Dr Mae-Lynn Catherine Bastion MBBS FRCSG MSOphth AM, was born in Kuala Lumpur and obtained her early primary and secondary education at the Bukit Bintang Girls’ School. Following an impressive academic performance in Singapore under the ASEAN scholarship scheme at the Raffles Junior College, she enrolled at the University of Sydney, Australia for her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree under a the prestigious AusAID scholarship programme. She graduated with First Class Honours in 1999. She commenced her postgraduate training in Ophthalmology in 2000 and obtained a Masters of Surgery in Ophthalmology from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in 2004. She was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, United Kingdom in 2003.
Since 2004, Dr Mae-Lynn has held a full time position as Lecturer and eye specialist at the Department of Ophthalmology, UKM Medical Centre (UKMMC) in Cheras. In addition to seeing patients at the UKMMC and performing eye surgeries, she teaches medical students and aspiring eye surgeons enrolled in the UKM ophthalmology specialist programme. Furthermore, she conducts research into eye diseases affecting the Malaysian population and has published research in various local and international journals. In recognition of this, she was admitted to the Academy of Medicine, Malaysia, which carries the title, AM (Mal).
Dr Mae-Lynn successfully completed a one-year fellowship in Vitreo-retinal Surgery (highly specialized internal eye surgery for Retina Detachments and Diabetic Eye Diseases among others) in Singapore. She was the only full time Ophthalmologist specializing in Vitreo-retinal Surgery at UKMMC for five years and remains the most experienced surgeon. She has trained 3 fellows (subspecialty trainees) in this area and spearheads the Retina programmes.
Dr Mae-Lynn was appointed as the Head of Department of Ophthalmology, UKM in April 2010. She was reappointed in 2013 and served in this capacity until 2015. She received Associate Professorship in October 2010 in recognition of her leadership talent, clinical experience and research endeavours. In February 2015, she received full Professorship in Ophthalmology (Vitreoretina) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and is the only full Professor there at present.
Dr Mae-Lynn undertook visiting consultancy to the Wong Yiing Cheong Specialist Eye Centre in Taman Cheras Makmur in 2005. Her present role is in providing retina consultancy and access to special diagnostics. She is available through special arrangements outside of office hours at WYCEC. She is also available for private consultation during office hours with appointment through the UKM Specialist Centre on level 7, PPUKM (www.ukmsc.com.my) at 03-91457777/6 which is the private wing of PPUKM. Her consultation days are Tuesdays (9 am to 3 pm) and selected Wednesdays (9 am to 11 am). She can be contacted directly by email via firstname.lastname@example.org.
UKM Specialist Centre provides a vast array of diagnostic services including Heidelberg Retinal Angiography (autofluorescence, fluorescein (FFA) and indocyanine green (ICG) angiography) and Ocular coherence tomography (OCT) for the treatment of retinal diseases and age related macular degeneration. It also provides specialised cataract surgery pre-operative assessment tools including Atlas keratography, specular microscopy, IOL Master and immersion A scan ultrasonography. The latter two are particularly useful for Lasik patients and patients with silicone oil who develop cataracts. For glaucoma patients, the full range of monitoring equipment is available including Humphrey visual field, anterior segment imaging including UBM and optic nerve OCT; and pachymetry.