Dr. Rehan Riyaz


Over 40,000 ocular procedures performed


Educational Background

Dr. Rehan Riyaz was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He obtained his bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of Manitoba, where he received the Sibyl Inkster Scholarship for having the highest standing in English at the university. He went on to complete his medical degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He returned to the Prairies to complete five years of ophthalmic surgical training at the University of Alberta, where he served as chief resident. He was awarded the Dr. T. Alistair Boyd Prize in Ophthalmology for superior academic achievement in his graduating year.

Refractive Experience

Dr. Riyaz has performed tens of thousands of laser refractive procedures. He specialized in LASIK and PRK surgery under the supervision of Drs. Mark Cohen and Avi Wallerstein, two of North America’s most experienced laser refractive surgeons. Dr. Riyaz also has extensive experience in the treatment of keratoconus using topography-guided custom ablation treatment (TCAT) and Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking with Riboflavin (CXL).

In addition to his work at LASIK MD, Dr. Riyaz practices comprehensive ophthalmology in Edmonton. He treats many types of ophthalmic diseases, and has a special interest in helping patients see without glasses after cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange (RLE) procedures through the use of premium intraocular lenses, such as toric and trifocal intraocular lenses.

Dr. Riyaz is an associate clinical professor at the University of Alberta, where he teaches medical students and physicians who are specializing in ophthalmic surgery. He serves as director of cataract surgical training at the university, where he ensures that graduating ophthalmologists are proficient with the most current techniques and technologies.

Accomplishments and Awards

Dr. Riyaz has won numerous scholarships and awards, including the Reg Martiniuk Award for Research, which recognizes excellence in ophthalmology research at the University of Alberta. His research has been published in the peer-reviewed Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology and the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. He has also given numerous presentations at respected conferences, including the Canadian Ophthalmological Society’s annual meeting, and the Canadian Undergraduate Conference on Healthcare.

Appointed to sit on the University of Alberta’s Residency Program Committee, Dr. Riyaz is involved in the selection and evaluation of ophthalmology residents, and helps to shape the curriculum for the university’s ophthalmology residency training program.

Associations and Professional Memberships
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Canadian Ophthalmological Society
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta and Manitoba
  • Canadian Association of University Professors of Refractive Surgery
LASIK MD surgeons are among the most sought-after in the field of vision correction.
  • ​​​​​They remain up-to-date on latest laser vision technologies and techniques
  • They teach surgeons-in-training at prominent universities 
  • They conduct ongoing research in the field of refractive surgery

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