Joannie Rochette

"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

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.

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.

In December, 2010, LASIK MD held a contest in cooperation with LASIK MD spokesperson Joannie Rochette. Two LASIK procedures were given away for free. The rules were simple, we asked participants to answer the question: “Why do you want to have LASIK?”

The response was amazing, as we received hundreds of submissions from people across Canada. LASIK MD and Joannie were happy to award Kristy Lapointe of Toronto and Michèle Blanchette of Quebec City with the prizes in recognition of their terrific answers.

Winner's testimonials

"I couldn't be happier with the care and service provided by LASIK MD. They walked me through each step of the procedures with consideration and explanation. Thank you for your excellent care!"

Stay tuned. We will post Michèle’s picture and testimonial following her procedure.

Winner's answers

Kristy LaPointe
Toronto, Ontario

Once upon a time in an urban, 21st century tale lived a young star-to-be. The girl loved nothing more than to travel the world, to write, act in plays, and to sing heartily. But the girl had a problem, she could barely see! "I’ll wear glasses and contacts, not a problem for me!” “I’ll be a star,” thought the girl. “I can follow my dreams,” and for a few years, that‘s just how it seemed. She wore contacts in musicals, a short film, and plays, but oh all the struggles that haunted these days. Her contacts would rip, and she’d do the scene squinting, or saline would run out, when contacts needed rinsing. One time she was case-less, so they were stored in a plastic water bottle, and by the time her costume was on, her saline and contacts had been swallowed by a model. She’s a poor starving artist, and Prince Charming’s a student, to have 20/20 would indeed be most prudent! She’s so overwhelmed that this wish may come true, so never stop dreaming, whatever you do!

Michèle Blanchette
Quebec City, Quebec

Je rêve depuis toujours d'être pompier. Ma maison a été incendiée alors que j'avais neuf ans et j'ai été impressionnée par le boulot des pompiers. Même avant cela, je me souviens que je jouais avec mon petit frère à secourir ma poupée des flammes! J'occupe actuellement un emploi à temps plein et je m'entraîne dur pour être admise au programme d'intervention en sécurité incendie. Par contre, pour exercer ce métier, il faut avoir une vue parfaite. Si ce n'est pas le cas, une fois admise au programme, je dois m'engager à subir l'opération au laser au cours de l'année suivante, mais il faut trouver les fonds!! Merci pour cette chance.