Refractive Surgery/Laser Vision Correction
Refractive surgery refers to several different surgical procedures that are designed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
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Why Choose Mass. Eye and Ear?
Board-certified and fellowship-trained in refractive surgery, our physicians are well-equipped to perform the full spectrum of vision correction surgeries. They perform more than 600 surgeries annually—using the most advanced techniques and technology available. Members of the service are also actively involved in refractive surgery research, including FDA-reviewed clinical trials, to help improve patient care. Learn more about our surgeons.
Mass. Eye and Ear provides the most advanced forms of refractive surgery, ranging from LASIK to implantable lenses.
LASIK for optimized vision: Our surgeons perform the most precise form of LASIK (known as OptiLASIK™). This highly accurate type of LASIK is not only quick and relatively painless, but it is also available to many patients who were not previously eligible for the surgery.
PRK—a common alternative to LASIK: Some patients have thin corneas or dry eyes, making them better suited for a laser vision correction surgery called PRK. It is the most-common alternative to LASIK, and it works best for low-to-moderate nearsightedness.
Minimally invasive surgery for nearsightedness: Mass. Eye and Ear, Waltham, offers the newest type of laser vision correction, called ReLEx SMILE. The procedure was FDA-approved in 2016 and is a less-invasive and gentler surgery than LASIK.
Corneal inalys replace reading glasses: Corneal inlays, which are placed in the cornea, are designed to correct presbyopia—the blurry close-up vision that happens after age 40. The FDA recently approved two types of corneal inlays—KAMRA (2015) and Raindrop Near Vision Inlay (2016). Our surgeons can discuss which option may be best for you.
Correcting vision during cataract surgery: Mass. Eye and Ear offers premium implantable lenses for patients with cataracts. These lenses allow patients to see near, far, and everywhere in between with less, or even no dependence, on glasses or contact lenses.
More Options: Recent advancements in refractive surgery technology have rapidly expanded options for patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. If you are not a good candidate for LASIK or PRK, you may be eligible for alternative options, such as LASEK, EpiLASIK, implantable lenses, or arcuate keratotomy.
Mass. Eye and Ear surgeons use the latest technology and equipment, including highly precise lasers that have helped improve satisfaction rates for patients who choose LASIK and other refractive surgeries. In fact, Mass. Eye and Ear, Waltham, is home to the only ZEISS Visumax laser in New England. This ground-breaking laser system provides outstanding precision and gentle treatment for refractive errors.
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