Dr. Michael Bense, FRCSC
Founder and Medical Director
Dr. Michael Bense graduated Pretoria University Medical School, South Africa in 1970. He has distinguished himself both academically and professionally. Upon completing his residency in Ophthalmology in 1994 at Dalhousie, Nova Scotia, he completed the CNIB A.E. Baker Foundation Retina Fellowship in Diseases and Surgery of the Retina and Vitreous at the University of Toronto Medical School, 1995. In 1996, Dr. Bense became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCSC Ophthalmology), Canada.
Dr. Bense was Chief of Ophthalmology with Eastern Health Corporation, Health Sciences Complex, and today he remains a Retina Consultant at Eastern Health with privileges in all St. John’s hospitals. He is affiliated with Memorial University of Newfoundland as Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, and is on the executive of the Canadian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Bense is licensed to practice medicine and Ophthalmology in Newfoundland and Labrador, and in South Africa.
He is the Founder and Medical Director of Bense Vision in St. John’s – the only certified LASIK provider in Newfoundland and designated 2016 a Leading Ophthalmology Clinic by Leading Medical Clinics of the World. Dr. Bense is a true pioneer in the industry. He performed the first PRK procedure in Atlantic Canada in 1994 and the very first LASIK procedure in Atlantic Canada in 1997. Dr. Bense has received significant advanced training by top plastic and oculoplastic surgeons over the last 15 years. He has pioneered most of the minimally-invasive aesthetic facial rejuvenation procedures in eastern Canada, performing over 30,000 eye surgeries and hundreds of facial cosmetic surgeries. His advanced training in Ophthalmology afforded him a great understanding of Oculoplastic Surgery and other surgical treatments for the face. He is not only a board certified Ophthalmologist who knows the anatomy and structure of the eyelids and orbit, but also has had extensive training in ophthalmic plastic reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.
In 2000 Dr. Bense established the first comprehensive medical aesthetics cosmetic centre in St. John’s and is now the leading provider of blade-free eyelid surgery in Atlantic Canada. He is certified in all popular facial and aesthetic surgical procedures including laser skin resurfacing, liposuction with BodyTite, cosmetic injectables such as dermal fillers and Botox, non-surgical facelifts with threads (Silhouette Lift), and numerous other surgeries and non-surgical cosmetic interventions.
Dr. Bense established Bense SurgiSpa 16 years ago and operates this award winning Cosmetic SurgiSpa with the Directorship of Registered RN, Kristine Feaver-Noseworthy. Dr. Bense puts the same passion for excellence, artistic creativity and attention to detail into all aspects of his refractive and cosmetic patients.