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Dr. Mark Fava: Eyes above Toronto

December 3, 2012 by  
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Dr. Mark Fava: Eyes above TorontoThere’s more to Dr. Mark Fava than meets the eye. Educated in prestigious universities across Canada and taking the road less travelled to the U.S. to further pursue his passion for eye health, the born-and-raised Vaughan native is now a leading authority in ophthalmology. And where better to cultivate his homegrown skills than the place where he first envisioned a future in medicine. “My roots are here,” explains Dr. Fava, who recently left Boston to debut an innovative, full-service practice in Vaughan. “Eyes Above Toronto represents my homecoming.”

Introducing a new generation of eye care to the city, Eyes Above Toronto fuses a patient-driven approach with state-of-the-art procedures. Fitted with the most advanced diagnostic equipment and medical technologies to treat the tertiary stage of eye disease, the clinic welcomes patients with friendly staff members and a warm, comforting environment. Among its star technologies is the iLASIK platform, a revolutionary bladeless procedure in laser vision correction that reshapes the cornea to correct your vision. Safe and painless, the sophisticated procedure is also efficient, requiring about 10 minutes per eye and one weekend of recovery time. “We’re giving patients not just the freedom from glasses, but the ability to see the world,” says Dr. Fava, who coedited Cornea and Refractive Atlas of Clinical Wisdom (2011), a medical book that shares invaluable clinical experience from authoritative voices in cornea and refractive surgery. “It’s quite an amazing experience to wake up in the morning and not scramble to find your glasses because you can now see.”

Relying on his compassion as much as his skill, Dr. Fava builds a safe, trustworthy experience for every patient that walks through his door. “I know how nervous you can get because I’ve experienced iLASIK myself, so I make sure that patients know exactly what to expect. Communication is key — I talk my patients through the entire process and explain exactly what I’m doing and how I’m going to do it. In the end, most patients feel quite comfortable,” says Dr. Fava, who offers his patients his personal phone number so that they can reach him at any time.

While iLASIK has the aptitude to take your vision to new heights, the ophthalmologist carefully examines each patient interested in iLASIK to determine whether or not he or she is the right candidate for the procedure. Dr. Fava then customizes patient care using wave scan technology, tending to every step of the process himself. “You’re not meeting me the day of your surgery,” he explains. “Your evaluations are with me, your surgery is with me, and your post-operation visits are with me. And it’s all done at one location,” says Dr. Fava, who travels yearly to northern Ontario to provide treatments in areas where ophthalmology services are scarce.

After earning a bachelor of science from McMaster University, a medical degree from the University of Western Ontario and undergoing ophthalmology training at Queen’s University, Dr. Fava was awarded with the prestigious E.A. Baker Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness fellowship through the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. The fellowship, which provided Dr. Fava with the rare opportunity to continue and expand his training in cornea, refractive surgery and external disease, sets him apart from the rest. “Patients come back to me with such a new view on life; the biggest compliment is when they ask me to take care of their loved ones — the most important people in their lives.”
955 Major Mackenzie Drive West, Suite 410 Vaughan, Ont. (905) 553-1404


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