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Our Founder


Perry Rosenthal, M.D.



  • Montreal, Canada


  • 5/1954    BSc. McGill University
  • 5/1958   M.D. McGill University Medical School


  • 7/1958–6/59   Internship, Montreal General Hospital
  • 9/1959–4/60   Basic science course in ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
  • 7/1960–1/63   Residency in ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary


  • 1984–present   Assistant Clinical Professor, Harvard Medical School


  • 1963–present   Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • 1984-98   Surgeon
  • 1998-present   Courtesy Staff
  • 2013   Emeritus


  • 1992-2012   Founding President and Director of Boston Foundation for Sight, 501(c)3 nonprofit
  • 2013   Founder, President of 501(c)3 nonprofit Boston EyePain Foundation


  • 1956   Alpha Omega Alpha Society
  • 1957   University Scholar, McGill University
  • 1987   Trailblazer’s Award, (CLMA)
  • 1997   Joseph Dallos Award (CLMA)
  • 2002   Tech Lauriat: Tech Museum of Innovation (for technology benefiting humanity).
  • 2005-2012   Best Doctors in America
  • 2006   Harold A. Stein, MD Lecturer, Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists
  • 2007   Founders Award: American Academy of Optometry
  • 2007   UHCO Award for Distinguished Research on the Cornea and Contact Lenses
  • 2012    Dr. Donald R. Korb Award for Excellence (AOA Annual Meeting)
  • 2013    Harvard Medical School – Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary Alumni Reunion Invited Speaker
  • 2013    Keynote Speaker: Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society Annual Meeting (09/2013)


Professional Contributions

  • 1960   Founded the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary’s contact lens service.
  • 1971   Co-founded Polymer Technology Corporation.
  • 1986   Developed and fit the first fluid-ventilated gas-permeable scleral contact lens.
  • 1990   Founded Boston Eye Technology, Inc.
  • 1992   Founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Boston Foundation for Sight.
  • 2013   Founded the nonprofit Boston EyePain Foundation



  • 1963–92   Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary: resident teaching.
  • 1966–83   HMS third and fourth year student teaching: lecturer and instructor.
  • 1965-83   Lecturer, Lancaster Post-Graduate Course in Ophthalmology
  • 1967-83   Lecturer, Harvard Post-Graduate Course in Ophthalmology
  • 1997   New England Ophthalmological Society: invited lecture
  • 2003   Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Cornea Service: invited lecture
  • 2004   New England Ophthalmological Society: invited lecture
  • 2005   Longwood Ophthalmology Group: invited lecture
  • 2005   Grand Rounds Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Invited Lecture
  • 2009   Grand Rounds Invited Speaker, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • 2010   New England Ophthalmological Society, guest speaker
  • 2010   New Frontiers in Cornea Research, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, guest speaker
  • 2010   Ether Dome Pain Rounds Invited Speaker, Massachusetts General Hospital


  • 1975–78   Course Director, Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists.
  • 1985–93   Course Lecturer, American Academy of Ophthalmology.
  • 1990   American Academy of Ophthalmology Regional Update, lecturer
  • 1990   South American Contact Lens Congress, invited lecture.
  • 1991   New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, Honored Guest Speaker.
  • 1992   University of Washington Contact Lens Conference, invited lecture
  • 1993   Jules Stein [UCLA], Cornea Conference, invited lecture
  • 1997-2002   American Ophthalmological Society: Faculty, basic science course
  • 1999   American Academy of Ophthalmology: lecture
  • 2000   The Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, invited lecture
  • 2001   Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists: invited lecture
  • 2005   Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL. Grand Rounds Invited Lecture
  • 2005   University of Washington, dep’t ophthalmology: Invited lecture
  • 2005   Stanford University dep’t ophthalmology: Grand Rounds Invited Lecture
  • 2005   Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA: invited lecture
  • 2005   Nantucket Cornea Conference: invited lecture
  • 2006   CLAO: Harold Stein, M.D. Lectureship
  • 2007   25th Biennial Corneal Research Conference, invited lecture
  • 2007   University of Houston, featured speaker
  • 2008   Houston Ophthalmological Society, guest speaker
  • 2008   University of Texas, Grand Rounds Speaker
  • 2008   Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Visiting Professor
  • 2008   Third Biennial Military Vision Research Symposium, invited speaker
  • 2009   Rochester Ophthalmological Society, guest speaker
  • 2010   Martha’s Vineyard corneal meeting: speaker
  • 2010   National Eye Institute planning workshop on Ocular Pain: invited participant


  • 1989   European Contact Lens Congress, invited lecture.
  • 1989   Mexican Optometric Society, invited lecture.
  • 1991   Brazil Congress of Ophthalmologists, invited lecture
  • 1991   European Contact Lens Society of Ophthalmologists, invited speaker
  • 1992   Afro-Asian Congress of Ophthalmology, Invited Speaker and Section Chairman
  • 2000   Brazil Ophthalmological Society: 4/2000 invited guest lecturer
  • 2002   XI International Ophthalmological Society meeting: invited lecture
  • 2002   International Orthokeratology meeting: invited speaker
  • 2007   Global Keratoconus Congress: invited speaker
  • 2009   Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology, invited speaker
  • 2009   Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, invited speaker
  • 2010   Asia Cornea and Contact Lens Conference, guest speaker
  • 2011   Brazil Congress of Ophthalmologists, guest speaker
  • 2013   Tear  and Ocular Surface Society, keynote speaker


Original Articles and Reviews

  1. Leibowitz HM, Rosenthal P. Hydrophilic contact lenses in corneal disease. Arch Ophthalmol 1971;85:163-6, 283-6.
  2. Rosenthal P. A clinical evaluation of the RX56 contact lens. Contact and Intraocular Lens Med J 1976;220-5.
  3. Sendele D, Kenyon KR, Mobilia EF, Rosenthal P.  Superior limbic keratoconjunctivitis in contact lens wearers. Ophthalmology 1983;90:616-22
  4. Chou MH, Rosenthal P, Salomone SC.  Efficacy of cleaning solutions on silicone/acrylate gas-permeable contact lens materials.  Contact Lens Forum August, 1985
  5. Rosenthal P, Chou MH, Salamone SC. Quantitative analysis of chlorhexidine gluconate and benzalkonium chloride adsorption on silicone/acrylate polymers.  Cataract and Intraocular Lens Med J 1986; 1:43-50.
  6. Schein OD, Rosenthal P, Ducharme C. A gas-permeable scleral contact lens for visual rehabilitation.  Am J Ophthalmol 1990; 109:318.
  7. Rosenthal P, Cotter JM. Clinical performance of a spline-based apical vaulting keratoconus corneal contact lens design. CLAO J 1995; 21: 42-46.
  8. Cotter JM, Rosenthal P :Scleral contact lenses. J. Am Optom Assoc 1998; 69:33-40.
  9. Rosenthal, P., Cotter, J.M, Baum, J. Treatment of persistent epithelial defect with extended wear of a fluid-ventilated gas permeable scleral contact lens. Am J Ophthalmol 2000; 130: 33-41.
  10. Romero-Rangel, T, Stavrou, P, Cotter, J, Rosenthal, P, Foster, S.  Gas permeable scleral lens therapy in ocular surface disease.  Am J Ophthalmol 2000; 130:25-32.
  11. Rosenthal, P., Croteau, A. Fluid-Ventilated, Gas-Permeable Scleral Contact Lens Is an effective Option for Managing Severe Ocular Surface Disease and Many Corneal Disorders That Would Otherwise require Penetrating Keratoplasty. Eye & Contact Lens. 2005; 31 (3) (130-134).
  12. Takahide, K. Parker, P, Rosenthal, et al. Use of Fluid-Ventilated, Gas-Permeable Scleral Lens for Management of Severe Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca Secondary to Chronic graft-versus-Host Disease. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2007; 13:1016-1021.
  13. Jacobs, D.S., Rosenthal, P. Boston Lens Prosthetic Device for Treatment of Severe Dry Eye in Chronic Graft-Versus-Host Disease. Cornea. 2007; 26 (10): 1195-1195.
  14. Borsook, D. Rosenthal, P. Chronic (neuropathic) Corneal pain and Blepharospasm: five case reports. Pain. 2011; 152: 2427-31.
  15. Rosenthal, P., Borsook, D. The corneal pain system. Part I: the missing piece of the dry eye puzzle. Ocul Surf. 2012; 10(1): 2-14.
  16. Moulton EA, Becerra L, Rosenthal P, Borsook D (2012) An Approach to Localizing Corneal Pain Representation in Human Primary Somatosensory Cortex. PLoS ONE 7(9): e44643. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0044643

Reviews, Chapters and Editorials

  1. Sloan AE, Rosenthal P. School vision screening. Arch Ophthalmol 1960;64:763-70
  2. Rosenthal P. Current concepts, Contact lenses. N Engl.J Med 1965;273:974-6.
  3. Rosenthal P. Editorial, Contact lenses: large or small? Arch Ophthalmol 1966;76:631-2.
  4. Rosenthal P. Corneal edema. [In chapter, Corneal diseases] In: Cohen E. ed. Int Ophthalmol Clin. Boston: Little Brown, 1968
  5. Rosenthal P. Corneal contact lens edema. In: Symposium of Contact Lenses. Trans. New Orleans Acad Ophthalmol St. Louis: CV Mosby Co., 1973
  6. Rosenthal P. Corneal contact lenses in the management of keratoconus. In: Symposium of Contact Lenses. Trans. New Orleans Acad Ophthalmol St. Louis: CV Mosby Co., 1973.
  7. Rosenthal P. Silicone/acrylate performance characteristics. Contact Lens Forum Aug. 1982
  8. Rosenthal P. Klyce SD. Contact lens-induced corneal edema. In: Dabeziez OH, ed. Contact Lenses. Orlando: Grune and Stratton, 1984,15.1-9.
  9. Rosenthal P. Daily and extended wear performance of the Boston 4 contact lens. Curr Can Ophthalmol Practice 1985;3.
  10. Rosenthal P. The Boston Lens in the management of keratoconus. In: Cohen E, ed. Int Ophthalmol Clin [keratoconus]: Boston: Little Brown, 1986;105-9.
  11. Rosenthal P, Cotter JM. Contact lenses. In: Albert D and Jakobiec F, eds. Principles and Practice of Ophthalmology: WB Saunders, 1994;3621-3647.
  12. Rosenthal P. Contact Lenses. Basic and Clinical Science Course. American Academy of Ophthalmology, !997,168-196 (revised, 2000)
  13. Rosenthal P, Cotter JM. The Boston Scleral Lens in the Management of Severe Ocular Surface Disease. In: Foulks, G, ed. Ophthalmol Clin N.Am 16 2003 89-93.
  14. Rosenthal P, Jacobs, D, Johns, L. Fluid-ventilated gas permeable scleral lens: a new paradigm for the management of irregular corneal astigmatism and severe ocular surface disease. Contemporary Ophthalmology 5 2006.
  15. Rosenthal P, Baran I, et al. Corneal Pain without Stain: Is it real? Ocul Surf. 2009; 7(1): 28-40.