LASIK Success Stories
Bochner Eye Institute is the longest established Laser Eye Centre in Canada and is among the most respected eye care practices in North America and around the globe. Bochner Eye Institute has been the winner of the Consumers Choice Award for eight years in a row as the top Laser Centre in Canada. It has been selected as the official laser centre for the Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors professional sports teams and patients from more than 40 countries have traveled to Bochner Eye Institute for treatment. The surgeons and staff are committed to providing superior visual results and have provided excellent vision correction services to many patients, including celebrities, such as Peter Kent, the News Anchor for Global News, and those with vision intensive occupations, such professional and Olympic athletes, policemen and high performance race car drivers.
Drs. Jordan Cheskes, Albert Cheskes, Harold Stein, and Raymond Stein
Founded in 1929 by the internationally-recognized ophthalmologist, Maxwell K. Bochner, MD, this institute maintains its well-deserved reputation of offering the highest quality care using only the most advanced and proven technology. The ophthalmologists of Bochner Eye Institute, Drs. Harold Stein, Albert Cheskes, Raymond Stein, MD and Jordan Cheskes, are highly-skilled surgeons who received their ophthalmology training at the world-renowned Mayo School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology. These surgeons have more than 100 years of combined experience and have performed more than 100,000 eye surgery procedures.
The LASIK Toronto surgeons at Bochner stay on the cutting-edge of new advances in laser eye surgery. They continue to bring the most advanced surgical techniques and laser technology to Toronto. These surgeons were among the first in North America to perform laser eye surgery. They were also among the first to offer Custom Wavefront LASIK in Canada and the first to offer the 60 KHz IntraLase “All Laser LASIK” procedure.
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Keratoconus Treatments are now available at the Bochner Eye Institute
Keratoconus is a corneal disease that occurs when the normally round dome-shaped cornea (the clear outer area of the eye) progressively thins, causing a cone-like bulge to develop.
Corneal Cross Linking treatments for patients with Keratoconus
Dr. Raymond Stein’s Blog
Dr. Raymond Stein was one of the first clinicians in North America to perform Corneal Cross Linking using Riboflavin drops and ultraviolet light. He was the invited guest speaker to the prestigious Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis, where he discussed his results of the Corneal Cross Linking for keratoconus.
Corneal Cross Linking is the application of Riboflavin Eye Drops on the cornea. Once absorbed by the cornea, UV-A light is applied for approximately 30 minutes. This combination increases the collagen cross-links to increase the mechanical strength of the stroma. The method works by increasing collagen cross linkings, which are the “anchors” within the cornea. These “anchors” and formation of links between nearby filaments of collagen are responsible for preventing the cornea from bulging out and becoming steep and irregular. For more information on keratoconus visit our keratoconus treatment page.
The Bochner Eye Institute Promise
It is our promise to our patients to use our extensive expertise, years of surgical experience and a substantial ongoing investment in the finest technology to help you obtain the best possible results – Safely.”
To schedule a consultation at the Bochner Eye Institute to determine if you are a candidate for vision correction surgery, contact the Toronto (800) 910-6959, Scarborough (800) 928-9187 or the Unionville (800) 969-5767 office.
More about LASIK at Bochner Eye Institute
Each patient is meticulously examined to determine the best option for vision correction surgery. For LASIK, two different laser systems are available, VISX S4 CustomVue and the Allegretto Wave, each providing accurate, precise treatments for myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. To create the corneal flap, the IntraLase “All Laser LASIK” system is used, providing improved safety, better vision and a higher degree of predictability. For those patients who do not qualify for LASIK, two intraocular lens options are available: the Implantable contact lens and refractive lens exchange (RLE).
The surgeons of Bochner Eye Institute also offer the latest techniques to provide clear near vision without the need for reading glasses. Options include NearVision CK, monovision LASIK and PRK, or a multi-focal implant.
LASIK Success Stories
“Thanks to everyone at Bochner Eye for introducing me to ‘life after lenses!’ The outcome has been nothing short of spectacular. I’ve become quite accustomed to my new sharpened vision and am proud to take my place among thousands of ‘believers’ at Bochner Eye. Thank you for the gift of a lifetime.” —Peter Kent, News Anchor for Global News, Toronto
“Demonstrating a self defense technique without being able to clearly see the attacker puts you at a great disadvantage. Thankfully, LASIK has given me the ability to train and teach with perfectly clear eyesight. There is no doubt that my performance has greatly improved, my reflexes are faster, as I am better able to judge distance, and my depth perception is more accurate.” —Colin Simon, Black Belt Martial Arts Instructor
“Life has never looked more beautiful thanks to my new ’20/20′ vision. Choosing Bochner for my laser procedure was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’m still smiling! Please give my best personal regards to your staff for making me feel like royalty.” —Rhonda Niles, International Cover Model
“I have been boxing for almost 20 years and have represented Canada in over 30 countries, including the 1992 Olympics. When I became nearsighted and couldn’t see the big ‘E’ on the chart, I decided to have the laser procedure at Bochner Eye Institute. My procedure was absolutely painless and without question was an absolute KNOCK-OUT. Thank you for enhancing my vision … and my career.” —Billy “The Kid” Irwin, World-Ranked Professional Boxer
“Driving a racing car places a tremendous strain on the eyes. In a sport where the difference between victory and defeat is often measured in thousandths of a second, perfection in everything must be tirelessly pursued. The level of professionalism displayed by the staff at Bochner Eye Institute – as well as their attention to detail – left me astounded with the results of my surgery. I encountered no side effects, and my nighttime vision has since improved from wearing glasses or contact lenses. These results leave me with no hesitation in recommending the LASIK procedure to anyone – except of course my competition!” —Robert Calisi, Professional Racing Driver
“I have been a police constable for 15 years. It is always disturbing to think what would happen to me if my glasses were broken or dislodged during the apprehension of a suspect. I was ecstatic to find out that I qualified for the laser procedure and even more excited when I discovered I would be one of the first 10 people in Canada to be treated with the 3-D Laser. I am living a healthy and active life by running, swimming, and simply enjoying the beautiful faces of my family. Thank you, Bochner.” —Maria Iannuzziello, Law Enforcement Constable
“Wearing glasses or contacts on the golf course has always been a bit of a handicap to me. After my laser procedure, however, I cannot tell you how much my golf game has improved. Thank you, Bochner for the great vision and taking away my handicap!” —Sandra Post, Former LPGA Champion & Hall of Fame Golfer
“As an active sailor for years, I’m constantly exposing my eyes to the elements. Before my laser procedure, the salt water, wind and rain made it virtually impossible for me to see with glasses or contacts. Thanks to the doctors and staff at Bochner, it’s smooth sailing today.” —Oskar Johansson, Contender in Athens 2004 Summer Olympics, Laser Sailor (Gold Medalist) Pan Am Games
More about the Surgeons of Bochner Eye Institute
Harold Stein, MD, FRCSC
Dr. Harold Stein is a graduate of the University of Toronto Medical School. After completing an internship at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, he received a fellowship to study ophthalmology and ophthalmic surgery at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Dr. Stein has also received a Master of Science degree from the University of Minnesota and a fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons. Later, he became qualified as a plastic surgeon after studying with world-renowned plastic surgeon Professor Pomfret Kilner in Oxford, England.
In Toronto, he began practicing with Dr. Maxwell K. Bochner, working side by side for over ten years. Dr. Stein was soon recognized by the medical community for his expertise in cataract surgery, corneal transplants, contact lenses and, later, refractive surgery. He was a pioneer in the development of the intraocular lens for cataract surgery and among the first in Canada to use it.
A full clinical professor at the University of Toronto Medical School, Dr. Stein is the author or co-author of 20 ophthalmology textbooks, many of which have gone into multiple editions. He is on the editorial board of several international ophthalmic organizations. He has written over 200 articles for peer-reviewed medical journals.
Dr. Harold Stein was among the very first eye doctors in North America to practice laser vision correction. He was trained by Dr. Stephen Trokel, the inventor of the Excimer laser. Over the years, he has been invited to speak at medical meetings and conferences throughout the world on laser eye surgery. Three lectureships, “The Harold Stein Lecture,” have been created by organizations in Canada and the U.S., named in his honor.
Dr. Stein’s commitment to ophthalmology extends to third world countries, where he has volunteered to perform delicate eye surgery in areas where blindness is rampant. In addition, he has donated his time to teach improved treatments, techniques and technology to doctors and other medical professionals in several countries.
Albert Cheskes, MD, FRCSC
The Team at Bochner Eye Institute
While growing up in Toronto, Dr. Albert Cheskes and his family were patients of Dr. Maxwell Bochner, the founder of the Bochner practice. In fact, Dr. Bochner is credited with saving the life of Dr. Cheskes’ mother, when he detected a kidney problem while examining her eyes in the 1920’s.
As a student, Dr. Cheskes graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1961. From 1963 to 1966, he trained as a resident in ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic. He also received a Master of Science degree from the University of Minnesota conducting corneal research.
Dr. Cheskes is a widely-respected expert in cataract implant surgery, consultative ophthalmology, ophthalmic surgery, and laser refractive surgery. He began to practice ophthalmology with Dr. Harold Stein and Dr. Maxwell Bochner in 1966.
Throughout his career, Dr. Cheskes has been a pioneer in the field of ophthalmic surgery. He witnessed the first experiments with keratomileusis (an early form of corneal refractive surgery) in the early 1960’s, and along with Drs. Harold and Raymond Stein, he was one of the first surgeons in Canada to perform laser vision correction procedures. Since then, he has performed many thousands of excimer laser refractive procedures.
Dr. Cheskes is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Toronto, the Chief of Ophthalmology at Centenary Health Center, and an active staff member at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. He is also on the ophthalmology staff at Sunnybrook Hospital and Scarborough General Hospital.
Dr. Cheskes was Chairman of the Eye Safety Committee of the Canadian Ophthalmology Association for many years, as an advocate for public safety in ophthalmology. Dr. Cheskes’ son, Jordan, also a graduate of ophthalmology from the Mayo Clinic, joined the Bochner Eye Institute in 2001 and is head of the Retinal Division. Dr. Cheskes, his wife and their three children are all long-time Toronto residents and involved members of their communities.
Raymond Stein, MD, FRCSC
W Network “Style By Jury” Program
Since Graduating from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1982, Dr. Stein has distinguished himself in the highest manner both academically and professionally.
Upon completing his residency in ophthalmology in 1986 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, he was chosen for a one-year fellowship in Cornea & External Diseases at the renowned Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1987, he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Canada.
Dr. Stein serves as Medical Director for the Bochner Eye Institute. He is also the Chief of Ophthalmology at Scarborough General Hospital in Toronto, cornea consultant at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto and Past President of the Canadian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is the editor of two ophthalmic journals: Clinical Signs in Ophthalmology and The Canadian Case Consultation Journal. Dr. Stein is licensed to practice ophthalmology in Ontario, New York, Arizona and Minnesota.
As one of The Bochner Eye Institute’s Medical Directors, Dr. Stein brings an international reputation for his pioneering work in Excimer laser refractive surgery. Over the last decade, Dr. Stein has performed more than 30,000 laser eye surgery procedures, lectured extensively to professional colleagues around the world and has published numerous books, scientific papers, magazine articles and book chapters on refractive surgery and the latest technique of laser vision correction. Throughout his career, Dr. Stein has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in clinical research, education and patient care.
Dr. Raymond Stein is proud to be the official refractive eye surgeon on the W Network’s “Style by Jury” program.
Dr. Stein also leads an active family life with his wife Nancy, their son and two daughters. A former Canadian-ranked tennis player and avid water skier, Dr. Stein understands well the value of clear, unhindered eyesight as it relates to sports and other physical activities.
Jordan Cheskes, MD, FRCSC
A graduate from the University of Toronto Medial School, Dr. Jordan Cheskes has also completed his five year fellowship in ophthalmology from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota
As the newest member of the team of physicians, Dr. Jordan Cheskes serves as the Chief of the Retinal Division for both the Scarborough Eye Associates and the Bochner Eye Institute. He also practices at St. Michaels’s Hospital and Rouge Valley Hospital – Centenary. He brings expertise for the medical, surgical and optical divisions.
Dr. Cheskes is a Lecturer for the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto and is often requested to speak at professional meetings. In addition to organizing the Talent Show for the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto, he is also an accomplished musician playing both the guitar and harmonica.