Singapore National Eye Centre

Singapore National Eye Centre

Singapore National Eye Centre

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The Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC; Chinese: 新加坡全国眼科中心) commenced operations in 1990. It was founded to lead and organize specialised ophthalmological services with special emphasis on research and education. Since its inauguration, SNEC has averaged an annual workload of 14,000 major eye surgeries and 13,000 laser procedures. The SNEC also actively participates in clinical trials and researches the causes to find treatments to eye conditions such as myopia and glaucoma.


After efforts by ophthalmologists in Singapore, including Professor Arthur Lim, the government of Singapore committed $17 million (US$10 million) to establish a national eye centre in 1989. Planning and negotiation had begun 5 years earlier. The commitment for support resulted in, not a formal document, but a simple handshake between Professor Lim and Dr. Kwa Soon Bee, then Permanent Secretary of the Minister of Health.

It was felt that the originally conceived name, "National Eye Centre" was an inadequate name for peer reviewed journals and international meetings. As a result, the name "Singapore National Eye Centre" was conceived.

Surgical blocks (buildings) A and B at Singapore General Hospital were extensively remodeled...
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