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Dr Yap Zhu Li

Dr Yap Zhu Li

​MBBS, M Med(Ophth), FRCOphth


Singapore National Eye Centre

Specialty: Glaucoma, Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Sub-specialties: Glaucoma, Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma.

Clinical Appointments

  • Consultant Glaucoma Department Singapore National Eye CentreSingapore National Eye Centre
  • Consultant Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology Department Singapore National Eye CentreSingapore National Eye Centre
  • Consultant, Complex Anterior Segment (CAS) Service Singapore National Eye CentreSingapore National Eye Centre
  • Deputy Head & Consultant SNEC Eye Clinic @ CGH Changi General HospitalChangi General Hospital

Academic Appointments

  • Clincial Assistant Prof SingHealth Duke-NUS Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Academic Clinical Programme


Dr Yap Zhu Li obtained her Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Medicine from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 2009. She started her residency at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) in 2012, obtained her Master of Medicine in Ophthalmology in 2015 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (UK) in 2017, gaining accreditation as a specialist Ophthalmologist in the same year. After her glaucoma fellowship at SNEC, she was awarded the HMDP scholarship and completed a second fellowship in Advanced Glaucoma and Complex Anterior Segment Surgery at the prestigious Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, UK.

She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at SingHealth Duke-NUS Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Academic Clinical Programme and a Clinical Lecturer at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS. Dr Yap regularly trains fellows, medical students, residents and allied health professionals. She was consecutively appointed Lead Resident, Lead Senior Resident and Chief Resident during her training.

Passionate about giving back to the community, Dr Yap is very active in humanitarian work, both at home and abroad. These include community health screening and mobile clinics as well as engaging with The Vision Mission, The Fred Hollows Foundation and The Myanmar Eye Care Project. She is currently the lead of the Outreach and Advocacy arm of SNEC-Global Ophthalmology.

She is involved in research investigating novel drugs, devices and surgery for the treatment of glaucoma and co-authored several book chapters and reference texts on ophthalmology. Her current clinical practice includes glaucoma, complex cataract and anterior segment surgery as well as general cataract and comprehensive ophthalmology.


  • FRCOphth (2017)
  • M Med(Ophth) (2015)
  • MBBS (2009)

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • ​Clinical Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Member, Glaucoma Association of Singapore (current)
  • Member, OT Committee, SNEC (current)
  • Chief Resident, SNEC (2017)


  • HMDP Award (2019)
  • MOH Training Award (2012 - 2017)
  • Outstanding Resident Award, SingHealth (2016)

Research Interests


  1. Yap ZL, Verma S, Lee YF, Ong C, Mohla A, Perera SA. Glaucoma related retinal oximetry: a technology update. Clin Ophthalmol. 2018 Jan. Volume 2018:12 Pages 79—84

  2. Yap ZL, Ong C, Lee YF, Tsai A, Cheng C, Nongpiur ME, Perera SA. Retinal Oximetry in Subjects With Glaucomatous Hemifield Asymmetry. J Glaucoma. 2017 Apr;26(4):367-372

  3. Yap ZL, Chin YC, Nongpiur M, Teh G, Ku J, Chan TK, Perera SA. Bleb related infections: Clinical characteristics, risk factors and outcomes in an Asian population. Clin Ophthalmol. 2016 Nov 18;10:2303-2309

  4. Cheng C, Lee YF, Ong C, Yap ZL, Tsai, A, Mohla A, Nongpiur ME, Aung T, Perera SA. Inter-eye comparison of retinal oximetry and vessel caliber between eyes with asymmetrical glaucoma severity in different glaucoma subtypes Retinal vessel calibre correlates with glaucoma better than retinal oximetry – An inter-eye comparison between eyes with asymmetrical glaucoma severity. Clinical Ophthalmology 2016:10 1315–1321

Research Trials