Thomas R. Hedges III, MD

Dr. Hedges is available for appointments in Boston.

Thomas R. Hedges III, MD


Dr. Hedges is an expert in the diagnosis and management of diseases affecting the optic nerve and intracranial visual pathways, as well as disorders of ocular motility. He is available for consultation in any suspected or diagnosed case of neurological disease with ocular involvement. As co-director of the Electrophysiology Laboratory, Dr. Hedges sees patients with occult macular disease as well. Dr. Hedges also provides botulinum toxin injections for patients with blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm.

Research Interests

  • Qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the retinal nerve fiber layer using photographic methods and computerized image enhancement.
  • Color Doppler imaging of orbital and extracranial blood vessels in vascular diseases affecting the eye.
  • Multifocal electroretinography and visual evoked potential recording in optic nerve disease.
  • Optical Coherence Tomography of optic nerve, retinal and neurodegenerative disorders.

Dr. Hedges has participated in several multi-center trials and National Institutes of Health review committees.


Ophthalmic Pathology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Neuro-Ophthalmology, University of California, San Francisco


Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Medical School

Tufts University School of Medicine

Academic Appointment

Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology, Tufts University School of Medicine

Board Certification

American Board of Ophthalmology

Professional Honors and Awards

1988 – Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
1989 – Alpha Omega Alpha, Tufts University School of Medicine
1992 – Resident Award for Teaching Excellence, New England Eye Center, TUSM
1995 – Resident Award for Teaching Excellence, New England Eye Center, TUSM
2000 – Resident Award for Teaching Excellence, New England Eye Center, TUSM
2000 – Senior Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
2007 – Alice Stokes Paul 1901 Moorestown Friends School Alumni Assoc. Merit Award
2010 – Outstanding Tufts University School of Medicine Lecturer for 2009-2010
2014 – Resident Award for Teaching Excellence, New England Eye Center, TUSM
2012-2016 – “Top Doctor”, Boston Magazine

Academic Affiliations/Memberships

American Academy of Ophthalmology

Frank Walsh Neuro-ophthalmology Society

International Neuro-ophthalmology Society

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Alumni Association

The Society of Heed Fellows

Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons

New England Ophthalmological Society

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

International Eye Foundation

North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society

Pan American Association of Ophthalmology

Sociedad Cubana de Oftalmolgia, Miembro Correspondiente

Tufts Eye Alumni Association, founding member

Foreign languages spoken


Selected Publications

Books and Chapters:
Mendosa-Santiesteban, C, Lassara, MD, Hedges TR. Optical Coherence Tomography for Neuro-ophthalmology, in Optical Coherence Tomography of Ocular Diseases, Third Edition, Schuman JS et al. editors, Slack Inc., Thorofare, NJ, 2013.

Ho J, Athappilly G, Tivnan TB, Hedges TR. Application of Optical Coherence Tomography in Neuro-ophthalmic Disorders, in Optic Nerve Disorders, Diagnosis and Management, Second edition, Wong JW, editor, Springer, New York, 2014.

Kline K, Hedges TR. Optical coherence tomography and optic nerve edema. In OCT in Central Nervous System Diseases, The Eye as Window to the Brain. Grzybowski A and Barboni P edts, Springer, Heidelberg, 2016.


Semela L, Yang E, Hedges TR, Vuong L, Odel JG, and Hood DC. Multifocal visual-evoked potential in unilateral compressive optic neuropathy. Br J Ophthalmol 2007;91:445-448. also Online First: 31 October 2006. doi:10.1136/bjo.2006.097980.

Rodriquez JA, Hedges TR, Heilman CB, Strominger MB, Laver NM. Painful sixth cranial nerve palsy caused by a malignant trigeminal nerve sheath tumor. J Neuro-ophthalmol 2007;27:29-31.

Semela L, Hedges TR, Vuong L. Serial multifocal visual evoked potential recordings in compressive optic neuropathy. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging 2007;38:250-253.

Rodriguez-Padilla JA, Hedges TR, Monson B, Srinivasan V, Wojtkowski M, Reichel E, Duker JS, Schuman JS, Fujimoto JG. High-Speed Ultra–High-Resolution Optical Coherence Tomography Findings in Hydroxychloroquine Retinopathy. Arch Ophthalmol. 2007;125:775-780.

Neff LM, Weil M, Cole A, Hedges TR, Shucart W, Lawrence D, Zhu JJ, Tischler AS, Lechan RM.
Temozolomide in the treatment of an invasive prolactinoma resistant to dopamine agonists. Pituitary 2007;10:81-86.

Yoon MK, Chen RW, Hedges TR, Srinivasan VJ, Gorczynska I, Fujimoto JG, Wojtkowski M, Schuman JS, Duker JS. High-spead ultrahigh resolution optical coherence tomography of the retina in Hunter syndrome. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging 2007;38:423-428.

Hedges TR, Vuong, LN, Gonzalez-Garcia AO, Mendoza-Santiesteban CE, Amaro-Quiereza AL. Subretinal fluid from anterior ischemic optic neuropathy demonstrated by optical coherence tomography. Arch Ophthalmol 2008;126:812-815.

Mendoza-Santiesteban C, Hedges TR, Norcliffe-Kaufmann L, Warren F, Reddy S, Axelrod F, Kaufmann H. Clinical Neuro-ophthalmic Findings in Familial Dysautonomia. J Clinical Neuro-ophthalmol 2012; 32(1):23-26.

Personal Interests

Dr. Hedges is a sailing enthusiast, including restoring and racing his Moth on the New Jersey shore, competing in the Shields Regattas in Marion, Edgartown and Newport or day-sailing his 50 year-old wooden sloop in Buzzards Bay.

Contact Information

Dr. Hedges’ Office: 617-636-5488

Fax: 617-636-7029

Patient Appointments: 617-636-5488

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