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Deciding on the vision correction procedure that is right for you will be one of the most important decisions you will make in a lifetime. At the New England Eye Center, our trained refractive team will discuss the many options available for your unique vision status, and help you compare the differences in relation to your visual and lifestyle needs. We give the Boston and surrounding areas premier LASIK services that will take away the need for glasses and contacts. 

What is LASIK?

LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is the most popular and highly effective laser procedure used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye, using an excimer laser. By reshaping the cornea, light is able to enter the eye and focus properly onto the retina. LASIK is a relatively pain-free procedure and takes approximately fifteen minutes per eye. During surgery, topical anesthetic drops are applied to the surface of the eye and a lid holder is gently placed in the eye to keep you from blinking. The surgeon will then use a laser to create a thin circular opening/flap, about the thickness of a strand of hair. Once this opening is created, the surgeon will proceed to fold back the flap to access the underlying cornea. Using a highly specialized cool beam excimer laser, the surgeon then removes a small amount of tissue to precisely reshape the cornea. After reshaping the cornea, the flap is replaced and serves as a natural bandage. Most often both eyes are treated on the same day and there is little to no discomfort. Stitches are not needed and visual recovery is very quick. In as short as 24 hours, patients can enjoy clearer vision.

LASIK FAQ’s

How do I find out if I am a candidate for LASIK?

How do I find out if I am a candidate for LASIK?

The typical LASIK candidate is over 18 years of age, maybe tired of, or unable to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses on a daily basis.LASIK can treat a broad range of correction for Nearsightedness, Farsightedness, and Astigmatism. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK is to begin by having a free laser vision correction screening at our Boston office. You will initially meet with our refractive coordinator and dedicated refractive team. Once you are ready to move forward with a surgery date, we will schedule you for a LASIK consultation. During your consultation, your eyes will be dilated and you will be in our office for approximately 2 hours. One of our doctors will perform a thorough examination, explain your options, and answer all of your questions. Contact us to arrange a laser vision correction consultation at our practice, based in Boston, Massachusetts.

What are my options if I am not a good candidate for LASIK surgery?

What are my options if I am not a good candidate for LASIK surgery?

Our goal at New England Eye Center is to provide patients with options that will offer the best visual outcomes. Sometimes patients may be better suited to have an alternative procedure to LASIK. There is good news for patients who may not qualify for LASIK. If you are not a good candidate for LASIK surgery, our laser vision correction specialists may be able to suggest a procedure that is better suited to your needs. For example, patients who are unable to receive LASIK due to thin corneas, high prescriptions, dry eye or large pupils may be able to undergo a procedure such as Epi LASIK, PRK, LASEK or Visian ICL surgery (Implantable Contact Lens). Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are another possible option.

Will LASIK surgery prevent or cure age-related vision deterioration (presbyopia)?

Will LASIK surgery prevent or cure age-related vision deterioration (presbyopia)?

LASIK cannot prevent age-related vision deterioration (presbyopia) or more commonly known as “reading vision.” Most patients, regardless of whether or not they have LASIK, will need reading glasses after the age of 40. Our center offers options to decrease the need for reading vision. Ask our vision correction team about “monovision or blended vision, CK eye surgery and our advanced lenses.” Please contact us for more information.

Is LASIK safe?

Is LASIK safe?

Yes. New England Eye Center was a study site for the FDA and was one of the first centers in the region to offer LASIK to the general public. FDA studies have shown that there is a rate of less than one percent for complications that seriously affect vision. Still, outcomes can vary, so it is very important to choose an experienced surgeon and the right laser technology. Dr. Helen Wu, Director of Refractive Surgery, has performed thousands of surgeries and is recognized for her superior surgical skills. Using state-of-the-art technology and advanced vision correction options, Dr. Wu has helped thousands of our patients achieve better vision. Read what patients are saying.

What are the risks and possible complications of LASIK?

What are the risks and possible complications of LASIK?

Fortunately, the risks of the procedure itself are rare. Postoperatively, the most common complications are under correction or overcorrection, possibly necessitating temporary glasses to aid in driving or reading. A second procedure, called an enhancement, may be necessary several months later to fine-tune the refractive result. Dry eyes and night vision problems, such as glare and halos, may occur but generally resolve over several weeks to several months. Lubricants for the eye and occasionally plugs for the drainage canals of the eye usually help significantly in the meantime. Inflammation, fine wrinkles in the flap, or epithelial surface cells growing under the edge of the flap may require either eye drops or another procedure. Serious complications, such as infection, occur in less than one percent of cases.

Are there different laser systems that can be used for laser vision correction?

Are there different laser systems that can be used for LASIK?

There are many different laser systems, ranging from broad-beam systems to newer generation lasers incorporating pupil trackers. We have the choice to use the WaveLight® EX500 excimer laser, the WaveLight® Femtosecond Laser, the VISX STAR S4™ excimer laser, and the IntraLase Femtosecond Laser. Dr. Wu is experienced in using all of these lasers. Our goal is to provide options that will help us give patients the best possible result. Read more about our advanced technology.

What is the cost of laser vision correction?

What is the cost of LASIK?

The cost of laser vision correction at our Boston, Massachusetts, practice varies depending on the procedure you have. Our procedures are competitively priced and are all-inclusive, covering pre-operative and post-operative care for one year after your surgery. We accept all major credit cards and payment plans are available through Care Credit. For a monthly payment probably less than that of an average cell phone bill, you can now afford LASIK. Contact our office to set up a consultation to determine which procedure is correct for you.

Is financing available for laser vision correction?

Is financing available for LASIK?

Yes. To help make laser vision correction more affordable, we have partnered with Care Credit. They have convenient payment plans at competitive rates. You could receive laser vision correction at our Boston, Massachusetts center for as little as no money down and $80 per eye per month.

At New England Eye Center’s LASIK Clinic, you will find a comprehensive set of LASIK services. Our goal is to create individualized care plans for all patients so that they can achieve their best visual outcomes. The combination of very experienced doctors and staff combined with advanced technological systems and LASIK surgery techniques result in excellent patient satisfaction.

We offer a wide variety of services to suit everyone’s needs:

  • PRK
  • LASIK
  • Laser vision correction
  • Refractive lens exchange
  • Laser Cataract Surgery with advanced lenses
  • CK for reading vision
  • Intacs for Keratoconus
  • Dry eye treatments

Dr. Helen Wu is a well-known LASIK surgeon that is respected in her field and often is chosen to pioneer sophisticated new lenses. Many cataract surgeons are not certified to offer a wide range of surgical techniques and premium lens offerings that Dr. Wu is able to utilize in her practice:

  • PanOptix® TriFocal Lens Implant 
  • Symfony and Symfony and other advanced Toric lenses for cataract surgery
  • Contoura® custom LASIK
  • Trulign™ Toric cataract surgery lens for astigmatism and ability to see near and far
  • Visian ICL® –implantable contact lens

To learn more about New England Eye Center and its services, you may also visit www.neec.com or call one of our vision care coordinators at 617-638-7800 or 617-636-1055. To learn more about refractive procedures and the anatomy of the eye, visit the FDA LASIK glossary.

Blade-Free LASIK

Contoura™ Custom LASIK and Blade-free LASIK for Enhanced Vision Service

Although conventional LASIK eye surgery has helped millions of people achieve clearer, sharper vision, many potential patients have avoided surgery due to fears about the mechanical blade that was used in the first step of LASIK. Dr. Helen Wu now offers blade-free custom LASIK at our refractive surgery center. Through the use of ultra-precise lasers and advanced computer software, our patients can now undergo safe, effective vision correction surgery without the risks associated with a mechanical blade. Our patients are experiencing high satisfaction with their visual outcomes. While some patients still report experiencing night vision changes or dry eyes post-operatively, the symptoms are less significant than they were prior to surgery and tend to decrease over time.

Mapping the Eye

Prior to surgery, the Wavelight Topolyzer VARIO is used to map the cornea and enables visualization of vision defects that are unique to each patient’s eye. These defects, or aberrations, can cause vision problems such as halos or glare even when a patient’s visual acuity is 20/20. The refractive surgery team enters data from the testing equipment into the computer that guides the excimer laser. Topography-guided imaging can help the surgeon correct for aberrations and achieve a better result.

Femtosecond Blade-Free Technology

The outstanding results and safety of blade-free LASIK are due to the Wavelight®FS200 technology. The system consists of two components: the software and the extraordinarily precise femtosecond laser. The first step of LASIK surgery is the creation of the corneal flap. A femtosecond laser uses energy pulses to create tiny bubbles of air and water to separate the corneal tissue without the use of a blade. The high-speed laser accomplishes flap creation in about 20 seconds.

Why Choose Blade-Free LASIK?

Blade-free technology is more comfortable and safe for the patient.

Some of its specific advantages are:

  • The ability to program corneal thickness enables more patients to have LASIK
  • A decrease in dry eye symptoms
  • A decrease in corneal abrasions and epithelial ingrowth
  • Better positioning of the corneal flap leads to faster recovery
  • Excimer Laser Technology

In the second step of LASIK, the surgeon lifts back the corneal flap to access the deeper corneal tissue. Dr. Wu uses the Wavelight ® EX500 excimer laser to reshape the corneal contour. The Contoura system incorporates the information from testing and mapping to guide the laser with great precision. This eliminates refractive (focus) errors and ocular surface irregularities.

Advantages of New Excimer Laser Technology

Technology has advanced and improved the safety, efficacy, and predictability of corneal surgery. The excimer laser is now so advanced that it can treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and a combination of the three. Dr. Wu chooses to use the most advanced excimer laser with a wide range of FDA approvals in order to offer her patients a truly customizable procedure. The time has never been better to have a LASIK or PRK procedure!

Custom Wavefront and Topo Guided LASIK

If you are interested in receiving vision correction that is tailored to your individual needs, you should consider undergoing custom wavefront LASIK surgery at our laser facility in Waltham. Wavefront-guided and now Wavefront Optimized are both available to patients. Custom iLASIK™ and Custom Contoura LASIK go beyond traditional LASIK.

Contoura Custom LASIK is Wavefront Optimized LASIK using detailed measurements of the curvature of the front surface of your eye, preserving the natural aspheric shape of your cornea. Preserving the cornea’s natural shape reduces the risk of a higher-order aberration called spherical aberration, which can occur naturally in an eye or can be caused by other types of laser vision correction procedures. Spherical aberration often causes halos around lights and other night vision problems. Contoura Vision is a topography-guided LASIK treatment designed to provide surgeons the ability to perform more personalized laser procedures for patients with nearsightedness, or nearsightedness with astigmatism, based on the unique corneal topography of each eye. In 2014, more than 630,000 LASIK procedures were performed in the US alone. The goal with any of the procedures we offer to our patients in Boston is to provide the best procedure for your unique visual and lifestyle needs with the least risks and most benefits. Our services go well beyond laser vision correction. FDA-approved wavefront-optimized LASIK systems include the WaveLight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q Excimer Laser System (Alcon).

Improving the Quality of Your Vision

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The main benefit of wavefront-guided Custom LASIK surgery is that can improve not only how much you can see, but also the overall quality of your vision. Though vision is typically measured on a 20/20 chart, even having 20/20 vision does not necessarily mean perfect vision, as some patients may still experience some visual distortions, known as higher-order aberrations. These aberrations cause problems with contrast sensitivity and night vision distortions such as glare and halos.

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Patients who undergo Custom LASIK surgery not only have a better chance of achieving vision that is 20/20 or higher but also has an improvement in contrast sensitivity and night vision quality.

General Considerations

  • Most individuals but not everyone is a good candidate for wavefront-guided Custom LASIK surgery. Our Refractive Vision Correction Center in Boston will evaluate factors such as degree and type of refractive error and the thickness and shape of your cornea to determine which refractive surgical procedure is specifically best for you.
  • Wavefront-guided Custom iLASIK is often an ideal procedure for patients who have visual problems that are unusual or difficult to correct through other methods.
  • For patients who are not LASIK candidates, we also perform a comprehensive array of alternative refractive surgical procedures such that most everyone can be offered the procedure that is optimal for their individual situation.
  • The NEEC Refractive Vision Correction Center is not a single-procedure laser-only practice. By having the capability and familiarity with all modalities of refractive surgical vision correction, our broadly experienced refractive surgeons offer each and every patient the optimal solution to their vision correction problem and situation.

Contact our laser eye surgery practice to set up a custom wavefront LASIK consultation. With an office Boston, we are conveniently located for many residents of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and surrounding areas.

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Our Locations

Laser Vision Center

Biewend Building, 11th Floor
260 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
Tel: 617-636-7800Fax: 617-636-9267Refractive Coordinator: 617-636-1055

New England Eye Center – Brookline

1371 Beacon Street,
Suite 100
Brookline, MA 02446

New England Eye Center – Cambridge

725 Concord Avenue,
Suite 2200
Cambridge, MA 02138

New England Eye Center – Wellesley

1 Washington Street,
Suite 212
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481

Our Locations

New England Eye Center (Main Office)
Tufts Medical Center

Biewend Building, 9-11 Floor
260 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111
Telephone: 617-636-4600Fax: 617-636-4866

Laser Vision Center

Biewend Building, 11th Floor
260 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
Tel: 617-636-7800Fax: 617-636-9267Refractive Coordinator: 617-636-1055

New England Eyewear Optical Shop

Biewend Building, 11th Floor
260 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
Tel: 617-636-7800Fax: 617-636-1264
Hours: M – F | 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Pediatric Ophthalmology

Floating Hospital for Children, 6th Floor
755 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
Tel: 617-636-6769Fax: 617-636-3305

New England Eye Center – Brighton at Steward St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center

11 Nevins Street,
Suite 205
Brighton, MA 02135-3503
Toll Free: 800-391-7890Tel: 617-783-5050Fax: 617-783-0734

New England Eye Center – Brookline

1371 Beacon Street,
Suite 100
Brookline, MA 02446
Tel: 617-734-1396Fax: 617-734-1397

New England Eye Center – Cambridge

725 Concord Avenue,
Suite 2200
Cambridge, MA 02138
Toll Free: 833-864-8488Tel: 617-876-3660Fax: 617-876-2542

New England Eye Center – Framingham

959 Concord Street Suite 302
Framingham, MA 01701
Tel: 508-879-3204Fax: 508-620-0098

New England Eye Center – Wellesley

1 Washington Street,
Suite 212
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Toll Free: 800-452-2084Tel: 781-237-6770Fax: 781-237-4727