Dr. Joseph Rizzo III, MD

Dr. Joseph Rizzo III, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 64
Dr. Joseph Rizzo III, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Boston, MA and has been practicing for 40 years. He graduated from La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans in 1978 and specializes in ophthalmology and neurology.

243 Charles St

Boston, MA 02114

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Rizzo III performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Paralytic Strabismus
very high
more than 99% of peers
Optic Neuritis
very high
more than 99% of peers
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Rizzo III "Dr. Joseph Rizzo is a fellowship-trained neuro-ophthalmologist at Mass. Eye and Ear. He treats patients for complex vision disorders."

2  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology
  • Neurology

2  Board Certifications

  • Neurology
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*
  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

114  Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Anisocoria
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Astigmatism
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blepharitis
  • Blindness
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Chorioretinitis
  • Choroidal Neovascular Membranes (CNVM)
  • Color Blindness
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
  • Dementia
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Duane Retraction Syndrome
  • Esophoria
  • Esotropia
  • Exophoria
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Spasm
  • Farsightedness
  • Focal Chorioretinitis and Focal Retinochoroiditis
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Graves' Disease
  • Headache
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Heterophoria
  • Hypertropia
  • Hypotropia
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Lazy Eye
  • Lyme Disease
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Malignant Neoplasm of Eye
  • Mechanical Strabismus
  • Meningiomas
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nearsightedness
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Nystagmus
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Hemangioma
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Ischemia
  • Retinal Telangiectasia
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Retinoschisis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Strabismus
  • Stroke
  • Syphilis Infections
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Thrombosis
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertigo
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration


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2  Procedures

  • Extraocular Muscle Surgery
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Massachusetts.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans
    Medical School | Graduated 1978
  • La County/usc Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Boston University Med Center Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Tufts New England Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Rizzo III has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Rizzo III's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Rizzo III to family and friends
21 total reviews (4 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (21)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Rizzo III's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (4)

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Rizzo for 18 years and he is a phenomenal doctor. He is very attentive, thorough, intelligent, caring, and compassionate. Usually, I see him for a routine visit but when I had a problem he ran all of the necessary tests very promptly and spent a long time with...more
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Hello, thank you for sharing your positive experience!

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Dr. Rizzo is technically competent but leaves a lot to be desired in terms of respect and communication with patients. He and his staff have more times than not been dismissive and condescending. I have also left without serious concerns of mine being addressed. I shared my concerns with the...more
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Thank you for the feedback. We strive to provide excellent service to our patients and we apologize if that was not your experience at Mass. Eye and Ear. We would like to continue this conversation offline to make sure your concerns are fully addressed. Would you please contact Julia Wong in Neuro Ophthalmology at 617-573-3003 or Julia_Wong@meei.harvard.edu.

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Dr. Rizzo has diagnosed and explained my rather rare optic nerve problem very clearly. His diagnosis and plan of action for me is most expert and appropriate.
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Dr. Rizzo was less than attentive to my needs. There was no reviewing of my full medical history, and he was quite belittling when talking to me about treatments. The HIPPAA violations that happened in the waiting room were astounding, and I had to do my field test with someone else in the room,...more
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