It was at the very early age of 4 that Dr. Y-Nhi Wong got her first pair of glasses and she’s been an advocate for eyecare ever since. She enjoyed her annual trips to the eye doctor so much as a young child that it was her destiny to become an optometrist - and she did exactly that.
Dr. Wong studied at the University of Manitoba and completed her undergrad before attending the University of Waterloo to pursue her degree and dream job in optometry. When she’s not flexing her knowledge as a car enthusiast or relaxing to the smooth vibes of the latest Drake record, you’ll be able to find Dr. Wong taking the very best care of her patients at Southgate Centre in sunny Edmonton, Alberta. If you’re in Edmonton, be sure to book your eye exam with her and fall in love with our latest eyeglasses and sunglasses so you can start looking different.
How did you end up becoming an Optometrist?
At the age of four I was diagnosed with strabismus, which is commonly known as a ‘lazy eye’. I really enjoyed my visits to the eye doctor as a child and loved updating my glasses. When I was in high school I knew that I would pursue optometry as a career.
Why were you drawn to Bailey Nelson?
Bailey Nelson is fresh, stylish, and brings something new and different to the eye care industry. Their philosophy is really quite simple: to provide a great customer experience which is what I believe in as well.
Do you wear glasses?
Yes, I love wearing glasses! Just like shoes … you can never have too many.
What is your favourite memory as an optometrist?
About eight years ago, I had a young patient shadow me at work because she was interested in becoming an optometrist. She told me that I inspired her - she’s now in an optometry program! I was also on a team that volunteered eye care and glasses to Vietnam which is where my parents immigrated from. I was very fortunate to provide eye care to rural outlying areas to those that really needed it which was really an eye-opening experience!
What is one of the biggest debukned myths about eyes or glasses that your patients come to you with?
Many patients that have never worn prescription eyeglasses are afraid that they will become dependent on eye glasses if they start to wear them. I explain that their eyes are just happier seeing clearer vision.
What is something that you’re absolutely OBSESSED with right now?
I can’t get enough of sneakers right now because I am always on my feet with my daughter so I am a self-professed shoe aficionado and new sneakerhead.
What are you reading right now?
The Wealthy Barber Returns. Recommended by numerous people - I finally read it. Not only is David Chilton witty which made it easy to breeze through the book, but I also learned some simple useful rules about money management. I would love to hear him speak live!
What are you listening to right now?
Anything by Drake makes me happy and I love Halsey right now too.
Do you have a favourite quote that you live by or cherish? Has it impacted you throughout your life?
That’s a tough one but I go by “Two is one. One is none.” - I think that I tell myself this too often when I go shopping. “Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is essentially your own.” Learning happens everyday and I try not to allow negativity in my life and essentially just try to be ‘me’.
Where do you look for style inspiration?
When I get to travel abroad I love to ‘people watch’ to get inspired by the locals. I also love Instagram for fashion and interior design ideas.
Tell us one super unique thing about yourself that nobody would expect.
I’m a car enthusiast. One of my favourite video games growing up was Gran Turismo and I was lucky enough to track some awesome cars on the Laguna Seca Raceway a few years ago.
What was your first pair of BNs? What is going to your NEXT pair of BNs?
The Granville frame in gold was my first pair of BNs. I have my eyes on the Hector sunglasses in rose gold next!