Our Doctors

Nancy A. Balin, M.D., FACS

Nancy A. Balin Dr. Balin received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed her ophthalmology residency at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York. She then completed a Fellowship in cornea and anterior segment surgery with highest honors.

After completing her chief residency, she began a private practice in Northampton, Massachusetts and established the Balin Eye & Laser Center, a complete eye care facility.

As the director of the Balin Eye & Laser Center, Dr. Balin's mission was to create a full service facility that would provide the highest quality, most technologically advanced medical care to the residents of Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin counties. The Balin Eye & Laser Center is located in Northampton, Massachusetts. We also have satellite offices allowing our patients to be seen in Springfield and Ware, Massachusetts.

Dr. Balin's expertise and dedication to quality medical care have earned her unprecedented recognition throughout Western Massachusetts. Dr. Balin's laser vision corrective surgical specialties include iLASIK, CustomVue, Lasik and PRK. She is also a highly respected cataract surgeon and performs No Stich Cataract Surgery using the latest multifocal, accommodating and Toric lens technology – Tecnis®, ReSTOR®, and Crystalens™ to provide patients with distance, intermediate and near vision in most cases without the need for glasses. As a Refractive Surgeon Dr. Balin offers a variety of lens implants including the Verisyse lens.

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She has been elected by her peers as one of the Best Doctors in America 2009-2011, 2015-2016. The Balin Eye & Laser Center serves the greater Springfield Massachusetts area

Dr. Balin is a member of the following:

  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • The American College of Surgeons
  • The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • The American Medical Association
  • The Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons
  • The Massachusetts Medical Society
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery
  • Hampshire County Medical Society
  • Springfield Ophthalmologic Society
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Women in Ophthalmology
  • Member of the Refractive Surgery Alliance Society
  • Research to Prevent Blindness Ophthalmological Associate Member

Kani M. Brown, O.D.

Kani M. Brown, O.D. Dr. Brown received his undergraduate education from the Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. He went on to earn his Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University School of Optometry. Dr. Brown extended his optometric education with an ocular disease residency with the Columbus and Chillicothe VA Medical Centers.

Dr. Brown provides comprehensive eye examinations, contact lens fitting and ocular disease management. He also works closely with Dr. Balin in the co-management of cataract and refractive surgery, diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration and vascular diseases of the eye.

Professional Organizations and Activities:

  • American Optometric Association
  • National Optometric Association
  • American Academy of Optometry