Iryna A. Falkenstein, M.D.




English, Russian, Ukrainian

Board Certification

  • Ophthalmology



Fluent in Russian and Ukrainian, Dr. Iryna Falkenstein is a full-time member of the Glaucoma Service. She specializes in the treatment of primary and secondary glaucoma as well as cataracts.

Native to Ukraine, Dr. Falkenstein 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 joined Mass. Eye and Ear in 2013.

Dr. Falkenstein's research focuses on improving imaging techniques for diagnosing glaucoma, such as high resolution optical coherence tomography (OCT). She also is involved in clinical trials elucidating the effects of prostaglandins and statins in the treatment of glaucoma.

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


For a full publication list, please see her CV.

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

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

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

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

Standardized visual acuity resluts associated with primary versus secondary bevacizumab in treatment of neovascular age related macular degeneration. Falkenstein IA, Cheng L, Kozak I, Morrison VL, Freeman WR. Br J Ophthalmol. 2009;93(3):366-72.

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