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Unwrap better vision this holiday season with our BIGGEST SAVINGS EVER! Take advantage of $1,250 off All-Laser LASIK. 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 in educating you about which vision correction procedure is best for you.

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lasik procedure boston maOur 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. The surgery is performed 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 the comfort and quality care you deserve.

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Your LASIK surgery is performed at the Quincy Laser Eye Center, located 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.lasik eye surgery boston ma

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.

A Step By Step Look at LASIK at The Nielsen Eye Center

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Step 1: Personalizing the Procedure

The first step in the LASIK process is to assess the individual characteristics of your eyes by using WaveScan technology. The WaveScan system is able to create a 3-D map of your eye, including any irregularities or imperfections. Our doctors are then able to utilize this information to create a treatment that is custom made, just for your eyes!

Step 2: Creating the LASIK Flap

After your treatment has been customized, anesthetic drops are applied to your eyes. A flap is then created using the Intralase Laser, a completely blade-free corneal method. This method also delivers outstanding visual results: more patients achieve 20/20 or better vision when Intralase is used.

Steps 3 & 4: Correcting Your Vision

With both your customized treatment plan and your corneal flap completed, our doctors are now ready to correct your vision – and change your life! The flap is gently lifted, revealing the inner corneal tissue. This tissue is reshaped to mimic the vision correction you have been receiving from your contact lenses or glasses prescription. This procedure is very brief, usually lasting less than 10 minutes.

Step 5: Completing the Surgery

Once the corneal tissue has been reshaped, the flap is closed and realigned to its original position. No stitches are required, as the natural suction seals the flap securely and permanently.

Step 6: Your Vision Has Been Corrected

With the corneal flap closed, your treatment is complete. For most patients, the world looks clearer than ever before!

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.