Robert L. Lesser MD
Dr. Lesser, the founder of the practice, is Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and Neurology at Yale, as well as Clinical Professor of Neurology and Surgery (Neurosurgery) at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Queens College, City University of New York, and his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, where he received a Research Thesis Honors Award. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Yale University in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, and did additional training in Neuro-Ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida.
Dr. Lesser is a former Chief of Neuro-Ophthalmology at Yale and was on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology. He is a recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Honor Award and continues to be listed in many publications as one of the “Best Doctors in America.” He has been honored to receive the Teaching Award from the Yale University Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science on four separate occasions.
He has written and published many articles and textbook chapters, has spoken at meetings across the country as well as internationally, and continues to lecture Ophthalmology students at Yale. He has also been involved as Principal Investigator in studies on Pseudotumor Cerebri, Myasthenia, and currently on Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. Dr. Lesser is a fellow of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He belongs to the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians and the Connecticut Neuro-ophthalmology Society. He is a former President of Yale Alumni in Ophthalmology.
Dr. Lesser was awarded the Teaching Award in the Yale Department of Ophthalmology for a record fourth time.
Dr. Lesser was the Principal Investigator in a study of Pseudo-tumor Cerebra -Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH), which showed that patients with this disease did better with a combination of diet and medication, rather than with diet alone.
Dr. Lesser is currently Principal Investigator in a study of a potential vision-saving treatment for vascular disease affecting the optic nerve known as Non-Arteritic Ischemic Optic Neuropathy.