Yap Tiong Peng

BSc(Hons) Optom UMIST Manchester, MSc Imperial, DIC London

Yap Tiong Peng is the first optometrist locally who works extensively on vision therapy. He has been in private practice since 2004 but he continues to serve as a part-time academic lecturer to share his clinical experience and knowledge (e.g. Singapore Polytechnic, University of Manchester, National University of Malaysia). He is a Senior Consultant Optometrist at IGARD Group Singapore. Being passionate with the role of vision in children with special needs, he attained professional accreditation in behavioural optometry in the UK and further clinical training in the USA in neuro-optometric rehabilitation and vision therapy.

Tiong Peng received his basic optometry training in Manchester, UK. Qualified since 1998, he holds a UMIST Honours degree (Manchester) and Master Degree from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (London). In 2010-11, he was appointed to sit on the expert committee on vision therapy that was initiated by the Singapore Health Ministry. Tiong Peng is often invited to speak at regional conferences and he has published routinely. His work covers the cortical response in astigmatic amblyopia (COVD Poster, Las Vegas, 2015), binocular summation in children with amblyopia (ARVO Poster, Seattle, 2013), review article on vision deficits related to dyslexia (Medical Grapevine, Asia, 2012), utility value on visual floaters (American Journal of Ophthalmology, 2011), randomized control trial on efficacy of tropicamide in mydriasis (Asian Journal of Ophthalmology, 2006) and its effect on race and diabetes (Clinical and Experimental Optometry, Australia, 2010).

Previously, he was a Key Opinion Leader at Alcon Inc. and a Research Fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science at Alexandra Hospital. Besides work, Tiong Peng actively contributes to the community through voluntary activities. Last year, he was part of a team of four local optometrists and other volunteers from the Lions Club to conduct eye checks and dispense prescription glasses in the rural villages in Siem Reap, Cambodia. He has also worked on a house building project in Indonesia and numerous community vision screening projects locally.