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Dr. Zena Lim

Dr. Zena Lim

MBBS, MRCS (UK), Master of Medicine in Ophthalmology (M.Med), FRCS - General Surgery, Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore (FAMS Ophth)

19 Years Experience Overall

Areas of Expertise :Dr Zena Lim is a US fellowship-trained Consultant Ophthalmologist and Adult & Paediatric Eye Surgeon. Her inspiration to take up the field of ophthalmology stems from two things: her motivation to lead people out of the frightening situation of potential vision loss and her fascination for the mechanisms of the eye's delicate features. With over 15 years of experience, Dr Zena Lim currently serves as the Medical Director of the Focal Eye Centre and Co-Director of The Children’s Eye & ENT Centre. In the field of ophthalmology, she's especially interested in customized small-incision cataract surgery; and squint (eye misalignment) surgery for adults and children, as, according to her, it not only therapeutically corrects eye alignment among other benefits, but also tremendously improves one's self-esteem and psychological well-being.Her other areas of expertise include glaucoma lasers and surgery, droopy eyelid/inturned eyelid correction, surgical correction of tearing (syringing and probing of nasolacrimal duct), retinal lasers and injections for various retinal problems, and all aspects of paediatric ophthalmology.EDUCATION, TRAINING AND CAREER HIGHLIGHTSDr Zena Lim embarked on her medical training with the National University of Singapore in 1995, followed by her residency training in Ophthalmology at the Singapore National Eye Centre. She graduated top of her cohort in 2004, with the “Gold Medal in Ophthalmology” award in the Master of Medicine (Ophthalmology) examinations. This subsequently led to Fellowship accreditation in Ophthalmology by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK.In 2004-2005, she trained under the tutelage of Prof Alex Levin, at the renowned Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. Upon completion of her fellowship training in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus with the Singapore National Eye Centre, she was awarded the Health Manpower Development Plan scholarship by the Ministry of Health to further hone her clinical skills at the Duke University Eye Centre, USA. There, she worked alongside Professors Edward Buckley and Sharon Freedman, international leaders in Ophthalmology in the fields of complex strabismus (“squints”), paediatric cataract and paediatric glaucoma.GIVING BACK TO THE NEXT GENERATIONBesides her passion for clinical practice, Dr Zena Lim believes in the importance of training the next generation of ophthalmologists. As a Core Faculty member of the Ophthalmology Residency Program at the Singapore National Eye Centre, she was actively involved in curriculum planning, residency teaching and cataract surgery training. She also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and was part of the Clinical Faculty Scheme at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Singapore. Previously a consultant with the “Cataract & Comprehensive” and “Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus” Services at the Singapore National Eye Centre, she is currently Visiting Consultant at the Singapore National Eye Centre, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Tan Tock Seng Hospital where her main role is imparting clinical and surgical skills to young aspiring ophthalmologists.BEYOND HER CLINICAL PRACTICEDr Zena Lim has presented and lectured at many international, regional and local conferences, and is the first author of numerous peer-reviewed indexed medical journals. In 2010, she was awarded “Best of the Anterior Segment Specialty Meetings” at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting for her research in paediatric cataract.BEYOND HER PASSION FOR OPHTHALMOLOGYWhen she's not busy making people see and feel better, Dr Zena enjoys quality time with her two kids. She enjoys diving, trying out new restaurants and tries to make time to travel with her family a couple of times a year.PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT"Every paediatric and adult patient is unique; supplemented by state of the art technology, our clinics provide advanced subspecialty eye care tailored towards the needs of the patient in a family-centric environment. In keeping with our love for helping people get better, we hope patients always associate us with three words: “caring”, “patient” and "dedicated".

Novena, Singapore

The Children's Eye & ENT Centre

38 Irrawaddy Rd, 329563, Singapore

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08:30 - 05:00


08:30 - 12:30


Awards and Recognitions

Gold Medal in Ophthalmology; Master of Medicine Examinations - 2004
Best of the Anterior Segment Specialty Meetings, American Academy of Ophthalmology - 2010
Health Manpower Development Award, Ministry of Health - 2009


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MBBS - National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2000
MRCS (UK) - Royal College Of Surgeon Of Edinburgh, Uk, 2004
Master of Medicine in Ophthalmology (M.Med) - National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2004


Singapore Medical Association
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSED)
Academy of Medicine, Singapore (College of Ophthalmologists)


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2001 - 2009 Ophthalmologist at Singpore National Eye Centre, Singapore
2004 - 2005 Research observership at Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
2008 - 2009 Fellowship at Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore
2009 - 2010 Fellowship at Duke University Eye Centre, North Carolina, USA
2010 - 2014 Consultant ophthalmologist at Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore


09480C Singapore Medical Council, 2000
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