Cornea and Refractive Surgery

The cornea is the eye's outermost layer. It is the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye and plays an important part in the eye's visual acuity. The Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service at Mass. Eye and Ear is dedicated to the health and functioning of the cornea, by providing excellence in patient care, scientific advancement and specialty training.

LCVV webOur unparalleled expertise and state-of-the-art equipment allow us to offer excellent medical and surgical treatment of the full range of routine, complex and high-risk corneal and external diseases, as well as the most current vision correction procedures.

The Cornea Service at Mass. Eye and Ear has been at the forefront of many medical and surgical advances in the field. New programs have been developed for patients with severe corneal scarring, including stem cell transplantation, ocular surface reconstruction, lamellar keratoplasty and keratoprosthesis (artificial cornea) surgery. The Cornea Service also acts as a regional resource for the management of difficult and sight-threatening diseases, including corneal ulcers, severe viral disease and dry eye syndrome.

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Laser Vision Correction (Refractive Surgery) is a term given to surgical procedures designed to correct certain vision problems such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. These procedures use a laser beam to help reshape the cornea. Our physicians perform more than 1,200 vision correction procedures annually, using the most advanced techniques and technology available today. You can trust our physicians to help you choose the right solution to achieve your vision goals. Our goal is to provide you with the facts and resources you need to make the decision that is best for your situation.

Our physician staff are eye care specialists certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology or are board-eligible and preparing for certification.

Read about the clinical research being conducted by our cornea physicians and scientists.

Learn about our Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery fellowship training program.

Laser Vision Correction at Mass. Eye and Ear: Amber's Story from Mass. Eye and Ear on Vimeo.

Learn About Our Cornea and Refractive Surgery Physicians

Learn more. To schedule an appointment, please call:

  • Main Campus:
    Cornea Service: 617-573-3938
    Refractive Surgery Service: 617-573-3234
  • Longwood:
    Cornea Service: 617-573-3202
    Refractive Surgery Service: 617-936-6159
  • Waltham:
    Cornea Service: 617-573-3202
    Refractive Surgery Service: 781-890-1023
    Cross-Linking Service: 781-890-1023
  • East Bridgewater:
    Refractive Surgery Service: 508-378-2058