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Dr Deborah Tan

Dr Tan Deborah

​MBBS, M Med(Ophth), FAMS

Senior Consultant

Singapore National Eye Centre

Specialty: Paediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus, Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Sub-specialties: Paediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus, Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Amblyopia, Cataract Surgery, Childhood Myopia, Squints.

Clinical Appointments

  • Senior Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus Department Singapore National Eye CentreSingapore National Eye Centre
  • Senior Consultant Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology Department Singapore National Eye CentreSingapore National Eye Centre
  • Head & Senior Consultant Eye Centre KK Women's and Children's HospitalKK Women's and Children's Hospital

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Asst Professor SingHealth Duke-NUS Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Academic Clinical Programme


Dr Deborah Tan is currently a consultant with the General Cataract and Comprehensive Ophthalmology and Paediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus Departments at Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC). She is also a Visiting Consultant at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital. 
Dr Tan obtained her medical degree from National University of Singapore (NUS). She is a member of the Singapore Society of Ophthalmology and an accredited Ophthalmology Specialist by the Singapore Medical Council. After her specialist training at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), she obtained her Master of Medicine (Ophthalmology) by NUS, and subsequently received further sub-specialty training in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus.

Always keen to teach, she was appointed a Clinical Lecturer at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS, and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore. She also held the appointment of Chief Resident of SNEC in 2015. In her formative years, she had won various awards for her research including the 1st prize in NUS Special study module (2002-2003) on “How much do diabetics know about their disease and its complications?”  

Besides general ophthalmology, her clinical interests include paediatric ophthalmology, adult and paediatric cataracts, myopia, strabismus and retinopathy of prematurity. She has published scientific papers in international peer-reviewed medical journals, presented in numerous international and local conferences, written book chapters and clinical guidelines for SNEC.


  • FAMS
  • M Med(Ophth) (2012)
  • MBBS (2007)

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Clinical Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • Chief Resident, Singapore National Eye Centre (2015)
  • Member, Singapore Society of Ophthalmology (2009 - present)


  • ​Long Service Award, SingHealth (2017)

Research Interests


  1. Anisohypermetropia as a sign of unilateral glaucoma in the paediatric population Tan DK, Teh G, Ho CL, Quah BL. International Medical Case Reports Journal. 2017 Jun 15;10:203-207
  2. Postoperative ocular higher-order aberrations and contrast sensitivity: Femtosecond lenticule extraction versus pseudo small-incision lenticule extraction. Tan DK, Tay W, Chan C, Tan DT, Mehta JS. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. 2015 Mar;41(3):623-34
  4. Acute visual loss in a patient with optic disc drusen. Tan DK, Tow L Sharon. Clinical Ophthalmology. 2013;7:795-799
  5. Anterior chamber dimensions and posterior corneal arc length in Malay eyes: An anterior segment optical coherence tomography study. Tan DK, Chong W, Tay WT, Yuen LH, He M, Tung T, Tan DT, Wong TY, Mehta JS. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. 2012 Jul 20;53(8):4860-7
  6. Novel method of assessing delamination of the anterior lens capsule using high resolution Spectral domain Optical coherence Tomography. Tan DK, Aung T, Perera SA. Clinical Ophthalmology. 2012;6:945-8
  7. Correlation of the long-term neurological outcomes with completeness of surgical evacuation in spontaneous supratentorial intracerebral haemorrhage: a retrospective study. Choy DK, Wu PH, Tan D, Yeo TT, Chou N. Singapore Med J 2010;51(4):320
  8. How much do diabetic patients know about diabetes mellitus and its complications? Tham KY, Ong JJ, Tan DK, How KY. Ann Acad Med S’pore 2004;33:503-9

Research Trials