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Dr Desmond Quek

MBBS, MMed, FRCSEd, FAMS, MBA

Eagle Eye Centre

Eagle Eye Centre

Mt Alvernia 820 Thomson Road, Mount Alvernia Hospital

Singapore 574623

Phone: 62277255
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About Dr Desmond Quek

Dr Desmond Quek is Senior Consultant eye surgeon and Director of Glaucoma Services at Eagle Eye Centre. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, cataracts, refractive errors (myopia, astigmatism, presbyopia), as well as general ophthalmological conditions such as diabetic eye disease, age related macular degeneration, and dry eyes.

Dr Quek graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2001, where he was awarded the NUS Undergraduate Scholarship and received the Dean’s List Award for academic excellence. He went on to complete his residency in Ophthalmology at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) under the Ministry of Health Postgraduate Scholarship, and was appointed as a member (2008) and fellow (2011) of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and a fellow of the Academy of Medicine of Singapore (2011). He then underwent sub-specialty fellowship training in glaucoma at SNEC, before pursuing an executive Masters of Business Administration at INSEAD in 2013.

Prior to joining Eagle Eye Centre, Dr Quek held numerous leadership positions at SNEC including Chief Resident, Chief Registrar, and was Director of Medical Informatics, Chair of IT Committee and Director of Strategy and Resource Management. He was also actively involved in research as Principal Investigator in multiple research trials, including the association of obstructive sleep apnoea with glaucoma, the Asia tube-vs-trabeculectomy surgical trial, and the delivery of sustained-release eye pressure lowering medication via a microstent injection. He is the first-author of numerous scientific journal articles, and has given multiple research presentations at international eye conferences.

His current clinical interests are mainly in glaucoma, cataract and refractive surgery. These include laser treatment for eye pressure control, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS), trabeculectomy and tube shunt surgeries, phacoemulsification and femtosecond laser cataract surgery, implantation of multifocal and toric lenses for the correction of myopia, presbyopia and astigmatism, and LASIK.

Dr Quek believes in good work-life balance. Despite his hectic schedule he finds time to swim and gym regularly and indulges selectively in hawker food. Fluent in English, Mandarin, and Teochew, he is trying to learn conversational Japanese.

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Can High Myopia Lead To Glaucoma? An Ophthalmologist Explains
Can High Myopia Lead To Glaucoma? An Ophthalmologist Explains

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is one of the most common optical deficiencies in Singapore.

To myopia sufferers, objects that are nearby look clearer than objects that are far away, which appear blurred. Myopia is so common that many of us don’t think about it as a medical condition. However, as we age, there is a risk that myopia may lead to glaucoma (increasing pressure that can damage optic nerves and lead to vision loss).

Ophthalmologist Dr Desmond Quek answered a DoctorxDentist reader’s question about how and why myopia can lead to glaucoma. Here's what he had to say.

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Hi! Yes, during cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced by an implanted artificial lens. By choosing the appropriate power of the implanted lens, myopia can be corrected. Special lenses can also be chosen to correct astigmatism (toric lenses) and presbyopia (multifocal lenses). ...
30 Mar 2019
Hi there! I'm sorry that your chalazion has lasted for so long! There are some conservative measures that you can take to see if the chalazion resolves on its own - lid hygiene, warm compress, and antibiotic ointment. I usually ask my patients to perform lid hygiene. Purch...
12 Feb 2019
Hi there! I'm sorry to learn that your dry eye condition is causing you discomfort. Please resist the temptation to rub! In my years of practice, I have seen some very bad consequences from vigourous eye-rubbing, including cataract and retinal detachment, which can be sight th...
14 Jan 2019
Hi there! The exact reason why myopia causes glaucoma is not known . One possible hypothesis is that when you have very high myopia, your eyeball becomes stretched and the tissue supporting the nerve in the eye is weaker so you are at more risk of nerve damage from high pressure...
13 Jan 2019
Hi there! Diabetes can affect the blood vessels that deliver oxygen to the eye, resulting in a lack of oxygen in the cells in the eye. When this happens, the eye responds by producing new blood vessels, with the hope of getting more oxygen delivered to its cells. However, thes...
10 Jan 2019
Hi there! Symptoms of glaucoma can either be from build-up of pressure within the eye, or visual loss as a result of the high pressures. Glaucoma can be broadly divided into two categories, "open" or "closed" angle, depending on the configuration of the drainage angle of the eye, ...
10 Jan 2019
Hi there! The treatment options for glaucoma can be broadly divided into 3 categories -- medications, lasers, and surgeries . All these treatment options have the common aim of lowering eye pressures so that the optic nerve does not continue to be damaged, and vision can be pre...
10 Jan 2019
Our eyes are divided into 2 main compartments, a smaller one in front, and a larger one behind, separated by the lens. Any particle/ opacity in the rear compartment will cause a shadow to be cast on the retina, resulting in the visual perception of floaters. The rear compartmen...
6 Dec 2018
I'm sorry to hear that you have had a stye for so long! I used to have styes as a teenager and can understand the discomfort and frustration it is causing you. Our eye lid margin contain numerous oil glands, which secrete oil to lubricate our eyes (as part of the tear film). Th...
6 Dec 2018
Congrats on your LASIK surgery! Dry eye symptoms are quite common after LASIK surgery. Having done LASIK myself I find that these symptoms tend to get better with time. Lubricants can broadly be divided into two types -- the ones that come in a bottle (that contain preserva...
6 Dec 2018
Hi there! I'm sorry that your chalazion has lasted for so long! There are some conservative measures that you can take to see if the chalazion resolves on its own - lid hygiene, warm compress, and antibiotic ointment. I usually ask my patients to perform lid hygiene. Purch...
12 Feb 2019
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