Charles D. Leahy, O.D., M.S.
|Specialty:||Optometry and Contact Lens Service|
Mass. Eye and Ear
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
|Office Hours:||Monday and Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.|
Mass. Eye and Ear, Stoneham
One Montvale Avenue
Stoneham, MA 02180
|Office Hours:||Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. - noon|
|Graduate School||Physiological Optics, University of California, Berkeley|
|Medical School||New England College of Optometry|
|Teaching Affiliation||Instructor in Ophthalmology, Part Time, Harvard Medical School|
Dr. Leahy earned his Doctorate of Optometry at the New England College of Optometry, where he received the Valedictory Award and the Award of Excellence for Further Studies. After obtaining his OD, he went on to earn a graduate degree in Physiological Optics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Leahy’s research interests include contact lenses, tear film, and the ocular surface. Most notably, he studies products that help enhance contact lens comfort. He has developed several patents and products based on his research in ophthalmic drug delivery, including drug releasing materials and device designs, as well as products used to care for contacts, thus improving their physiology and comfort.
A dedicated educator, Dr. Leahy has been teaching for more than 30 years. In 1987, he worked with optometrists in Tel Aviv, Israel, to determine the initial feasibility of optometry curriculum within first and second year medical school education in Israel. Throughout the years, he has been an advocate of regarding contact lenses as medical devices instead of a disposable consumer commodity, and he continues to promote the clinical use of specialty contact lenses, including the latest developments in materials and designs.