A World Leader in Vision Care Since 1964
Trusted by Canadians for generations, our surgeons have performed over 200,000 vision correction procedures and have the experience to help you choose the right treatment for you.
Leaders in Refractive Vision Correction
Gimbel Eye Centre was the first in Canada to perform laser vision correction, refractive lens exchange, and implantable corrective lens procedures.
Welcome to Gimbel Eye Centre. Our practice has been leading the way in advanced vision care for decades, and we are committed to providing you with a comprehensive array of options to help you successfully meet your needs.
Gimbel Eye Centre was led by Dr. Howard Gimbel, an experienced ophthalmologist who had been serving our community for more than 50 years. In fact, Dr. Gimbel was recently appointed to the Order of Canada—one of the highest distinctions residents can achieve and bestowed only upon those who have made extraordinary contributions to our great nation. Along with the team of ophthalmologists, optometrists, and skilled eye care professionals, The Centre offers LASIK surgery, PRK, and a vast selection of other treatments designed to correct common vision imperfections, address debilitating eye diseases, and help patients clearly see life as it is meant to be seen.
We invite you to peruse our website to learn more about our vision care team, the many treatments we offer, and our dedication to providing you with the best possible experience at our practice. If you would like additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.
What are My Vision Correction Options?
A Top Team of Eye Doctors
Dr. Gimbel is proud to lead an exemplary team of eye doctors whose talents and expertise have helped thousands of patients improve their vision and their day-to-day lives. Our eye care specialists have been trained and educated at some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the world, and they are all committed to Gimbel Eye Centre’s mission of providing comprehensive vision care treatment that is customized for each patient’s unique needs and goals.
Howard V. Gimbel
MD, MPH, FRCSC
John van Westenbrugge
BA (Hons), BSc (Med), MD, MA, FRCS(C)
What is Your Condition?
Farsightedness is otherwise known as “hyperopia.” This very common condition is characterized by the eye’s inability to focus clearly on objects at a close range, which can pose quite a challenge while reading and engaging in other activities that require clear, up-close vision.
Astigmatism is the term used to describe a condition in which the curvature of the eye’s cornea or natural lens is irregular in shape, causing blurry vision at a range of distances. This condition is very common, and is often diagnosed in patients who have nearsightedness or farsightedness.
Presbyopia is an age-related vision condition that typically develops after one has reached their early to mid-40s. Typically caused by the eye’s gradual loss of its ability to quickly accommodate focus between far and near distances, presbyopia results in significantly blurry vision when observing objects at a close range.
“I am still to this day, so thankful that I went to Gimbel Eye Center for my Lasik. The entire staff was so kind, considerate, comforting and knowledgeable. Dr. John van Westenbrugge made sure to explain everything clearly during my surgery so I knew what to expect at every moment. I ended up going to Calgary just to go to Gimbel Eye Center because of the high level of praise my eye doctor gave them. He was right! I tell everyone I know that’s considering Lasik to go to Gimbel Eye Center. 2.5 years later and my eyes feel amazing! They’re still super sharp and I don’t have any issues with pain or dryness. Thank you Gimbel Eye Center team!“