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Meet Our Doctors

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.

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.

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 completed his optometry degree in Ireland and graduated in 2003, becoming certified to practice in Canada in 2006. Bense Optical & Optometry in St. John’s was founded immediately. Discovering the need for Optometric services in the town of Paradise, Dr. Bense opened a second location in 2016.

Bense Optical is a full scope optometry clinic, offering eye exams for all ages, as young as 6 months of age. Bense Optical also provides a full optical for glasses and contact lenses. Additionally, we are a medical referral practice accepting referrals from local MD’s for detection and monitoring of diseases including diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration and many more.

Dr. Bense supervises and trains 4th year optometry students throughout the year and is the only certified teacher located in St. John’s.

Dr. Bense also operates the Bense iLASIK Centre, providing pre and post op care to many lasik patients.

Bense Cataract Centre is the next stage in the ever growing practice and will provide private and MCP covered intraocular surgery.

Dr. Julie Hiscock
Dr. Hiscock completed 4 years at Memorial University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a minor in psychology in 2014. She then went on to study optometry in Chicago at the Illinois College of Optometry. In her final year of studies, she worked in various clinics in the USA. She completed 4 externships – specializing in ocular disease at Georgia Eye Partners in Atlanta, pediatrics and vision therapy at Eyecare Associates in Connecticut, cornea and speciality contact lenses at Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago, and low vision/ocular disease at Daytona Beach Veterans Hospital in Florida. She graduated in 2018 with a Doctor of Optometry and returned home to St. John’s, Newfoundland to practice.

Dr. Hiscock is bilingual in English and French. She has worked in various clinics around St. John’s and surrounding areas, as well as clinics on the Burin Peninsula. She is pleased to have joined the Bense Optometry team at the end of 2020. She loves working with a diverse patient base, from working with infants and children, to fitting specialty scleral contact lenses used to regain sight in patients with severe corneal disease, post corneal transplants, and dry eye.