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



Board Certification

  • Ophthalmology

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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 VS, Christenbury J, Lee P, Allingham R, Herndon L, Challa P. Simultaneous Implantation of an Ahmed and Baerveldt Glaucoma Drainage Device for Uncontrolled Intraocular Pressure in Advanced Glaucoma. J Glaucoma. 2016 Sep 2. [Epub ahead of print.]

Rao VS, Peralta E, Rosdahl J. Validation of a Glaucoma Knowledge Assessment in Glaucoma Patients. Clinical Ophthalmology. Clinical Ophthalmology (Auckland, NZ), 10, p.1913.

Rao V, 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.

Rao V, Schneider E, Proia A, Fekrat S. Development of Bilateral Acquired Toxoplasmic Retinochoroiditis During Erlotinib Therapy. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014 Sep;132(9):1150-2.

Rao V, Chi S, Woodward J. Reversing Facial Fillers: Interactions Between Hyaluronidase and Commercially Available Hyaluronic-Acid Based Fillers. J Drugs Dermatol. 2014 Sep;13(9):1053-6.

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

Chen X, Seth RK, Rao VS, Huang JJ, Adelman RA. Effects of music therapy on intravitreal injections: a randomized clinical trial. 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