Dr Yap Tiong Peng
- Senior Consultant (IGARD Vision Therapy, Singapore)
- Senior Consultant (Paediatric Optometry, Singapore)
- Internationally Board Certified in Vision Therapy and Neuro Visual Development (IECB, USA)
- Fully accredited in Behavioral, Neuro Developmental Optometry (UK, USA, Australia)
- Clinician-Scientist (PhD, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of New South Wales, Australia)
- Triple Clinical Fellowships in USA and Australia (FACBO, FCOVD, FAAO)
- International Awards and Accolades (e.g. David and Diane Goss Fellowship)
- International Research on Electrodiagnosis, Amblyopia and Children Visual Development
- International Publications and Author (e.g. Dyslexia and Vision)
- Childhood Myopia Control
- Orthokeratology Treatment (Member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control, AAOMC)
Professional Qualifications (Fellowships) and Memberships:
- Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO)
- Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD)
- Fellow of the Australian College of Behavioural Optometrists (FACBO)
- Member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
- Member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (AAOMC)
- Life Member of the Singapore Optometric Association (SOA)
- PhD (Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of New South Wales, Australia)
- DIC (Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, UK)
- MSc (University of London, Imperial College, London, UK)
- BSc Hons. (UMIST Optometry and Neuroscience, University of Manchester, UK)
Recent International Awards and Accolades:
- Awarded the 2020 David and Diane Goss Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF)
- Awarded the 2020 Sci Com Trg Fellowship of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
- Top 5 Experts in Singapore (Ranked #2 for Amblyopia and #5 for Astigmatism by Expertscape)
- New and Important in Pediatric Ophthalmology for Dr Yap’s 2019 and 2020 publications on Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (Selected by the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, AAPOS)
- Awarded 2018 Hot Topic in Amblyopia at ARVO Meeting (USA)
More about Dr Yap:
Dr Yap Tiong Peng is currently working in private practice (IGARD Vision Therapy Singapore) at Orchard and Katong. He has special interests in children's visual development, amblyopia treatment and vision-related learning challenges, including the Meares-Irlen syndrome (visual stress), photosensitive migraines, visual snow and pattern glare. He is also adept in pediatric myopia control and interventions, orthokeratology treatment, and prescribing precision spectral filters to ameliorate the symptoms of visual stress and/or Meares Irlen Syndrome.
Dr Yap is Singapore's first and only board certified doctor in vision therapy and behavioural / neurodevelopmental optometry. He is the author of "Dyslexia and Vision: Current Evidence and Clinical Interventions" and "Electrodiagnosis of Amblyopia" (Advances in Ophthalmology and Optometry, 2020). At the clinic, Dr Yap typically attends to patients who needs routine eye care and both children and adults with a wide range of functional vision issues, including binocular vision anomalies, amblyopia, strabismus, learning challenges, low vision and mild traumatic brain injuries. Besides seeing patients, Dr Yap's ophthalmic research interests are in the electrodiagnosis and treatment monitoring of refractive amblyopia in children. His research at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia has helped to identify potential predictive biomarkers that could gauge the patient's responsiveness towards amblyopia treatment and to guide clinical decision-making. International collaborators are based at the University of Melbourne, City University of London and the Singapore National Eye Center. In collaboration with the Singapore Optometric Association, Dr Yap has written several articles on vision and driving, on the topics of stereovision, visual skills and safety.
Dr Yap has completed three clinical fellowships in USA and Australia. He is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD), Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) and a Fellow of the Australian College of Behavioural Optometrists (FACBO). He is a Member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and a Member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (AAOMC). He holds a PhD (University of New South Wales, Australia), MSc (Imperial College, London, UK) and UMIST Honours degree (University of Manchester, UK). He was awarded a Diploma of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (London) in 2002.
Since obtaining his doctorate, Dr Yap has continued to be active as a clinician-scientist, contributing to the research supervision of final year students at the University of New South Wales (Australia) in the area of meridional anisotropies and amblyopia. He is ranked by Expertscape as a Top 5 Expert in Singapore in Amblyopia (Ranking No. 2) and Astigmatism (Ranking No. 5) based on the selection criteria between 2011 and 2021. In 2020, Dr Yap was awarded the Science Communication Training Fellowship by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). He was also awarded the David and Diane Goss Fellowship by the American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF). He received the 2019 and 2020 ARVO Publications Grants in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. His work was selected as a Hot Topic during the 2018 ARVO Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, a huge honor in his field because fewer than 3% of presenters worldwide receive this accolade each year. Dr Yap's work on Meridional Anisotropies was also featured as "New and Important in Pediatric Ophthalmology" in 2019 and 2020 by the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS).
In the fields of optometry, ophthalmology, neuroscience and psychology, Dr Yap has contributed to several scientific papers and volunteered his expertise as a scientific reviewer to a wide range of journals including Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (IOVS) (Official Journal of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology; IF 3.81), Journal of Neural Plasticity (Neuroscience; IF 3.58), American Journal of Ophthalmology (AJO) (IF 4.48), Documenta Ophthalmologica (Official Journal of the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision; IF 2.01), Frontiers in Psychology (IF 2.07), Frontiers in Neuroscience (IF 3.56), Therapeutic Advances in Ophthalmology, Clinical and Experimental Optometry (Official Journal of the Optometry Australia, Hong Kong Society of Professional Optometrists and New Zealand Association of Optometrists; IF 1.34), Journal of Clinical Optometry, Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology (Auckland, N.Z), BMC Ophthalmology (Springer Nature), PLOS One (IF 2.74), Advances in Ophthalmology and Optometry (Elsevier, USA) and Journal of Eye and Brain (Neuroscience; IF 3.26).
In early 2000s, Dr Yap studied the effect of ocular accommodation stimulus-response in myopia under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Charman at the University of Manchester. Between 2005 to 2011, Dr Yap was the principal investigator of the study on quality-of-life and utility values of visual floaters at Alexandra Hospital (previously under the National Healthcare Group, NHG). During the same period, Dr Yap was on the teaching faculty in optometry at Singapore Polytechnic and University of Manchester, covering certificate, diploma and degree courses. He taught Advanced Binocular Vision, Visual Neurophysiology and Psychophysics. From 2010 to 2011, Dr Yap sat on the Singapore health ministry’s expert panel which established advisories and guidelines on visual training (vision therapy).
In his spare time, Dr Yap has been volunteering for the local chapter of the alumni association of Imperial College for the past 10 years. He was previously the Vice President of the Imperial College Alumni Association of Singapore and the Vice President of the University of Manchester Alumni Association of Singapore. In contributing to the community, he previously sat on the PMET Resource Panel of the People's Association and conducted community vision screening programs in collaboration with the People's Association. He is married with four children.
Colorimetry, Vision Therapy and Orthokeratology Treatment in Singapore
Dr Yap accepts international appointments at his practice in Singapore. Referrals are not necessary and patients may wish to contact the clinic directly. For appointments with Dr Yap, please contact IGARD (Vision Therapy Singapore), 51 Cuppage Road #01-04 Singapore 229469. Email firstname.lastname@example.org .