Open Your Eyes to Endless Possibilities of LASIK Surgery and Your Options Beyond LASIK
Deciding on the vision correction procedure that is right for you is not simple and will be one of the most important decisions you will make in a lifetime. At New England Eye Center, our trained refractive team will discuss the many options available to you and help you compare the differences as they pertain to your visual and lifestyle needs.
New England Eye Center
At New England Eye Center’s Lasik and Cataract Clinic, you will find a comprehensive set of vision correction services that make it easy for our dedicated refractive team to create individualized care plans for all patients. This approach optimizes results and gives each person a unique opportunity to achieve their best visual outcome. The sum of the experience of our doctors and staff members combined with the technologically advanced systems we use to perform vision correction well beyond laser eye surgery results in excellent patient satisfaction. Recently, Dr. Helen Wu was chosen by Abbott Medical to now offer the Symfony and Symfony Toric lens for advanced cataract surgery. She is one of the two surgeons in Massachussettes to offer "Contoura" custom LASIK and Dr. Wu is one of the few select few surgeons in the United States certified to provide a refractive solution called Trulign™ Toric. Additionally her contributions to STAAR surgical as a consultant and surgeon offering the Visian ICL® have made her a key opinion leader in her field and one of the most sought out surgeons implanting the ICL in Massachusetts and surrounding areas. The Lasik and Cataract clinic is continuously expanding “the complete refractive solution” to patients. The goal is to evaluate and guide patients to the alternative that is best suited to his/her visual and lifestyle needs. Services range from PRK and LASIK Laser Vision correction, the Visian ICL (implantable contact lens), Refractive Lens Exchange, All Laser Cataract Surgery with advanced Lenses, CK for reading vision, and therapeutic procedures such as Intacs for Keratoconus and dry eye treatments. To learn more about The New England Eye Center and its services you may also visit www.neec.com or call one of our vision care coordinators at 617-636-7800 or 617-636-1055. To learn more about refractive procedures and anatomy of the eye, visit the FDA LASIK glossary.
Your candidacy for any Laser Vision Correction procedure will be determined in the course of an extensive exam and discussion with our experienced staff, technicians and doctors. Depending on several features of your eyes and lifestyle, we might recommend LASIK (Laser Assisted in situ Keratomileusis) or PRK (phototrefractive keratectomy) or even another non-laser refractive surgical procedure such as the Visian ICL™ or even possibly a premium Cataract Lens. In each and every circumstance, an individualized care plan will be designed in order to provide you with results specifically designed to meet your visual needs and expectations.
In the past, patients who qualified for LASIK surgery were justifiably apprehensive about the mechanical surgical blade (microkeratome) used to create the corneal flap. Well fear no more! We have advanced our surgical instrumentation to include the sate-of-the-art LASIK technique, using a separate type of laser to create the corneal flap immediately prior to applying the excimer laser to refocus your cornea. Now with All Laser LASIK, both the safety as well as the visual results of Laser Vision Correction is significantly improved.
The Visian ICL® is an Implantable Collamer Lens, also referred to by many as an "Implantable Contact Lens" and it works with the eye to correct vision. Unlike other lenses that are used for vision correction procedures, the collagen in Collomer, is biocompatible with the eye, meaning it is not seen as a foreign object to the body and is an excellent choice for a lens that may remain inside your eye for a lifetime. Unlike traditional contact lenses that are placed on the surface of the eye, the Visian ICL® is positioned inside the eye between the iris (which is the colored part if the eye) and the natural lens, where it can stay indefinitely. And because it is positioned between the iris and the lens, it is invisible to both the patient and any observer. The Visian lens is also removable, which is an appealing feature to some patients adverse to the permanancy of LASIK and PRK. Visian can be removed at any time if the patient so chooses. If for some reason your vision changes dramatically at any point, the lens can be removed from the eye. Another advantage of choosing the Visian lens is for those people who suffer from dry eye. For many people with dry eye, LASIK is not the best option. Until recently patients with dry eyes had only the choice of PRK, which is an excellent procedure, however, the recovery is slower than LASIK and some patients just do not not care for the short amount of down time from work and their personal lives. The Visian lens is an excellent option for patients who have dry eyes and want quick visual recovery. The Visian lens does not cause or contribute to dry eyes and the Visian procedure is approximately a 15 minute surgery performed at our ambulatory surgery center and offers quick visual recovery or what is often referred to by LASIK patients as the “wow” factor.
Since 2006, the Visian lens has been improving the vision of the bravest people in our nation under the harshest conditions imaginable. Surgeons in the US military have implanted over 5,000 Visian ICLs with results that are nothing short of heroic. If the Visian ICL can meet the demands of soldiers in the US military, we can only imagine what it can do for our patients. To date, over 375,000 Visian lenses have been implanted worldwide and the refractive surgeons at New England Eye Center are proud to be among a select group of certified surgeons in the United States who offer this procedure as part of their complete refractive solution. Dr. Helen Wu, Dr. Dan Hu and Dr. Ken Kenyon are proud to offer the Visian lens to their refractive patients as an option and also offer special pricing for “the Heroes” who serve our community and nation. If you are interested in vision correction at New England Eye Center and you are a first responder, military personnel, etc., please mention the first responder program when you call to schedule your appointment. Remember, it is all about options!
One of the most comprehensive procedures we provide is PRK, or photo refractive keratectomy. This surgery treats nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Although similar to LASIK surgery, PRK does not involve the creation of a corneal flap, so many of our patients who don't qualify for LASIK can undergo PRK with no problems. This procedure does involve a slightly longer recovery period, but the payoff of seeing more clearly than you have in years is priceless.
The lens of the eye is designed to capture an image, focus it on the retina, and send it to your brain. As we age, the proteins in our eyes clump together and cloud this lens, increasing the risk for severe vision impairment. This clouded lens is called a cataract, and if left untreated, it can lead to blindness. If your vision seems blurry or hazy, light (especially at night) seems glaring, or you have a hard time differentiating between contrasting images, you may have cataracts. If you come to us with this problem, you can rest assured that in the hands of our nationally recognized doctors, you and your eyes will be treated with the utmost care.
When you suffer from cataracts, your entire life can lose its color. Fortunately, at New England Eye Center, we can permanently and dramatically improve your vision to give you the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the world in full color and high contrast. The premium IOLs we place during cataract surgery at our Boston, Wellesley, or Leominster eye care center will provide you with a depth and clarity of vision that will change your life.
If you are a poor candidate for LASIK surgery because you have thin corneas or extremely high degrees of myopia, our practice offers you the option of phakic IOLs. Phakic IOLs are lenses that are surgically implanted in the eye (between the cornea and the iris) in order to correct myopia. The implants look similar to contact lenses and correct vision in the same way, by altering the way light enters the eye. However, instead of refracting light from the eye's surface, phakic IOLs function from within the eye. Unlike LASIK surgery, placing phakic IOLs is a completely reversible process; if necessary, the implants can simply be removed.
If you have trouble seeing things up close, monovision may be your solution. This procedure involves surgically adjusting your eyes so that one focuses for distance vision and the other for near vision. A great way to learn whether monovision is right for you is to simulate the technique with contact lenses first, then, if successful, implement a more permanent change via refractive surgery or IOLs.
Keratoconus, or the degeneration of the structure of the cornea, is usually first identified as nearsightedness. This effect can worsen over time and will eventually be not be correctable with glasses. Intacs® are corneal inserts that correct vision without removing any corneal tissue. These corneal implants are great for our patients who have thin corneas that disqualify them from LASIK or have consistently changing vision. After a quick one-hour procedure, patients generally notice immediate and dramatic results. By providing support to the corneas and restoring their natural curvature, Intacs® are an excellent way to improve your vision.
We would love to hear from you, and are always excited to welcome new patients into our community. Please don't hesitate to contact our laser surgery center today!