Singapore in 2008.

Dr Zainah served as the Deputy Head for both the Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology Department and Training & Education Department in 2007. She was offered Headship role for both departments but had to shorten/decline the positions as she moved to Christchurch, New Zealand in 2008 for family reasons.

Dr Zainah worked as a Consultant in the Christchurch Hospital when she was in New Zealand where she was also involved in training of registrars in cataract surgery as well as planning cataract surgery pathways. She also did locum work in private practice as well as in ophthalmology clinics in other New Zealand cities of Invercargill/ Nelson/Whangarei/Manukau/Blenheim. She occasionally returned to SNEC as a Visiting Consultant during this period. 

Dr Zainah has settled back in Singapore since end 2020. She is looking forward to serve in her role as Senior Consultant in SNEC and to contribute in the training of cataract surgery.


  • M Med(Ophth) (1997)
  • FRCS(Ed) (1997)
  • MBBS (1992)

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships


Research Interests


  1. ​Z Alsagoff, Aung Tin, Ang LP, Chew PT. Long term clinical course of primary angle- closure glaucoma in an Asian population. Ophthalmology 2002 Jan; 109(1);1-2

  2. Z Alsagoff, Paul TK Chew, Caroline KL Chee, Jun Shyan wong, Aung Tin. Indocyanine green anterior segment angiography for studying conjunctival vascular changes after trabeculectomy. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology (2001) 29,22-26

  3. Z Alsagoff, Donald TH Tan, S-P Chee. Necrotising scleritis after bare sclera excision of pterygium. British Journal of Ophthalmology September 2000, Vol 84, No 9, p 1050-1052

Research Trials