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Ophthalmology Residency Programme

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About the Programme

Ophthalmology is the field of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of eye diseases and the visual system. Being both a medical and surgical discipline, it allows the clinician to not only identify and treat the eye condition, but also operate on the eye and its adnexa. 

The complexity of the human eye, myriad of investigative modalities, multiple subspecialties in a rapidly evolving field is what makes Ophthalmology an intriguing profession for aspiring eye doctors. 

We are looking for inquisitive, compassionate and dynamic Residents who are willing to ask questions and work hard, to join us. If this strikes a chord with you, Ophthalmology may be for you.  

Our Subspecialty Areas

Despite the eye being such a small organ, Ophthalmology has evolved into various subspecialties to provide patients with highly specialised care. At the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), these are:

  • Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology
  • Corneal & External Eye Disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Paediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Oculoplastics
  • Ocular Inflammation & Immunology
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Medical Retina
  • Surgical Retina 

Why Choose Ophthalmology?

Unparalleled Clinical Exposure

The large volume of clinic patients at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) and its branches at Changi General Hospital (CGH), Sengkang General Hospital (SKH) and KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) - spanning ten ophthalmic subspecialties, offers Residents unparalleled training opportunities. Residents are able to see and treat a wide range of ophthalmic conditions and benefit from multiple subspecialities input for complex cases. 

Surgical Training

Being a tertiary referral centre and the largest in Singapore, SNEC has a significant surgical load with ten on-site operating theatres. This provides Residents with abundant training opportunities. We have an established cataract surgical training programme compromising of microsurgical workshops, supervised wet lab sessions, training simulations and closely-guided lists with experienced surgical trainers.

Abundant Research Opportunities with Strong Research Culture

The Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) is closely linked with SNEC, and Residents have many opportunities to participate in research work under the guidance of our renowned Clinician Investigators and Clinician Scientists. There are also montly SERI-SNEC meetings by the different research workgroups. We also have collaborations with a multitude of external agencies, including A*STAR, Biopolis, Genomic Institute of Singapore to enhance your research skills.  

Distinguished and Dedicated Physician Faculty

Having trained more than half of the local Ophthalmologists in Singapore, we have a strong tradition of teaching. We have a large physical Faculty who are deeply committed to education. Many of our clinicians are regionally and internationally established, in their own subspecialities, and are always ready to impart their knowledge and expertise to their juniors in clinics and various teaching sessions.

Access to World-class Resources

SNEC is a fully-equipped, fully-staffed tertiary ophthalmic training centre with strong links with many leading ophthalmic centres around the world. Our graduating Residents have been able to undergo fellowship training in various subspecialties at these centres of excellence.

Your Career Prospects & Development

SNEC offers local subspecialty fellowships for our Residents and provides doctors with opportunities for overseas training in diverse clinical, research, education and administrative areas.

Our Clinicians have also received Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) awards to train overseas, to enhance their clinical skills and to help in developing new and important services/programmes in Singapore.

As we continue to expand, there will be demand for ophthalmic services to the newer regional hospitals and more career opportunities for our Ophthalmologists.