Dr YOUNG Lerrmann Alvin 楊樂旼醫生
MB BCh BAO (N.U.Irel), MMedSc (Hons), FRCS (Irel), MRCOphth (UK), FRCS (Ed), FCSHK, FCOphth (HK), FRCOphth (UK), FHKAM (Ophth)

Chief of Service, DOVS, PWH and AHNH
Cluster Coordinator (Ophthalmology), NTEC
Chairman of the Hospital Authority Co-ordinating Committee in Ophthalmology

Office tel.: (852) 2632-2895
Fax no.: (852) 2648-2943
e-mail: youngla@ha.org.hk


Dr Alvin L. Young is the Chief of Service, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Prince of Wales and Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospitals and Cluster Coordinator (Ophthalmology), New Territories East Cluster. In terms of subspecialty interest, he is the Coordinator of Corneal & External Eye Disease Service for NTEC.

He has been the Chairman of the Hospital Authority Co-ordinating Committee in Ophthalmology since 2013, and serves as Honorary Clinical Associate Professor of DOVS at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Honorary Visiting Professor of STU-CUHK Joint Shantou International Eye Centre.

Dr Young received his schooling, undergraduate medical education & postgraduate ophthalmic training in Ireland. He was a Lecturer in Ophthalmology at University College Dublin before his return to Hong Kong in the late nineties when he joined this department.

Dr Young has over 100 peer reviewed publications & has delivered well over 200 courses, lectures and presentations at major international ophthalmic scientific meetings. Dr Young has also served as a reviewer for more than 20 peer reviewed journals & as editorial board member of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology. He serves as a Council member of the Asia Cornea Society, The Hong Kong Society of Transplantation & The College of Ophthalmologists of Hong Kong. He was the recipient of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Distinguished Service Award in 2009, Outstanding Service in Prevention of Blindness Award AND Achievement Award in 2015 & AFV Outstanding Researcher of the Year in Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences (1st runner up) in 2003. He has been serving as a Corneal Scientific Program Coordinator for the World Ophthalmology Congress 2008 and APAO Congresses (2009 to 2013 & 2015). He has also served as panel member or chair for the World Cornea Congresses (2000 & 2015), EuCornea & Asia Corneal Society Congresses.

Research interests

Dr. Young’s prime interest is in the clinical aspects of the comprehensive anterior segment. His broad interests ranged from refractive to cornea and lens, including osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis, anterior and posterior lamellar keratoplasty, pterygium, other ocular surface reconstruction and various different modalities of lens replacement.

Representative Publications

  1. Wan KH, Chen LJ, Young AL. Efficacy and Safety of Topical 0.05% Cyclosporine Eye Drops in the Treatment of Dry Eye Syndrome: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. The Ocular Surface (in press)
  2. Kam KW, Belin MW, Young AL. Monitoring corneal densities following primary pterygium excision with adjuvant topical mitomycin-C application-an observational study of corneal scar changes. Cornea. 2015 May;34(5):530-4. doi:10.1097/ICO.0000000000000400.
  3. Young AL, Ho M, Jhanji V, Cheng LL. Ten-year results of a randomized controlled trial comparing 0.02% mitomycin C and limbal conjunctival autograft in pterygium surgery. Ophthalmology. 2013 Dec;120(12):2390-5. doi:10.1016/j.ophtha.2013.05.033. Epub 2013 Jul 16.
  4. Young AL, Kam KW, Jhanji V, Cheng LL, Rao SK. A new era in corneal transplantation: paradigm shift and evolution of techniques. Hong Kong Med J. 2012 Dec;18(6):509-16.
  5. Young AL, Leung KS, Tsim N, Hui M, Jhanji V. Risk factors, microbiological profile, and treatment outcomes of pediatric microbial keratitis in a tertiary care hospital in Hong Kong. Am J Ophthalmol. 2013 Nov;156(5):1040-1044.e2. doi:10.1016/j.ajo.2013.06.019. Epub 2013 Aug 20.
  6. Wan KH, Chen LJ, Rong SS, Pang CP, Young AL. Topical cyclosporine in the treatment of allergic conjunctivitis: a meta-analysis. Ophthalmology. 2013 Nov;120(11):2197-203. doi:10.1016/j.ophtha.2013.03.044. Epub 2013 Jun 3.
  7. Lau LC, Ma L, Young AL et al. Association of common variants in TCF4 and PTPRG with Fuchs' corneal dystrophy: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS One. 2014 Oct 9;9(10):e109142. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0109142. eCollection 2014.
  8. Lai FH, Lok JY, Chow PP, Young AL. Clinical outcomes of cataract surgery in very elderly adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Jan;62(1):165-70. doi:10.1111/jgs.12590. Epub 2013 Nov 26.
  9. Luk AS, Young AL, Cheng LL. Long-term outcome of scleral-fixated intraocular lens implantation. Br J Ophthalmol. 2013 Oct;97(10):1308-11. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2013-303625. Epub 2013 Jul 22.