LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK Eye Surgery in Boston, Brookline and Surrounding MA areas

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 laser eye surgery procedures 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. The surgery 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 Diagram Example

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

  • PRK
  • 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 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 glossary.


Improving the Quality of Your Vision

Wavefront-Guided LASIK Diagram

The main benefit of wavefront-guided Custom 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.

Wavefront-Guided LASIK Eye Surgery Diagram

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

General Considerations

  • Most individuals but not everyone is a good candidate for wavefront-guided Custom 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 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 consultation. With an office in Boston, we are conveniently located for many residents of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and surrounding areas.


How do I find out if I am a candidate?

How do I Find out if I am a Candidate?

The typical 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 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 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 surgery?

What are my options if I am not a Good Candidate for 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. There is good news for patients who may not qualify. If you are not a good candidate for, 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 surgery 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 surgery prevent or cure age-related vision deterioration (presbyopia)?

Will 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 surgery will need reading eyeglasses 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 it safe?

Is it 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 the procedure 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?

What are the risks and possible complications?

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 Eye Surgery?

Are there different laser systems that can be used for laser eye surgery?

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?

What is the Cost?

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 CareCredit. For a monthly payment probably less than that of an average cell phone bill, you can now afford the procedure. 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?

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.

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