Eye Diseases

Common eye disease are cataracts, glaucoma, retinal disorders, and conjunctivitis.

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Ophthalmology (New England Eye Center)

Ophthalmology (New England Eye Center) at Tufts Medical Center in Boston specializes in the testing and treatment of all types of eye diseases and visual problems.
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Doctors + Care Team

Jay S. Duker, MD

Jay S. Duker, MD

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Accepting New Patients

Virtual Appointments Available

Title(s): New England Eye Center; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Ophthalmology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4604
Fax #: 617-636-4866

Dr. Duker’s part-time clinical practice is limited to medical diseases of the posterior segment of the eye including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular diseases, posterior segment uveitis and intraocular tumors. He has a particular interest in rare and unusual retinal disorders, especially those connected to systemic disease.

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Michael H. Goldstein, MD, MM

Michael H. Goldstein, MD, MM

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Title(s): Co-Director, Cornea, External Disease and Cataract Service; Refractive Surgery Service; Uveitis & Immunology Service; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Ophthalmology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-0626
Fax #: 617-636-4866

Cornea and external diseases, cataract surgery, refractive surgery, uveitis and immunology

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Michael B. Raizman, MD

Michael B. Raizman, MD

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Title(s): Co-Director, Cornea and Cataract Service; Director, Corneal Fellowship; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Ophthalmology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4600
Fax #: 617-636-4866

Cornea diseases, external diseases, anterior segment diseases, cataract surgery

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Elias Reichel, MD

Elias Reichel, MD

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Title(s): Vice Chair for Research and Education, Department of Ophthalmology; Director, Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Service; Co-Director, Electrophysiology Service; Director, Medical Retina Fellowship; Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Ophthalmology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4600
Fax #: 617-636-4866

Vitreoretinal diseases and surgery, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, hereditary retinal degenerations, retinal venous occlusive disease

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Nadia K. Waheed, MD, MPH

Nadia K. Waheed, MD, MPH

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Virtual Appointments Available

Title(s): Ophthalmologist; Retina Specialist; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Ophthalmology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4600
Fax #: 617-636-4866

Vitreoretinal disease and surgery, diabetic eye disease

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Andre J. Witkin, MD

Andre J. Witkin, MD

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Title(s): Ophthalmologist; Retina Specialist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Ophthalmology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4600
Fax #: 617-636-4866

Vitreoretinal surgery, retinal and macular disorders

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Helen K. Wu, MD

Helen K. Wu, MD

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Virtual Appointments Available

Title(s): Director, Refractive Surgery Service; Cornea Specialist; Cornea, External Disease and Cataract Service; Uveitis & Immunology Service; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Ophthalmology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4600
Fax #: 617-636-4866

Cornea and anterior segment diseases and cataract surgery, refractive surgery

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Research + Clinical Trials


Pistachios and Neural Macular Pigment; a Randomized Controlled Trial  

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease that affects the retina, an integral part of the eye responsible for sensing light and relaying images to the brain. In the United States, AMD is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss as people age. Previous studies have shown that the nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin can help protect against AMD in middle aged and older adults. These nutrients form a pigment in the retina (macular pigment) that helps protect the retina from light damage. The more macular pigment in the retina, the better protection it offers.

Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in foods such as leafy green vegetables, broccoli, peas and avocados. They are also found in pistachio nuts, a bioavailable source of these nutrients. Since most people do not eat pistachio nuts daily, we are trying to see whether eating 2-ounces of pistachio nuts a day can help increase the density or amount of macular pigment in the eye.


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