Richard W. Watson, M.D., M.S.

Specialties

Retina

Board Certification

  • Ophthalmology

Providence
One Randall Square
Suite 203
Providence, RI 02904
Phone: 401-453-4600
Accepting New Patients

Overview

Biography

Dr. Richard Watson is a member of the Retina Service at Mass. Eye and Ear and faculty at Harvard Medical School. He is a board certified ophthalmologist and retina specialist.  He specializes in the treatment of AMD, diabetic eye disease, retinal vascular occlusions, retinal detachment, macular hole repair, epiretinal membrane surgery, and other medical and surgical diseases of the retina.

Dr. Watson earned his medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, where he also completed his ophthalmology residency. He then pursued a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at the West Virginia University Eye Institute, where his surgical numbers were among the highest of all fellows in the country.

Dr. Watson’s patients frequently express their appreciation for his friendly attitude, excellent doctor-patient communication, and meticulous attention to their needs. His surgical skills were recognized with an award from the Vit Buckle Society for a surgical video on proliferative vitreoretinopathy.

Dr. Watson has been involved in numerous clinical trials to find the best treatments for wet AMD, and potential therapies for geographic atrophy secondary to AMD. He has also been involved with research on diabetic retinopathy and vitreomacular traction.

Clinical Interests

Age-related macular degeneration, geographic atrophy, diabetic eye disease including advanced diabetic retinopathy, central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO), branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO), epiretinal membrane (macular pucker), rhegmatogenous and tractional retinal detachment, macular hole, diseases of the retina and vitreous

Research Interests

Age-related macular degeneration, geographic atrophy, diabetic retinopathy, telemedicine initiatives, vitreomacular traction, retina and vitreous disorders

Publications

For a full publications list, please see his CV.

Application of Adipose-Derived Stem Cells on Scleral Contact Lens Carrier in an Animal Model of Severe Acute Alkaline Burn. Espandar L, Caldwell D, Watson R, Blanco-Mezquita T, Zhang S, Bunnell B. Eye Contact Lens. 2014 July;40(4):243-7.

View a complete list of publications on pubmed.gov>>

Education

Education

  • Mechanical Engineering, Tulane University School of Engineering, BS
  • Cell and Molecular Biology, Tulane University School of Science and Engineering, M.S.
  • Tulane University School of Medicine, M.D.

Residency

  • Ophthalmology, Tulane University Health Sciences Center

Fellowship

  • Vitreoretinal Surgery, West Virginia University Eye Institute