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Clin Assoc Prof Ho Ching Lin

Clin Assoc Prof Ho Ching Lin

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

Senior Consultant

Singapore National Eye Centre

Specialty: Glaucoma, Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Clinical Interest: Glaucoma, Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma.

Clinical Appointments

  • Senior Consultant Glaucoma Department Singapore National Eye CentreSingapore National Eye Centre
  • Senior Consultant Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology Department Singapore National Eye CentreSingapore National Eye Centre

Academic Appointments

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


Clinical Associate Professor Ho holds both a Paediatrics as well as Ophthalmology specialist degrees. She completed a Paediatric and Neonatal traineeship after her internship and was awarded the Wong Hock Boon Gold Medal for being the most outstanding candidate in the Master of Medicine (Paeds) Examinations in1995. She subsequently completed her specialist training in Ophthalmology and was conferred the Master of Medicine (Ophth) as well as Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1999. 
She was awarded the HMDP clinical fellowship and completed a clinical fellowship in Glaucoma with subspecialty in childhood glaucomas and complex adult glaucomas in 2003 at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School. She received the Best Paper Award at the New England Ophthalmological Society Meeting in 2003.
She was the immediate past Head of Glaucoma Department, a position she held for almost a decade. During her tenure, she helped developed the Department to one of the largest in SNEC with all-round capabilities and comprehensive services for all types of glaucoma including childhood glaucoma, as well as the Primary Eye Clinic for the management of stable glaucoma patients.
Clinical Associate Professor Ho is actively involved in clinical teaching and research, as well as community service. She is an invited speaker and faculty member at numerous regional and international conferences. She has tutored many local and international students, trainees and fellows and is an examiner for the postgraduate ophthalmology examinations. For her work in the Asia-Pacific region, she was conferred the Holmes Lecture Award, the Prevention of Blindness Award, as well as the Distinguished Service Award for outstanding services to Ophthalmology by the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology. She was also a recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award amongst many other awards for her dedication to her work.
She is currently the Director of Strategic Development and Philanthropy, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Academic Clinical Programme (EYE ACP), and chairs several charity and philanthropic committees in aid of VisionSave and other non-profit organizations.
Clinical Associate Professor Ho’s research interests include paediatric glaucoma, new glaucoma surgery techniques and devices, aqueous shunt devices, lasers in glaucoma, angle closure glaucoma and anterior segment imaging.


  • FAMS (2013)
  • FRCS(G) (1999)
  • M Med(Ophth) (1999)
  • ECFMG (1998)
  • ICO Basic Science (1997)
  • M Med(Paeds) (1995)
  • MBBS (1992)

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Senior Clinical Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • Member, HEF/HREF Management Committee, Singapore National Eye Centre (2017 - present)
  • Chairman, Philanthropy Development Committee, Singapore National Eye Centre (2017 - present)
  • Member, Standard Setting Committee for Ophthalmology Postgraduate Medical Examination, Ministry of Health (2016 - present)
  • Fellow, Academy of Medicine, Singapore (2014 - present)
  • Volunteer Faculty, ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital (2010 - present)
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Lions Save Sight Centre (2009 - present)
  • Vice President, Association of Women Doctors of Singapore (2009 - present)
  • Past Secretary, Glaucoma Surgeons of Singapore (2008)
  • Member of Board of Directors, Asia-Pacific Glaucoma Society (2008 - present)
  • Chairman, Eye Ball (In support of VisionSave) (2003 – present)
  • Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (1999 – present)
  • Member, Singapore Society of Ophthalmology (1999 - present)
  • Member, American Academy of Ophthalmology (1999 - present)


  • Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) (2016)
  • Great Women of Our Time Award, Singapore Women’s Weekly (2014)
  • Achievement Award, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) (2012 - 2018)
  • Lions World Sight Day Distinguished Ophthalmologist Lecture (2011)
  • Holmes Lecture Award for meritorious services in the Asia-Pacific region, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) (2010)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) (2008)
  • Woman of Exception Award, Parmigiani Fleurier, Switzerland (2006)
  • Silver, Gold and Star Awards, Singapore Health Quality Service Award, SingHealth (2004 - present)
  • Prevention of Blindness Award, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) (2003)
  • Best Poster Award, New England Ophthalmological Society (2003)
  • Wong Hock Boon Gold Medal in Paediatrics (1995)

Research Interests


  1. Nongpiur ME, Cheng CY, Duvesh R, Vijayan S, Baskaran M, Khor CC, Allen J, Kavitha S, Venkatesh R, Goh D, Husain R, Boey PY, Quek D, Ho CL, Wong TT, Perera S, Wong TY, Krishnadas SR, Sundaresan P, Aung T, Vithana EN. Evaluation of Primary Angle-Closure Glaucoma Susceptibility Loci in Patients with Early Stages of Angle-Closure Disease. Ophthalmology. 2018

  2. Tan DK, Teh GH, Ho CL, Quah BL. Anisohypermetropia as a sign of unilateral glaucoma in the paediatric population. Int Med Case Rep J. 2017 Jun 15;10:203-207

  3. Tan YL, Chua J, Ho CL. Updates on the Surgical Management of Paediatric Glaucoma. Asia Pac J Ophthalmol (Phila). 2016 Jan-Feb; 5(1):85-92

  4. Narayanaswamy A, Leung CK, Istiantoro DV, Perera SA, Ho CL, Nongpiur ME, Baskaran M, Htoon HM, Wong TT, Goh D, Su DH, Belkin M, Aung T. Efficacy of selective laser trabeculoplasty in primary angle-closure glaucoma: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015 Feb;133(2):206-12

  5. Wong TT, Novack GD, Natarajan JV, Ho CL, Htoon HM, Venkatraman SS. Nanomedicine for glaucoma: sustained release latanoprost offers a new therapeutic option with substantial benefits over eye drops. Drug Deliv Transl Res. 2014 Aug;4(4):303-9

  6. Nongpiur ME, Khor CC, Jia H, Cornes BK, Chen LJ, Qiao C, Nair KS, Cheng CY, XuL, George R, Tan D, Abu-Amero K, Perera SA, Ozaki M, Mizoguchi T, Kurimoto Y, Low S, Tajudin LS, Ho CL, Tham CC, Soto I, Chew PT, Wong HT, Shantha B, Kuroda M, Osman EA, Tang G, Fan S, Meng H, Wang H, Feng B, Yong VH, Ting SM, Li Y, Wang YX, Li Z, Lavanya R, Wu RY, Zheng YF, Su DH, Loon SC, Allingham RR, Hauser MA, Soumittra N, Ramprasad VL, Waseem N, Yaakub A, Chia KS, Kumaramanickavel G, Wong  TT, How AC, Chau TN, Simmons CP, Bei JX, Zeng YX, Bhattacharya SS, Zhang M, Tan DT, Teo YY, Al-Obeidan SA, Hon do N, Tai ES, Saw SM, Foster PJ, Vijaya L, Jonas JB, Wong TY, John SW, Pang CP, Vithana EN, Wang N, Aung T.  ABCC5, a Gene ThatInfluences the Anterior Chamber Depth, Is Associated with Primary Angle Closure. Glaucoma. PLoS Genet. 2014 Mar

  7. Vithana EN Khor CC, Qiao C, Nongpiur ME, George R, Chen LJ, Do T, Abu-Amero K, Huang CK, Low S, Tajudin LS, Perera SA, Cheng CY, Xu L, Jia H, Ho CL, Sim KS, Wu RY, Tham CC, Chew PT, Su DH, Oen FT, Sarangapani S, Soumittra N, Osman EA, Wong HT, Tang G, Fan S, Meng H, Huong DT, Wang H, Feng B, Baskaran M, Shantha B, Ramprasad VL, Kumaramanickavel G, Iyengar SK, How AC, Lee KY, Sivakumaran TA, Yong VH, Ting SM, Li Y, Wang YX, Tay WT, Sim X, Lavanya R, Cornes BK, Zheng YF, Wong TT, Loon SC, Yong VK, Waseem N, Yaakub A, Chia KS, Allingham RR, Hauser MA, Lam DS, Hibberd ML, Bhattacharya SS, Zhang M, Teo YY, Tan DT, Jonas JB, Tai ES, Saw SM, Hon DN, Al-Obeidan SA, Liu J, Chau TN, Simmons CP, Bei JX, Zeng YX, Foster PJ, Vijaya L, Wong TY, Pang CP, Wang N, Aung T.  Genome-wide association analyses identify three new susceptibility loci for primary angle closure glaucoma. Nat Genet. 2012 Aug

  8. Ho CL, Lai JS, Aquino MV, Rojanapongpun P, Wong HT, Aquino MC, Gerber Y, Belkin M, Barkana Y. Selective laser trabeculoplasty for primary angle closure with persistently elevated intraocular pressure after iridotomy. J Glaucoma. 2009; 18(7):563-6

  9. Lim LS, Ho CL, Ang LP, Aung T, Tan DT. Inferior corneal decompensation following laser peripheral iridotomy in the superior iris. Am J Ophthalmol 2006; 142:166-8

  10. Ho CL, Wong EYM, Walton DS. Goniosurgery for Glaucoma Complicating Chronic Childhood Uveitis. Arch Ophthalmol. 2004; 122:838-44

  11. Ho CL, Walton DS. Goniosurgery for glaucoma secondary to chronic anterior uveitis: prognostic factors and surgical technique. J Glaucoma 2004; 13(6):445-9

  12. Ho CL, Walton DS. Management of Childhood Glaucoma. Curr Opin Ophthalmol 2004; 15(5):460-4

  13. Ho CL, Walton DS. Primary congenital glaucoma: 2004 update. J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus 2004; 41(5):271-88; quiz 300-1. (CME Article)

  14. Ho CL, Walton DS. Management of Childhood Glaucoma. Contemporary Ophthalmology 2004;3(18):1-5

  15. Ho CL, Walton DS. Primary Megalocornea:  Clinical Features for Differentiation from Infantile Glaucoma. J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus 2004; 41:11-17; quiz 46-7

  16. Ho CL, Walton DS, Pasquale LR. Lens extraction for angle closure glaucoma. Int Ophthalmol clin 2004, 44:213-28 

  17. Ho CL, Wong EY, Chew PT. Effect of diode laser contact transscleral pars plana photocoagulation on intraocular pressure. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol 2002 Oct; 30(5): 343-7

  18. Ho CL, Tan DTH, Chan WK. Excimer laser Phototherapeutic keratectomy for Recurrent Corneal Erosions. Ann Acad Med Singapore. 1999 Nov; 28(6):787-90

  19. Ho CL, Chew PT, Wong JS, Chee C, Tock E. Histopathological differences in the effect of diode versus argon laser in human corneal and iris tissues. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 1998; 39(4): S712

  20. Ho CL, Wong EYM, Yeo KT. Management of central retinal vein occlusion – a review. Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology Vol 10 No 2, April 1998

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