It Changed My Life: Eye surgeon's mission to help the less fortunate

Eye surgeon who developed free app for eye checks also does regular humanitarian work

Dr Claudine Pang is the first woman to receive the coveted William H. Ross Surgical Vitreoretinal Fellowship at the University of British Columbia. The ophthalmologist also provides free vision checks and has developed an app for testing eye health.
Above: Dr Pang conducting eye checks during a humanitarian trip to Phnom Penh in June last year. A key reason for starting her own clinic is her desire to make humanitarian work a core part of her practice. Right: Dr Pang conducting eye tests for und
Dr Pang conducting eye tests for underprivileged children in Cambodia last year. PHOTO: COURTESY OF CLAUDINE PANG

Her peers were hardly encouraging when eye surgeon Claudine Pang announced she was applying for the William H. Ross Surgical Vitreoretinal Fellowship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver six years ago.

Do you know what you are doing, they asked her.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 22, 2019, with the headline 'S'porean the only woman to get coveted eye fellowship'. Print Edition | Subscribe