Dr Lennard Thean is the Head of Ophthalmology and a Senior Consultant
practising in Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) and Jurong Medical Centre
(JMC), members of the National University Health System (NUHS).
Prior to joining NTFGH and JMC in 2014, Dr Thean was the Clinical Director of
Ophthalmology at National University Hospital (NUH) since 2002. He was also the
Head of Cataract, Lasik & Refractive Surgery and Uveitis at NUH from 2011.
At NUH, he was the principal lead in in the design of the NUH Eye Clinic @
Biopolis and NUHS Medical Centre’s eye clinic. At NTFGH, he was the principal
lead in the design of the hospital’s eye clinic.
A medical graduate from the United Kingdom, Dr Thean underwent three
ophthalmology fellowships in refractive surgery, uveitis and glaucoma. His key
interests are in advanced cataract surgery and refractive surgery. His
sub-specialties also include uveitis and glaucoma.
Dr Thean was a pioneer in performing Femtosecond Lasik using the Zeiss
platform of Visumax and Mel 80 laser, and in the use of the Catalys Femtosecond
laser to perform Femtosecond Laser assisted cataract surgery. He has also played
a significant role in the testing of the Liquid Optic Interface-12 for use with
the Catalys laser, and is a pioneer in using it on patients clinically. This
interface has become the standard for the majority of patients undergoing
Catalys Femtosecond Laser-assisted cataract surgery in Singapore. At NTFGH and
JMC, he implemented the use of the Zeiss Callisto for use in computer image
guided cataract surgery, especially for the use of astigmatism lenses and
multi-focal lenses for cataract surgery. Dr Thean has also published in
international journals on ophthalmology.
Dr Thean chairs the Medical Device Committee and is a member of the Operating
Theatre Committee in NTFGH. At the national level, he is part of the Ministry of
Health’s workgroup to review the evaluation and financing of screening and
treatment modalities as well as the Ministry of Health’s Health Technology
Advisory Committee (HTAC). Since 2008, he has been the Carl Zeiss Regional
Advisor (Asia) for LASIK.