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1978 – Degree in Medicine – University of Montreal

1982 – Graduated in Ophthalmology – University of Montreal

1983 – Appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Montreal and Head of the Glaucoma Section

Dr. Sameh Fanous is the founder and director of the Montreal Eye Clinic, which became an institute in 2011.

Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1982.

Awarded the title of “Fellow” of the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1983.

Founder and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Valleyfield Hospital Center.

Continually striving to improve his surgical techniques, Dr. Fanous became the first ophthalmologist in Canada to implant the foldable intraocular lens during cataract surgery in 1989.

In 1992, Dr. Fanous became the first ophthalmologist in Canada to introduce Cataract Surgery without anesthetic injections.

In 1993, Dr. Fanous became the first doctor in Canada to offer an innovative treatment: the implantation of a multifocal lens in the eye during cataract surgery, thus allowing for the correction of both near and distance vision. This lens was the subject of a vast study between 1993 and 1996, in which Dr. Fanous participated with a group of renowned North American ophthalmologists.

In 1993, he organized a congress to train his fellow ophthalmologists in the new surgical techniques for cataract surgery using ultrasound (phacoemulsification).


First surgeon in Canada

In 1998, he was the first surgeon in Canada to implant a contact lens called ICL (Implantable Contact Lens) in the eye as part of a North American study. Thanks to this revolutionary technique, many patients who were not good candidates for Lasik could now be free of their glasses.

From 1999 to 2010, he organized the annual optometric symposium of the Montreal Eye Clinic which attracted an average of 250 optometrists per year.


First surgeon honored in Quebec

In February 1999, Dr. Fanous was honored for maintaining a high level of excellence in cataract surgery and lens implantation in the eye by the prestigious American College of Eye Surgery. This was the first time in Quebec and the second in Canada that the organization honored a Canadian surgeon. Dr. Fanous joins the 300 physicians honoured worldwide since the program’s inception in 1989.


High level of excellence

Dr. Fanous was again honored by the same American college in March 2000, for his high level of surgical excellence in laser vision correction (LASIK).

Dr. Fanous has many years of experience during which he has performed thousands of ophthalmic surgeries. Throughout his practice, he has continued to distinguish himself by introducing several new techniques in eye surgery in Canada and Quebec. He is regularly invited to speak at international conferences, notably in the United States, Europe and the Middle East.


Outstanding Medical Achievements

In January 2001, the House of Commons of the Canadian government honoured Dr. Fanous for “outstanding medical achievements.

In 2002, in an effort to provide patients with the best possible vision, he conducted a large study on multifocal lenses: “Multifocal IOLs and hyperopia”. He was invited to present the results of his study at the prestigious annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, which was held in November 2002 in Orlando, Florida.


First surgeon in Canada to offer the iLasik treatment

He was the first surgeon in Canada to offer the iLasik treatment without blade, a more precise and safer technique since it eliminates the risks associated with the surgical blade. In fact, since 2010, he no longer offers the Lasik technique with blade to his patients.


Multifocal IOLs

Lecture during the 2008 symposium on the second generation of multifocal IOLs for the study on quality of life and quality of vision in postoperative care.

In order to meet the technological challenge of the 21st century, Dr. Fanous founded the Montreal Eye Institute in St. Laurent in October 2011. Equipped with sophisticated, state-of-the-art equipment, the Institute offers a wide range of services covering several ophthalmic subspecialties. In April 2012, the establishment was chosen as the best project of the year by the borough of Saint-Laurent.


The Montreal Eye Institute

In 2012, Dr. Fanous was honored by Ville Saint-Laurent for the design and realization of the Montreal Eye Institute, chosen as the best project of the year.


Refractive Cataract Surgery

On September 17, 2012, Dr. Fanous performs bladeless cataract refractive surgery using the LenSx® laser: a first in Quebec.


Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

To top it all off, in September 2012, Dr. Fanous was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor of Canada to thank him for his service to the community, his peers and to Canada.

Recipient of the Canadian Ambassadors Award to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of medical science.


Accredited with Honorable Mention

In 2017, the Eye Institute was accredited with Honorable Mention by Accreditation Canada for achieving national standards of excellence in health care.

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