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.
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!).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
MD, MeD, FRCSC
Dr. Abtahi provides medical and surgical care to glaucoma and cataract patients in the Ottawa region. She obtained her Doctor of Medicine in Iran and was trained as an ophthalmologist.
She then completed a second residency at the University of Ottawa Eye Institute where she served as chief resident.
She obtained her Royal College certificate in 2017 and subsequently completed a glaucoma fellowship at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Abtahi is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and has been involved in research and teaching with medical students and residents.
As a teacher and mentor to young surgeons, she was a recipient of the annual Department of Ophthalmology Surgical Teaching Award. She also completed a Masters of Education Concentration in Health Professions Education from the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Abtahi is dedicated to providing specialized and advanced care to her glaucoma and cataract patients, including micro-invasive glaucoma surgeries.
Garfield Miller is a cataract and glaucoma subspecialist in Ottawa, providing expert care in some of the most complex cases since 2011. Dr. Miller developed a passion for treating difficult surgical cases during his ophthalmology training in Toronto. He was later accepted into the University of Toronto Glaucoma and Advanced Anterior Segment Surgery (GASS) fellowship. It is widely considered as one of the top training programs of its kind in the world. There he specialized in refractive cataract surgery, advanced glaucoma care and micro-invasive glaucoma techniques. At the University of Ottawa Eye Institute, Dr. Miller is an assistant professor actively involved in teaching and research. Dr. Miller coordinates the glaucoma curriculum for medical students and resident physicians. He also helps to train senior residents in advanced cataract surgical skills. Over the past decade, Dr. Miller has been regularly sought after to deliver lectures and training in cataract and glaucoma surgery at the regional, national, and international levels. He continues to evolve bringing his cutting-edge and compassionate care to patients in pursuit of sight restoration, preservation, and optimization. Outside of medicine, Dr. Miller enjoys family, creativity, and living a life of faith. He greatly values spending time with his wife and two boys. Whenever possible, Dr. Miller dabbles in both the culinary and visual arts. Foundationally, he loves God and is guided by his Christian faith in all aspects of life.
Dr. Elias Nour is a Canadian board-certified optometrist with special interest in medical glaucoma, refractive surgery management and anterior segment disease. Dr. Nour completed his studies at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science in 2019 graduating with honours. During his last year of clinical rotations, he completed an externship at the Cherokee Nation Health Center in Oklahoma where he had the privilege of caring for underserved communities while gaining extensive knowledge in glaucoma and ocular disease management. Dr. Nour currently serves as Co-President of the Ottawa Society of Optometrists. He is also an active member of the Ontario Association Optometrists, Canadian Association of Optometrists, as well as the Refractive Surgery Alliance. Along side his dedication to quality patient care, Dr. Nour is also passionate about teaching and currently serves as a clinical instructor for senior optometry students from the University of Montreal.
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