Acalling that is close to the heart of Dato’ Dr. Haslina Binti Mohd Ali is the prevention of blindness in Malaysia.
And now, her years of dedication and service in providing vitreoretinal care has rightly earned the honor of being the 2021
recipient of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) “Outstanding Service in Prevention of Blindness Award.”
Dr. Haslina is the only vitreoretinal surgeon in the North Malaysia states of Kedah and Perlis ลาวสามัคคี วีไอพี.
She has been instrumental in not only treating patients in Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah Alor Star in Alor Setar, but has also collaborated with hospitals around Malaysia.
She graduated from the National University of Malaysia (UKM) in 1989 and obtained her master’s in Ophthalmology in UKM In 1999.
She then completed her fellowship in Vitreoretina at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in the United Kingdom from January 2004 to April 2005.
When she started providing vitreoretinal services at the new turnkey
Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah, she served patients from four states in the Northern Peninsula.
With the presence of younger vitreoretinal surgeons in the state of Perak in 2011
Dr. Haslina Recognized and in Penang in mid-2014, she began focusing on serving these two states, which have a population of more than two million.
Since then, she has remained the sole vitreoretinal surgeon in these two states. Dr. Haslina Recognized
“Two days per week, we run two vitreoretinal clinic rooms, one preoperative clinic room and one antiVEGF clinic room,” said Dr. Haslina.
“Before the COVID pandemic, we used to have between 80-130 patients per day and clinic [hours] used to stretch regularly up to 7:30 or 8 p.m..
We try to do as much as possible each day.” She also examines patients in the emergency clinic room on her clinic days.
The waiting time for a vitreoretina; clinic is more than two months, but at times patients that need early intervention will be seen as soon as possible.
Lighting the way in vitreoretina For the affable and down-to-earth Dr. Haslina, her interest in vitreoretina started during her post-graduate years.
“My professor in vitreoretina was very encouraging and allowed us to do many things.
Our head of ophthalmology services was also a VR surgeon and she made the path easier for me.
I developed an interest in vitreoretina before I was a specialist.” The longer Dr. Haslina Recognized
Dr. Haslina worked as a VR-surgeon, the more she realized that there are so many needs.
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a main eye disease encountered by vitreoretinal specialists.
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