David A. Solá-Del Valle, M.D.




Spanish, French, Italian

Board Certification

  • Ophthalmology

Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-3202
Accepting New Patients



Dr. Solá-Del Valle is a member of the Glaucoma Service at Mass. Eye and Ear who specializes in adult, young adult, and adolescent glaucoma care, as well as the surgical treatment of glaucoma. Dr. Solá-Del Valle graduated magna cum laude with high honors from Harvard College and went on to earn his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society as one of the top medical students in his class. He went on to complete his ophthalmology residency at the Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology, followed by a glaucoma fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He is fluent in Spanish, French, and Italian having lived in various parts of the world.

His research focuses on glaucoma, cataracts, and graduate ophthalmology medical education.  He has conducted research to assess  the efficacy and utility of various imaging devices in glaucoma diagnosis, as well as various aspects of cataract surgery. His current research aims to evaluate the efficacy of current glaucoma treatments, with an emphasis on newer surgical treatments, and to develop more effective treatments to ensure preservation of vision for patients with glaucoma. He also plans to study the most effective ways to educate the new generation of glaucoma and cataract specialists.

Clinical Interests

Surgical glaucoma treatments including minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS), adult glaucoma care, adolescent glaucoma care, cataract surgery, capsular exfoliation syndrome

Research Interests

Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS), glaucoma surgery, cataract surgery, resident and fellow education, optic nerve head imaging


For a full publication list, please see his CV.

Poon LY, Solá-Del Valle D, Turalba AV, Falkenstein IA, Horsley M, Kim JH, Song BJ, Takusagawa HL, Wang K, Chen TC. The ISNT Rule: How Often Does It Apply to Disc Photographs and Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer Measurements in the Normal Population? Am J Ophthalmol. 2017 Dec;184:19-27. Epub 2017 Sep 23.

Payal AR, Solá-Del Valle D, Gonzalez-Gonzalez LA, Cakiner-Egilmez T, Chomsky AS, Vollman DE, Baze EF, Lawrence M, Daly MK. American Society of Anesthesiologists classification in cataract surgery: Results from the Ophthalmic Surgery Outcomes Data Project. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2016 Jul;42(7):972-82.

Field MG, Alasil T, Baniasadi N, Que C, Simavli H, Sobeih D, Solá-Del Valle D, Best MJ, Chen TC. Facilitating Glaucoma Diagnosis With Intereye Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer Asymmetry Using Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography. J Glaucoma. 2016 Feb;25(2):167-76.

Solá-Del Valle DA, Modjtahedi BS, Eliott D, Shen LQ. Treatment of Blebitis and Bleb-related Endophthalmitis. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2015 Fall;55(4):37-49.

Varughese RS, Ridgeon E, Mathew A, Solá-Del Valle D. A rapidly enlarging swelling of the left orbit. BMJ. 2015 Feb 25;350:h799.

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  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, M.D.
  • Harvard College, BA


  • Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School


  • Glaucoma, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute