New England Eye Center
Health Alliance - Leominster
Helen K. Wu, MD, Michael H. Goldstein, MD, Daniel J. Hu, MD, and Kenneth R. Kenyon, MD, are board-certified ophthalmologists who perform advanced techniques of cataract surgery. Their impressive credentials and extensive experience have earned them the distinction of being nationally recognized ophthalmology experts. Dr. Wu and Dr. Goldstein have been named among the "Best Doctors in America" by Boston magazine. In addition, New England Eye Center's surgeons have been featured in numerous media outlets, including the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal newspapers, Redbook and Good Housekeeping magazines and NBC 7 News and WBZ 4 News television programs.
Drs. Wu, Goldstein, Hu and Kenyon perform the "no-needle" method of cataract surgery. With this technique, the surgeons first numb a patient's eye with eye drops. Then, a small incision is made and the clouded lens is extracted. The lens is replaced with a premium intraocular lens implant (IOL), such as Crystalens, Tecnis or AcrySof ReSTOR. The Crystalens IOL is an accommodating implant that moves with the eye's muscles to allow the eye to change focus between near and distance objects. The AcrySof ReSTOR and Tecnis IOLs are multifocal implants that simultaneously improve patients' near and distance vision. During a consultation, the surgeons determine which IOLs best fit the needs of each patient.
New England Eye Center also offers a variety of other eye care treatments. Patients can receive Verisyse or Visian implantable collamer lenses (ICLs). These lenses are placed in front of the eyes' natural lenses and can provide an alternative to LASIK. In addition, the center offers laser vision correction procedures such as photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), LASEK, Epi-LASIK and presbyopia-correcting conductive keratoplasty (CK), as well as oculoplastics procedures, such as blepharoplasty and Botox injections.
In addition to providing first-class eye care, the New England Eye Center participates in a variety of programs in order to make these procedures more affordable and accessible to their patients. All of their patients are offered financing options through CareCredit and Chase Healthcare. The New England Eye Center also offers some unique financing plans that aim at giving back to some of the most deserving and needy members of their community, including a discounted LASIK program to first responders, such as fire fighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians and a program specifically tailored for members of the United States military. The New England Eye Center also offers Vision Independence Program (VIP), which provides LASIK surgery to paraplegics and quadriplegics at no cost.
To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Wu, Dr. Goldstein, Dr. Hu or Dr. Kenyon and learn more about your cataract surgery options, contact the New England Eye Center's office at (617) 636-7800.Email the Surgeon
Helen K. Wu, MD, completed a Bachelor of Science degree in biology at the University of Michigan and a Doctor of Medicine degree at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Following medical school, she performed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center in Ann Arbor and a dual fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery, and ocular immunology and uveitis at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She has served as an investigator in several FDA clinical trials and has written numerous published journal articles. Currently, Dr. Wu is the Director of the Refractive Surgery at New England Eye Center and an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Michael H. Goldstein, MD, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political economy from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He then completed a medical degree at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, and an ophthalmology residency at the Boston University Medical Center. Dr. Goldstein also performed a cornea, external diseases and refractive surgery fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Eye Institute. He has written several published journal articles. Currently, Dr. Goldstein is the Co-Director of Cornea, External Diseases and Cataracts at New England Eye Center and an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. Dr. Goldstein is a Board Member of the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists. He is also a member of several medical organizations, including the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Daniel J. Hu, MD, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a medical degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He then performed a general surgery internship at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, and an ophthalmology residency at the university's Storm Eye Institute, where he was selected to serve as Chief Resident his final year. Dr. Hu also completed a fellowship in cornea, external disease, anterior segment and refractive surgery at the Tufts-New England Medical Center and the Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston. Dr. Hu is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Kenneth R. Kenyon, MD, received his undergraduate education at Harvard College and his medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his residency and chief residency in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Institute at Johns Hopkins and a Cornea fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He then assumed a faculty position at Johns Hopkins and subsequently directed the Cornea Service at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary for 12 years. Dr. Kenyon has performed refractive surgery since 1984 and has been an investigator in several clinical trials for refractive surgery. Dr. Kenyon is Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine, Associate Clinical Professor at the Harvard Medical School, Senior Surgeon at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Senior Clinical Scientist at the Schepens Eye Research Institute. He has written more than 400 publications, including a definitive text on ocular trauma. Dr. Kenyon is fluent in German.
"By the time I was six years old I already had very poor vision, and as a child I had to wear those 'Coke-bottle' glasses with extremely thick lenses before graduating to contacts in high school. As I grew older, I found that I had less and less clarity with my contact lenses, and as an executive who spends hours reading email and analyzing long, complex documents, this was very frustrating. I began to need reading glasses in addition to my contact lenses.
I researched refractive laser eye surgery, but was told I was not a candidate because I had very small cataracts, which my ophthalmologist watched for about a decade. Then in 2007, I began noticing my vision was worsening significantly. In meetings I had difficulty reading the slides on the screen; when driving at night I could no longer see street signs. My poor vision had become incredibly frustrating and was interfering with my daily life. That's when I made an appointment with Dr. Helen Wu at the New England Eye Center here at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Wu told me I was a perfect candidate for Crystalens. I had the surgery in one eye in November 2007 and the other in December.
Regaining clear, crisp vision has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Now, my vision is 20x15 in one eye and 20x20 in the other, and the difference from before has been truly life changing. I was so euphoric then, and still am now that I can read my email, newspapers and documents clearly, without the help of glasses. It's made an amazing difference, and I've referred many people to Dr. Wu, including my own sister. There's no question this procedure is worth it for someone like me." Ellen; President and CEO Tufts Medical Center
"I wish that laser surgery had been available to me many years ago. I have worn glasses or contacts for the past 70 years. Dr. Wu told me I had cataracts and they needed to be removed. She also told me about a better cataract lens available called Crystalens and explained how I would benefit from this surgery. I decided to have it done even at my age of 78. I was not apprehensive about the surgery as my husband and I have great faith in Dr. Wu who has given us wonderful eye care over the years. She is supportive, friendly, and very skilled in this field.
The day of surgery a car picked me and my husband up at our home in Milton at 6 a.m. The staff at the surgery site was set up and prepared for me and even gave my husband a cup of coffee, which was most welcome at 6:30 a.m. The surgery was totally painless and immediately after I could see clearly out of my eye. I was given juice, crackers and a set of eye drops with post-op instructions. The driver picked us up and we arrived home at 9:30 a.m. This was quicker than a trip to the dentist.
Now a few months after having surgery on both eyes, I see at 20/20 and do not need reading glasses as I know there are some people who do. I guess with regular cataract surgery it only corrects your distance vision. With the premium lens I got (Crystalens), I can now see near, far and in-between without needing glasses and my cataracts are gone. After my very positive surgery, my husband, who was apprehensive about his own eye problems now is actually looking forward to having surgery on this eyes and to be eyeglass free. I would hope that anyone who is considering eye surgery would have a visit with Dr. Wu before allowing anyone else to perform their operation." Louise Smith; Retired, Former Registrar and International Student Advisor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Tufts University
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