Precision Cornea Centre was established in 2019 as a non-hospital academic subspecialty clinic in Canada devoted solely to cornea and anterior segment pathology. The Centre is part of public health care and welcomes patients from across Canada (all provincial health cards are accepted) and internationally.
VISION, MISSION, AND VALUES STATEMENT
Vision Statement: Our Direction
To improve vision-related quality of life.
Mission Statement: Our Focus
We strive to be an international leader in providing evidence-based care and the highest quality service to people with conditions of the cornea, iris, and lens by:
Listening to and working with our patients to provide them with the safest and most appropriate medical and surgical therapies;
Educating ourselves and the next generation of eye surgeons, optometrists, technologists, and managers in an environment that fosters learning;
Disseminating new knowledge gained from our efforts in research and innovation to our eye professional colleagues around the world; and
Committing to a strong involvement in community service and global outreach activities.
Values Statement: Our Behaviour
Each member of our team is guided by
PASSION for helping people see better and more comfortably through an enthusiasm for continuous learning and improvement;
INNOVATION in safe and effective healing options;
EXPERTISE in the latest technologies and techniques used for diagnosing and treating eye disease
INTEGRITY when interacting with our colleagues, our patients, our referring doctors, our trainees, and our industry partners.
Every person that enters Precision Cornea Centre (whether they are a patient or an employee) goes through COVID screening, has their temperature taken, maintains social distancing whenever possible, and is required to wear a mask. Surgically Clean Air is provided by HEPA and UVC cleaning of the air, and the entire volume of air in the clinic is exchanged every 6 to 9 minutes for the safety of our patients and staff.
PREPARING FOR YOUR VISIT
Most of our new patients will get a call from a member of our staff before the scheduled appointment to get background history of their health and vision issues. For the initial visit to our Centre, we invite our guests to bring their glasses, contact lens solution/case (for patients who will have to remove their lenses), non-expired health cards, name/fax number of family doctor or GP, name/fax number of pharmacy, and a list of medications (including all eye drops!).
Initial consultations typically last 60-90 minutes and may include diagnostic testing and dilation of eyes (bring a driver and sunglasses!). One of our doctors (Dr. Baig, Dr. Sabeti, Dr. Yelle, Dr. Lewis,) will do a full assessment and discussion with the patient, and may be accompanied by a senior ophthalmology resident, senior optometry student, or tech student.
Designated parking spots are available for Precision Cornea Centre guests in the building's outdoor parking lot; if these spots are taken, additional adjacent metered parking spots can be used. The parking meter is located in the lobby and accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash (please note we do not provide change!).
For the convenience and safety of our patients, many of the encounters with our doctors can at times be done virtually either by phone calls or video calls. Within Precision Cornea Centre, we have secure technology to virtually take care of the vision needs of our patients.
We are happy to accept referrals from physicians and optometrists for patients with cornea, iris, lens, and IOL issues. Referrals can be sent to Precision Cornea Centre by fax (613-739-2733), by email (email@example.com), or by eReferral.
For cataract surgery, laser vision surgery (LASIK, SMILE, PRK), refractive lens exchange, and ICL surgery, both patients and referring doctors are welcome to contact Herzig Eye Institute, an adjacent surgery centre in which our surgeons operate and where Dr. Baig serves as the Medical Director.
Helping You See Better
Dr. Darrell Lewis is a Cornea, Anterior Segment, Cataract, and Refractive Surgeon providing patient care at the Precision Cornea Centre. He has served as an Assistant Professor at the Dalhousie University Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, the Medical Director of a Laser Refractive Surgery Centre, and the Medical Director of the Halifax Regional Tissue Bank, Ocular Division. Dr. Lewis completed Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo followed by undergraduate medical training at the University of Ottawa. He completed Ophthalmology residency through Dalhousie University where he was awarded first prize for surgical skills and the recipient of The Francis C. & Emily Yoh Tan Resident award. Subsequently completing fellowship training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne Australia. He has a strong interest in corneal transplantation, keratoconus, and refractive surgery.
OD, PROSE Provider
Dr. Brittany Yelle is an American Board-Certified optometrist and graduate from the University of Montreal School of Optometry. Throughout her studies, she was an active member of the University’s student council as the Trustee for the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA). As part of her clinical rotations, Dr. Yelle completed a joint internship with EyeDOCS and Precision Cornea Centre in Ottawa, where she gained experience in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease with a concentration in cornea and anterior segment pathology. Dr. Yelle has recently completed a PROSE fellowship through Boston Sight, making Precision Cornea Centre one of the only two centres in Canada to offer patients PROSE devices. Dr. Yelle is passionate about community outreach work. She has travelled with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) to provide eye care in Ecuador and has participated in University of Montreal’s mobile clinic (Regard collectif) which offers full eye exams to the homeless population. She is also passionate about specialty contact lenses and ocular surface disease, her areas of interest at Precision Cornea Centre.
MD, MBA, FRCSC
Dr. Kashif Baig, a Cornea, Anterior Segment, Cataract, and Refractive Surgeon, is the Founder/Medical Director of Precision Cornea Centre and the Medical Director at Herzig Eye Institute Ottawa. Dr. Baig is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa, Pediatric Cornea Consultant at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and Clinical Investigator in Regenerative Medicine at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Sally Letson Foundation. He was past President of the Canadian Cornea Society, and former Director of the Cornea, Anterior Segment, and Refractive Surgery Fellowship Program at the University of Ottawa Eye Institute. He completed his medical and residency training at McGill University, MBA Degree (specializing in Health Services Management) at McMaster University, and Fellowship training in the United States. Dr. Baig has a strong interest in the development and implementation of surgical innovations in corneal and anterior segment surgery.
MD, MPH, FRCSC
Dr. Saama Sabeti is a Cornea, Anterior Segment, Cataract and Refractive surgeon providing patient care at the Precision Cornea Centre as well as the University of Ottawa Eye Institute. She specializes in corneal transplantation techniques including the Boston Keratoprosthesis. Dr. Sabeti completed her undergraduate and medical training at the University of British Columbia, where she was the recipient of numerous awards including the British Columbia Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons Prize in Ophthalmology. She subsequently completed her residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Ottawa, followed by fellowship training in Cornea and External Disease at the Université de Montréal. Her passion for research has led her to publish and present studies at numerous national and international meetings. Dr. Sabeti has had a longstanding interest in public health and health policy, leading her to complete a Masters Degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health concurrently with her residency. She has a special interest in global health, health systems management, and quality improvement.
The People That Make It Happen