Mass. Eye and Ear Expands Subspecialty Eye Care to Suburbs West of Boston

October 01, 2014

Mass. Eye and Ear, Waltham, Opens on Trapelo Road

Contact: Mary Leach

BOSTON, MASS. (Oct. 1, 2014) - Mass. Eye and Ear is extending its best-in-class ophthalmic care west of Boston by uniting with Talamo Hatch Laser Eye Consultants to establish Mass. Eye and Ear, Waltham. The office is located at 1601 Trapelo Road, just off of Route 128, making it convenient to communities west of Boston.

The Mass. Eye and Ear, Waltham core team includes Jonathan Talamo, M.D., Kathryn Hatch, M.D., and Karen Zar, O.D. The group offers a range of high quality, specialty eye care, including:

  • Cataract consultation and surgery, and leaders in laser cataract surgery in New England
  • On-site laser vision correction
  • Corneal collagen crosslinking for patients with keratoconus
  • Optometric services including eyeglasses and contact lenses

Mass. Eye and Ear, Waltham will be adding other ophthalmic subspecialty care in the near future, making a wider range of services available to residents and local physician offices.

“The new Waltham practice offers residents of Boston’s western suburbs easy and convenient access to our world-class, subspecialty eye care,” noted Joan W. Miller, MD, FARVO, Chief of Ophthalmology at Mass. Eye and Ear and Mass General Hospital. “We are thrilled to be in the area and look forward to becoming a vital resource to residents and the local physician community.”

Dr. Talamo at Mass. Eye and Ear, Waltham
Dr. Talamo at Mass. Eye and Ear, Waltham

Jonathan H. Talamo, M.D., is an international leader, innovator and educator in the fields of cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. Talamo completed his ophthalmology residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a clinical fellowship in cornea and external disease at Mass. Eye and Ear. He was the first surgeon in Massachusetts to perform all-laser LASIK and laser-assisted cataract surgery. Dr. Talamo has expertise with other important emerging new technologies for vision correction, including implantable contact lenses as well as toric, accommodating and multifocal intraocular lenses to correct for astigmatism and presbyopia.

Kathryn Masselam Hatch, M.D., completed residency training at New York University/Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital and a cornea and refractive surgery fellowship at Mass. Eye and Ear. An accomplished surgeon in all-laser refractive surgery techniques, Dr. Hatch was the first eye surgeon in New England to perform Intralase Enabled Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratectomy (IE-DALK). She is experienced in the treatment of ocular surface disease, corneal dystrophies and anterior segment reconstruction with advanced training in cataract surgery and the latest cutting-edge corneal transplantation surgery procedures.

A graduate of the Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg, South Africa, Karen L. Zar, O.D., received her Bachelor’s degree in Optometry with honors in Low Vision and Ocular pathology and earned a certificate of advanced study in ocular disease and pharmacology. After graduating, Dr. Zar worked for several years as a licensed optometrist, with a focus on contact lens fittings. After relocating to the United States in 2000, Dr. Zar obtained her Optometric Doctorate at the New England College of Optometry and received clinical training at the Veterans Administration Boston Healthcare System and other community health centers.

Mass. Eye and Ear, Waltham, is located at 1601 Trapelo Road in Waltham. For information, call 781-890-1023 or visit