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Nashoba Valley Medical Center opens eye care institute


AYER — Nashoba Valley Medical Center has expanded its ophthalmic surgery services and welcomed Dr. Gisela Velez, retina surgeon, to the medical staff.

Velez is the only retina surgeon practicing in Nashoba Valley and joins Ophthalmologist Dr. Steven Brusie in performing eye surgery for patients at NVMC’s new Eye Care Institute.

The Eye Care Institute acquired the latest in ophthalmic technology with its purchase of the OPMI LUMERA 700 Surgical Microscope, as well as the Alcon Constellation Vitrectomy System.

At the beginning of March 2015, Velez, who also practices at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Saint Vincent Hospital, performed the first retina surgery at the hospital using these new state-of-the-art instruments.

“By acquiring this highly sophisticated equipment, Nashoba Valley Medical Center is now the only hospital in the area that can offer retina surgery services,” said Velez. “The cutting-edge microscope and top-of-the-line vitrectomy system enables us to offer our patients world class retina surgical procedures, including retinal detachment and repair, surgery to clear hemorrhages from diabetes complications, and repair of the macular membrane, right in their own backyard.”

The benefits to patients having a procedure performed with the use of the OPMI LUMERA 700 Surgical Microscope and the Constellation Vitrectomy System at the Eye Care Institute include: maximum patient safety; perfect visualization of the eye; better surgical control; smaller incisions; and increased patient comfort.

“At Nashoba’s Eye Care Institute, our patients are receiving the best in technology as this equipment is considered to be the finest optics in the world,” said Brusie. “Having performed over 3,000 cataract procedures at Nashoba, this latest technology allows me to give my patients world class care close to home.”

For information about services provided at Nashoba Valley Medical Center’s Eye Care Institute, visit To schedule an appointment with Velez or Brusie, call 978-784-9990.