Dr. James Wiens, MD, FRCSC
Owner and Medical Director, Image Plus Laser Eye Centre
Dr. Wiens completed his ophthalmology residency at McGill University in 1987, then went on to complete a further year of training in corneal and external diseases. He studied laser vision correction training in both Germany and the United States, completing his VISXR certification in 1999.
Dr. Wiens began his ophthalmology practice in Winnipeg at the Health Sciences Centre in 1988. Two years later, he moved to private practice, focusing on clinical care. In 1994, Dr. Wiens began performing laser vision correction in Winnipeg. He was the first ophthalmologist in Western Canada to offer 100% blade-free LASIK (IntraLase).
Along with laser vision correction, Dr. Wiens’ practice includes Intacs, Phakic intraocular lenses, cataract surgery, VISIAN TICL, and DSEK corneal transplants. Since opening his practice in 1988, he has performed over 50,000 procedures. Dr. Wiens is on staff at Misericordia Health Centre and also performs surgery at Western Surgery Centre. His treatment approach always takes into account each patient’s personal vision needs, desires, and the condition of their eyes. His goal is to provide each patient with quality vision.
New and Noteworthy
Dr. Wiens is personally involved in selecting the laser technology used at Image Plus and only invests in lasers with a proven record of safety and effectiveness. In addition to his practice, Dr. Wiens is a well-respected educator, having lectured medical students and participated in providing continuing medical education about ophthalmology to physicians and other medical personnel.
Dr. Guillermo Rocha, MD, FRCSC
Dr. Rocha is originally from Mexico City, where he received his MD from the Universidad Anahuac Medical School. He completed an internship at the American British Cowdray Hospital, after which he spent a year learning microsurgical techniques in the arena of microvascular surgery. He received his ophthalmology training from McGill University, where he was also Chief Resident. Dr. Rocha has since completed two fellowships, one in ocular Immunology and Inflammation at McGill University and a second at the University of South Florida, where he focused on Cornea, External Diseases and Refractive Surgery. During this year, he worked with two of the principal investigators for the Intra-Corneal Ring Segments (INTACS).
In 1996, Dr. Rocha returned to Mexico where he coordinated courses in corneal topographic analysis and refractive surgery and developed personal nomograms in vision correction. With experience in Mexico, the United States, and Canada, Dr. Rocha has encountered a wide variety of clients and worked with many skilled practitioners. He has experience in:
- Radial and astigmatic keratotomy (with diamond blade)
- Keratomileusis by corneal freezing and Automated Lamellar Keratoplasty (ALK), predecessors of LASIK
- Therapeutic use of the excimer laser
Dr. Rocha is an award-winning researcher with a focus on corneal wounds, refractive surgery, ocular immunology, and corneal graft rejection. With today’s technology, Dr. Rocha believes that surgical vision correction is now a real option for more patients who want to be free of their glasses or contact lenses. His philosophy is that surgical vision correction should be approached in a professional, unhurried way, which allows for the highest level of care and the best outcomes.