5 Signs You Are Ready for LASIK

May 18th, 2018

Millions of people live free from the hassle of glasses or contact lenses, thanks to LASIK. If you have worn visual aids for most of your life, you may be interested in LASIK but hesitant about undergoing the surgical procedure. Perhaps the idea of surgery makes you nervous, or you don’t know if you’re ready. In this post, the team at Bochner Eye Institute reveals five crucial indications that you may be ready to take the plunge. Read the rest of this entry »

Can Cataract Surgery Extend Your Life?

April 17th, 2018

According to recent research papers, cataract surgery has more benefits than we previously thought. Not only does the surgery make patients’ lives better with clearer vision, but it may also make those lives longer, too! Read on as the team at Bochner Eye Institute explains what you should know about this research and what it could mean for you or a loved one. Read the rest of this entry »

Can Cataracts Be Prevented?

March 17th, 2018

Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s natural lens and one of the leading causes of vision loss in Americans. The normal aging process is to blame for most cataracts; other causes include chronic diseases, certain medications (e.g., steroids) and eye injuries.

Although there is no way to completely avoid age-related cataracts, eye experts believe there are certain things that can delay their development. Below, the team at Bochner Eye Institute shares our best tips to safeguard your eye health and possibly delay the development of cataracts. Read the rest of this entry »

How Long Does LASIK Surgery Take?

February 14th, 2018

One of the most common questions Bochner Eye Institute receives from men and women considering LASIK is, “How long does the procedure take?” Many people think they don’t have time to fit laser eye surgery and recovery into their busy schedules.

The good news is LASIK is a very quick procedure. The surgery itself and the recovery usually do not take up much time. Here, our team explains how long you will need to devote to surgery and recovery. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips and Tricks for Applying Eye Drops

January 14th, 2018

People need eye drops for many reasons — for example, to treat an eye infection, manage diseases like glaucoma or relieve the discomfort of dry eye.

Unfortunately, using eye drops is tricky, and it is not uncommon to have difficulty applying them. Using eye drops improperly defeats the purpose and is a waste of money.

If you struggle to properly apply eye drops, the team at Bochner Eye Institute wants to share a few helpful tips and tricks. Read the rest of this entry »

Will Cataract Surgery Affect Glaucoma?

December 14th, 2017

Smiling man with his wife in the backgroundIt is entirely possible for cataracts and glaucoma to co-exist — cataracts affect the lens and glaucoma affects the optic nerve. But because they affect different parts of the eye, they are managed quite differently.

A patient that suffers from glaucoma and cataracts may want to know how having cataract surgery can affect glaucoma. The team at Bochner Eye Institute answers that question in this post. Read the rest of this entry »

Can You Have LASIK If You’re Pregnant or Nursing?

November 13th, 2017

shutterstock_261991445If you are an expectant or nursing mother exploring your laser vision correction options, you may have read that LASIK is not a good option for you. You may also be wondering why a LASIK surgeon told you to postpone treatment for a few months.

Here, the team at Bochner Eye Institute explains why most LASIK surgeons won’t perform surgery on you, and why you might not achieve the vision correction results you want when pregnant or breastfeeding. Read the rest of this entry »

Protecting Your Family’s Eyes from Sports-Related Injuries

October 13th, 2017

shutterstock_244967398Over 25,000 people need treatment for sports-related eye injuries every year. The team at Bochner Eye Institute doesn’t want you to spend a moment sitting on the sidelines due to an eye injury. And with the right information, you don’t have to! We hope that by providing some helpful information, you and your entire family can avoid sports-related eye injuries and stay in the game. Read the rest of this entry »

Eye Symptoms that Should Never Be Ignored

September 12th, 2017

shutterstock_126608381Catching and treating eye problems in their early stages limits your chances of losing vision. However, it can be difficult to tell whether a symptom is serious and worth having checked by a doctor.

The team at Bochner Eye Institute wants to help make you aware of some eye symptoms that should never be ignored. If you experience any of the following eye symptoms, we recommend you schedule an eye exam ASAP. Read the rest of this entry »

Bochner Establishes a Complimentary Keratoconus Clinic

August 24th, 2017


Patients with keratoconus or suspected keratoconus require corneal imaging to show anterior curvature, anterior elevation, posterior elevation, and pachymetry. Sophisticated corneal tomography and topography imaging allows for an early diagnosis of keratoconus and follow-up examinations can document stability or progressive disease.

At Bochner, our Keratoconus Clinic allows us to devise and review with patients and referring doctors a detailed treatment plan. Treatment options depend on a patient’s age, level of best-corrected spectacle acuity and uncorrected acuity, dioptric difference across a cornea, pachymetry, corneal curvature, and/or the presence of any significant corneal scarring. We have developed a decision tree that guides our recommendations on the following clinical options:

  1. Corneal crosslinking to stabilize a cornea.
  2. Corneal crosslinking + Topography-guided PRK to stabilize a cornea and improve best-corrected spectacle acuity by reducing irregular astigmatism.
  3. Corneal crosslinking + Intracorneal rings to allow enhanced contact lens wear in corneas too thin for Topography-guided PRK.
  4. Toric implantable contact lens to enhance uncorrected acuity.
  5. PRK and limited corneal crosslinking to improve uncorrected acuity.
  6. RGP, hybrid, or scleral lenses to improve best-corrected acuity.

Laser Cataract Surgery


Since acquiring the first Catalys femtosecond laser in Canada 5 years ago the percentage of patients choosing this advanced technology has continued to increase. One-hundred percent of the 34 Ophthalmologists and optometrists that have undergone cataract surgery at Bochner since 2012 have opted for laser surgery versus traditional surgery.

Our top 4 advantages of Laser Cataract Surgery versus Traditional Surgery are as follows:
Reduction or Elimination of Phacoemulsification Energy Traditional phacoemulsification utilizes a probe that vibrates 20,000 times per minute to break up a cataract. This is similar to a jack hammer breaking up cement. In the eye this energy can cause intraocular inflammation and loss of corneal endothelial cells. With the Catalys laser 85% of our cataract cases are now accomplished without any phacoemulsification. In the remaining 15% of cases, the energy from phacoemulsification is greatly reduced. Elimination or reduction of phacoemulsification is possible because of the unique laser fragmentation of the Catalys laser that softens a wide area of the lens.
• Accurate and Consistent Capsulorehexis A 5 mm capsulorehexis performed with the Catalys laser is accomplished in 1.6 seconds. This quick speed is important to decrease the chance of any radial tears that could lead to rupture of the posterior capsule and loss of the nucleus into the vitreous. In over 2,700 eyes treated at Bochner, we have only seen one radial tear.
• Capsulorehexis Centred Over the Visual Axis The Catalys identifies the visual axis and can create a perfectly round capsulorehexis centered over this point. The surgeon then aligns the centre of the implant over the visual axis, which allows for a small amount of anterior capsule covering the implant. Centration of an implant on the visual axis can decrease the induction of higher order aberrations with aspheric and toric implants and improves patient satisfaction with multifocal implants.
• Laser Astigmatism Reduction Astigmatism reduction with laser arcuate cuts has been shown to be more predictable than with a hand held blade. The laser can produce cuts at an exact depth, angle, length, and location. Laser arcuate incisions can be opened by the surgeon at the time of surgery or if combined with a toric implant the incisions can be opened if necessary postoperatively to fine tune the outcome.
Read article by Dr Gifford-Jones in Toronto Sun (July 2017): When You Need Cataract Surgery – Dr Gifford-Jones


Keratoconus & Cataract Clinics
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Our Toronto, Scarborough, and Unionville Offices now offer Keratoconus and Cataract Clinics, in addition to consultations for Laser Vision Correction, Refractive Lens Exchange, and other refractive procedures. Referrals can be mailed, faxed or emailed. Our Oakville Office is limited at this time to general medical ophthalmology referrals.

40 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5R 1A9
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147 Main Street, Unionville, ON L3R 2G8
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