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Ernest W. Kornmehl, MD, FACS


Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates
54 Washington Street
Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481

The Brook House (Route 9)
Brookline, Massachusetts 02445
(888) 397-9101
Ernest W. Kornmehl, MD, FACS

Ernest W. Kornmehl, MD, FACS


Serving patients seeking LASIK eye surgery, cataract surgery, presbyopia correction in Boston, Wellesley, Brookline and the surrounding area

Ernest W. Kornmehl, MD, FACS, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and internationally recognized expert in vision correction surgery. He is the founder of Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates in Boston and has been listed as the "top" LASIK surgeon and ophthalmologist in multiple, consecutive issues of Boston Magazine Top Doctors. Dr. Kornmehl has also been selected by his peers as one of The Best Doctors in America and has been featured in Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors. He is the developer of the Kornmehl LASIK System, a set of specialized laser eye surgery instruments used by refractive surgeons worldwide. Dr. Kornmehl is also the co-developer of S-K (Swinger-Kornmehl) Solution, which is used to reduce corneal swelling. He is a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School and frequently lectures on vision correction topics both nationally and internationally. Dr. Kornmehl has authored many scientific articles and a bestselling book titled "LASIK - A Guide to Laser Vision Correction." He is the recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award and the Senior Achievement Award.

  • Selected by his peers nationwide as one of The Best Doctors in America® and to America's Top Doctors 10 years in a row
  • Selected as one of the best ophthalmologists in the country (Top 1%) by U.S. News & World Report

Dr. Kornmehl has
been featured across
major media outlets

In recognition of his unsurpassed surgical skills and numerous accomplishments in the field of refractive surgery, Dr. Kornmehl has been featured across major media outlets, including ABC Evening News, CBS Evening News, NBC's Today Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, BusinessWeek, the Los Angeles Times, People magazine, USA Today, and U.S. News & World Report, just to name a few.

LASIK Eye Surgery at Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates

As a refractive surgery specialist who remains at the forefront of laser vision correction developments, Dr. Kornmehl believes in evaluating every patient himself before surgery to optimize their ocular health and create a customized surgical plan that fits their needs. He performs bladeless LASIK using the IntraLase "All Laser LASIK" procedure. This highly sophisticated method provides each patient with optimal vision correction results, often reducing or eliminating the need for glasses and contact lenses. Dr. Kornmehl also offers PRK and LASEK as alternative treatment options for patients who may not be candidates for LASIK.

Cataract Surgery at Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates

Dr. Kornmehl is a premier cataract surgeon who has years of experience helping patients overcome this age-related medical condition. A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens that leads to blurry vision. The only effective treatment is cataract surgery, during which the natural lens is removed from the eye and replaced with a premium intraocular lens implant (IOL). At Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates, cataract surgery patients can choose from several accommodating or multifocal premium IOLs as well as Toric lenses for the correction of astigmatism. Most of Dr. Kornmehl's cataract surgery patients are able to achieve excellent vision at most distances.

Additional Services Offered at Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates

LASIK: A Guide to Vision Correction

In addition to LASIK and other refractive surgery, Dr. Kornmehl provides LipiFlow for patients who suffer from evaporative dry eye, a condition that occurs when the meibomian glands in the eyelid become blocked. The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation system uses advanced technology — an application of localized heat and intermittent pressure on the eyelid — to unblock the meibomian glands, so they produce natural oils that prevent tears from evaporating. By restoring the eye's normal tearing process, LipiFlow relieves the constant discomfort of evaporative dry eye.

Complimentary Vision Correction Seminars at Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates

Dr. Kornmehl is very passionate about providing quality patient care and strongly believes that patient education leads to successful vision correction results. He offers complimentary vision correction seminars where patients learn about the latest advancements in refractive surgery and explore the various technologies and treatment options.

To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Boston LASIK surgeon Dr. Kornmehl and learn more about your vision correction options, or to sign up for a complimentary seminar, please contact Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates at (888) 397-9101.

Boston Magazine Top Opthamologist
  • Selected as a Top Ophthalmologist in Boston Magazine's Top Doctors issue 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015
  • Selected as a Top Laser Surgeon and Laser Center in Boston Magazine's Top Doctors issue

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What Do Patients Say About Dr. Kornmehl?

LASIK: A Guide to Vision Correction

Dr. Kornmehl's Bestselling
Book is Online.

• Dr. Kornmehl's bestselling
book is available at Barnes &
Noble Bookstores, all libraries
nationwide and Kornmehl
Laser Eye Associates.

"I have worn contact lenses for the last 20 years (-4.75 w/ astigmatism most recently). During this time, I have had numerous problems with them but would tolerate the discomfort rather than wear glasses. I finally decided that laser surgery would be my only option.

I was referred to Dr. Kornmehl by a colleague who spent 6 years at a company developing the laser technology that is used today. He had the advantage of knowing who the best doctors were across the world performing LASIK. Dr. Kornmehl came highly recommended as an incredible technician and thought leader in the laser eye industry.

The procedure itself was painless with only a couple of hours of post-op tearing and mild burning. One day after the procedure, I was seeing 20/20 with no astigmatism. LASIK has been a life-changing experience. Please know that the LASIK procedure is technique dependent, the computer cannot do all the work, so it pays to go to the very best. My thanks to Dr. Kornmehl and his great staff."

—Steve Koenigsberg, Biotech Marketing Manager
Woburn, MA

"With three active children, I was always worried that I would lose my contact lenses down the sink or anywhere else for that matter. As a nurse, I have known Dr. Kornmehl for sometime and have had the chance to review his practice and his medical procedures. He is one of the best... if not the best. He is extremely particular and precise and takes every precaution imaginable. Three words have never entered my vocabulary until now, clean, clear and crisp. The LASIK procedure is amazing."

—Maryanne Volz, Nurse
Winthrop, MA

"I went from 20/800, which is legally blind, to 20/20 and I was at work the same night. For years I thought about laser surgery but was too chicken. LASIK is newer and there is no pain during or after the surgery... However, it is highly dependent on the skill of the surgeon and we are so fortunate that one of the best is right here in Boston. That is why I selected Dr. Kornmehl to do my surgery. LASIK is one of the best things I ever did in my life..."

—Leslie Gold, Radio Talk Show Host, WRKO AM
Boston, MA

"I chose LASIK because of the freedom it brings. At 42 years old I am not the world's best athlete, but I like all the activities that go along with an active lifestyle. With contact lenses or glasses they are always there, always a presence. Because I chose the LASIK procedure my life is a new and enlightening experience. Just last night I stood up in front of 100 people at an insurance seminar and said that LASIK was the best thing that ever happened to me."

—Lisa McAree, Principal, Insurance Company
Boston, MA

"After having to wear glasses all my life, it was quite a living miracle not to have to wear them anymore. As a competitor in track and field as well as other athletic activities, I found that glasses were a bother and I could not wear contact lenses as I needed very sharp vision. LASIK was the answer, but Dr. Kornmehl was the key. Dr. Kornmehl was extremely accommodating to my schedule and exceedingly kind and gentle. It is a freedom that anyone with vision problems should definitely consider. I would recommend it to anyone!"

—Dr. Lincoln Russin, Radiologist
North Hampton, MA

More About Dr. Kornmehl

Ernest Kornmehl, MD, FACS, served his residency in ophthalmology at Yale University, School of Medicine, where he was selected as Chief Resident. He performed specialty fellowship training as a Heed Fellow in cornea and refractive surgery at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School. He currently serves as a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School, an Associate Clinical Professor in Ophthalmology at Tufts University and a Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Kornmehl is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Kornmehl is a member of several professional medical associations.

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Transcript: Dr. Ernest Kornmehl is an internationally recognized, board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in vision correction surgery. As an innovator in the field and a renowned eye surgeon, Dr. Kornmehl is frequently featured in prominent publications and on major television networks, including  ABC, NBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report, just to name a few.

Dr. Kornmehl is the founder of Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates in Boston. He  has been listed as the "top" LASIK surgeon and ophthalmologist in Boston Magazine's Top Doctors Issue five years in a row.

Dr. Kornmehl has also been selected by his peers, across the country, to be listed in Best Doctors in America and  Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctorsfor the past 10 years.

Dr. Kornmehl is the inventor of the  Kornmehl LASIK System, a set of specialized laser eye surgery instruments used by refractive surgeons worldwide. He has authored many scientific articles, as well as a bestselling book titled “LASIK - A Guide to Laser Vision Correction.”

A leading refractive surgery specialist, Dr. Kornmehl believes in evaluating every patient himself before surgery to optimize their ocular health and customize a surgical plan that fits their needs. He offers bladeless LASIK with laser-guided technology and performs the procedure with the  state-of-the-art CustomVue excimer laser system. This allows Dr. Kornmehl to accurately correct even the smallest corneal imperfections for each patient, reducing or eliminating   the burden of having to wear glasses and contact lenses. LASIK surgery only takes a few minutes, and most patients can resume their active lifestyle shortly after the procedure.

Dr. Kornmehl is also a gifted cataract surgeon who has years of experience helping patients overcome this age-related medical condition. During surgery, Dr. Kornmehl removes the cataract and replaces the eye's natural lens with an artificial lens implant to  restore the patient's vision at most distances. He offers accommodating and multifocal premium lens implants to provide significant improvements in distance, intermediate and reading vision, as well as Toric lenses for correction of astigmatism.

As a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Clinical Professor at Tufts University, Dr. Kornmehl understands the importance of education. This is why he offers complimentary education seminars to all of his prospective patients to help them better understand vision correction procedures and their treatment options.

Dr. Kornmehl served his residency in ophthalmology at Yale University School of Medicine, where he was selected Chief Resident. He performed specialty fellowship training as a Heed Fellow in cornea and refractive surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kornmehl is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

To learn more about Dr. Kornmehl, please review the profile below and visit his website. To schedule a consultation or reserve a seat at one of his upcoming vision correction seminars, please contact Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates at (877) 870-2010.

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