Advantages of Using a Laser in Cataract Surgery

October 7th, 2016

shutterstock_37044946Cataracts are extremely common in older adults. Experts say that one in three people will need to have cataracts removed at some point in their life. Traditionally, the steps of cataract removal surgery were performed with handheld surgical instruments. Today, many cataract surgeons, including the team at Bochner Eye Institute, are incorporating a femtosecond laser into the procedure to perform critical steps of the operation. Laser cataract surgery has been linked to fewer complications and faster recovery of vision.

Here, the Toronto cataract surgeons of Bochner Eye Institute discuss the advantages of laser cataract surgery and what that could mean for the millions of people that need cataract surgery. Read the rest of this entry »

Reasons to Postpone or Avoid LASIK

September 6th, 2016

shutterstock_212753977Some temporary conditions make the results of a LASIK procedure less predictable than usual. Depending on the situation, LASIK candidates may be advised to postpone the surgery, completely avoid it or, in some cases, consider a different procedure. In this post, the vision experts at the Bochner Eye Institute discuss reasons to postpone or avoid LASIK. Read the rest of this entry »

Read What Patients are Saying about Laser Surgery with Dr. Stein

August 26th, 2016

I spent my inheritance on the two things I have always wanted to do, laser eye surgery and fixing my teeth. I did a lot of research and found two great docs; I chose Dr. Stein based on his great reputation and experience. Wow, what a great choice. He and his whole staff were so great. AND I CAN SEE ! The laser surgery was so easy (for me and for him) and I would tell everybody that he is the guy to use to get your eyes done. It was a lot quicker than having my teeth fixed. If you want laser eye surgery, then he’s your guy.

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Why Parents Can Benefit from LASIK

August 6th, 2016

Happy mother and her children lying on a bedBeing a parent might make getting LASIK an even more important decision. While anyone can benefit from improved vision and decreased reliance on contacts or glasses, parents have some even more important reasons to consider the procedure. At Bochner Eye Institute, we’ve received great feedback from our LASIK patients that have babies and young children. In this post, our vision experts discuss ways that parents can benefit from LASIK. Read the rest of this entry »

Activities that Become More Enjoyable after LASIK

July 6th, 2016

LASIK improves quality of lifeDo you strive for an active lifestyle, but find yourself hindered by the need for glasses or contact lenses? By correcting mild to moderate vision problems, LASIK reduces or eliminates dependence on visual aids. It is much easier to get up and go enjoy your favorite activities with clearer vision and sharper focus, as provided by LASIK. In this blog post, the team at Bochner Eye Institute highlights some of the activities that become more enjoyable after LASIK. Read the rest of this entry »


May 19th, 2016


Good afternoon Dr. Stein,

How are you? I am Maybelle Mendoza daughter of Marietta Mendoza from the Philippines, the one who has +++cataract. You operated on her both eyesight last March and April.

Thank you so much for helping my mom to see the beauty of Canada and the world again. She enjoys every moment specially when she sees me coming home at night after work and have dinner together at 8pm. Had a lot of teasing and fun with her.

My Mother is thanking you so much for giving her eyesight back. She said you are so wonderful and a very helpful doctor. We will never ever forget you Dr. Stein. Thank you so much.

Thank You again Dr. Stein for giving My Mother the miracle of sight.

Yours Gratefully,
Maybelle Mendoza

Bochner -Latest patient reviews

December 14th, 2015

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I have been providing audio visual services for medical conferences over 25 years. As a result I am on-site and am able to see the latest developments and technology in surgical procedures when servicing these meetings. I had the opportunity to speak with a number of Canada’s top Ophthalmologists about laser vision correction surgery at their advice I decided to wait until the technology was sufficiently developed and proven. When I finally decided to have this surgery I took the advice of the aforementioned physicians and chose Dr. Raymond Stein to do this delicate and extremely important procedure. When I am providing Audio Visual and the topic of laser vision correction is on the academic program for a conference it is always Dr. Stein presenting to his fellow ophthalmologists. He is considered a well regarded and highly esteemed physician.

It has been a month since having the surgery and I am very happy to not have to wear glasses anymore. My long vision is improving every day. I was able to read text on a computer within seconds of having the procedure done. There was no pain during the surgery and I did not need the pain medication that was given to me after the procedure. The process was clearly explained to me and I found it all to be remarkably simple and straightforward. The instructions, after care package and follow up were comprehensive and easily manageable.

I would recommend this surgery to anyone considering it and I would highly endorse Dr. Raymond Stein as the surgeon to turn to.

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I had my Lasik done in 2003 by Dr. Raymond Stein. It was the best thing to ever happen to me. My prescription was -9.00 in both eyes, so I was nearly blind ! The staff took the time to explain everything that was going to happen on the day of surgery and what to expect afterwards. Dr. Stein is gentle and very calming. He’s perfect if you’re a big chicken like me. Afterwards my eyes were scratchy and squinty for about a day and a half, so I just napped at home and relaxed. Surgery on Thursday, and back to work on Monday. My eyes had been dry for most of my life, so I was told to expect a little extra dryness. No problem, I brought drops to work and they took care of it. About three or four months later I realized that they were back to normal. Now I only need drops once or twice a year during the winter when the air is really really dry. I was told that I might have a higher chance of needing a touchup because of my high prescription, but I’m still 20/20. I was also warned that when I hit the dreaded 40th birthday I would start to lose the reading vision, but that happens without the surgery too. All in all I’d recommend The Bochner to anyone who wants to change their life !

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Dr. Ray Stein performed my LASIK surgery a few summers ago. Prior to my surgery, my prescription was getting worse and worse and my eyes had pretty much rejected my contacts for the last time. Although I occasionally liked glasses as a fashion statement, they were a serious impediment to my life! I like to swim, sweat, snorkel, go outside on a sunny day without wearing ugly prescription glasses, and yes, see my alarm clock without squinting or fumbling for my glasses! I am a self proclaimed medical wuss…white coat phobic to the max. Deciding to do this surgery was a major source of stress and anxiety for me. The staff and Dr. Stein really helped me pre, during, and post surgery. The procedure was well explained, and I felt cared for. The actual laser took only seconds to work its magic. Quick. I was shocked that I posed for a picture with my eyes open minutes after my surgery. Being from out of town, my follow up care was done with my own optometrist. I’ve had 20/20 vision since then (although it did take a few months for the “haloing” around lights at night to disappear)…which I’ve been told was normal. I have and most definitely do recommend lasik surgery at Bochner. I seriously regret not getting it done sooner. Now if only there was a treatment for reading glasses! What are you waiting for?

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I was referred by my eye doctor to Dr Raymond Stein for LASIK. I was apprehensive but when I went for my consultation the staff made me feel comfortable and answered all my questions. The clinic is very busy with patients being referred from all over North America. When I went for my procedure I met a patient from Florida and another from Minnesota. They obviously have a good reputation! The surgery went very well and Dr Stein made me somewhat relaxed. Now a few months after my procedure, I can say it was one of the best decisions of my life. Freedom from glasses and contacts is awesome. A BIG THANKS to Dr Raymond Stein and the Bochner Eye Institute.

Seeing Distance & Near – Imagine life without Glasses or Contact Lenses!

October 20th, 2015

eyeLife without glasses or contact lenses. Yes, it is possible today! There are exciting new choices to improve your vision. Imagine using a computer or reading your smart phone without the need for glasses. You have the potential to drive a car, participate in sports, or watch a movie all without the need for any optical aids.

Two of the most exciting new developments are the SymfonyTM lens that recently received Health Canada approval after years of clinical studies and the Mplus implant from Europe. These lens implants, can be used at the time of cataract surgery or even if your lens is perfectly clear. This latter procedure is referred to as a refractive lens exchange. As we get older, our lens inside our eye becomes stiffer and dysfunctional. A stiffer lens is unable to change its shape to focus light. This leads to difficulty with both reading and intermediate vision.

A lens replacement procedure with an implant like the SymfonyTM or MPlusTM has the potential to sharpen both your distance and near vision. The SymfonyTM lens has unique optical properties to increase the depth of focus to allow you to see both near and far. The MplusTM is a segmented bifocal lens that allows a full range of vision. These implants can be inserted in your eye through a microscopic incision of around 2 mm. No needles or sutures are required. Not everyone is a candidate for the procedure, and hence an in-depth consultation is required to be sure your eyes are otherwise heathy. Some patients may experience glare and/or halos. This is typically mild and decreases over time. At the Bochner Eye Institute, all consultations are free of charge. Just call Bochner and let us know your interest in regaining your vision.


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