Dr. Olivia Liao

Ophthalmology
Waltham, MA
33 years experience female

Locations

Office

Lexington, MA

Address

Lexington Eye Associates, 21 Worthen Road, Lexington, MA
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

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UnitedHealthcare

Surgisite Boston

Waltham, MA

Lexington Eye Associates

Lexington, MA

Lexington Eye Associates

Concord, MA

About

Bio

Olivia Liao, M.D., F.A.C.S. |SpecialtyComprehensive Ophthalmology and Cataract SurgeryCollegeBoston UniversityMedical SchoolBoston UniversityResidencyInternal Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Ophthalmology, Tufts New England Medical CenterBiographyDr. Liao is originally from New York City. She attended Stuyvesant High School and The Juilliard School, graduating at age sixteen. She then attended Boston University’s Six-Year Medical School. She completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She was Board Certified in Internal Medicine in 1994, and became a practicing internist at Harvard Community Health Plan in Burlington.Dr. Liao then completed her residency in Ophthalmology at Tufts New England Medical Center. During her senior year she shared the Chief Residency position. She was Board Certified in Ophthalmology in 1997 and 2007. Following her ophthalmology residency Dr. Liao joined Lexington Eye Associates. She is married with three children. She loves reading, knitting, gardening, tennis, swimming, and music.Dr. Liao is a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

Languages spoken

English, Mandarin

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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
discuss with : Retinal specialist who can discuss advantages and disadvantages of prp, lucentis/avastin/eylea, or observation. Left untreated, ischemic crvo is a ri... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Several possible: Conditions could cause elbow pain. If it does not respond to tylenol, (acetaminophen) then get an exam with your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
not necessarily: Straining, being on nsaids like aspirin, ibuprofen, trauma, hypertension and heavy lifting would be risk factors. If there is frequent bleeding, or e... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Discuss with: Your obstetrician and the doctor who prescribed the coumadin (warfarin).
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Rinse the eye with: Saline or tap water. Watch and see over the next few days for any redness. If your vision is blurred or if the eye turns red, see your eye md.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Causes of hair loss: Include recent illness. This should recover.
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A female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Should not have : Any difference in side effects.
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
schirmirs show mild: Underproduction of tears. It will not hurt you to use warm compresses and artificial tears when you get the foreign body sensation. 5 months after l... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
If it is bacterial: If won't work for allergic, viral or chemical conjunctivitis.
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Watch carefully: If the rash does not subside, then have him checked by the doctor.
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Many possible: Causes. You would need an in person exam to get an accurate diagnosis. Possibilities: infectious, inflammatory, autoimmune, dermatologic.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
In moderation: Caffeine is usually safe. Some people who get heart palpitations are very sensitive and need to avoid caffeine.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Correct: Once the eye is no longer red, the conjunctivitis is resolved.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Knee injury: I would recommend getting this checked out.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
See Eye MD: Only with an in-person dilated retinal exam could an accurate diagnosis be made.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Not likely: Refer to the pdr for more information. If you have tinnitus, seek an exam with ent.
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Feel better soon: The combination of queasy stomach, stuffy nose and cough could be from post nasal drip from allergies or virus. Treat the symptoms with a decongesta... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Time heals: Do avoid taking any blood thinners such as Aspirin or iburprofen. Avoid rubbing the area and if you have any numbness underneath the eye, get checked... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Lubricate+exfoliate: Otherwise known as orange peel skin, these tend to do better in the summer, when there is more sun exposure. Make sure to lubricate and exfoliate.
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Your mouth: Is normally full of bacteria. If you have any infection (painful swelling, pus, redness), affecting your mouth, please seek medical attention.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Possible: First rinse the eye (with saline or even tap water). And if you have pain blurred vision or discharge from the eye, then get it checked.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Regarding your eyes: If you have pain or blurred vision this would suggest that this is more than a viral infection, seek medical attention. Note that if you have a viral ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Several possible: Causes depending on location, duration, severity, associated symptoms. Needs an in person exam and possible imaging to get an accurate diagnosis.
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Bruise: Can cause pain and should resolve over the next week or so. If it gets worse, then have it checked.
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Sleeping in a : Comfortable position sometimes involves stretching the shoulder which would be painful. If the pain interferes with sleeping then the orthopedist may ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Not contagious: Yes you can go to school even if you have a stye. If you were given prescription eye drop antibiotics to use, then make sure to follow the recommende... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Not unusual: But there are other medications that are prescribed more as first line agent. I also tend to watch suspects and only treat if they actually demonstra... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Yes possible: Get checked by an eyemd to distinguish allergic conjunctivitis from viral conjunctivitis. Both are possibilities in your situation and have different... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Lots of options: Talk to you doctor if you wish to have medicine to help. There are also over the counter gum, patches, hypnosis, e-cigs. Best wishes, willpower and ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Lubricate+exfoliate: Otherwise known as orange peel skin, these tend to do better in the summer, when there is more sun exposure. Make sure to lubricate and exfoliate.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Only if anemic: Just having low iron without the associated anemia will not cause fatigue.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Not recommended: If the toothpaste should get into the eyes, it could cause irritation and a chemical conjunctivitis. Better to see your doctor and do some warm comp... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Migraines can be: Controlled. Consider a consultation with a neurologist to come up with a treatment plan. Blacking out is not typical and may need further work up.
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Many possibilities: Some could be normal variant and others could relate to medical conditions. Try sleeping with the head of bed elevated and take a photo of the puffin... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Height: Is a result of genetics, good nutrition, exercise and there are no specific drinks to make you grow taller.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
As long as: The contact lens feels comfortable while in. Continue using warm compresses to the affected lid.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Lighter iris color?: There are no eyedrops that will make the iris color lighter. You can consider colored contact lenses for that. There are eyedrops with a side effect... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Should be: Just be sure it doesn't get into the eye.
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Myasthenia gravis: There is no way to predict with certainty that you will or won't have recurrent episodes of myasthenia gravis but there are some factors to avoid. ht... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Avoid prolonged: Steroid/antibiotic drop by using daily warm compresses, with massage afterwards of the closed eyelids and lashes. Dietary omega3 is very helpful. I... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Theoretically risky: For increased bleeding since voltaren (diclofenac) is an nsaid. Please discuss with your doctor safer alternatives for the gel. Here is the drug info... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Large list : Of causes. Back pain is pretty common and often no cause is found. Here is a good article to get you started http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/news2010-mchi... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
As long as: Your doctor recommended that you use it and you have no allergies to the medications and that there is no possibility of having herpes keratitis as th... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
If the dry eye is : Severe get it checked out. Usually headache and numbness are not related.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Yes: There are conditions that do not show on x-ray but show on mri. Are you seeing a chiropractor for this? I do not recommend this go see a primary care... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Nerves of a 2012 : Year old!. This could be parasthesias. Best to get it checked in person for an accurate diagnosis.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Need more data: A white spot that is in the retina could be normal variant or something serious. Usually seen on eye exam, and not seen with the naked eye, get chec... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
genetics: Many children are farsighted at birth and then as the eyeball grows, will become less and less farsighted. If you or your husband are farsighted, th... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Need more info: White spots on the iris are rare. Could you possibly be referring to white spots on the conjunctiva? Need to see it to diagnose.
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Testimonials
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Sep 20, 2013
Dr. Liao is clearly very knowledgeable in Ophthalmology. She is providing a valuable service to the public via Healthtap. I endorse Dr. Liao.
Sep 20, 2013
Dedicated ophthalmologist. Great answers. Very intelligent. Highly recommend.
wonderfully sensitive Dr; her expertise, wisdom and accuracy are outstanding !
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This saved my life. Thank You! thank you so much dr Olivia.im health anxious now because of my anxiety.this will give me a peace o mind.thanks
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I appreciate your time and advice. I'll make an appointment for an MRI
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks I have tryed that and spraying saline and tea tree doesnt help

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Boston University School of Medicine
Graduated 1990MD

Medical/Graduate school

Boston University School of Medicine, MA
Graduated 1990MD

Residency

Tufts Medical Center

Residency

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Residency

BRIGHAM AND WOMEN

Residency

TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Thought Leader, Third Place, Boston Region, MA - Summer
2013
Top Ophthalmologist , First Place, Massachusetts - Summer
2013
Hippocrates Award, First Place, National - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
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