Boston, Mass. — Veena Rao, M.D., has recently joined the Glaucoma Service at Mass. Eye and Ear, with a clinical focus on the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma and cataracts. She is currently accepting new patients at Mass. Eye and Ear’s main campus (243 Charles St., Boston) and Waltham (1601 Trapelo Road, Reservoir Place, Ste. 184) locations.
Glaucoma is a chronic degenerative disease that damages the eye’s optic nerve and can lead to permanent loss of vision and blindness. Dr. Rao cares for patients at all stages of the disease, from glaucoma suspects to those with complex surgical needs. Her research interests and publications have focused on novel surgical techniques as well as optimizing clinical care for patients, with a primary interest in glaucoma patient education.
“When a person receives a diagnosis of glaucoma, it can be daunting,” said Dr. Rao. “Thankfully, today we have a number of medical and, if needed, surgical treatments that can help preserve vision. I specialize in glaucoma because I enjoy discussing and optimizing those options with my patients while focusing on maintaining their quality of life.”
Dr. Rao earned her medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine with Honors. She then completed her Ophthalmology residency and glaucoma subspecialty fellowship at the Duke University School of Medicine. In 2015, she received the K. Alexander Dastgheib, M.D., Eye Surgery Award recognizing her outstanding surgical skills and judgment.
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