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Ernest W. Kornmehl
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Ernest W. Kornmehl

Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates


Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates

54 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA

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Dr. Kornmehl and his staff provide the highest level of personalized medical eye care and laser eye surgery using leading edge treatment techniques and technology in a caring environment. Dr. Kornmehl’s meticulous examinations and advanced treatments promote patient comfort and safety, while yielding the best possible results. Dr. Kornmehl has been recognized by his peers as one of the top 1% of ophthalmologists in the nation. With almost three decades of experience in ophthalmology, he provides comprehensive treatment for a varity of refractive errors, dry eye, corneal disease, cataract and presbyopia in Boston and across the world. Your ocular and general health is Dr. Kornmehl’s top priority.

List the treatments and procedures you offer:

LASIK, PRK, Dry Eye, LipiFlow, Corneal Disease, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

Awards or Certifications

Dr. Kornmehl has consistently been recognized as a leader in his field. He was named among the top 1 percent of ophthalmologists in the country by U.S. News and World Report, voted by his peers to Castle Connolly’s "America’s Top Doctors" list for 17 years in a row and as one of the Best Doctors in America. Locally, Dr. Kornmehl has been named Boston Magazine’s Top Ophthalmologist/LASIK surgeon for 16 years running. Dr. Kornmehl is an examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology, is the past-president and a former board member of the Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, and past president of Boston Aid to the Blind. Dr. Kornmehl served on the Patient Education Committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has taught surgery for nearsightedness and astigmatism for the Academy since 1987. He was also appointed by the governor of Massachusetts to the Commission for the Blind.

An avid author and lecturer, Dr. Kornmehl has published numerous scientific publications and textbook chapters. He wrote the best-seller, LASIK: A Guide to Laser Vision Correction.

Dr. Kornmehl serves on the editorial board and is an Associate Editor of Ophthalmology Times. He previously served on the editorial board of Eyenet, an official publication of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has received several research grants from the National Institutes of Health and developed a method of transforming skin into corneal tissue. Dr. Kornmehl also lectures nationally and internationally.

He has appeared on the front page of USA Today and been quoted and interviewed by nearly every major newspaper and magazine. This includes the Journal of the American Medical Association, Healthnews/The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Vogue Magazine, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Mademoiselle, People Magazine, Shape Magazine, Health and Wellness Magazine, Prevention Magazine, Men’s Health Magazine, Men’s Fitness Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Men’s Health and Parenting Magazine. He has been featured on numerous television programs, including CBS Evening News/Healthwatch, CNN, WBTV56, WCVBTV, WBZTV, World News Tonight and the Today Show.

Dr. Kornmehl developed the Kornmehl LASIK System based on his many years of experience performing laser eye surgery. This line of special surgical instruments helps create more consistent and predictable LASIK results, and is used by refractive surgeons around the world.

Honor Award and Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology

What's your background, education and training?

Dr. Kornmehl completed his ophthalmology residency at the Yale Eye Center, Yale School of Medicine, and he was selected as Chief Resident. He went on to complete a Heed Fellowship in Corneal Surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear at Harvard Medical School.

Currently, Dr. Kornmehl is a Clinical Instructor- Part Time at Harvard Medical School and served as Director of the Novatec Laser Surgery Program for Nearsightedness at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. He also serves as Associate Clinical Professor in Ophthalmology at Tufts School of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Kornmehl served as a Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

What do patients have to say about you?

"I had LASIK 8 years ago by a doctor in Texas. My visual result was not very good but my ocular discomfort was more troubling. I suffered for five years and was transferred to the Boston area. A colleague learned of my problem and directed me to Dr. Kornmehl. Within 3 weeks Dr. Kornmehl got my dry eyes comfortable and three months later performed a reoperation that corrected my vision. The quality of my professional and family life has improved dramatically since Dr. Kornmehl fixed my eyes. I did not appreciate how the reduced vision and discomfort were hurting my personal relationships and professional productivity. I refer all family, friends and colleagues to Dr. Kornmehl even though I now live in California as the CEO of the firm. I am very grateful to Dr. Kornmehl, think of him often and he remains in my prayers."

"I went to five LASIK clinics in the Boston area for a consultation over the course of two weeks. I went with a close friend and we took meticulous notes about each surgeon (at one of the clinics I never met the surgeon) and their staffs. The results were not even close. Dr. Kornmehl and his staff were far superior in all the metrics we evaluated. The receptionist at Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates was an absolute doll. She was kind, considerate and well informed. The technician that did my testing was efficient, friendly and knowledgeable. Dr. Kornmehl was thoughtful, extremely detail oriented, and very patient answering my many questions. I was so impressed that many of his answers were based on his own data base that was regularly updated. He was the the only physician that noted my dry eyes and explained why it was mandatory this be addressed before any surgery performed. He also was the only surgeon who insisted that I see a retinal specialist before surgery because my corneas were flat for the level of my prescription. I am lucky I took his advice because I needed laser to my retina before I could have LASIK. The LASIK was performed by Dr. Kornmehl nearly six months after my retinal laser and I noe see perfectly. My eyes are very comfortable thanks to the punctum plugs he gave me before surgery. Dr. Kornmehl and his staff are extraordinary and were worth every cent of the fee. We are blessed that we have such an ethical, highly skilled LASIK surgeon like Dr. Kornmehl in our community. The numerous hours I did performing my comparative “study” paid off in so many ways!"

"As an academic physician for over 20 years I consider myself an excellent judge of physician quality. Dr. Kornmehl surpasses my previous eye care physicians on many levels. I was impressed how quickly he put together a number of symptoms that have nagged me for years and developed a treatment plan that dramatically improved the quality of my life. I felt so much better that I discussed my dream of undergoing LASIK with Dr. Kornmehl. He proposed we wait another six months until we could prove my ocular surface was optimized under varying conditions. I am now one year post surgery and my vision is better than I ever dreamed it would be and also so very comfortable. I cannot believe how long I suffered before coming under the care of Dr. Kornmehl. He is a brilliant, efficient and caring physician. Don’t let his quick mind distract you from the outstanding care he provides."

Hours of operation

Monday-Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm

Insurances Accepted

We accept most major insurances.

Special expertise

LASIK-Refractive Surgery, PRK-Refractive Surgery, Dry Eye Syndrome, Keratoconus




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