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Dr Zena Lim


MBBS (Singapore), FRCS (Edinburgh), MMed (Ophth), FAMS (Ophth)


Dr Zena Lim is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and the Medical Director of the Focal Eye Centre and The Children’s Eye & ENT Centre. Besides being proficient in all aspects of general ophthalmology, including laser procedures, customized cataract surgery, glaucoma and diabetic /age-related degenerative eye management , Dr Zena Lim has special interests in paediatric ophthalmology and squint (“strabismus”) surgery for adults and children.

She embarked on her medical training with the National University of Singapore in 1995, followed by residency training in Ophthalmology at the Singapore National Eye Centre. This subsequently led to Fellowship accreditation in Ophthalmology by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK. She graduated top of her cohort in 2004, with the “Gold Medal in Ophthalmology” award in the Master of Medicine (Ophthalmology) examinations.

In 2004-2005, she trained under the tutelage of Prof Alex Levin, at the renowned Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. Upon completion of 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 Profs Edward Buckley and Sharon Freedman, international leaders in paediatric cataract, strabismus and paediatric glaucoma.

Dr Zena Lim has presented and lectured at numerous international, regional and local conferences, and she is first author of many peer-reviewed indexed medical journals. In 2010, she was awarded “Best of the Anterior Segment Specialty Meetings” at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting in 2010 for her work in paediatric cataract.

Besides 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. She is currently Visiting Consultant at several local hospitals where her main role is imparting clinical and surgical skills to young aspiring ophthalmologists.