Imagine living your active lifestyle without the hassle of glasses or contacts! LASIK surgery can make those dreams a reality. LASIK (Laser Assisted in-Situ Keratomileusis) surgery permanently changes the shape of the cornea of the eye. It is a relatively simple procedure, and The Nielsen Eye Center is here to assist you in educating yourself about the vision correction procedure that is best for you. Our LASIK results are proven. Dr. Steven A. Nielsen and Dr. Helen R. Moreira have expertly mastered the latest laser technology with skills that are second to none. What’s more, our doctors perform this surgery at the Quincy Laser Eye Center, which is conveniently located directly across the hall from The Nielsen Eye Center. This state-of-the-art facility provides both comfort and quality care to our LASIK patients.

Where Is It Done?

LASIK is performed at the Quincy Laser Eye Center in the office suite next door to The Nielsen Eye Center. All of the follow up appointments pertaining to LASIK will be done at The Nielsen Eye Center and are included in the cost of the surgery.

What to Expect

Prior to the surgery, patients are given a prescription for a relaxing medication. While in the surgical suite, anesthetic drops are applied to the eye. A flap is created with the Intralase laser and gently lifted by the surgeon, revealing the inner corneal tissue. The inner corneal layer is reshaped with the laser to mimic your contact lens or glasses prescription. The surgeon gently replaces the flap and aligns it to its original position. It heals naturally and securely. Patients should not experience any discomfort during the procedure. Patients may notice a ticking sound which is created by the pulse of the laser. The actual procedure takes less than 15 minutes.

Recovery and Healing Time

Some patients may feel slight irritation (a sandy feeling in the eye) for a few hours, but most are quite comfortable after a nap and rest. Most patients are free to resume their normal activities the next day. Although healing time varies from person to person, most patients are seeing better than 20/40 the next day, and the vision continues to improve as the cornea heals.

Our Doctors

Steven Nielsen, MD


Dr. Nielsen has performed over 25,000 successful laser vision correction procedures and is a leader in advanced LASIK and cataract surgery techniques. He was the first surgeon in the Boston area to perform the bilateral LASIK procedure. Dr. Nielsen is President of The Nielsen Eye Center, Medical Director of the Cataract & Laser Center and Medical Director of the Quincy Laser Eye Center. He is affiliated with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Medical Association, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, International Society of Cosmetic and Laser Surgeons, Massachusetts Medical Society, and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Helen R. Moreira, MD


Dr. Moreira has extensive experience in LASIK, cataract surgery, and cosmetic facial procedures, such as the eyelid lift and BOTOX® injections. She earned her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, graduating in the top 10% of her class. In addition to her education, Dr. Moreira received grants to participate in international medical missions to Costa Rica and India. She went on to complete a residency in ophthalmology at Brown University. Dr. Moreira is now a faculty member at Brown University Alpert Medical School in the Department of Surgery’s ophthalmology division. She is affiliated with the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the International Society of Refractive Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Rhode Island Women’s Medical Society.

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