Emma C. Davies, M.D.


Cornea and External Diseases


Refractive Surgery

Board Certification

  • Ophthalmology

800 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-936-6156
Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-3938
1601 Trapelo Road
Reservoir Place, Ste. 184
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 1-833-LASER-99
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.

She has also published multiple studies regarding state-of-the-art treatments for Fuchs corneal dystrophy patients, particularly Descemet’s membrane stripping without endothelial keratoplasty (DWEK). She currently is studying rho kinase inhibitor impact on corneal clearance after DWEK. 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.

Research Investigations
  1. Davies E, Galetta K, Sackel D, Talman L, Frohman E, Calabresi P, Galetta S, and 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. 
  2. Davies E, Henderson S, Balcer L, and 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.
  3. Davies E, Pavan-Langston D, and Chodosh J. Herpes zoster ophthalmicus: declining age at presentation. British Journal of Ophthalmology 2016;100(3):312-314.
  4. Davies E and 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.
  5. Davies E and Pineda R. Cataract surgery outcomes and complications in retinal dystrophy patients. Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology 2017; 52(6): 543-547.   
  6. Davies E, Jurkunas U, and Pineda R. Predictive factors for corneal clearance after Descemetorhexis without endothelial keratoplasty. Cornea 2018; 37(2): 137-140. 

Other peer-reviewed scholarship
  1. Davies E and Colby K. Controversies in corneal collagen cross-linking. International Ophthalmology Clinics 2015;55(4):1-11.
  2. Davies E, Jakobiec F, Stagner A, and Iwamoto M. A rapidly enlarging recurrent eyebrow pilomatrixoma in a nonagenarian. Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2016;32(6):e157-e160.
  3. Davies E, Jakobiec F, Stagner A, and Rizzo J. An atypical case of lymphocytic panhypophysitis in a pregnant woman. Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology 2016;36(3):313-316.
  4. Davies E and Chodosh J. Infections after keratoprosthesis. Current Opinion in Ophthalmology 2016;27(4):373-377.
  5. Davies E, Daly M, and Siracuse-Lee D. A rare case of Phialemonium obovatum keratitis. American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports 2017;5:81-84.
  6. Davies E and Pineda R. Complications of scleral-fixated intraocular lenses. Seminars in Ophthalmology 2017; 1-6.    
  7. Davies E, Saeed H, and Pineda R. Technique to reduce failure with corneal stromal tattoo in patients with symptomatic laser peripheral iridotomy. Eye Reports 2018;4(1): 17-19.  
  8. Davies E and Veldman P. Case report of primary Descemet stripping for focal corneal edema. Manuscript pending acceptance to journal.
  9. Davies E and Pineda R. Corneal tomography changes and refractive outcomes after Descemet’s stripping without endothelial keratoplasty. Manuscript pending acceptance to journal.

Reviews, chapters, monographs and editorials
  1. Davies E, Chodosh J, and 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.
  2. Davies E and Yonekawa Y. 2018. Dehiscence of Penetrating Keratoplasty from Blunt Trauma. In: Grob and Kloek (Eds). Management of Open Globe Injuries. Springer, New York, NY. 

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



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


  • Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Health System


  • Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School


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