Dr. Shirley Ha was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada when she was 10 years old. She earned her Honors Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees from the University of Waterloo in 1990 and completed an Ocular Diseases and Primary Care externship at the Hospitals of Yau Ma Tei and Prince of Wales in Hong Kong.
She received accreditation to prescribe Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents (TPAs) in the treatment and co-management of ocular diseases from the Northeastern State University – Oklahoma College of Optometry in 1995 and re-certification from Nova Southeastern University – Florida College of Optometry in 2009.
Dr. Ha is a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) as well as the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO). She believes true professionalism means giving back to the profession that has supported and helped her. She served on the OAO Board of Directors from 1999 to 2004 and as President in 2004-2005 and is forever grateful for the priceless experiences gained and the countless volunteers she met during her tenure. She is currently Volunteer Lead in the Halton area for, and an active participating optometrist in, the Eye See…Eye Learn program. Her accolades include the OAO President’s Award in 2007 and the OAO Public Education Award of Merit in 2012.
Since 1998, she has participated as a contributing member of the Questions Committee for the Canadian Examiners in Optometry (CEO), as well as Clinical Assessor to verify skills competencies for the Canadian Assessment of Competence in Optometry (CACO).
About being an optometrist, Dr. Ha’s motto is: “To give patients of all ages the gift of vision beyond healthy eyes and 20/20 eyesight and afford them every opportunity to see and succeed in life.”
She enjoys helping people see well and is a strong proponent of preventative eye health education. She recalls choking back tears when a very near-sighted 4-year-old boy was afraid to leave the clinic, after getting his first pair of glasses, because he CAN see. She welcomes the multifarious clinical challenges thrown at her each day and loves learning from her patients of all walks-of-life.
Dr. Ha has a special interest in ocular diseases, pediatric eye care and binocular vision abnormalities. Her interest in both developmental and neuro-rehabilitative optometry took her on a path of continuing professional development to include the core clinical curriculum from Optometric Extension Foundation Program, Neuro-Visual Processing Therapy from the Padula Institute of Vision and Rehabilitation, Skills Development Program from the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association and vision therapy and habilitation/rehabilitation education from around the world.
Dr. Ha is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Developmentand is a candidate for FNORA. She is on the Executive Board of the Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation, a new non-profit organization that provides vision therapy education to optometrists and raises awareness of vision therapy and rehabilitation through public and government advocacy across Canada. She is also an affiliate of the TLC Laser Eye Centres and Bochner Eye Institute since 1995 and provides pre-operative and co-management services for laser eye surgery patients.
After serving the residents of St. Catharines and its vicinity for 16 years, Dr. Ha moved to Burlington to be close to her family in 2006. She is pleased to join Dr. Fink and her dynamic team in Burlington and is dedicated to providing second to none primary eye care services, functional vision assessments to the community she loves living in. She thanks her past patients for their continued support and looks forward to meeting new patients and taking care of their vision and eye healthcare needs.
In her spare time, Dr. Ha enjoys traveling with her husband and two children, sci-fi movies, scrapbooking, photography, stamp & coin collecting, cross-country running and volunteering at her children’s schools.