Joannie Rochette Testimonial

"For years I skated with the hassles and frustrations of glasses and contacts. In 2005, I had LASIK and the results were fantastic. Thank you LASIK MD, for helping me compete at my very best!"

Joannie Rochette
2010 Olympic Bronze Medalist
6-Time Canadian Champion
2005 LASIK MD Patient

Having Laser Vision Correction at LASIK MD is one of the best decisions I've ever made. Freedom from glasses and contacts gives me confidence, on and off the ice, and helps me to perform at my very best.

I started wearing glasses when I was just six years old. They were always a burden. I had to strap them to my head during skating competitions, which was difficult and often uncomfortable. My skating costumes made me feel like a princess, but adding glasses to the ensemble wasn't very attractive.

When I was eight years old, I tried wearing contact lenses. I was too young to put them in myself, so before skating I would have to go to my optometrist who would insert them for me. Afterwards, I would return to my optometrist who would take them out. This was a huge inconvenience.

As I got older, I started wearing contacts regularly. Unfortunately, frequent use resulted in multiple eye infections. Eventually I could only tolerate wearing contacts for a couple of hours at a time while skating. But that still didn't work because they would often fall out of my eyes. It was a serious problem. As a figure skater my vision is very important. When jumping, I can rotate up to three times in the air, so everything goes through my field of vision. It's critical to track and spot where I'm exiting my jumps.

I thought there was no solution, until I saw an advertisement for LASIK MD in the Yellow Pages. It was 2005 and I had just turned 18. If laser eye surgery could free me of my glasses and contacts, then my problems would be solved. I booked an appointment for a consultation. After it was determined that I was a candidate, I booked my surgery right away.

I couldn't believe how quick and easy the procedure was. It was done in a few minutes, and the staff of the Montreal clinic was so kind.

Because I could stop worrying about my contacts while on the ice, my confidence as a figure-skater grew. Not to mention, my day-to-day life improved without the hassles of glasses and contacts. I'm happy I trusted my eyes to LASIK MD, and proud to say I've been seeing 20/20 ever since.

Thank you LASIK MD, for helping me compete at my very best!





Joannie Rochette is a six-time Canadian national champion figure skater. She is a World silver medalist, and an Olympic bronze medalist. Rochette is currently ranked 2nd in the world by the International Skating Union.

Rochette, born January 13th, 1986, in Montréal, Québec was raised in Île Dupas, Québec, as an only child. Her father trained young hockey players and introduced Joannie to skating at only 22 months old. Rochette began figure skating at the age of six and qualified for her first competition outside of Québec at the age of 11. She made her mark nationally at the age of 14, winning the Canadian Figure Skating Championships at the novice level in 2000. She followed it up with a win at the Junior level in 2001.

In 2005, Rochette had laser vision correction with LASIK MD so that she wouldn't have to worry about problems she was experiencing with her contact lenses. Since then, Rochette has won six consecutive Canadian Championships. She has also won several medals on the ISU Grand Prix Circuit, and has qualified for the Grand Prix Final three times. At the World Championships, Rochette has placed in the top 10 five times, winning the silver medal in 2009.

Rochette realized a lifelong dream in 2006 by participating in the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. In her first Olympic experience, she achieved her goal of placing in the top 10, by finishing in 5th place.

At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Rochette inspired a nation with her display of strength and courage. After suffering a personal tragedy in the days leading up to the games, Rochette defiantly went on to capture the bronze medal. Following her performance, Rochette was named Canada's flag bearer for the closing ceremonies, and named co-recipient of the Vancouver 2010 Terry Fox Award, for her display of determination and humility in the face of adversity. Her performance also earned her a nomination for 'best moment' at the ESPY Awards, and saw her ranked on Time Magazine's preliminary list of the 100 most influential people in 2010.

Despite a busy training schedule, Rochette devotes a lot of time toward charities. In 2010, she launched the iheartmom campaign in partnership with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. The campaign aims to raise funds for research and treatment to help fight heart disease in women. Rochette also participated in a humanitarian visit to Peru with World Vision.

  • Bronze medal at Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics
  • Fifth place at 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy
  • Five top-ten finishes at the World Championships, including a silver medal in 2009
  • Six-time Canadian figure skating champion 2005-2010
  • Nominated in the 'Best Moment' category for the 2010 ESPY Awards
  • Ranked on Time Magazine's preliminary list of 100 most influential people in 2010
  • Co-recipient of Vancouver 2010 Terry Fox Award
  • Three-time Skate Canada International champion
  • Two silver medals and a bronze at the Four Continents Championship
  • Two-time Trophée Eric Bompard Champion
  • Novice and Junior Canadian champion
  • Launched iheartmom campaign, raising awareness for heart disease in women.

LASIK MD TV presents Joannie Rochette

Joannie Rochette invites you to learn about her decision to have LASIK.

Joannie on the hassles of glasses and contacts

Joannie Rochette – six-time Canadian figure skating champion and Olympic bronze medalist – talks about growing up as a competitive figure skater, and the problems she faced having to wear glasses and contacts.

Joannie on the decision to have LASIK with LASIK MD

Joannie sits down to discuss her decision to have LASIK, and why she chose to have her procedure done at LASIK MD.

Joannie Rochette on the day of her procedure

Joannie goes through the day of her surgery, and describes that “magical” moment following the procedure.

Joannie Rochette on how having LASIK with LASIK MD changed her life

Joannie discusses how her life has changed, and how she’s now able to rely on her vision thanks to LASIK.

Joannie Rochette on the results of her procedure

Joannie talks about the results, and how she’s still seeing 20/20 five years after the procedure.

We’re sorry, but the contest is now over

We’re very happy to announce that the Grand Prize winner for the LASIK MD contest is Kayla Berst from Thunder Bay, ON. She wins a free LASIK procedure, and an all-inclusive trip to Toronto to see Joannie Rochette perform on tour.


Joannie Facebook Contest grand prize winner—Kayla Berst—met Joannie Rochette in Toronto

The runner up prize winner is Rebecca Charette from Nepean, ON. She also wins a free LASIK procedure, and will take home a pair of skates autographed by Joannie.

And those are the 15 lucky winners of the $400 LASIK Voucher:
  • Audrey Lemieux-Lehoux from Drummondville, QC
  • Betty Longtin from Woodstock, ON
  • Janeen Grylls from Cambridge, ON
  • John Boyce from Toronto, ON
  • Kevin Marchment from Pembroke, ON
  • Leon Whytock from Trenton, ON
  • Marc Laperriere from Quebec, QC
  • Marie-Noel Larochelle from Charlesbourg, QC
  • Michele Bouchard from Saint-Constant, QC
  • Robert abdulezer from Mont-Royal, QC
  • Roberta Lodewyks from Millgrove, ON
  • Sandra Montminy from Sherbrooke, QC
  • Shelley Gross from Thunderbay, ON
  • Sophie Tremblay from Alma, QC
  • Yannick Pouliot from Victoriaville, QC
Congrats! And thanks to everyone who participated.