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?
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)?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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 the New England Eye Center 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 surgery techniques result in excellent patient satisfaction.