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Iryna A. Falkenstein, M.D.

Photo of Iryna A. Falkenstein, M.D.
Specialty: Glaucoma
Phone Number: 617-573-3670
Location: Massachusetts Eye and Ear
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Office Hours: Wednesdays. Please call for an appointment.
Location: Mass. Eye and Ear, Longwood
800 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Office Hours: Fridays. Please call 617-936-6156 for an appointment.
Board Certification: Ophthalmology
Medical School Crimea State Medical University, Ukraine
Internship General Surgery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Residency Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego
Residency Ophthalmology, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
Fellowship Glaucoma, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Fellowship Pre-residency Research Vitreo-Retinal Fellowship, Shiley Eye Center, University of California, San Diego
Teaching Affiliation Instructor in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Biographical Profile:

Dr. Iryna Falkenstein is a full-time ophthalmologist in Mass. Eye and Ear's Glaucoma Service, who is fluent in Russian and Ukranian. Originally from Ukraine, she received her medical degree at Crimea State Medical University in 1997. After a surgical internship at Los Angeles County Hospital, she continued her ophthalmology training as a resident physician at University of Texas, San Antonio, followed by subspecialty training in glaucoma at the University of North Carolina. She is a professional member of American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Glaucoma Society, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. 

Clinical Interests

Medical and surgical management of glaucoma and cataracts

Research Interests

Secondary glaucoma, surgical outcomes of glaucoma procedures

Selected Publications

For a full publication list, please see her CV. A representative list (2006 - 2014) is available through

Falkenstein IA, Cheng L, Jones TR, Babson B, Kozak I, Freeman WR. Intraocular properties of a repository urokinase receptor antagonist a36 peptide in rabbits. Curr Eye Res. 2010;35(8):742-50.

Tammewar AM, Bartsch DU, Kozak I, Falkenstein IA, Freeman WR. Imaging vitreomacular interface abnormalities in the coronal plane by simultaneous combined scanning laser and optical coherence tomography. Br J Ophthalmol. 2009;93(3):366-72.

Falkenstein IA, Cochran D, Azen SP, Dustin L, Freeman WR. Comparison of visual acuity in macular degeneration patients measured with Snellen and logMAR (ETDRS) study charts. Ophthalmology. 2008:115(2):319-23.

Falkenstein IA, Bartsch DU, Azen SP, Dustin L, Sadun AA, Freeman WR. Multifocal electroretinography in HIV-positive patients without infectious retinitis. Am J Ophthalmol. 2008;146(4):579-88.

Falkenstein IA, Cheng L, Freeman WR. Changes of intraocular pressure after intravitreal injection of bevacizumab (avastin). Retina. 2007 Oct;27(8):1044-7.