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Bochner Eye Institute
Founded by Dr. Maxwell Bochner in
1929, The Bochner Institute originally
operated as a referral centre for
complex eye disorders and diseases.
Specializing in ophthalmologic surgery,
The Bochner Institute is today led by
his grandson Dr. Raymond Stein, his
son-in-law Dr. Harold Stein, Dr. Albert
Cheskes, and Dr. Jordan Cheskes.
Well-recognized as an industry pioneer,
in 1991, The Bochner Institute became
one of the first Canadian practices to
conduct laser vision correction, now a
major focus of the private institution.
training in ophthalmology,
in the early days Dr. Bochner and The Bochner
Institute attracted patients from across Canada
as well as those travelling north from the United
States, not to mention the hundreds of fellow eye
surgeons who have visited The Bochner Institute
for live training or their own eye procedure.
The Bochner Institute was the first Canadian centre
to offer a number of emerging ophthalmic ser-
vices, including corneal crosslinking, a European
developed technique which strengthens the
corneas for patients living with a condition known
as keratoconus. The institute has been success-
ful with this treatment, which is not available in
the United States and as a result has drawn many
American patients to The Bochner Institute. More
recently, the institute acquired the Catalys femto-
second laser, the first centre in Canada to do so,
which allows it to perform cataract surgery with
enhanced precision and results.
“This is considered by most ophthalmolo-
gists around the world to be the most significant
advance in cataract surgery in the last 50 years,”
Dr. Raymond Stein told
The Canadian Business
“Traditional cataract surgery involves the
surgeon doing everything by hand, whereas this
laser can image the eye in exquisite detail. It is
more accurate than an MRI. As an example, there
is one step of the cataract operation in which the
surgeon makes the circular opening in the front
of the cataract called the capsulotomy. Surgeons
typically try to aim for a five millimetre cut, but
no matter how talented the surgeon, he or she
can’t make a perfect circle every time, but the
laser can. In addition, the laser can fragment the
cataract into tiny pieces which makes it easier
and safer to remove.”
The Bochner Institute has developed a strong
reputation in ophthalmologic advancement. In
addition to its various surgical procedures, The
Bochner Institute has significant experience in
managing other ophthalmic conditions. Each of
its surgeons has an extensive medical educa-
tional background, with each having trained at the
University of Toronto and the highly regarded Mayo
Clinic. Each has also participated in charitable, vol-
untary medical missions in underdeveloped nations
around the world, such as Kenya, Ghana, and
Nicaragua, providing both technological equip-
ment and hands-on ophthalmologic training.
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