Dr. Darana Yuen MD, FRCSC
Dr. Darana Yuen is a highly skilled and experienced ophthalmologist. She has developed her niche in the Greater Toronto Area as a refractive cataract–glaucoma surgeon. Her surgical cases are performed at Uptown Surgical Center, a private surgical facility in Concord where there is access to the femtosecond laser and multiple platforms of sophisticated lens technology. Premium intraocular lenses and the latest techniques in astigmatism correction are routinely utilized to achieve spectacle independence after cataract surgery. Her considerable expertise in glaucoma lasers (trabeculoplasty, iridoplasty, iridotomy, etc.), traditional glaucoma surgeries (e.g. trabeculectomy, glaucoma drainage devices, etc.) as well as advanced cutting edge glaucoma surgical interventions (e.g. XEN, iStent, Ex-PRESS mini shunt, Cyclo G6, etc.) allow for many alternatives to attain eye pressure control. The ability to integrate avant-garde glaucoma surgery with laser refractive cataract surgery, instead of having each of the operations done separately, is an option that not every surgeon can offer. She has performed over 8000 ocular procedures to date.
Canadian trained, Dr. Yuen attended medical school at the University of Alberta, residency at the University of Western Ontario, and surgical glaucoma fellowship at the University of Toronto under the mentorship of Drs Graham Trope and Yvonne Buys, both of whom are internationally renowned glaucoma specialists. As a faculty member at the University of Toronto Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, she is engaged in the training of residents and medical students. Recognized for her involvement in clinical research, Dr. Yuen holds the role of site principal investigator for an esteemed Phase 3 prospective multicenter randomized clinical trial involving Bimatoprost Sustained Release, a first line glaucoma eye drop reformulated as an intraocular implant, sometimes referred to as “dropless” glaucoma medical therapy.
Over the years Dr. Yuen has earned many prestigious academic accolades. In 2008 she was awarded the Canadian Ophthalmology Society Excellence in Research Award. In 2010 she was the recipient of the John Gaby Prize for Best Fellow Research. She has published and presented her work at major ophthalmology conferences locally and abroad. She serves as a reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, and has been sought after as an invited guest speaker for various meetings and for organizations such as the CNIB and the Glaucoma Research Society of Canada.