Dr. Omar J. Hakim, MD, FRCSC
Dr. Omar Hakim received his medical degree (cum laude) from the University of Western Ontario in 1987 and then completed his ophthalmology residency at the Ivey Institute of Ophthalmology in London, Ontario. He was named a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1991 and has been continually practicing ophthalmology since then. In 2006 he was appointed corneal fellow at the Queen Victoria Hospital and the Centre for Sight in East Grinstead, United Kingdom.
Dr. Hakim has been performing laser vision correction since 1994 and he is regarded as a leading international specialist in refractive surgery. He also regularly performs intraocular lens replacement procedures.
He has just completed over 15 years of service as consultant ophthalmologist at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Additionally, he has seen patients at the Milton District Hospital, Georgetown Hospital and at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, where he practiced comprehensive ophthalmology with a special interest in cataract surgery. Prior to this, he was consultant ophthalmologist at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital.
During his career, he has served as the principal clinical investigator for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in several wavefront-guided technology studies. Some of these studies were conducted in conjunction with the University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science, where he held the post of adjunct professor.
Dr. Hakim has performed vision correction procedures at TLC Laser Eye Centres clinics in London, Waterloo, and in Toronto where he was regional medical director. Since 2007, he has also been performing laser vision correction at LASIK MD clinics in the Greater Toronto Area.
Accomplishments and awards
Dr. Hakim is a well-respected lecturer who frequently gives talks and presentations at ophthalmology conferences in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia. He has performed live surgical demonstrations at the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Footage of his surgical techniques have been used by ophthalmic companies to educate other surgeons.
Additionally, Dr. Hakim has been involved in extensive research projects in the field of ophthalmology, with an emphasis on corneal and refractive surgery. He has published numerous articles and acted as a reviewer on the editorial review board of the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery. He is a contributing author for two of the world’s best-selling laser vision correction textbooks and has served as consultant to the International Medical Advisory Board of Alcon Laboratories.
Associations and professional memberships
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
- College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
- European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
- General Medical Council (U.K.)