The Glaucoma and Cataract Service provides complete diagnostic and therapeutic care for the referral patient. Our doctors care for all forms of glaucoma, both primary and secondary. They are experienced with both standard and complex cataract surgery. They work collaboratively with other New England Eye Center specialists to achieve the best outcome for patients with complicated conditions.
We have advanced equipment for the assessment and treatment of cataracts, and for testing and treatment of Glaucoma. Medical treatment, laser therapy, and surgical procedures are all offered by our specialists.
Our glaucoma specialists have completed specialty fellowships in Glaucoma and Cataract Surgery, and are experts in their field. They are knowledgeable about the latest advances in treatment. Some of our physicians are involved with glaucoma research, and may be able to offer cutting edge treatments that are available on clinical research trials.
What Patients Can Expect Prior to the Appointment
Most patients visiting our Center have already been told that they have glaucoma or have a high likelihood of developing it. We ask that all patients bring copies of recent visit notes, test results and imaging from their eye care professional.
Appointments for the downtown Boston office can be made by calling 617-636-4600. Our downtown New England Eye Center office is an ambulatory department at Tufts Medical Center. A member of the New England Eye Center staff will assist with the registration process and scheduling an appointment.
Our Glaucoma specialists also see patients in several of our community practice locations, including Cambridge and Framingham.
We accept most major forms of insurance. However, we suggest that patients confirm that their visit will be covered by their particular insurance product prior to coming to their appointment. Most managed care and commercial insurances require that a patient pay a co-pay, which will be collected at the time of the appointment. We accept cash, credit card, or checks.
Referrals (or approvals) from primary care physicians are required by most managed care insurance plans. Patients must obtain these authorizations even if another ophthalmologist has referred them for care. Additional prior authorizations may be required for laser or surgical procedures.
Some patients have vision care insurance in addition to their regular health insurance. In general, vision insurance covers routine eye examinations and part of the cost for glasses or contact lenses. It does not cover the cost of care for eye conditions such as glaucoma or cataracts.
At the Time of the Visit
Most glaucoma consultations take several hours. For patient convenience, we try to accomplish as much as possible in one visit. Tufts is an academic medical center, and patients can expect to be seen by an ophthalmology resident or fellow in addition to the attending physician.
An ophthalmic technician will obtain some basic information and perform some diagnostic testing before you see the doctor. The doctor may order more extensive testing after examining you. Sometimes a staff member will administer drops to dilate your eyes. This can affect your vision for reading, driving, etc. for several hours. We recommend that you bring someone to your appointment who can drive you home. It may be helpful to bring sunglasses, as your eyes will likely be sensitive to light for a few hours after the drops are given.