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Dr. Olivia Liao

Ophthalmology
Waltham, MA
32 years experience female

Locations

Office

Lexington, MA

Address

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

My office hours

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

Aetna

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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 32 years experience
Yes: These two will not interact.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Needs more studies: Xrays would rule out bony abnormalities, but sometimes a MRI is needed to evaluate the soft tissue structures near the scapula.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Steroids while : Breastfeeding is usually safe, depending on the dose and the type of steroid. http://www.drugs.com/breastfeeding/prednisone.html.
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
many possibilities: Including eczema, allergies, infection (bacterial, viral). Needs an in person exam to get an accurate diagnosis. Some viral infections need to be tr... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Inflammation where?: Need a proper exam and diagnosis first in order to recommend best treatments.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Not concerning: Here is a great article. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/thrombocytopenia/ds00691.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Need more info: Too many possible causes to list: changes with aging after age 40 (presbyopia), changes in medication, blood sugar, trouble with any part of the eye... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Without seeing it: In person, it would be difficult to diagnose. Take a picture of it and if it gets worse or you are worried, see a dermatologist.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Both can be serious: An examination can determine the cause of headache. The ice pick headache is a description of what the headache feels like.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Yes possible: It would not be easy, but it is possible sugars are found in everything from milk, to fruit, to alcohol.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
See below: You can wait to see if the splinter slowly moves to the tip of the nail as the nail grows. If infected or lodged, you may need to have an office proc... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Careful: You can try caffeine, but excessive doses can cause issues with heart arrhythmia.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Varies: Treatment can range from going to a quiet dark place and sleeping it off, to using cool compresses, taking over the counter tylenol (acetaminophen) or... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Several possible: Causes. Ranging from normal variant nystagmus, to more serious conditions. If it is new, consider getting it checked out.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Possibly PCOS: Here is a good reference: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/polycystic-ovary-syndrome/ds00423.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Ask your vet: Possibly, but it definitely makes a difference what you are trying to treat.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
start with: Your primary care doctor who will narrow it down to the proper specialist: rheumatology, neurology/neurosurgery, orthopedic, etc.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Myth: There is no reason to avoid going to the salon when you have your period.
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
yes- best corrected: Visual acuity measures central vision.
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
possibly dry eye: If it clears with blinking. But it could also be a mild need for glasses. Get an eye exam to find out if your eyes are healthy.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Needs evaluation by : The primary care doctor. He should be checked for several possible conditions.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Normal: This could be simply due to stress. If you track your cycle you might find some variability in the days of the cycle. If you wish to have more regula... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Voluntary ptosis: Sometimes due to the discomfort of dry eyes the upper lids are kept lower to reduce friction of blinking. If you are concerned see your ophthalmologi... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Possible viral: Illness, which can explain the sore throat chills and body aches. Try some tylenol (acetaminophen) and use warm compresses to the eyes. Stay hydrate... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
blisters of the skin: Under the eye could be a serious viral infection. I recommend that you be seen within 24-48 hours from when they started.
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Consider work up: With rheumatologist disorders as possibilities.
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Not enough info: You did not mention what they put in the intravenous. Possibilities could be that you felt better from not being dehydrated, feeling relieved that you... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Not necessarily: If you mean that the room spins, that is vertigo type of dizziness and could be related to inner ears.
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A male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Consider more : Glaucoma tests. Intraocular pressures that are asymmetric could be from errors or unreliable measurement techniques, but if he were my patient i would... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Hard to tell : It could be hormone and fluids of pregnancy temporarily changing the vision. But it also could be something that you've had all along. Watch to see ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Rarely: This would need to be made up special order by a compounding pharmacy at a proper dilution and with preservative artificial tears as the base and use... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Early treatment with: Antiviral medication can allow it to heal more quickly. Get it checked with your doctor.
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Corneal irritation: Will cause light sensitive achy eyes. Avoid rubbing and try artificial tears or gels.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Not progressive: But will always need follow up eye exams to monitor for possible glaucoma.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Many possible: Causes. Here is a good reference which covers 'when to see your doctor' http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/dizziness/my00118.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Mild myopia: Anything less than -4.0 is considered mild myopia. It would be normal to expect it to change over the next few years. It is a myth to think that you... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
not eyestrain: Which usually happens after using your eyes. Possbilities still include sinus pressure, migraine, and rarely carbon-monoxide exposure.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
oscillopsia: Could be from superior oblique myokymia, but also would need to consider visual aura. Get and eyemd exam if it is not getting better over the next fe... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
pain with breathing: Is pleuritic pain and could be from pericarditis, but also from pulmonary embolism. Call your doctor to find out when you should be seen.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Probably the reverse: Being cross eyed can cause double vision. Get this check out in person with an eye md if possible.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Many causes for: Tachycardia and in your age group, stroke would not be high on the list. Best to get an accurate diagnosis with an in-person checkup.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
if the eye: Is itchy, then treat it as allergies, with cool compresses, over the counter ketotifen eye drops and avoidance of triggers. If the blisters you refer... Read More
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A 79-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
yes: There are no interactions with Plavix (clopidogrel) and vit k. In contrast, warfarin or Coumadin cannot be taken with vitamin k. Take care!
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
extremely unlikely: If you are worried, get it checked out. Likely it can be removed especially if there is any sign of infection.
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Growth chart: Look up a normal growth height chart for your age and if you are concerned, discuss with your doctor. You still can grow taller at your age. http:... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
both allergies and: Blepharitis cause itching. Usually the itching is worse with allergies. It is also possible to have both allergies and blepharitis at the same time.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Suggest: Allergy testing to look for triggers. Common ones are dust mold pollen it has been too long since wearing contacts for it to be gpc.
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
headaches : That happen daily and associated with pressure behind the right eye deserve medical attention.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
behavioral problems: Can be complex. Try to seek help of a psychiatrist.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Not enough info: This could be normal. Need more info.
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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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