Dr. Yap Tiong Peng
PhD (Sydney) DIC (London) MSc (Imperial) BSc (Hons) Optom (UMIST)
Dr Yap Tiong Peng is the first optometrist in Singapore 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 of Science degree from University of London (Imperial College). In 2003, he was awarded the Diploma of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (London). He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia, for his clinical research in Children Vision Development and Amblyopia (lazy eyes). 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 has specific interest in the impact of vision and academic performance. He is often invited to speak at regional conferences (e.g. ASEAN Optometric Conference, 2014; Malaysian Conjoint Ophthalmology Conference, 2016; Indian Optometric Association, 2018; International Conference in Sports Sciences, 2011). Previous scientific publications and research work covers Children’s Normal Vision Development (Published on Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 2019; ARVO Poster, Honolulu, 2018), Myopia Control (COVD, 2018), Astigmatic and Anisometropic Amblyopia (COVD, 2015; ISCEV meeting, 2016, 2018), binocular summation in children with amblyopia (ARVO Poster, Seattle, 2013), Dyslexia and Vision (Published on Medical Grapevine, Asia, 2012), Visual Floaters (Published on American Journal of Ophthalmology, 2011), Tropicamide in Mydriasis (Asian Journal of Ophthalmology, 2006) and its effect on race and diabetes (Journal of Clinical and Experimental Optometry, Australia, 2010).
In his spare time, Tiong Peng served as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Optometry. He was previously the Key Opinion Leader at Alcon Inc. USA 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. In 2016, 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.
BSc(Hons) Optom Glasgow, MSc London, MCOptom London
Rachel Kelly has been in Singapore for five years and she has actively contributed to the local optometry industry. She has been sharing her wealth of clinical knowledge and experience through a range of continuing education courses (e.g. the OOB-accredited course in Paediatric Optometry that was co-organised by IGARD Group and International Eye Cataract Retina Centre). That course has proved so popular that it has already been run twice in the same year.
As a Senior Consultant Optometrist, she pioneered the use of orthokeratology refractive therapy for myopia control at IGARD Group Singapore. She has volunteered actively in numerous community vision screening projects such as the World Sight Day and social outreach vision screening programmes for the less fortunate children. On many occasions, she has written to The Straits Times to raise awareness of optometry in this country. She and her co-author, Yap Tiong Peng, has even raised red flags over the potential ill-effects of smartphone to the eyes and the excessive use of artificial 3D technology at home.
Originally from Ireland, Rachel completed her Optometry training in Glasgow, Scotland, U.K. and further clinical training at City University, London, U.K. She holds a BSc(Hons) degree in Optometry, a Master degree in Clinical Optometry with distinction, a Diploma in Sports Vision and a professional membership (by examination) with the British College of Optometrists. She has many years of clinical experience in ocular diagnostics and therapeutics in London. She has previously worked at Moorfields Eye Hospital and has been the President of the North London Association of Optometrists and was the local optometric committee representative to the National Health Service (NHS) in the U.K.
BOptom UNSW Australia, MOptom UNSW Australia
Evelyne Saysana is a Senior Consultant Optometrist at IGARD Group. She holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Optometry from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
She completed her further training in Behavioural Optometry in Sydney, Australia, and she has substantial experience with children and continues to work part-time with the ophthalmology department at the KK Children and Women Hospital in Singapore.
At IGARD, she sees children and adult for vision therapy and neuro-optometric vision rehabilitation. In 2010-11, she was appointed to sit on the expert committee on vision therapy that was initiated by the Singapore Health Ministry. Evelyne is an Australian and Singapore Permanent Resident.
BSc(Hons) Optom Glasgow
Isobelle Wong is a Senior Consultant Optometrist at IGARD Group. Following her qualification in the U.K., Isobelle spent many years of her professional career in both Singapore and Malaysia. She completed the full four years of optometry training in Glasgow, Scotland, U.K., and she is amongst the first globally to be cross trained in special educational needs and vision therapy.