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Meet Dr. Bense

Dr. Bense, your Newfoundland LASIK expert

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Meet Dr. Michael Bense

Dr. Mike Bense is the Medical Director at Bense Vision, in St. John’s Newfoundland. With more than 20 years of experience and 20,000 procedures under his belt, his record of success speaks for itself. Dr. Bense is one of the most successful eye surgeons in Canada and has always been committed to using the most sophisticated technologies available to treat his patients.


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.


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 a Cordon Bleu Chef and certified Pilates instructor. Allison is the owner / operator of Bense Pilates. His other daughter Christine has a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and works for Kraft Foods International in Chicago.

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


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