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Assoc Prof Shamira Perera

Assoc Prof Perera Shamira

​MBBS (Hons), FRCOphth

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

  • Head & Senior Consultant Glaucoma Department Singapore National Eye CentreSingapore National Eye Centre
  • Senior Consultant Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology Department Singapore National Eye CentreSingapore National Eye Centre
  • Clinical Director, Complex Anterior Segment Service (CAS Service) Singapore National Eye CentreSingapore National Eye Centre

Academic Appointments

  • Director, Clinical & Surgical Innovation SingHealth Duke-NUS Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Academic Clinical Programme
  • Associate Professor SingHealth Duke-NUS Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Academic Clinical Programme


Associate Professor Shamira Perera qualified from University of London, with a BSc(Hons) First Class and MBBS(Hons), obtained in 1994 and 1997 respectively. He relocated to Singapore from England in 2008 after completing two fellowships.

Associate Professor Perera is a Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist in the Glaucoma Department at Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) with an interest in novel surgeries and imaging. He has commercialized two devices for cataract surgery licensed to companies in India and Germany. Supported by competitive research grants totalling over S$1.5M as PI, his core work has yielded nine patents. Associate Professor Perera has been an invited lecturer for over 100 conferences, written five book chapters and 138 peer reviewed publications. His most recent role as the Deputy Director of the Medical Technology office for SingHealth seeks to promote this promising area to other specialties, now disbursing $6M of catalyst grant funding.

In 2015, whilst holding the position of Co-head, Bioengineering and Devices at Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), he formed part of a group that won a national engineering award - the IES- Prestigious Engineering award, and the AHIP-GEM Award, an award for innovation, in 2017. He was conferred the AAO and APAO achievement awards in 2015 and 2016 respectively in recognition of his research and clinical work. One of his passions is teaching. He has co-authored a Golden Apple award winning, free app module in conjunction with Touch Surgery ( to teach and test cataract surgery,garnering over 750,000 downloads. He was also awarded the Outstanding Faculty award in 2018 and Outstanding teacher/mentor award in 2010. In 2019 he received the “Gamechanger” award from SingHealth and was recognized by AECOM (ASEAN Economic Community Ophthalmology Meeting) with the Distinguished Service Award in 2018.


  • FGS (2020)
  • FRCOphth (2007)
  • MBBS (Hons) (1997)
  • BSc (Hons) (1994)

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Deputy Director, Medical Technology Office, SingHealth (2017 - present)
  • Panellist for A*STAR’s DxD hub (2014 - present)
  • Secretary, Executive Committee, Singapore Society of Ophthalmology (2013 –2017)
  • Member, Research Council, Singapore Eye Research Institute (2011 – present)
  • Associate Editor, Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare (2011 – present)
  • Treasurer, Executive Committee, Singapore Society of Ophthalmology (2011 – 2013)
  • Core faculty, SingHealth Ophthalmology Residency Programme (2010 – present)


  • World Glaucoma Congress Photo Competition awardee. Top 10 of submitted photos (2019)

  • “Gamechanger” Award,SingHealth (2019)

  • Star Award. Singapore Health Quality Service Award, SingHealth (2019)

  • AECOM (ASEAN Economic Community Ophthalmology Meeting) Distinguished Service Award (2018

  • Outstanding Faculty, SingHealth RiSE Award (2018)

  • Gold Award, Singapore Health Quality Service Award, SingHealth (2018)

  • World Glaucoma Congress Photo competition awardee. Top 10 of submitted photos (2017)

  • Silver Award, Singapore Health Quality Service Award, SingHealth (2017)

  • 10th AHIP-GEM Award “Manpower capacity development project for Eye-care” (2017)

  • Programme Innovation Award, AM•EI Golden Apple Awards “Touch Surgery Cataract app module” (2016)

  • Achievement Award, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) (2016)

  • Institute of Engineers Singapore - Prestigious Engineer Award (part of the A*STAR, SERI/SNEC team) (2015)

  • Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) (2015)

  • Faculty Appreciation Award, SingHealth Excels (RiSE) Award (2015)

  • Silver Award, Singapore Health Quality Service Award, SingHealth (2014)

  • Silver Award, Singapore Health Quality Service Award, SingHealth (2011)

  • Outstanding Teacher/Mentor Award, Singapore National Eye Centre (2010)

  • Excellent Service Award, EXSA Silver award (2009)

  • Travel Award, Asia-ARVO Meeting  (2009)

Research Interests

  • Med Tech for glaucoma and cataract

  • Surgical devices

  • Imaging


  1. Chew ACY, Chan A, Nongpiur ME, Peh G, Barathi VA, Lwin NC, Ong C, Perera S. A Rabbit Model Study to Determine the Efficacy of a Prototype Corneal Endothelium Protector during Cataract Surgery. J Ophthalmol. 2017;2017:6906139

  2. Koh V, Chua J, Shi Y, Thakku SG, Lee R, Nongpiur ME, Baskaran M, Kumar RS, Perera S, Aung T, Cheng CY. Association of iris crypts with acute primary angle closure. Br J Ophthalmol. 2017 Mar 7. pii: bjophthalmol-2016-309842 [epub ahead of print]

  3. Aung T, Ozaki M, Perera SA, Pasutto F, Khor CC. Genetic association study of exfoliation syndrome identifies a protective rare variant at LOXL1 and five new susceptibility loci. Nat Genet. 2017 May 29 [Epub ahead of print]

  4. Springelkamp H, Iglesias AI, Mishra A, …., Perera S,…, MacGregor S. New insights into the genetics of primary open-angle glaucoma based on meta-analyses of intraocular pressure and optic disc characteristics. Hum Mol Genet. 2017 Jan 15;26(2):438-453

  5. Chiam N, Baskaran M, Li Z, Perera S, Goh D, Husain R, Khor CC, Cheng CY, FRCOphth TA, Vithana EN. Social, health and ocular factors associated with primary open angle glaucoma amongst Chinese Singaporeans. Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2017. [Epub ahead of print]

  6. Atalay E, Nongpiur ME, Baskaran M, Perera SA, Wong TT, Quek D, Aung T. Intraocular pressure change after phacoemulsification in angle-closure eyes without medical therapy. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2017 Jun;43(6):767-773

  7. Verma S, Nongpiur ME, Oo HH, Atalay E, Goh D, Wong TT, Perera SA, Aung T. Plateau iris distribution across anterior segment optical coherence tomography defined subgroups of subjects with primary angle closure glaucoma. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2017 Oct 1;58(12):5093-5097

  8. Nongpiur ME, Foo V, De Leon JM, Baskaran M, Tun TA, Husain R, Perera SA, Aung T. Evaluation of choroidal thickness, intraocular pressure and serum osmolality after the water drinking test in eyes with primary angle-closure. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2015 Apr;56(4):2135-43

  9. Perera SA, Foo LL, Cheung CY, Allen JC, Chua D, Tham YC, Loon SC, Wong TY, Aung T. Cup-to-disc ratio from heidelberg retina tomograph 3 and high-definition optical coherence tomography agrees poorly with clinical assessment. J Glaucoma. 2015 Mar 30

  10. Li Z, Allingham RR, … Perera SA,….Vithana EN. A common variant near TGFBR3 is associated with primary open angle glaucoma. Hum Mol Genet. 2015 Apr 10. pii: ddv128. [Epub ahead of print]

  11. Chin YC, Perera SA, Tun TA, Teh GH, Cheung CY, Aung T, Wong TY, Baskaran M. Structural differences in the optic nerve head of glaucoma patients with and without disc hemorrhages. J Glaucoma. 2015 Apr 17. [Epub ahead of print]

  12. Nongpiur ME, Singhal S, Stewart S, Htoon HM, Narayanaswamy AK, Wong TY, Perera SA, Aung T. The impact of lens vault on visual acuity and refractive error: Implications for management of primary angle-closure glaucoma. J Glaucoma. 2015 Apr 20. [Epub ahead of print]

Research Trials

  • ​​Ginkgo Study (2020)

  • Dr Girard ONHD study (2020)

  • MIGS Questionaire (2019 - 2020)

  • PACG Genetics (2019 - 2020)

  • Phenotyping in Angle Closure Patients (2018 - 2020)

  • HOT – Human Ocular Tissue (2016 - 2020)

  • TVT- Tube Versus Trabe (2016 – 2020)