Aesthetic procedures and complete eye care at Westborough practice
By Nancy Brumback, Contributing Writer
Business name: Keamy Eye & Laser Centre
Address: 24 Lyman St., Westborough
Owner: Dr. Jean E. Keamy, M.D.
Contact Information: 508-836-8733
Why did Keamy Eye add aesthetic procedures?
“My father was a plastic surgeon and I almost became a plastic surgeon, except I love cataract surgery,” said Dr. Jean Keamy, a board-certified ophthalmologist, who started her Westborough practice in 2004.
“I became a cataract and refractive surgeon, then took classes on aesthetic procedures. As an eye surgeon, I was already doing work that’s fine and delicate, and I’m an artist, a photographer, as well, so I have a very good eye.
“I started doing aesthetic procedures the year Botox was approved by the FDA. As it happens, Botox was first used by ophthalmologists for functional treatments.
“When I do eye surgery that gets rid of people’s glasses, they often complain about the wrinkles they can now see and that were hidden by glasses. I enjoy doing aesthetic procedures, and being able to offer them to my patients.”
What types of aesthetic procedures do you offer?
“Most are minimally invasive, such as Botox for lines or an eyelid or brow lift. The most invasive thing I do is upper eyelid lifts, which makes sense since I’m an eye surgeon. The eyes are the most delicate area on the face, so if you can do eyes, patients are confident you can do the rest of the face,” said Keamy, who is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
“What’s really taking off in aesthetic medicine is minimizing the bags under the eyes and wrinkles and lines around the mouth as the cheeks descend when you age. We can pull back the cheek with filler, almost like a liquid face lift. I like to do cheeks first since sometimes that’s all someone needs for a refreshed look.”
What is new in this field?
“We’ve started using Kybella, an injectable that melts fat under the chin and tightens the skin. We also use Thermi Tight, a probe that delivers heat energy to melt fat and tighten skin, for the neck, stomach, buttocks, arms and legs. A new machine, Thermi 250, delivers heat down through the skin and is great for tightening loose skin and some fat melting.”
What is new on the eye side of your practice?
“People don’t want to wear glasses, so laser vision correction has become popular again. We switched to a new system, WaveLight by Alcon, and can treat very high levels of farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism.
“There are options for cataract surgery. A multifocal lens lets you see both near and far. A toric lens gets rid of astigmatism. We are anticipating FDA approval of a toric multifocal lens very soon. We can also use a standard lens if you don’t mind wearing glasses or don’t want to pay for a premium lens.”
Your practice also specializes in treating dry eye?
“Dry eye can be caused by aging, menopause, medications people take and the environment. Some people develop computer eye syndrome because they forget to blink.
“We’re the only center in this area to use Lipiflow to treat evaporative dry eye. It’s an FDA-approved computerized medical device that heats the eyelids’ meibomian glands and delivers thermal pulsations to unclog those oil glands. Otherwise, tears evaporate too quickly, resulting in dry eyes. The treatment takes about 12 minutes and can last up to two years.”
Keamy Eye & Laser Centre is located at 24 Lyman St. in Westborough. For information or an appointment, visit the website, www.seemedrkeamy.com, or call 508-836-8733.