Dr Perumal is a New Zealand trained Ophthalmologist with advanced training in Glaucoma, Cataract, Pterygium and General Ophthalmology.
As a former optometrist and vision scientist, Divya has a special understanding of the eye’s optics and the evidence that dictates proper clinical practice. Starting from a humble beginning in Malaysia, she received the prestigious ASEAN scholarship to study in Singapore and subsequently made Auckland her home. She studied at Epsom Girls Grammar and pursued an honours degree in Optometry from the University of Auckland. She was awarded the Senior Scholarship Award for best overall performance in Optometry (2004). She was actively involved in preparing the Manual of Ocular Therapeutics for Postgraduate Diploma in Ocular Therapeutics, the first of its kind for therapeutic optometrists in New Zealand.
Inspired by mentors in Ophthalmology, including Prof Charles McGhee, she decided to study medicine at the University of Auckland. There she was awarded the Calvin Ring Prize in Ophthalmology for the best performance in undergraduate ophthalmology. She was subsequently awarded the Arthur Thomas Paterson Scholarship in Ophthalmology. In addition to her role at Eye Institute, Dr Perumal also works as a consultant ophthalmologist at Greenlane Clinical Centre. Her enthusiasm and interest in the ophthalmic field are expressed in all that she does, from her warm interactions with patients to her active research and published articles in international peer-reviewed journals.