The Department of Ophthalmology, IIUM is located at 4th level of the Kulliyyah of Medicine at the Indera Mahkota Campus (IMC), Kuantan, Pahang. The objectives of its development are: Firstly, to cater the need for under graduate teaching programmes. Secondly, to become the centre of excellence in ophthalmic training, research and service and third to improve the standard of eye healthcare, especially in the region in the East Coast of Malaysia.
The department was established in 2002 and now is well equipped with a well-rounded, multi-disciplined staff with high energy, integrity and up-to-date equipment to become a world-class training, research and service centre.
Currently, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Khairidzan Mohd Kamal has been the Head of Department since June 2009. He is also the Director for Cornea, External Diseases and Refractive Surgery Services.
The Department of Ophthalmology was the first to offer the Specialized Clinic in IMC, and the first to perform surgical operations in IMC. The department has also become an ophthalmic diagnostic referral centre, for both local and international parties. In October 2008, the department has organized the IIUM International Ophthalmic Biomedical Instruments Maintenance Training in collaboration with Carl Zeiss (M) Sdn. Bhd.
At the moment, department has established two diagnostic laboratories namely:
- Anterior Segment Diagnostic Lab
- Retinal Diagnostic Lab
Currently, these two diagnostic labs are the most comprehensive ophthalmic diagnostic labs in East Coast Malaysia. We are now in the process of expanding and upgrading our facilities and services by developing the Ocular Allergy Clinic. With an Islamic Development Bank (IDB) budget allocation in 2007, we are now leading in the ophthalmic field with the acquisition of many more state-of-the-art equipment.
With all this progress and projects in line, we hope to be able to contribute more to society and progress further. The Department of Ophthalmology is fully committed to the development and progress of eye healthcare in the East-Coast region, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, and the realization of our objectives, while consistently upholding our longstanding values of integrity and professionalism.
The Department of Ophthalmology has changed its approach in teaching to provide comprehensive training to its students, and to give them maximum exposure during their limited time during the ophthalmology posting. The department includes more practical and hands-on training in the two weeks of ophthalmology posting in Year 4.
The basic two weeks training include:
- Basic eye examination techniques
- Ward round and clinical work
This change in teaching approach, which was adopted since January 2006, includes:
- Performing first dressing and visual acuity test to post operative cases
- Hands on training on basic ophthalmology procedures
- Attachment at the Ophthalmology Research Centre, IMC
- Video presentation on Ophthalmic Microsurgery procedures
- Introduction to Ophthalmic Diagnostic Equipment
- Providing a specific area at the HTAA Eye Clinic for students to run their own clinics
The Department of Ophthalmology also took part in the teaching and training of other medical-related undergraduate courses, such as the Kulliyyah of Allied Health Science, the Kulliyyah of Pharmacy and the Kulliyyah of Nursing.
Eventhough the department does not have its own postgraduate programme, we have been actively involved in the teaching and training of postgraduate Masters candidates from the Malaysian Ministry of Health.