Today I had a routine eye exam and contact lens check at New England Eye Center in Brighton. Before the visit the receptionist went over my insurance with me on the phone to make sure the visit would be covered and to see if there was a copay. Since I don't understand everything about my coverage I was happy to review my insurance over the phone before the visit. This way there are no surprises. It was snowing and I was late for my appointment but when I arrived they said no problem and it was a few minutes before Dr. Lamoreau came out to the waiting room to greet me. She was friendly and nice and she checked my vision with the reading chart in a professional and detailed manner. I was okay with my lenses but said my eyes felt dry sometimes. She did mention the Acuvue Oasis lenses and said they might be more comfortable but she explained that this was because they had a coating that was more wettable and that reduced the need for rewetting drops. I am going to try them and report back to her. I am going to buy my own contacts online. Other than that I did have the dilated eye exam because the doctor said that was part of a complete eye health check and would allow her to examine the full back of my eyes. Afterward she said my vision would be back to normal within a few hours. I checked out at the reception desk with a very nice receptionist named Katie who gave me some temporary sunglasses in case the daylight was too bright since my eyes had been dilated. I am going to return in a few weeks to have a lens recheck and make sure the new ones are performing properly. It only took a half hour and I was happy with the visit.
I had Visian ICL surgery here with Dr Wu and the rest of the staff. <br><br>The people:<br>First off let me say that I found everyone to be very caring and professional. I trust that they are in it for the patients and not the money as opposed to some of the glitzier eye surgery places seem to focus a lot of their energy on appearances. (which you probably end up paying extra for...)<br><br>The facilities:<br>The actual surgery happens at a shared facility in Waltham that almost off the area eye surgeons use so it's not like there's a difference if you choose a different doctor. It's almost assembly line like. 5 or so people beside each other in the prep area. Separated by curtains. But I guess it keeps costs down. Person next to me was freaking out a little bit. I was okay with it but I could see if you were nervous to begin with and you got this other guy freaking out beside you it might be a little contagious.<br><br>All the pre-surgery stuff had to be done at the Boston office which can be a little inconvenient if you don't live or work in the city. Not the newest or most state of the art place but I wasn't bothered by it. There are occasional Saturday appointments available to that made things easier. The good thing is that some of the followup visit can be handled at satellite offices (Wellesley for me).<br><br>The results:<br>I'm at like 20/40 now with a little halo/double images at night. When I put in a contact lens that only has astigmatism correction that goes away and I have 20/20. Explanation from the doctors: I had astigmatism before the surgery but because my vision was so bad it was such a small contribution to my poor vision that it didn't cause halos or double images. The surgery corrected the near sightedness (spherical?) so now the astigmatism (cylindrical?) is more apparent. This was told to me after I brought up the issue in my followup visits. Would have been nice to know PRIOR to the surgery! Post surgery PRK touchup is actually included in the cost of the procedure but I chose not to do this because one of the supposed benefits of ICL is that they don't need to disturb the surface of the eye. Also, arranging rides, vacation days, etc for another surgery was not worth it. So basically my vision is good but not as good as with contacts before surgery unless I wear contacts for astigmatism.<br><br>I was -9.00 and .75 astigmatism prior.<br><br>For something like half a year after the surgery things felt like they were a little bruised. Focusing on things very close up seemed to strain the my eye or something. Hard to describe the sensation. Maybe 'bruised' isn't the best word.... It's gone away now.<br><br>So it seems like the doctors did the best that could be expected given how my eyes were and the available ICL. Had I known all this prior to the surgery, I probably would have waited for the toric ICL to be FDA approved. It's been in other countries for several years now, just not in the US. Although I've been told that my minimal astigmatism may not have qualified for the toric lens since it's meant for people with much more.<br><br>Cost:<br>I found NEEC to be about half the cost of some of the other places. Not sure how the other places justify this. Dr Wu has performed a lot of these surgeries and is a prof at Tufts Med School. Not sure what else you would want. If you go somewhere else, make sure that you ask the doctor how many of these surgeries they've done. The answer might be none even though they're offering it!<br><br>4 stars because there's always room for improvement and I have no other point of reference for this type of experience.<br><br>p.s. You can park in the garage but if you're not going to be there too long and want to save some money, there's a lot of metered spots around too.
I had Lasik done a while ago and had a great experience. The surgery itself took around 10 minutes and I could see even better than the doctor's pre-op prediction. Although I'm still in the early recovery stage and my vision has been fluctuating somewhat, I'd definitely recommend to anyone who's a suitable candidate.
I had iLASIK surgery at NEEC in August of 2008, and could not have had a better experience! I am grateful to Dr. Goldstein and Dr. Stejna who were so thorough and attentive to my questions going into the procedure. I woke up the next day with 20/15 vision and still have the same vision today. I recommend LASIK to everyone that has contacts or glasses as a great way to return to normalcy. It was the best feeling when I renewed my driver's license the following July and passed the eye test without hesitation.
My husband got lasik here last month and we couldn't recommend it enough. He went on and on about how great they were in the consult appointment, the following appointment, and then the surgery. <br><br>I showed up the day of the surgery to pick him up and the nurses brought me in a separate room before he was ready to go to fill me in on how he did and to warn me exactly how drugged up he was so I wouldn't be too shocked at how loopy he was. They were all great nurses and you could tell that they really cared about their patients. <br><br>A week after the surgery, in the follow up appointment, my husband tested 20/15 vision after his initial test of 20/200 (something like that). He's more than thrilled with the results and this place is as good as it gets. <br><br>Sidenote: 1st responders get 40% off (he's a firefighter so it wasn't as expensive as it should've been because yeah.. lasik is definitely expensive).