Dedicated to Lily

Have you ever felt frustrated or limited because you couldn’t see well enough to do something?

Imagine your daughter coming home from university one day and crying herself to sleep in bed.  You ask her, ‘What’s wrong?’ and she said, ‘Mom, I don’t think I can ever get into medical school.  My vision is too poor to see well through the microscopes in science labs.’

‘I am also three times slower at reading because of my bad eyesight,’ she said, tear streamed.

It was precisely this story that spurred Dr. Allyson Tang’s Optometry Clinic to be born on Halloween of 2013.  Dr. Tang was mad as heck that any child should ever have to feel that way.  She believes that people ought to grow up keeping a part of their childhood creativity and imagination – seeing in their mind’s eye that there are always possibilities.

A child would never think twice about whether it is possible to be an astronaut and fly to the moon.  She just knew that is what she dreams of and would simply imagine doing it.

But somehow, along the way, we grow up learning about limitations and restrictions, thinking of why things cannot be done or why it might be difficult.

Allyson wanted to spread the message that the Young Girl who went home crying really could be amazing! It is our role to empower people, especially children and youths, with knowledge so we can protect their courage to dream.  When we use knowledge properly, we will be able to see the endless possibilities and chances.  It can also help a child go through her journey with greater ease and spirit.

The Dream Team at Dr. Allyson Tang Optometry is imbued with the passion to spread knowledge about eye health in creative and simple ways, positively impacting people’s lives one by one.

Had it been known that the quickly worsening vision in the Young Girl’s eyes could have been prevented, she may very well be the doctor saving lives today.  Nonetheless, may Dr. Tang, Vaughan Optometrist be blessed with the ability to face challenges with gusto and see the vast possibilities.

Meet our Dream Team

Dr. Allyson Tang OD, BSc

She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, and also completed her degree in Honours Science at the University of Waterloo.

Dr. Tang attended Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Kentucky, U.S. for her Optometry externship, where she gained a stronger background in diabetic retinopathy and other ocular disease management. She is TPA Certified to prescribe medication for various eye conditions including Allergies and Glaucoma.

Allyson Tang completed her second externship at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Optometry Department, where she gained insight on East Asian eye care. There she was also exposed to an emphasis on Myopia Control or research in methods to slow down progression of near-sightedness, which is a prominent challenge in East Asia. Her special interest is in Accelerated Orthokeratology or AOK.

A member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and Eye Recommend.

Allyson, Vaughan Optometrist was born in Hong Kong, and came to Richmond Hill, Toronto for her studies since Grade Five. She is fluent in English and Chinese. Her passion includes traveling and following foodies to try out new good eats!

Dr. Melissa Le

Dr. Melissa Le is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, where she received both her Doctorate of Optometry as well as her Bachelor of Science degrees.

She has completed externships in the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary and Pinellas Park, Florida where she gained experience in treating and managing eye diseases, as well as fitting specialty contact lenses. As a student, Dr. Le had the opportunity to travel to Chisinau, Moldova where she worked with a team of optometrists and volunteers to provide eye examinations and glasses to individuals without access to eye care.

She is a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists, registered with College of Optometrists of Ontario and is Therapeutic Pharmacetical Agent (TPA) certified. Through her training she has developed an interest in both dry eye and specialty contact lenses. She is very excited to join the Dream Team at Dr. Allyson Optometrist and can’t wait to bring her skills and passion for optometry to its patients.

Dr. Le was born and raised in Etobicoke and is fluent in English and Vietnamese. When she is not looking at eyes, Dr. Le loves to travel. Whether she’s abroad or at home, she is always on the lookout for great food and balances out her sweet tooth by running and playing tennis.

Dr. Iris Jiachang Shen

Dr. Iris Jiachang Shen completed her Optometry degree with 1st class honors and graduated on the Dean’s Honors List in 2013. Her residency at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University was focused on specialty contact lens fitting, including orthokeratology. There she gained experience in near-sightedness control and ocular diseases commonly seen in eyes with high prescriptions.

In 2015, Dr. Shen completed the International Optometry Bridging Program at University of Waterloo, furthering her knowledge in diagnosis and management of ocular disease with therapeutic pharmaceutical agents (TPAs).

Dr. Shen is passionate about promoting eye health and contributing to the community. She tutored Optometry students in clinical labs while working in Hong Kong. She also led a group of Optometry students on a service trip to rural China in 2014, where they provided complimentary eye care and distributed eyeglass donations.

Her research project studying the accuracy of a portable and affordable device that could be applied to measure prescriptions on rural service trips was presented at the annual American Academy of Optometry meeting in 2016.

Iris was born in China, and lived in Hong Kong for about 8 years. She is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. She is board certified to practice both in Hong Kong and Canada. A member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and Canadian Association of Optometrists.

Elvin Hui

Our licensed Optician, Elvin, has over 15 years of experience in the optical field. He can provide each and every patient with great knowledge on eyeglass lens designs and frame styles that suit the patient’s needs. Being a part of Dr. Allyson Tang’s team, he developed greater experience in the optometric industry as a cross-trained Optometric Coordinator. While being a top-notch front desk staff at the eye clinic, he provides every patient a friendly visit by helping with appointment booking and pre-testing before they see the eye doctor.

Elvin is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. His hobbies include photography, and he loves to watch movies, and spend time with his friends and family.

Stella Liu

Greetings from the front desk with a smile!

Stella has had 10+ years of experience as an Optometric assistant. She will be able to help you book appointments and prepare your pre-testing. She will also be more than happy to help you select your glasses frames and lenses with her expert advice and knowledge in that area.

She speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin. During her leisure time, she loves to watch movies and spend time with family and friends.

Batul Baghdadwala

Batul has recently graduated from the University of Toronto in Biochemistry and Human Biology. She is passionate about helping others and learning more about the science behind how our eye work to help us see. Being part of Dr. Tang’s team has given her the opportunity to enhance her knowledge about the eye as well help her further develop her skills and fulfilling her passion of helping others.

In the future, Batul wants to pursue her Master in Biology with specialization in vision impairments to help her enhance her experience and skills in the eye care field. She is fluent in English, Hindi/Urdu and Gujrati. She loves baking and likes trying out different activities and sports.