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Welcome Message

Welcome to the Department of Ophthalmology at the National University Health System (NUHS). Our mission is to be the leading academic clinical department in ophthalmology in Singapore and the Asia Pacific.

NUHS was established in January 2008 to bring together the National University Hospital (NUH) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) under a common mission and structure. NUHS aims to create synergies to advance its tri-partite mission of excellence in clinical care, translational clinical research and education. This includes the training of our next generation of ophthalmologists and eye care providers, as well as clinician scientists.

The NUH Department of Ophthalmology was set up in 1986 by Prof Arthur Lim who was appointed its first Chief. We were initially staffed by part-time visiting consultants. This was followed by the formations of vitreo-retinal and paediatric ophthalmology subspecialties with increasing number of full time faculty staff, specialists and residents. Cornea, oculoplastics, glaucoma, contact lens and neuro-ophthalmology were then added.

In 2000, Associate Prof Paul Chew took over as Chief of the Department. He continued to develop the Department to meet the increasing eye care needs of patients in Singapore and the region. Concurrently, Professor Donald Tan was Head of the NUS Department whose focused was on research and education. In 2008, the NUH and NUS departments merged with the formation of NUHS Eye Department.

Today, NUHS Eye Department has a vision to be a centre of excellence, offering the best tertiary level clinical services, highly regarded training and education programs and world-leading translational research. NUHS embraces the view that research and education are stimulus towards best clinical practice.

In Clinical Services, the Department offers a wide range of subspecialty service to meet varied interest of patients and the community. We partner with visiting consultants and faculty from the other departments at NUHS, including the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), to offer tertiary level services.

In Education, with the switch to the US style residency program, medical education receives more emphasis in a new structured program with protected time for residents' training. NUHS offers a vast range of subspecialties with a wide variety of clinical and surgical cases mix that gives you broad exposure and unparallel training experience. The new STAR Lab which is currently under renovation will provide the state-of-art microsurgical wetlab experience for residents.

In Research, the Department is closely affiliated to the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), with its vision to be a leading global centre of excellence in eye and vision research in Asia. NUHS and SERI shares faculty members, research facilities, similar protocols and collaborative research programmes. The new SERI-NUHS 'wet' laboratory at MD-6, which opened in 2011, allows further integration, partnership and collaboration. The NUHS-SERI partnership has resulted in major translational research programmes in the prevention and treatment of sight threatening eye disorders, particularly those relevant to Asia, such as myopia, glaucoma, corneal disease and diabetic retinopathy. Within the partnership are opportunities for residents and faculty to participate in a wide range of cutting edge research projects.

Please visit our website. See for yourself our staff's achievements and enjoy!

A/Prof Clement Tan
Associate Professor and Head, Department of Ophthalmology
National University of Singapore and National University Hospital