Fellowship Exchange

The Singapore National Eye Centre Oculoplastic, Orbital and Lacrimal Service

Availability of Fellowships and Observerships

One local and one overseas fellowship position is available per year. Observers are welcomed and do not have to pay a fee.

Experience required

Applicants must have completed the ophthalmology residency program in their country. Any prior experience in Oculoplastics is not compulsory but will be regarded favorably.

Duration of Fellowship

12 to 18 months, applicants usually receive confirmation of acceptance 6 to 12 months before commencement of the fellowship. An online interview over the internet is mandatory.

Future endeavors after fellowship training

Applicants must outline definite plans for their careers after fellowship training and present them during the interview. The intention of the Centre is to train Oculoplastic surgeons who will subsequently contribute to the public health care sector of their respective home countries.


The program will provide advanced training in the medical and surgical aspects of diseases of the ocular adnexae, orbit and lacrimal system. There are also opportunities for exposure to peri-ocular aesthetic procedures and surgeries. A detailed hand-out of the SNEC Oculoplastic Fellowship program can be obtained through correspondence from the Centre.

Surgical Numbers

The surgical numbers illustrated (Annex A and B) will give potential applicants an idea of what to expect on the basis of our previous experience training fellows. It is not meant to be a guarantee of any sort with regards to the number of surgeries fellows will perform during their fellowship year.

Surgical exposure

The fellow will be attached to a consultant for all sessions in the operating theatre (OT). For most procedures, he/she will first observe and assist a minimum number of surgeries before proceeding to perform a part of the surgery, or the whole operation under supervision.


The weekly schedule for the fellow will comprise of:

  • 3 OT sessions
  • 3 Oculoplastic clinic sessions
  • 1 session for research and administrative work

*Each session is for half a working day

Access to other specialties

  • Plastic Surgery
    ENT / Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Endocrinology
  • Rheumatology
  • Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Paediatrics
  • Radiology
  • Pathology

Educational Programs and Research

The fellow will play a significant role in taking charge of all academic grand rounds, radiology rounds, clinic-pathological conferences and journal clubs. It is a requirement to publish at least one paper in a peer-reviewed journal during the course of the fellowship year.


The Centre can advise on accommodation in the near vicinity of the hospital.

Contact details

Training and Education Department
Singapore National Eye Centre

11, Third Hospital Avenue

Singapore 168751

Tel: +65 62277255

Facsimile: +65 62277290



Sites of Work

  • Singapore National Eye Centre (Outram Campus)
  • Changi General Hospital
  • Kandang Kerbau Women’s and Children’s Hospital


  • Dr Audrey Looi (Head and Senior Consultant)
  • Dr Sunny Shen (Deputy Head and Senior Consultant, appointed Head from 1st Jan 2016)
  • Dr Morgan Yang (Fellowship Program Director and Consultant)
  • Dr Choo Chai Teck (Senior Consultant)
  • Dr Seah Lay Leng (Senior Consultant)
  • Dr Livia Teo (Consultant)
Annex A
Sub-specialty Fellowship Surgical Numbers
Type of surgery Minimum number to observe before assisting Number to assist Minimum number performed to be competent Total number expected to perform under supervision
Eyelids - functional correction Lower lid involutional entropion correction 1 2 5 5
Lower lid involutional ectropion correction 1 2 5 5
Upper lid epiblepharon correction 1 2 3 3
Lower lid epiblepharon correction 1 2 3 3
Lateral tarsorrhaphy 1 2 5 5
Lash follicle electrolysis for trichiasis / distichiasis 2 N.A. 5 5
Ptosis repair 1 3 5 5
Frontalis suspension 1 3 3 3
Upper lid blepharoplasty (functional) 1 2 5 5
Direct browpexy 1 2 3 3
Eyelid reconstruction with direct closure 1 2 3 3
Eyelid reconstruction with flap and graft techniques 1 1 2 2
Botox injection for hemifacial spasm 3 N.A. 5 5
Lacrimal Lacrimal probing 1 1 3 3
External dacryocystorhinostomy 1 3 5 5
Endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy 1 3 5 5
Canalicular repair and intubation 1 3 2 2
Orbit Anterior orbitotomy 1 3 2 2
Lateral orbitotomy 1 2 2 N.A.
Orbital decompression 1 5 3 N.A.
Repair of orbital floor fractures 1 3 3 3
Socket Evisceration 1 5 5 5
Enucleation 1 1 2 2
Exenteration - 2 2 N.A.
Socket reconstruction 1 1 2 2
Annex B
Sub-specialty Fellowship Surgical Numbers
Type of surgery Minimum number to observe before assisting (per side) Expected number to assist
Aesthetics Upper lid blepharoplasty 1 5
Lower lid blepharoplasty 1 5
Cosmetic ptosis 1 5
Endoscopic brow lift 1 2
Botox injection for skin rhytides 1 3
Filler injection for periocular rejuvenation 1 2