Dr. Robert Laroche


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Hospital: IWK Health Centre
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Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 14 reviews. Dr. Robert Laroche has a good overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Ophthalmologist-related: eye treatment, eye diseases, vision, eye surgery, corneal surgery, oculoplastics and reconstruction surgery, intraocular lens implantation, refractive surgery, cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, glaucoma, low vision, uveitis, corneal infections, hereditary dystrophies, eye laser surgery, vision correction surgery
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RID: 5375024
18/04/14 2 1 1 3 My daughter was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis at 3. Inflammation of the eyes due to the JIA started at 5. LaRoche was charming and informative on our 1st visit. Subsequent appointment care deteriorated rapidly. Her exams were done by interns with him giving her eyes 2 mins at the end. One intern I talked thru the exam as she didn't appear to know what she was doing. LaRoche didn't bother to do an exam himself that day. We refused to see him further as we had an excellent ophthalmologist at home. When her eye pressures began to rapidly increase due to the medications she was on, we went back to him and he dismissed our concerns, annoyed. Fortunately our DR referred us to a glaucoma specialist, implants were done immediately & my daughter's eyesight was saved(she's 17 now). We were referred to the eye clinic during a recent rheum. clinic visit in '13 & ironically saw him. After disparaging our clinic DR for sending us, he bragged about his new $5K eye pressure instrum.  Respond
RID: 5234621
11/03/14 5 5 5 5 I had my strabismus surgery about four years ago by Dr. Laroche. I never had any problem regarding my eyes through previous years. we had check up visits every six month after my surgery for 2 years. I owe my confidence to Dr.Laroche and that surgery made a huge change in my life.  Respond
RID: 2431394
23/09/12 4 4 5 5 Hi there all .I have 2Sons that have been seen by Dr .Laroche now for 18 years .They both have a very rare eye disease .He has done a tremdous job with both sons.If he felt that there could be someone out there with a better opinion on my sons eyes condition he sent us there.His bed side manners has been nothing but firm to the point and gracious.His secetaries has been most helpful and knows us by name and greets us with smiles.The interns has to see the children first because it is a training hospital and they have to train somewhere and I say training under Dr.Laroche will be the most beneficial learning experiences they will have in there life time.I have seen young and old go in and out of there doors in the 18 years that we have been going there.From my experience from all the other hospitals and doctors I've seen from Ontario to Newfoundland they are the best .Thank you Dr.Laroche if people don't respect you then they themselves don't need your help .  Respond
RID: 1666909
21/12/11 5 3 4 5 Dr. Laroche has been following my daughters strabismus for almost 3 years now. He just recently performed her first surgery 3 months ago and everything went perfectly! He is very straight forward and doesn't sugar coat anything, but he does his job very well!  Respond
RID: 1664605
18/12/11 5 3 5 5 Followed my son for 12 years. He always did the best that he possibly could and had great advice. Nothing but good experiences with Dr. Laroche, a great guy.  Respond
RID: 1441979
16/05/11 4 4 5 5 Dr. Laroche did my surgery as a child. I remember him being fairly blunt but I really can't complain - his efforts were successful in treating my esotropia, which is great!  Respond
RID: 1416370
14/04/11 4 3 5 5 Back prior to my daughters surgery, I was having staffing issues to the point where I wrote a nasty e-mail driving my concerns home. At this point Dr. Laroche stepped in and took over her file. He was blunt, as am I, so I appreciated this communication. He was good with her and her surgery turned out great. She had both eyes done at the same time and she has regular appointments...sometimes too much if you ask me. I have only seen him the 1st few times after her surgery and other Dr.s have seen her on her follow ups. Needless to say, my questions and concerns were very thorough and very direct. He answered them all to my satisfaction.  Respond
RID: 1361603
12/02/11 5 3 5 5 im 34 had strabismus since birth.i had 2 failed surgeries as a child by another dr..i was refered to Dr LaRoache and so glad I found him...he did surgery yesterday and already my eyes look so much better...i found him to be very friendly and explained clearly what he was going to do..in my opinion on of the best..my only complaint is i always wait 2 hrs to see him..in my opinion it is worth the wait.jhe is always more than willing to answer any questions i have,, very nice staff as well  Respond
RID: 1347691
26/01/11 5 5 5 5 Surprised by comments! I have a very rare eye disease called Duane's Syndrome. After a year of limbo, to the point that doctors were telling my parents that I was retarded, he diagnosed me at 13 months. Dr. Laroche called all his interns in and made sure they studied me and the interns were very hands on with the diagnosis. He said that he would perform surgery when I was old enough and sure enough at age 12, as soon as my parents had our family doctor refer me, he remembered the case. The surgery was successful and although it typically does not last, I'm going 14 years strong. I just visited an eye doctor for an unrelated issue and he said the surgery should hold up fine and that Dr. Laroche is one of the best. Without Dr. Laroche's diagnosis and surgery, I'm not so sure I'd be able to live as comfortably as I am today. All the crap about him being abrupt and rude is typical of all overworked doctors. However, this guy knows hi stuff and is a master surgeon. Thank you Dr. Laroche!  Respond
RID: 1271619
14/10/10 4 4 5 5 I am really surprised by the negative comments about Dr. Laroche. My son was his patient for 4 year, had several complicated eye surgeries and he received the best treatment. We now live in Toronto and my son is seen at the SIck Kids Hospital, and the doctors there are very complementary about the work Dr. Laroche did. When our son was first diagnosed with his eye disease, Dr. Laroche was very caring and talked with us in detail about the course of our son's treatment. I highly recommend Dr. Laroche!  Respond
16/04/10 SYSTEM: 2 negative duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 1119848
03/03/10 4 5 4 4 Although he seemed abrupt and rushed he ensured that i knew the results of my son's surgery's and the next step that he is recommending. he recommended other assets that the iwk offers for support. he does rely on his students for follow-ups in the iwk but was available to answer other questions that arose. follow-up appointments were in the time frames mentioned during previous visit. still ongoing treatments with my son. to date am pleased with the services provided. i would recommend him.  Respond
RID: 1066723
30/12/09 5 4 4 5 Overworked, doing his best with shortage of medical manpower. Most other patients spoken to are satisfied and find him pleasant and caring. This is in response to the negative reviews found on this site.  Respond
05/07/09 SYSTEM: 3 negative duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
05/04/09 SYSTEM: 3 negative duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 817509
06/03/09 1 3 1 4 This doctor shows no compassion for pediatric patients. And that's if you can actually get an appointment with him. My daughter has crossed eyes, and needs regular follow-up and has not had an appointment with him in 2 years!!! Since she was 4, she is now 6-I have called his office frequently but noone answers, just a machine that says they are way behind in booking follow-up appointments. It is not even possible to talk to a person!!!! It's too bad this is our only option for pediatric ophthalmologists in NS!  Respond
RID: 789582
13/02/09 1 1 1 1 This doctor doesn't have a clue on how to treat children who have suffered for many years because of their poor health. Dr LaRoche didn't care about my son's other health issues, and the impact in our family. He drinks a lot of coffee and relies a lot of the young doctors under training without supervising their job properly. I felt insecure with his advises. He doesn't project confidence in his field. On the contrary, lots of arrogance and bad manners. No a very good example for my son and his students. I would never take my son to his clinic. I hope the hospital contracts more doctors children's eye doctors, to be able to have some hope for my son.  Respond