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OUR PHYSICIANS

Andover Eye Associates has a team of world renowned Ophthalmologists and optometrists. We have developed many of the contact lenses and solutions that are available. We conduct many clinical studies for new drugs and lenses at our Andover clinic and Eye Institute. Our team has written extensively on contact lenses and their complications, diagnosis and treatments.
Our newest venture is of a drug delivery lens for allergies with Johnson & Johnson…….stay tuned!

 

OUR FOUNDER

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Andover Eye Founder

Mark B. Abelson, MD, CM, FRCSC, FARVO
Cataract & Corneal Disease

Dr. Mark Abelson was born in Montreal, Canada and attended McGill University, earning his bachelor’s degree with honors. He earned his MD, CM from McGill University Medical School and after Residency at Royal Victoria Hospital, was awarded his Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Abelson did a two year clinical and research Fellowship at the Schepens Eye Research Institute and Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary at the Harvard Medical School. In 1978, Dr. Abelson founded Andover Eye Associates, one of the first multi-specialty eye care private practices in the country.
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OUR PRACTICING PHYSICIANS

Peter L. Lou, M.D. Retinal Disease, Laser Surgery, Diabetic Eye Disease

Dr. Lou has been in private practice, specializing in vitreo-retinal diseases and surgery for over 25 years. He is senior surgeon at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. A diplomatic of the American Board of Ophthalmology, his post-doctoral training was done at the University of Toronto, with clinical and research fellowships in Ottawa and at the Retina Associates in Boston.
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Mark A. Latina, M.D. Glaucoma & Laser Surgery

Mark A. Latina, M.D. is an Associate Clinical Professor at the New England Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine. He is a member of the Staff at the New England Medical Center and holds appointments at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

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Douglas Evans, M.D. Cataracts

Dr. Evans is an Eye Physician and Surgeon certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology with expertise in anterior segment surgery including cataract, glaucoma, and laser vision correction techniques. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Dartmouth Medical School and completed his residency training in ophthalmology at the State University of New York, Health Science Center.

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Jack V. Greiner, D.O., Ph.D. Corneal Disease & Dry Eye, Laser Vision Correction

A scientist, physician and surgeon, optometrist and ophthalmologist, Dr. Greiner holds three doctoral degrees. He has authored over 130 publications in the scientific and medical literature and holds 6 U.S. patents and corresponding foreign patents as a co-inventor in the areas of dry eye treatment and treatment of the integument. With extensive training as both a basic and clinical scientist, many of these publications integrate both basic sciences and clinical medicine.

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Clifford M. Michaelson, M.D. General & Neuro-Ophthalmology

Dr. Clifford Michaelson is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Princeton University. He received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed an internship in Internal Medicine at University Hospital - S.U.N.Y. - at Stony Brook, N.Y. Dr. Michaelson also completed an Ophthalmology Residency ant New York University Medical Center, and a Fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Joseph B. Ciolino, M.D. Cataracts

After graduating from Boston College, Dr. Joseph Ciolino obtained his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He then completed his Internal Medicine internship at Brown University and his ophthalmology residency at Albany Medical College, where he served as Chief Resident in his final year. He returned to Boston for a 2-year fellowship in the Cornea, Refractive Surgery and External Disease Service, where he received the nationally recognized, Claes Dohlman Fellowship Award. Following his fellowship, Dr. Ciolino joined Harvard Medical School's full time faculty at MEEI.

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Daniel J. Townsend, M.D. Ophthalmic Plastics

Dr. Daniel Townsend is certified by both the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Ophthalmology. After receiving his medical degree from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, Dr. Townsend completed an internship in Medicine at the New England Deaconess Hospital, a residency in Ophthalmology as Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, and a fellowship in Oculoplastic/Orbital Diseases and Surgery at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. Dr. Townsend is on the teaching faculty at Harvard Medical School and Tufts Medical School, and is the former Co-Director of the Ocuplastics Service in Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary.

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Terry L. N. Chin, O.D. Contact Lenses

Dr. Terry L. N. Chin is a board certified Optometrist with comprehensive training in the diagnosis and medical management of ocular disease. He also specializes in the fitting and prescribing of both hard and soft contact lenses. A graduate of Boston University, Dr. Chin received his optometric training at the New England College of Optometry. Dr. Terry Chin has been working at Andover Eye for over 20 years.

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Jason R. Chin, O.D., F.A.A.O. Contact Lenses

Dr. Chin is a graduate of McGill University and he received his Optometry Degree from the New England College of Optometry in 2004, where he graduated with clinical honors and was the local and national recipient of the Alcon Award for Clinical Excellence.

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COMMON EYE DISEASES

Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens within the eye. Looking through a cloudy lens is like trying to see through a frosty or fogged-up window. Clouded vision can make it more difficult to read, or drive a car especially at night. Cataracts commonly affect distance vision and cause problems with glare. They generally do not cause irritation or pain.

Most cataracts develop slowly and don't disturb eyesight early on. But as the clouding progresses, the cataract eventually interferes with vision. During the early stage of cataracts, stronger lighting and eyeglasses can help you deal with vision problems. But if this impaired vision interferes with a patient’s quality of life, surgery is often the best treatment option. Fortunately, cataract removal is generally a very safe and effective procedure.

The ophthalmologists at Andover Eye are highly experienced in cataract surgery. Many are leaders in cataract research at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry Eye Syndrome is a condition in which there are insufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. People with Dry Eye either do not produce enough tears, or have a poor quality of tears. Dry Eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults.

The most common form of Dry Eye is due to an inadequate amount of the aqueous, or watery, layer of tears. This condition, called keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), is also referred to as Dry Eye Syndrome.

People with Dry Eye may experience symptoms of irritated, gritty, scratchy, or burning eyes, a feeling of something in their eyes, excess watering, and blurred vision. Advanced Dry Eye may damage the front surface of the eye and impair vision.

Dry Eye can also be a side effect of using certain medications such as antihistamines and birth control pills. In addition, diseases that affect the ability to make tears, such as Sjogren's syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and collagen vascular diseases can also lead to Dry Eye.

Treatments for Dry Eye aim to restore or maintain the normal amount of tears in the eye to minimize dryness and related discomfort and to maintain eye health.

Glaucoma

According to the World Health Organization, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that damages the optic nerve over time.

Glaucoma is usually, but not always, associated with elevated pressure in the eye (intraocular pressure). Generally, it is this elevated eye pressure that leads to damage of the optic nerve. In some cases, glaucoma may occur in the presence of normal eye pressure. This “normotensive” form of glaucoma is thought to be caused by poor regulation of blood flow to the optic nerve.

Symptoms and signs of glaucoma are often absent in the earliest stages of the disease. Tragically, impaired vision is one of the first sign of glaucoma. In other instances, symptoms and signs of glaucoma may include eye pain, clouded or haloed vision, red eyes, headaches, and nausea.

LASIK

LASIK is a surgical procedure intended to improve vision and reduce dependency on glasses or contact lenses.

LASIK (which stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea, using an excimer laser. A mechanical microkeratome (a blade device) or a laser keratome (a laser device) is used to cut a flap in the cornea. A hinge is left at one end of this flap. The flap is folded back revealing the stroma, the middle section of the cornea. Pulses from a computer-controlled laser vaporize a portion of the stroma and the flap is replaced. There are other techniques and many new terms related to LASIK.

Both nearsighted and farsighted people can benefit from the LASIK procedure. With nearsighted people, the goal is to flatten the too-steep cornea; with farsighted people, the goal is to create a steeper cornea. Excimer lasers also can correct astigmatism by smoothing an irregular cornea into a more normal shape.

Our ophthalmologists are experienced in LASIK and can discuss all of the options available to you. We will help you determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK. 

Contact Lenses & Glasses

Andover Eye’s highly experienced, Board-Certified optometrists have extensive training on the cornea, contact lenses, and the fitting of specialty contact lenses including Keratoconous. At Andover Eye, we believe patients deserve a personalized experience to customize their glasses or contacts to look great and fit perfectly.

Retinal Disorders

There are many inherited and acquired diseases or disorders that may affect the retina. Some are common and easily remedied, while others are rare and more difficult to diagnose. Rare disorders require more complex or, sometimes, urgent treatment. 

Andover Eye ophthalmologists are skilled in differentiating these diseases, and then designing a treatment plan that slows or stops the disease and preserves as much vision as possible.

Neurological Eye Disorders

Neurological disorders can affect your eyes and your vision in many ways. Some of these disorders include:

  • Blepharospasm
  • Double vision
  • Ischemic optic neuropathy
  • Stroke
  • Temporal arteritis

Ocular Plastic

As we age, excess skin forms in the eye area, and the skin loses elasticity. Fatty tissue can accumulate under the skin. Eyes will "look older" because these aging processes leave the eyes appearing tired, wrinkled or puffy. 

Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic plastic surgery that can tighten the baggy skin under the eyes and address sinking upper eyelids or drooping eyelashes that can impair vision. 

The surgery can also treat a medical condition called ptosis (drooping eyelid), which is caused by poor muscle tone or nerve damage. Ptosis causes the eyelids to hang very low and block vision. 

Blepharoplasty treats drooping eyelids, but not drooping eyebrows or wrinkles. Blepharoplasty is often performed with another cosmetic surgery such as a brow lift or facelift to improve droopy eyebrows, crow's feet and facial sagging.

Over the past 30 years, many Andover Eye patients have chosen to participate in clinical research trials conducted at Andover Eye through Ophthalmic Research Associates.
If you would like to learn more about any of our upcoming research trials, please call ORA at (978) 685-8900.

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