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Employee Spotlight: Dr. Abraham Yuen

Posted on May 2nd, 2019
FYidoctors Blog | OD Spotlight: Dr. Abraham Yuen

Dr. Yuen was inspired to become an optometrist so that he can give back to the community and to people in-need. He is passionate about providing patients comprehensive and empathetic care through taking the time to listen to their concerns, answer questions and by staying educated about the latest technological advancements in eyecare. Dr. Yuen is also particularly interested in dry eye, specialty contacts and low vision therapy. Read on to learn more about our Markham clinic’s latest addition.


What’s your current role at FYidoctors?

I am an optometrist at FYidoctors Markham. I love to see patients of all ages for their comprehensive eye exams, eye emergencies and specialized services.


Briefly describe your educational background and training. 

I received my Doctor of Optometry at the University of Waterloo and completed my Bachelor of Honour Science at Waterloo as well. My clinical clerkships included training with local ophthalmologists in disease management and pre and post-op care based out of Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, and collaborating with family physicians at the McMaster Centre for Family Medicine in Kitchener. In addition, I completed clinical training with the Vision Institute of Canada with a focus on specialty contact lenses and low vision care.


Why FYidoctors?

I chose to work at FYidoctors because of our philosophy in providing exceptional patient care. And as a doctor, I give my patients my full attention and find them comprehensive solutions to all their vision needs. Something that also appeals to me at FYidoctors is that all of our clinics have the latest technology to help me have the best tools to guide my recommendations, diagnose and treat eye diseases better than before.

We also provide a comprehensive eyecare solution, so whether a someone needs treatment for an eye condition or the most fashionable eyewear, our patients get a seamless experience by our team from the start to end.


What makes your clinic a unique place to work?

For me, there are two things that are unique to my clinic. Number one is the people. We have a great workplace environment. From our optometric assistants and opticians to doctors, everyone is warm, welcoming and work well as a team to provide the best patient-centred care and experience.

And two, our clinic has some of the most advanced eyecare technology available in the area. In particular, we have the latest dry eye diagnostic tools that allows us to image the Meibomian glands (oil glands of eyelid) that may cause dry eye disease. We have a machine called Lipiflow that uses pulse and heat to help unclog the oil glands and provide a treatment to dry eye.


What made you want to work in eyecare?

Working in eyecare is all about making an impact in a patient’s life. Growing up, my family sponsored a child in Ethiopia, providing better healthcare and education for him. However, Ethiopia at the time had zero optometrists in the country and eyecare was not readily available.

Knowing that inspired me to pursue my Doctor of Optometry and travel overseas on a humanitarian trip to give back to the community and help those in-need.


What do you love most about your job?

Being an optometrist allows me to provide a personalized solution for my patient. I have a special interest in dry eye, specialty contact lenses and low vision therapy. What I find rewarding is being able to make an impact on someone’s life because of an eye disease or condition that has left them with vision loss. Both specialty contacts and low vision therapy allows me to provide a unique solution to a patient’s problem that helps them regain their livelihood, autonomy and make an improvement to my patient’s quality of life.


What’s one of the most challenging parts of your job? 

Part of my job is making tough diagnosis, and delivering bad news is never easy. To think that what I am about to share with my patient may change their lives forever is huge. To me, the most important part is to be empathetic and to take the time to listen and address their needs and help provide them the resources to adapt to the changes in their vision and lifestyle.


What’s one of your favourite moments from working at the clinic?

My favourite moment at my clinic was being able to make a difference in the life of a patient with keratoconus, a condition that causes a cone-shaped cornea that distorts vision. Keratoconus cannot be corrected fully with traditional glasses or contact lenses. I was able to fit him in a special hard lens, called a scleral lens, that enables him to see much better. The moment I inserted the lens he had tears in his eyes — overwhelmed by the clear vision he’s never experienced before. He was so excited, and said: “Dr. Yuen, I can finally see you’re your face!” He was walking around gazing as if he had a whole new world around him. It’s moments like this that makes me cherish my work.


Where do you see the future of eyecare going?

The future of eyecare is all about personalization. Patients will be able to customize every single aspect of their glasses and have it 3D-printed. In the future, medicine will be delivered in nanosized dosage that target the specific problem area as oppose to the eye generally. High-tech diagnostic testing will allow us to identify diseases and provide a custom treatment based on your specific genetics and needs.


What is the most important advice you want to give your patients?

Prevention is key. A lot of times eye diseases can go undetected in their early stages. Unfortunately, by the time some patients come see me after many, many years of not having a regular check-up they have late stages of certain eye diseases that may be prevented or slowed down if caught a bit sooner.

By that time, it might be too late to treat and bring back the vision that has already been damaged. Most eye diseases can actually be detected and treated early with regular eye exams every one to two years.


What's your personal eyewear style?

I have a relatively high prescription, so I prefer minimalistic, lightweight eyewear. I like frames that allow you to customize the colour, size and style.


Where would we find you when you’re not at FYidoctors?

While not working at FYidoctors, I will most likely be at conferences or lectures to bring back the latest knowledge and technology to my patients. I also enjoy helping out on inner city health projects to provide eye care to those in need in Toronto.

Outside of work, I am a big Toronto sports fan, and I can be found cheering for my Blue Jays, Raptors or Maple Leafs. I also enjoy hiking and road trips to wind down outside of clinic.


We invite you to give us a call or check out our website to book your next appointment with Dr. Yuen.