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Ophthalmology is the field of medicine that deals with the anatomy, functions and diseases of the eye. Being both a medical and surgical discipline, it allows the clinician to not only identify the eye problem but also operate on the eye


The complexity of the human eye and the myriad of tests and subspecialties needed to manage such a small organ is what makes Ophthalmology an intriguing profession for aspiring eye doctors.  

We are looking for young, confident and dynamic residents to join us. If you have a keen interest to learn and have good dexterity, Ophthalmology may be for you.


Our Subspecialty Areas

    Cataract & Comprehensive Ophthalmology

    Corneal & External Eye Disease



    Pediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus

    Refractive Surgery/LASIK

    Oculoplastics & Aesthetic Eyeplastic

    Ocular Inflammation & Immunology


Why Join SingHealth Residency Ophthalmology Program

Unparalleled Exposure at SNEC

The Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC)’s large volume of clinic patients and surgical cases, spanning nine ophthalmic subspecialties, offers Residents unparalleled training opportunities. SNEC is also equipped with every ophthalmic investigation modality available, so residents can follow through the management of the patients and develop a deeper understanding of conditions with real time feedback from senior staff.

The Best of Both Worlds
Ophthalmology is one of the few specialties which encompass both a medical and surgical discipline. With world-class facilities and nine operating theatres to manage routine and emergency cases, Ophthalmic Residents will have no shortage of clinical and surgical opportunities.

Abundant Research Opportunities

The Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) is located within SNEC, so Residents have many opportunities to participate in research work. We also have collaborations with a multitude of external agencies, including A-star, Biopolis, Genomic Institute of Singapore to enhance your research skills.  

Access to World-Class Resources

SNEC is a fully equipped, fully staffed quaternary ophthalmic training center with strong relationships with many leading ophthalmic centers around the world. This has enabled our Residents to undergo fellowship training at these centers of excellence.

The Curriculum

A robust five-year program, the Ophthalmology Residency Program at SingHealth that covers all aspects of general Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic subspecialties.

Year 1 provides you with the foundation in ophthalmic training and a wide spectrum of ophthalmic investigations. You will be expected to perform general ophthalmology in Year 2 and Year 3, with concurrent subspecialty rotations.

You will also learn to perform extracapsular cataract surgery (ECCE), which is invaluable to future surgical management of trauma and complementary to modern cataract surgery.




Clinician-Scientist Track
The Clinician-Scientist (CS) Ophthalmology Resident shares the same Year 1 Curriculum with all other Residents, to ensure CS Residents gain the necessary clinical exposure for CS work.

A CS mentor will be assigned from Year 1 to guide the CS Resident. As a CS Resident, you will need to complete at least a Masters in Clinical Investigation and will spend an additional year to complete the Residency Program.

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

Our clinicians are also exposed to HMDP training to enhance their clinical skills and to help them stay ahead of the latest in Ophthalmic technology.

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

Program Director

Dr Jean Chai Shu Ming, Consultant, Department of Corneal and External Eye Disease, SNEC


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Contact Details


Email: trainingandeducation@snec.com.sg

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