About LASIK MD
Since day one, LASIK MD’s mission was straightforward: We wanted to improve patients’ quality of life by offering affordable vision correction procedures and exceptional patient care. To this day, this goal remains unchanged, and our diligent and dedicated team work together to bring it to life.
LASIK MD was founded by Drs. Mark Cohen and Avi Wallerstein in 2001, with their first clinic opening in Montreal. The doctors shared a vision: They wanted to make laser vision correction as ubiquitous and widespread as glasses and contacts, and challenge the perception of vision correction by showcasing how simple and affordable a procedure it can be. After acquiring a privately-owned laser vision correction clinic, the doctors grew this business model, focusing on the affordability and lifestyle benefits of LASIK. Today, more people than ever have discovered an improved quality of life thanks to LASIK MD.
Today, LASIK MD is considered to be a leader in vision correction. We’ve grown significantly since first starting out. What began as just one clinic now totals more than 30 locations across the country. From clinic staff to our head office team, roughly 700 people are proud to work at LASIK MD. Best of all, our surgical staff has helped thousands upon thousands of patients enjoy improved eyesight.
And our patients love their LASIK life so much, that 99% say that they would recommend us to their friends and family.
While some things have changed since 2001, our focus and top priority has not: We want to help our patients to discover all the joys and freedom that comes with letting go of their glasses and contacts, and look forward to doing so for years to come.
About the Doctors
Drs. Mark Cohen and Avi Wallerstein, two world-renowned surgeons with vast knowledge and expertise in refractive care and ophthalmology, are the driving forces behind LASIK MD. In addition to co-founding the organization, both doctors currently sit as LASIK MD's medical directors.
Dr. Cohen and Dr. Wallerstein have performed thousands of eye procedures. They are well-respected medical practitioners, lauded the world over for their significant contributions to the medical community. Both are frequently invited to speak at conferences and symposiums, and have published research in esteemed medical journals. Their work is vital in the development and refinement of new refractive technologies and best practices in vision correction. Dr. Wallerstein has also established the first Canadian laser eye surgery teaching curriculum for ophthalmology students. Both he and Dr. Cohen are certified C-LASIK instructors, training up-and-coming refractive surgeons out of one of North America’s only laser vision correction training centres, located in LASIK MD’s Montreal clinic.
The doctors’ awards and accolades are numerous: Dr. Cohen and Dr. Wallerstein were awarded the Ernst & Young 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the professional/financial services category for Quebec, with a Canadian national citation for service excellence. Additionally, LASIK MD has been consistently ranked as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, an award that celebrates ingenuity, productivity and leadership in privates businesses across the country.
For a closer look at Drs. Cohen and Wallerstein’s backgrounds, visit the Our Surgeons page.