Emma C. Davies, M.D.


Cornea and External Diseases


Refractive Surgery

Board Certification

  • Ophthalmology

800 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-573-3202
Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-3202
1601 Trapelo Road
Reservoir Place, Ste. 184
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 617-573-3202
Accepting New Patients



Dr. Davies has a broad-base of clinical interests to effectively manage patients with corneal and lenticular pathology. She is specialized in complex cataract surgery, partial thickness corneal transplantation including Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) and Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK), and refractive surgery. As a full-time member of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service at Mass. Eye and Ear, she offers exceptional, personalized, and detailed care both in the clinical and surgical settings. She has practices at the Mass. Eye and Ear Main Campus, Mass. Eye and Ear Longwood Campus, and Mass. Eye and Ear Waltham sites.   

Dr. Davies earned her bachelor of science in biology with a concentration in marine biology at Duke University. She fulfilled an honors thesis with research in the chemical and visual orientation of estuarine crustaceans. She completed her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Davies was granted a Clinical Neuroscience Research Grant to complete research in ganglion cell loss after optic neuritis in multiple sclerosis patients. She was awarded the University of Pennsylvania Ophthalmology Excellence Award at medical school graduation for her work. She completed her medical internship at the Pennsylvania Hospital in the University of Pennsylvania Health Care System. Dr. Davies went on to join the Harvard Ophthalmology residency program at Mass. Eye and Ear. She was awarded the Best Resident Research Award in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at Mass. Eye and Ear for her work in changing trends in herpes zoster ophthalmicus (HZO) presentation. She continued at Mass. Eye and Ear for her fellowship in Cornea, Refractive Surgery, and External Diseases. She completed work in surgical outcomes for a variety of complex cataract surgery procedures, including scleral-fixated lens placement and cataract surgery in retinitis pigmentosa patients, and investigated predictive factors for corneal clearance after Descemet’s membrane stripping only for patients with Fuchs Endothelial Dystrophy.

Dr. Davies brings cutting-edge diagnostic procedures and surgical techniques to her practice at Mass Eye and Ear. She trained with Dr. Pineda for complex cataract surgery techniques (including intra-scleral fixation of a lens after trauma or vitreoretinal surgery) and Dr. Veldman for DMEK techniques (including pre-loaded DMEK grafts) and is eager to continue to expand our advances in corneal and refractive surgery.     

As a clinician scientist, Dr. Davies has published a number of studies regarding complex cataract surgery outcomes and techniques as well as the management of complicated corneal infections, including corneal ulcers, infections after keratoprosthesis, and herpes zoster ophthalmicus. She is the author of the corneal ulcer algorithm that has standardized care of corneal ulcers in the Mass. Eye and Ear Emergency Room. Learn more about Dr. Davies.

Clinical Interests

Corneal Surgery, Cataract Surgery, Complex Cataract Surgery, Corneal Transplantation, and Refractive Surgery

Research Interests

Cornea and External Diseases, Cataract Surgery, and Refractive Surgery


For a full publication list, please see her CV.

Davies E, Pineda R. Complications of scleral-fixated intraocular lenses. Seminars in Ophthalmology. 2017: in print.

Davies E. Pineda R. Cataract surgery outcomes and complications in retinal dystrophy patients. Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. 2017: in print.

Davies E, Pavan-Langston D, Chodosh J. Herpes zoster ophthalmicus: declining age at presentation. British Journal of Ophthalmology. 2016;100(3):312-314.

Davies E, Pineda R. Intraocular lens exchange surgery at a tertiary referral center: Indications, complications, and visual outcomes. Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery. 2016;42(9):1262-1267.

Davies E, Chodosh J. Infections after keratoprosthesis. Current Opinion in Ophthalmology. 2016;27(4):373-377.

Davies E, Chodosh J, Pavan-Langston D. 2016. "Herpes zoster ophthalmicus." In: Williamson D, Watson P, Gershon A, et al. (Eds). The varicella zoster virus: Herpes zoster, postherpetic neuralgia, and persistent disease activity: A focus on treatment and prevention. Elsevier Science Ltd, New York, NY.

Davies E, Colby K. Controversies in corneal collagen cross-linking. International Ophthalmology Clinics. 2015;55(4):1-11.  

Davies E, Henderson S, Balcer L, Galetta S. Residency training: The King-Devick test and sleep deprivation: Study in pre- and post- call neurology residents. Neurology. 2012;78(17):e103-e106.

Davies E, Galetta K, Sackel D, Talman L, Frohman E, Calabresi P, Galetta S, Balcer L. Retinal ganglion cell layer volumetric assessment by spectral-domain optical coherence tomography in multiple sclerosis: application of a high-precision manual estimation technique. Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology. 2011;31(3):260-265. 

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  • Biology, concentration in Marine Biology, Duke University, BS
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, M.D.


  • Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School


  • Cornea, Refractive Surgery, and External Disease, Massachusetts Eye and Ear