Prof. Chee Soon Phaik is one of the pioneer ophthalmologists of the Singapore National Eye Centre, where she is a Senior Consultant who heads the Cataract Subspecialty Service and the Ocular Inflammation and Immunology Service. She is also Professor at the National University of Singapore and Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School, Singapore. In addition to her clinical work, she is the group lead member of the Cataract research team at the Singapore Eye Research Institute. She has trained many local and international fellows, and continues to attract fellows from the Asia-Pacific region and as far as the Middle East.
Dr. Chee’s research interests in cataract include the management of complicated cases such as dense posterior polar cataracts, subluxated cataracts, premium intraocular lens implants, and femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery. In addition to innovations in surgical technique, she has also designed intraocular instruments that greatly augment surgeons’ abilities to overcome difficulties and improve the outcomes in highly demanding cases.
In the field of uveitis, Dr. Chee has been President of the Asia-Pacific Intraocular Inflammation Study Group (APIISG) since 2013. She is also a member of the International Uveitis Study Group, Clinical Consensus Group (Standardisation of Uveitis Nomenclature) and a member of the IOIS International Council. She has published extensively on cytomegalovirus infection of the anterior segment, ocular tuberculosis, dengue maculopathy and Vogt–Koyanagi Harada disease.
Dr. Chee has authored over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters and is a member of several editorial boards including Ocular Inflammation and Immunology, the Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection, and the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
2017 APACRS LIM LECTURE
Phaco vs. Femto: Friend vs. Foe?
While the benefit of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery over conventional phacoemulsification is hotly debated, its role in managing the complex case is better defined. This video-based talk will demonstrate the handling of standard and challenging cases using conventional phaco and compare it to femto. The advantages and limitations of both techniques will be discussed. Pearls for adjusting the femtosecond laser treatment, and adapting and refining the surgical technique to achieve consistent and successful outcomes, and avoiding complications will be highlighted. The spectrum of cataracts covered will include varying grades of nuclear density from the soft to the rockhard cataract, intumescent cataracts, morgagnian cataracts, soft and hard posterior polar cataracts, post-keratoplasty cataracts and those with compromised corneas, cataract eyes with small pupils, and subluxated cataracts.