Veena S. Rao, M.D., M.Sc.



Board Certification

  • Board Eligible

Board Eligible


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243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-3202


1601 Trapelo Road
Reservoir Place, Ste. 184
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 617-573-3202
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Dr. Veena Rao is a member of the Mass. Eye and Ear Glaucoma Service, where she specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma. She cares for patients at all stages of glaucoma, from glaucoma suspects to those with complex surgical needs.                                               

Dr. Rao earned her MD from Yale University School of Medicine, and attended Duke University for her ophthalmology residency and glaucoma fellowship. As a resident, she received the K. Alexander Dastgheib, MD, Eye Surgery Award from Duke University for her excellence in surgical skill.

Dr. Rao actively conducts clinical research in glaucoma – a chronic degenerative disease that damages the eye’s optic nerve and can lead to permanent loss of vision. Her focus is on improving education for patients as well as researching techniques to help improve adherence to therapy. In particular, she has worked on developing educational interventions and assessments for glaucoma patients and investigated how laser trabeculoplasty – a form of laser surgery to lower eye pressure in glaucoma – might be a useful tool in patients having difficulty with eye drops for their glaucoma.   

Clinical Interests

Glaucoma, Cataract, Ocular Trauma

Research Interests

Glaucoma, Patient Education, Medication Adherence, Glaucoma Surgical Techniques


For a full publications list, please see her CV.

Rao V and Woodward J. “Management of Benign Essential Blepharospasm." Pearls and Pitfalls in Oculoplastic Surgery. Second Edition. Eds. Morris E. Hartstein, John B. Holds, Guy G. Massry. New York: Springer Science. 2014.

Development of Bilateral Acquired Toxoplasmic Retinochoroiditis During Erlotinib Therapy. Rao V, Schneider E, Proia A, Fekrat S. JAMA Ophthalmology. 2014;132:1150-1152.

Reversing Facial Fillers: Interactions Between Hyaluronidase and Commercially Available Hyaluronic-Acid Based Fillers. Rao V, Chi S, Woodward J. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. 2014;13:1053-1056.

Effects of proinflammatory cytokines on the claudin-19 rich tight junctions of human retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Peng S, Gan G, Rao VS, Adelman RA, Rizzolo LJ. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 2012;53:5016-5028.

Effects of music therapy on intravitreal injections: a randomized clinical trial. Chen X, Seth RK, Rao VS, Huang JJ, Adelman RA. Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 2012;28:414-419.

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  • Biology and English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BS
  • Biology, Integrative Bioscience, University of Oxford, MSc
  • Yale University School of Medicine, M.D.


  • Ophthalmology, Duke Eye Center, Duke University School of Medicine


  • Glaucoma, Duke Eye Center, Duke University School of Medicine