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Prominent eye surgeon Arthur Lim dies

Arthur Lim, who played a key role in developing quality eye care, education and research in Singapore, died on Saturday (Aug 30) at the age of 80.

SINGAPORE: Prominent eye surgeon Arthur Lim died on Saturday (Aug 30) at the age of 80. He played a key role in developing quality eye care, education and research in Singapore, with far-reaching contributions to the world.

Intracular lens implant technologies and microsurgical techniques were relatively unknown in the region in the 1970s. But Professor Lim worked with expert eye surgeons from countries such as the United States and Japan to introduce them in Singapore.

He also played a key role in setting up the Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore Eye Research Institute, and the Department of Ophthalmology at the National University Hospital. This helped raise Singapore's profile globally as a medical centre for treatment of eye conditions.

"MEMORIES WILL LIVE ON"

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Environment and Water Resources Minister, was a former medical director at the Singapore National Eye Centre who trained in ophthalmology under Professor Lim.

He said in a Facebook post: “I will never be able to thank (Professor Lim) enough for all that he gave us so generously. All the institutions he established, the lessons and the memories will live on.”

Minister of State for Health Dr Lam Pin Min said: “He will always be remembered not just as an eminent eye surgeon, but also a philanthropist - having helped inculcate in many young doctors the values of compassion and care for the less privileged.”

The visionary leader was also honoured earlier this year, with the Singapore National Eye Centre and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School setting up an ophthalmology professorship named after him.