Emma C. Davies, M.D.

Research Summary

Center/Research Area Affiliations

Research Summary

Dr. Davies has multiple publications summarizing her clinical research in complex cataract surgery, including the outcomes of scleral-fixated intraocular lens placement, intraocular lens exchange indications and techniques, and cataract surgery in retinitis pigmentosa patients. She has also investigated possible clinical features to predict corneal clearance after Descemet’s membrane stripping, a novel technique for treatment of Fuchs Endothelial Dystrophy that does not involve placement of transplant tissue. She has multiple works in the management of complex corneal infections. She has summarized the recent changes in occurrence of herpes zoster ophthalmicus including increased frequency of the disease at a younger mean age of presentation. She is the author of the corneal ulcer algorithm that has been adopted by the Mass. Eye and Ear Emergency Room for the appropriate screening, treatment, and follow-up for bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections of the cornea.

She continues to investigate complex cataract surgery and corneal transplantation outcomes. She will work with residents and fellows to continue to advance Mass. Eye and Ear Emergency Room screening and treatment protocols.    

Selected Publications

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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2008: Duke University, BS, Biology, concentration in Marine Biology

2012: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, MD

Postgraduate Training

2016: Residency, Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

2017: Fellowship, Cornea, Refractive Surgery, and External Disease, Massachusetts Eye and Ear


2007: Phi Beta Kappa, Duke University

2007: Maggie Schneider Award for Excellence in Marine Biology, Duke University

2008: Clinical Neuroscience Research Grant, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

2012: University of Pennsylvania Ophthalmology Excellence Award

2016: Best Resident Research Award in Cornea and Refractive Surgery, Mass. Eye and Ear