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Our practice enjoys a global reputation in the field of dry eye and contact lenses

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Established in 1920 by Dr. Frederick Farnum, we are one of the oldest continuing practices in the country. We are dedicated to providing the highest standard of professional care and developing long lasting relationships with our patients. We are recognized as being on the cutting edge in the fields of dry eye and contact lens technology.

Our dry eye and contact lens research, often conducted in collaboration with other academic and health care disciplines, has resulted in hundreds of professional publications, 55 patents, and many ocular products used throughout the world. This combination of clinical practice and research activities provides a unique setting which is particularly beneficial to our patients.

Recent inventions of Korb & Associates include the DET™ test for dry eye, LipiFlow thermal pulsation for dry eye, LipiView for measurement of tear film lipid layer thickness, Dynamic Meibomian Imaging and LipiScan to evaluate the structure of the oil glands in the lids, and the Meibomian Gland Evaluator for the quantitative evaluation of meibomian gland function. Our research also resulted in commercialization of Soothe XP™ (Bausch and Lomb) and Systane Balance™ (Alcon), the first lipid-based solutions for evaporative dry eye.

In the contact lens field, our practice pioneered the design of the first membrane soft contact lens, which has served as the model for all contemporary soft lenses. Our research also resulted in the design of rigid gas-permeable contact lenses and fitting strategies for specific conditions including keratoconus and irregular corneas. We are the only practice in New England offering the EyePrint Pro and can fully customize any type of lens.

Boston Optometrist | Korb & Associates, PLLC | (617) 426-0370

400 Commonwealth Ave, Suite 2
Boston, MA 02215

Office Hours

Korb & Associates

Monday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-4:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Meet The Optometrists

  • Dr. Donald Korb

    Donald R. Korb is a graduate of the New England College of Optometry. He is recognized as an internationally acclaimed lecturer, researcher, inventor, innovator and clinician. He devotes half of his time to seeing patients and half to research.

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  • Dr. Amy Nau

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    Amy Nau graduated from The New England College of Optometry and completed a residency in ocular disease with the Boston VA Health Service. She has returned to Korb & Associates where she began her optometric career.

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  • Dr. Andrew McLeod

    Andrew McLeod joins the practice with a wealth of experience from various academic settings. Most recently, he was an associate professor within the Department of Specialty and Advanced Care and the program coordinator for the Cornea & Contact Lens Residency at New England College of Optometry. He was also chief of the Cornea & Contact Lens Service at the NECO Center for Eye Care.

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  • Dr. Joan Exford

    Joan M. Exford received optometry degrees from Indiana University and Pacific University and, an honorary degree from The New England College of Optometry. She is a past president of the American Academy of Optometry and Prevent Blindness Massachusetts and the past Chairwoman of the Board of Registration of Optometry, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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  • "Dr. Nau's demeanor is thoughtful, patient and problem solving oriented. Her thorough eye exam identified early onset of dry eye and her practical tips and practices really helped to alleviate the condition. In addition, her staff is fantastic in helping select the right frames. Hands down customer service at an A+!"
    SS Boston, MA
  • "I cannot say enough good things about this practice. I have been a patient for years: a dry-eye flare up took me to several ophthalmologists who all told me the same thing - I'd never be in contact lenses again. Finally one referred me to Korb & Associates and here I am, 14 years later, in contact lenses full time."
    PW Braintree, MA
  • "Go here.

    These doctors are smart, experienced and caring. I was searching for a diagnosis across the nation for decades. I'd send anyone here. I often get asked who fixed my pain and hear many stories of gushing positive experiences. I could go on and on. If you want brilliance and thoroughness go here."
    -MS Boston, MA
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