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Prof Wong is an outstanding physician-scientist in ophthalmology who has made substantial scientific and professional contributions in our understanding of the global epidemiology, burden and risk factors of visual impairment and the major eye diseases, particular on diabetic retinopathy (DR) and myopia.
Importantly, over nearly 20 years, Prof Wong’s seminal research on the prevalence, trends and risk factors for eye diseases in Asia has resulted in substantial advances in our understanding of major causes of blindness in Asia. Such data, previously lacking, are important as by 2040, >50% of patients with visual impairment are in Asia. His findings were also extensively cited in IAPB, WHO and other agencies.
Overall, Prof Wong’s has significantly contributed to the advancement and knowledge in ophthalmology and major public health understanding of eye disease. His work has been highly cited, used by IAPB and other agencies to drive transformation of care, and made a significant impact on our current understanding and practice in managing the treatment of various eye diseases. For these reasons, I strongly recommend Professor Tien Y Wong for the Vision Excellence Awards 2020.