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Boris Severinsky, OD, FAAO, FBCLA, FSLS

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Chief of Service, Specialty Contact Lenses, Section of Optometry

Boris Severinsky, OD, FAAO, FBCLA, FSLS, joined Emory Eye Center’s faculty in March 2018. He works with members of the Emory Eye Center Optometry team to treat and fit adults and children with specialty contact lenses.

Dr. Severinsky earned a bachelor of optometry degree from Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem, followed by a residency in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. He later earned a Master’s degree in optometry and vision science, also from Hadassah Academic College.

After moving to the U.S., Dr. Severinsky completed externships with Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and Global Vision Rehabilitation Center in Miami. He then earned his Doctor of Optometry from New England College of Optometry in Boston.

His experience includes completing specialty contact lens fittings for patients with advanced corneal disease or congenital retinal conditions, following refractive surgery and corneal crosslinking, and as part of pediatric eye care. He has taught optometry students and ophthalmology residents about primary vision care, specialty contact lenses, refraction, and keratoconus lens fitting.

Dr. Severinsky has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed optometry and contact lens journals as well as a chapter about contact lenses in a major ophthalmology “Cornea” textbook. He is also an accomplished speaker and lectures nationally and internationally on various contact lens and cornea disease topics. In addition, he has served as a scientific journal reviewer for the Journal of Optometry, International Journal of Ophthalmology, and Contact Lens and Anterior Eye.

Dr. Severinsky is internationally recognized for his work on development and design of scleral lenses after corneal transplant surgery and special “soft” scleral lenses for use shortly after corneal crosslinking procedures.

“I will always remember my first scleral lens patient,” Dr. Severinsky says. “Mr. M was a 75-year-old gentlemen with a longstanding vision issue due to complex corneal disease. He came for a scleral lens trial as a last resort prior to having a high risk new corneal transplant. We inserted the first trial lens. I will never forget the tears of joy and an emotional uprising spilling out inside the room after Mr. M saw faces around him for the first time in years and read his name on the chart. That was such a unique and spiritually elevating experience, and carried a distinct message for me to learn: we do not only restore vision, we restore lives.

National Recognition

Dr. Severinsky has earned Fellow status in the American Academy of Optometry, the British Contact Lens Association, and the Scleral Lens Educational Society.

Areas of Clinical Interest

• Contact lens fitting after corneal transplant surgery and corneal crosslinking

• Keratoconus

• Pediatric contact lenses

• Complex refractive cases solutions



Boris Severinsky, OD, FBCLA, FSLA

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Optometry (with distinction), Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem, Israel (2000)

Residency: Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel (2000)

Postgraduate: Master in Optometry and Vision Science (with distinction), Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem, Israel (2009)

Postgraduate: OD, New England College of Optometry, Boston (2016)





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