About Richard Watson, MD

Dr. Richard Watson is a member of the Retina Service at Mass. Eye and Ear and faculty at Harvard Medical School. He is a board certified ophthalmologist and retina specialist.  He specializes in the treatment of age-related macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, retinal vascular occlusions, retinal detachment, macular hole repair, epiretinal membrane surgery, and other diseases of the retina.

Dr. Watson earned his medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, where he also completed his ophthalmology residency. He then pursued a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at the West Virginia University Eye Institute, where his surgical numbers were among the highest of all fellows in the country.

Dr. Watson’s patients have expressed their appreciation for his excellent communication, and meticulous attention to their needs. 

Dr. Watson has been involved in numerous clinical trials to find the best treatments for age-related macular degeneration. He has also been involved with research on diabetic retinopathy and vitreomacular traction.

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Mass Eye and Ear Plainville
30 Man Mar Drive
Suite 2
Plainville, MA 02762
Phone: 508-695-9550

Mass Eye and Ear Providence
1 Randall Square
Suite 206
Providence, RI 02904
Phone: 401-453-4600

Medical Education

  • MD, Tulane University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Tulane University School of Medicine
  • Fellowship, West Virginia University Eye Institute

American Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology

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Dr. Watson’s research focuses on age-related macular degeneration (AMD), geographic atrophy secondary to AMD, diabetic retinopathy, and vitreomacular traction. Other areas of interest include imaging research and telemedicine initiatives.