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Executive Summary

The Bermuda International Eye Institute's main office is located at the Arches on Berry Hill Road in Paget, with two satellite offices. Founder Dr. Leonard Teye-Botchway, MBChB, FWACS, DCEH (Lon), FRCS (G), heads our medical staff which consists of Surgeons, Ophthalmic Technicians, an Orthoptist, and a Surgical Assistant.

Dr. Teye-Botchway has the following affiliations:

  • Member of American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member of American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons
  • Member of International Society of Refractive Surgery
  • Member of Canadian Ophthalmological Society
  • Member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Member of British Medical Association

In recognition of our commitment to high quality care, the Bermuda International Eye Institute is affiliated with the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Eye Institute at the Lahey Clinic.

We specialize in cataract surgery, refractive surgery co-management, corneal surgery, vitreo-retinal surgery (through our association with the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute and the Lahey Clinic), occuloplastic surgery and glaucoma procedures.

By routinely using topical anesthesia and self-sealing incisions for our cataract surgery patients, we provide a more comfortable procedure with the added plus of a reduced rehabilitation period and quick visual recovery.

Bermuda International Eye Institute takes pride in educating patients through printed information, video presentations on advanced methods of eye surgery and treatments.


Our Team

Dr. Syed Arshad
  Andrea Brown
Practice Manager
  Dawn Burgess
Opthalmic Technician
  Teressa Kressin   Sonja McCottry
Opthalmic Technician, Surgical Assistant
Dr. Rajinder Rathee
  Shakia Simons
Front Desk Coordinator
  Ida Smith
Administrative Assistant
  Dr. Leonard
  Nicola Turner
D.B.O. Senior Orthoptic Technician
Amanda Whitecross                



Continuing Medical Education

Mrs. Dawn BurgessThe skill and dedication of our staff continues to reinforce our reputation as a quality care facility. Always striving to be even better, we constantly seek new ways to bring improved and more cost-effective care to our patients.

Dr. Leonard Teye-Botchway has promoted continuing education here in Bermuda through supervision, training and funding. He has arranged for the training and professional development of several staff members.

Notably, two of the staff members, Mrs. Dawn Burgess and Mrs. Amanda Whitecross have achieved a first for resident Bermudians by obtaining the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant certification from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).

Similarly, he has promoted recognition of the Practice Manager, Miss. Andrea Brown as a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASOA).

Staff members have also had the opportunity to visit overseas Medical Centers like the Lahey Clinic in Massachusetts, and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, for continuing education, and have also attended ASCRS and AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology) conferences.

Recently, Mrs. Sonja McCottry, an Ophthalmic and Surgical Assistant at the Bermuda Eye Institute completed an Aesthetic Medical Educators Training course in the United States.


Our Commitment to New
Treatments & Technologies

Staffed by dedicated experts, and complimented by a wide array of state-of-the-art medical equipment, the Bermuda International Eye Institute is capable of addressing a wide spectrum of eye disorders.

There have been a number of recent advances in ophthalmology that are leading to improved eye care and enhanced outcomes for patients undergoing treatment for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and cataract removal with IOL implantation.

Ophthalmology is entering one of the most remarkable phases in recent history in this industry; new technologies and treatment modalities for both visual acuity and major eye diseases may dramatically change the composition and competitive dynamics of this specialty. As RK and LASIK changed the market a few years ago, even newer competitive technologies are just now emerging. From the advent of photodynamic therapy and new delivery techniques to revolutionary surgical approaches to refractive vision correction, ophthalmology is poised to see a plethora of new treatment options for major eye diseases, including:

  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma
  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and
  • Other vitreoretinal conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, and detached retina

The Bermuda International Eye Institute is uniquely positioned to embrace this most remarkable phase of ophthalmology. Our newly opened surgical suite addresses the need for more Operating Room time in the area of oculoplastics and refractive surgery; our commitment to new technologies, and treatment modalities ensures an impressive standard of care for the Bermudian populace; and our dedication to continuing education for our staff provides the corner stone for the sustained growth of our clinic.