Lee Eye Centre was founded in 1974 as Lee Eye Clinic, under the sole proprietorship of Dato’ Dr.Y.C. Lee. His vision was to provide affordable, quality eye care services to Perakians and his practice of medicine was based on his guiding principles of professionalism, impeccable Customer Service and excellent outcomes for his patients.
From a private practice in 1974, Lee Eye Clinic was transformed into a group practice and became known as Lee Eye Centre (LEC) in 1999 with the addition of two Consultant Eye Surgeons. LEC has gone from strength to strength with the expansion of clinical services to include Retinal Surgery in 2009 and Laser Vision Correction in 2011 and now has a total of four Consultant Eye Surgeons making it the largest Private Eye Care Centre in Perak.
Dato’ Dr.Y.C. Lee was borned in Perak and obtained his MBBS degree from University of Singapore in 1967. In 1970, he furthered his studies in the United Kingdom and worked in the Moorfields Eye Hospital to receive further training in Ophthalmology, he was awarded the Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1972. He returned to Malaysia the following year and lectured in University Malaya until he started his private practice in May 1974.
In his pursuit of clinical and academic excellence, Dato’ Dr. Y. C. Lee continued to be actively involved in educational and clinical research activities in his chosen field. During his career, he had been instrumental in the development of ophthalmology, in particular advancements in cataract surgery, not just in Malaysia, but internationally.
His collaboration with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness Singapore in 1975 was significant during the transition from macro to micro surgery in ophthalmology. His influence extended to Bangladesh whereby his keynote lecture about Phacoemulsification Cataract surgery was responsible for introducing this groundbreaking technique to the country at the time.
Dato’ Dr. Y. C. Lee was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology
in 1997 and also received the Gold Medal in 1998 from the Asia Pacific Intraocular Implant Association for his significant contribution towards lens implant surgery. In the same year, he also founded the Malaysian Association for Small Incision Surgeons (MaSIS). He was subsequently appointed as the Secretary General of Asia Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (APACRS) and since its inception together with other international colleagues, was able to actively develop cataract surgery in the Asia Pacific region. At present, Dato’ Dr. Y. C. Lee is still actively involved in the APACRS and also serves on the editorial board of scientific publications such as Eye World and Asia Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology.
In 2005, he received the Keshmahinder Singh Oration Award from the Ophthalmological Society of Malaysian Medical Association. This Award is given to Malaysians and International ophthalmologists of high standing for their significant contributions in teaching an research in Ophthalmology, every alternate year.
Aside from his numerous academic contributions and awards, he was formally recognized for his years of community service when he was conferred the Darjah Dato Paduka Mahkota Perak (DPMP) in 1999 by The Sultan of Perak DYMM Sultan Azlan Shah.