Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Michael Bense
Founder, Bense Medical Group
Dr. Mike Bense is the Founder of Bense Medical Group including Bense Vision and Bense Surgispa, in St. John’s Newfoundland. With more than 20 years of experience and well over 30,000 eye procedures, his record of success speaks for itself as a true pioneer in the industry. Dr. Bense is an innovator and one of the most successful eye surgeons in Canada, his commitment to using the most sophisticated technologies available to treat his patients is unparalleled.

Education
Dr. Bense graduated from the Pretoria University Medical School in South Africa back in 1970. After completing his residency in ophthalmology in 1984 at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, he was selected to do a retina fellowship in Diseases and Surgery of the Retina and Vitreous at the University of Toronto Medical School the following year by the CNIB’S, A.E. Baker Foundation. In 1986, he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCSC Ophthalmology), Canada.

Experience
Dr. Bense was also the Chief of Ophthalmology at the Health Sciences Complex in St. John’s, and is still a retina consultant with privileges in all St. John’s hospitals. He is affiliated with MUN and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Memorial University. He sits on the executive board of the Canadian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and is licensed to practice medicine and ophthalmology in Newfoundland and Labrador, and in South Africa. He is currently ophthalmologist to CNIB in St. John’s. Throughout his career, Dr. Bense has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in clinical research, education and patient care.

Family life
Dr. Bense is married with three children. His wife Sharon is the co-founder and CEO of Bense Vision. Their son, Jonathan runs Bense Optical and Optometry, spending four years in Belfast to graduate with BSc (Hon) Optometry, before becoming certified in Canada as a Doctor of Optometry in 2006. Their daughter Allison is Assistant Clinic Director at Bense Surgispa. His other daughter Christine has a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and is working and living in California.

Dr. Bense’s professional affiliations include:

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
  • Member of the Atlantic Provinces Ophthalmological Society (APOS)
  • Member of the Canadian Ophthalmic Society
  • Member of the Canadian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Member of the Newfoundland Medical Society
  • Member of the Canadian Medical Association
  • Member of the South African Medical and Dental Society
  • Member of the International Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
Dr. Hesham Lakosha MD, FRCSED, FRCSC
Ophthalmologist & Certified iLASIK Surgeon
Dr. Lakosha is Assistant Professor at Dalhousie university. He takes great pride in teaching young residents and medical students. He has given numerous lectures on the national and international levels, with many publications in prestigious journals in the field of comprehensive Ophthalmology, ocular oncology and diagnostic ultrasound.

He is Founder and Medical Director of Halifax Eye Institute, the first comprehensive ambulatory surgical center in Atlantic Canada that offers state of the art surgery such as Wave Front Guided Laser vision correction, Laser assisted cataract surgery and implantable intraocular lens. Continually seeking to introduce new surgical techniques, Dr. Lakosha was the first Ophthalmologist in Atlantic Canada to perform Laser assisted Cataract surgery at the Halifax eye Institute.

Dr. Lakosha has a special interest in premium lenses. He has successfully implanted many toric, multifocal and extended range of vision lens that corrects both near and far vision. Patient satisfaction was as high as 97%.

We are thrilled to have a surgeon as skilled and experienced as Dr. Lakosha on the Bense Vision Team.

Education
Dr. Hesham Lakosha completed his medical training at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. He then went on to complete two post-doctoral fellowships—one in ocular oncology at Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital, and the other in Vitreoretinal training at St. Michael’s Hospital, also in Toronto.

Experience
Dr Lakosha is an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Dalhousie University. He is actively participating in lecturing and tutoring residents and undergraduate medical students.

Dr. Lakosha has been practicing as a comprehensive ophthalmologist and eye surgeon for close to 20 years. He has experience performing anterior segment procedures for cataracts, laser correction, glaucoma and pterygium.

Dr. Lakosha is also on staff at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Halifax, where he provides special services in ocular oncology and diagnostic ultrasound.

Accomplishments and Awards
Dr. Lakosha was awarded the best teacher in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in 2013. He has presented at prestigious conferences held by the International Congress of Ocular Oncology, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Canadian Ophthalmology Society. Most of Dr. Lakosha’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Lakosha’s professional affiliations include:

  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Canadian Ophthalmologic Society
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Atlantic Provinces Ophthalmologic Association
  • Canadian Medical Protective Association
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

During his leisure time, Dr. Lakosha enjoys spending time with family and friends, practicing yoga, weight training, cycling, gardening and travelling.

Dr. Jonathan Bense
Director – Bense Optical & Optometry
Dr. Bense spent four years in Belfast at the University of Ulster in Coleraine. He graduated with BSc Honours in Optometry in 2003, becoming certified in Canada as a Doctor of Optometry in 2006.

Dr. Bense completed a one-year work term at Specsavers Optical in Ireland before receiving his Canadian certification. Specsavers is one of the largest optical companies in the world, and the training and knowledge Dr. Bense received there have served him well in his role with Bense Vision.

Dr. Christie Law
Dr. Christie Law graduated from the University of Calgary in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering. She continued her education at the Illinois College of Optometry, receiving her optometry degree in 2012.

While at the Illinois Eye Institute, Dr. Law gravitated toward the subject of low vision and how different devices can improve quality of life. She also gained valuable experience co-managing ocular diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Law is a valuable addition the Bense Vision team.