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November 01 – November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month! Learn what you can do to prevent blindness from diabetes.

October 30 – Dr. Johanna Seddon, Director of the Ophthalmic Epidemiology and Genetics Service, and a collaborative research team, published the article “ Optical Coherence Tomography Features preceding the Onset of Advanced Age-Related Macular Degeneration” in the July issue of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. Dr. Seddon’s team evaluated the retina and choroid on OCT, a non-invasive imaging test that uses light waves to take photographs of each layer of the retina, to determine if certain characteristics predict program of Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Abnormalities seen in the photoreceptors, retinal thickness, RPE, and choroid were early changes seen on OCT that are indicators of future progression to advanced stages of AMD. The study provides new insights into AMD disease progression, and identifies OCT changes for ophthalmologists to consider when evaluating new therapies.

August 11 – Initial results of first "bionic eye" implant in New England New England Eye Center retina specialists Michelle Liang and Andre Witkin recently performed the first “bionic eye” implant in New England here at Tufts Medical Center.   This device can restore partial vision to patients who are blind from Retinitis Pigmentosis. Watch the amazing video of the patient’s first experience with the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis system following surgery. 

July 31 – Dr. Peli Wins Prestigious National Optometry Award – Eli Peli, MSc, OD, FAAO, Co-Director of the Vision Rehabilitation Service at New England Eye Center, has been selected by the American Academy of Optometry as the Charles F. Prentice Medal Award Winner for this year. 

June 28 – New England Eye Center doctors Michelle Liang and Andre Witkin performed the first “bionic eye” implant in New England at Tufts Medical Center. The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis system is an implant for the eye that can partially restore vision for patients who are blind from Retinitis Pigmentosa.

May 22 – NEEC's Dr. Andre Witkin was the lead author of an article on Hemorrhagic Occlusive Retinal Vasculitis, or HORV, published in the May 2017 issue of Ophthalmology. A group of ophthalmologists from the American Society of Retina Surgeons (ASRS) and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) have identified a new syndrome which sometimes occurs after uncomplicated cataract surgery, and can result in devastating vision loss.

May 10 – NEEC Researcher Johanna M. Seddon, MD, ScM received the 2017 Mildred Weisenfeld Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology at the annual conference of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). The award, given by Fight for Sight, was for her distinguished scholarly contributions to the clinical practice of ophthalmology. Dr. Seddon is the founding Director of the Ophthalmic Epidemiology and Genetics Service at Tufts Medical Center/New England Eye Center.

January 30 – New treatment for Glaucoma available at NEEC

January 05 – NEEC's Cynthia Mattox, MD is Elected President of the American Glaucoma Society


December – Six New England Eye Center providers named to Boston Magazine's Top Doc List for 2016

November – The University of Buffalo Department of Ophthalmology announced that Dr. Johanna Seddon has been selected to receive its highest honor, the Lucien Howe Medal, in recognition of her accomplishments in ophthalmic research. The medal will be awarded in June, 2017.

November – Dr. Geetha Athappilly received a certificate from the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare for "exemplifying everyday acts of compassion in health care".

October – Glaucoma specialists Drs. Cynthia Mattox, Chandru Krishnan, Susan Liang and Alan Barlow presented a course in glaucoma surgical management at the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The course was entitled “Post-operative management of trabulectomy and glaucoma drainage implants –a video compendium of how and when to intervene.” 

September – Dr. Cynthia Mattox was the Phillip P. Ellis lecturer at the Unviersity of Colorado’s 20th annual Ophthalmology symposium. A national leader in Ophthalmology health policy and reimbursement,  Dr. Mattox’ topic was “Health Policy and Ophthalmology-2017 and Beyond.”

May 16 – Johanna Seddon, MD Named ARVO Excellence Award Winner for 2017; Will present Mildred Weisenfeld lecture next spring

April 12 – Study Provides New Hope for Avoiding Corneal Transplant Rejection and Ocular Surface Tumors; Scientists reveal new target for anti-lymphangiogenesis drugs (Nature Communications)


November– Four New England Eye Center Doctors Named to Boston Magazine's Top Doc List; 82 Total from Tufts Medical Center are Honored

June – NEEC Director Jay S. Duker, MD Earns AAO Life Achievement Honor Award

May – 19 NEEC Researchers Featured in Posters, Presentations at ARVO 2015 in Denver, CO


December – AAO's Oustanding Advocate Award Presented to NEEC's Cynthia Mattox, MD

November – Four New England Eye Center Doctors Named to Boston Magazine's Top List

September- Dr. Seddon receives the Kreissig Award from the European Retina, Macular and Vitreous Society

April – Framingham Office Opens in larger office space at 959 Concord St; 2 miles north of previous location

February – Optometric Service moves to new space on Biewend 11

January –  Two News Book Published with New England Eye Center Physicians as Authors.

January 13 – Comprehensive Ophthalmology Service opens on Biewend 11


October – Vision Research Labs has findings published in PLOS ONE

September – Thirty Years at Tufts Medical Center for NEEC's Eli Peli, MSc, OD -- champion of low-vision services

July – Reflections in Memory of Dr. Varant Hagopian

June – 10-day Mission to Ghana by NEEC Director supports Unite for Sight and enhances retina care and treatments

June- Dr. Seddon receives prestigious Philip S. Hench Award from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

May – Free Screening Clinics supported by NEEC physicians for Mass. Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons

March - Watertown office is opened

February- Dr. Seddon receives Distinguished Alumni Fellow Award from University of Pittsburgh



May 30, 2012 –Three New England Eye Center Physician-Researchers Ranked among Top 75 worldwide in Microsoft Academic's Top Authors In Ophthalmology.

February 09, 2012 – New England Eye Center Retina Fellow J. Sonya Bryant, MD, has been selected to represent The Retina Society in the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Ambassador Program. She will attend the AAO Midyear Forum in Washington, DC, April 25-28, 2012 as a guest of the organizations.



August 31, 2011 – New England Eye Center, Tufts Medical Center Researchers and Collaborators Around the World Find Two New Genetic Clues to Development of Macular Degeneration.

August 31, 2011 – Dr. Seddon's Twin Study Shows Lifestyle, Diet Can Significantly Influence Course of Macular Degeneration Among Individuals With The Same Genetic Susceptibility.

February 10, 2011 – Johanna Seddon MD to be a featured speaker at vision seminar March 5 at Harvard Medical School. Renowned expert will explain latest developments in treating age-related macular degeneration and related diseases.



December 10, 2010 – New England Eye Center doctors named as Boston Magazine's Top Doctors for 5th Year In a Row!

October 13, 2010 – Prestigious Journal of the AMA Highlights Dr. Seddon’s Discoveries about AMD

June 22, 2010 – Research to Prevent Blindness Awards $100,000/Yr Grant to New England Eye Center – Grant to Support Research and Treatments for Preventing Eye Disease and Blindness

March 23, 2010 – Dr. Eli Peli, OD, MSc, FAAO, New England Eye Center’s Director of the Vision Rehabilitation Service, is the recipient of the 2010 Otto Schade prize from the Society for Information Display (SID).

February 23, 2010 – Ophthalmology residents, medical students and practicing ophthalmologists studying eye microsurgery at New England Eye Center and Tufts University School of Medicine will be using one of the latest, most sophisticated tools from Alcon Inc. – the INFINITI® Vision System with OZil®.

February 19, 2010 – Military Assistance Program from New England Eye Center – Soldiers get chance for better vision through LASIK program

February 19, 2010 – First Responders (Police, Fire and EMS peronnel) can achieve better vision through New England Eye Center LASIK program

February 8, 2010 – New England Eye Center Investigator Awarded Medical Student Research Fellowship from ‘Research to Prevent Blindness’ – Varsha Manjunath doing OCT research at New England Eye Center

January 26, 2010 – Doctors Across U.S. Teamed Up in Boston to Educate Local Sports Teams, Doctors and Other Sports-Related Medical Professionals – Focus was on Education, Diagnosis and Treatment of Sports Vision Injuries

January 25, 2010 – Dr. Eli Peli, OD, MSc, FAAO, New England Eye Center’s Director of the Vision Rehabilitation Service, is the recipient of the 2009 William Feinbloom award from the American Academy of Optometry.



December, 2009 – New England Eye Center doctors named as Boston Magazine's Top Doctors: Jay S. Duker, MD and Thomas R. Hedges, III, MD

Sept. 15, 2009 – Laser Treatment for Vision Loss from Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion is Safer than Corticosteroid Injections. Study shows that Laser Treatment is both safer and equally effective.

Sept. 15, 2009 - New Treatment Found to Reduce Vision Loss from Central Retinal Vein Occlusion. Eye injections of corticosteroid medication may improve patients’ vision.

Sept. 1, 2009 – New England Eye Center Acquires Framingham Ophthalmology Practice

Summer/Fall 2009– “Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Retinal Vascular Diseases 2009: An Intensive Review” will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2009. Contact Stephanie Dunn at for more details.

June 25 –Dan Landmann, M.D. a senior resident at New England Eye Center at Tufts Medical Center is the recipient of the 2009 Massachusetts Medical Society's Information Technology Award.

June 20 – Tufts Eye Alumni Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2009. Contact Stephanie Dunn at for more details.

March 15 , 2009 – Tufts/NEEC Scientist Wins First Place Prize in Biennial ARVO/AFER-Merk Innovative Ophthalmology Research Awards



July 08 , 2008 – Brazilian Doctors Sponsored by RSI at New England Eye Center; Drs. Dinorah and Castro recipients of RSI sponsorship grant

June 30 , 2008 – FDA Approves Crystalens HD™for use in US – Fourth Generation accommodating intraocular lens (IOL)

March 25 , 2008 – Sailor Wins New England Eye Center "Shot-In-The-Dark" Promo at Boston Celtics Basketball Game - During Vision Awareness Week; Wins LASIK surgery

March 24 , 2008 – New England Eye Center Hosts Third Annual Vision Awareness Week with events at Floating Hospital and Boston Celtics Games



December, 2007 – New England Eye Center at St. Elizabeth's helps Scouts Aid Iraq Troops by sending Moisturizing Eyedrops

November, 2007 – Boston Magazine Names 5 New England Eye Center Ophthalmologists in its Annual Best Doctors Lists

June, 2007 – Dr. Panjwani Receives $90,000 Glaucoma Research Grant from the National Glaucoma Research (NGR), a program of the American Health Assistance Foundation (AHAF)


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