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Dr. Duane Smith is a licensed optometrist who has practiced in Cambridge and Boston since 1995. He received dual bachelors' degrees, with honors, in biology from St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, NY and visual science from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. Dr. Smith earned his doctorate degree from Illinois College of Optometry.
While a student, he developed an interest in research, earning an academic graduate award for original research. Dr. Smith participated in the original application of cyclosporine as a treatment for dry eye, was a co-investigator in the first study using an intra-ocular device for drug delivery and was the chief investigator of the Eye Watch project identifying when immune suppressed patients were at risk for ocular complications.
Dr. Smith completed two research projects within the last year. One investigated a new preservative-free contact lens disinfection system and the other a high-definition 1 Day disposable contact. Both products were granted FDA approval.
Dr. Smith has volunteered on a number of international trips to provide eye care for patients in developing countries who would otherwise have no access to such care. He is leaving June 3013 for a 3 week trip to the Amazon region of Brazil to participate in another medical mission. In addition, he is committed to meeting the needs of the under-served local community. Dr. Smith is also a volunteer ESOL instructor in the Metro area. And he has offered his time the last two years to the Boston International Film Festival.
Dr. Smith specializes in primary eye care, contact lenses, keratoconus, and the pre/post surgical management of patients.
**All pediatric patients must be above the age of 8!**
Verified Patient Reviews
I had never been seen by this doctor before and was surprised he did not introduce himself. He asked me to breathe through my nose when he was examining my eyes, I think because I have a cold and he didn't want me to breathe on him. Of course, when one has a cold it can be difficult to breathe through one's nose. Luckily, I had taken a decongestant before the appointment and so was able to breathe through my nose, but it seemed like a bit of an insensitive request. I totally understand the doctors not wanting sick patients to breathe on them, though. I recommend that you have masks for patients who are sick so they can breathe through their mouth in case they are too congested to breathe through their nose.
Dr. Smith is AWESOME!! I always recommend him to anyone who is looking for a new eye doctor.
The most horrible experience I have EVER had. He was rude, condescending, and arrogant. Started by him telling me how upset he was that I would have to return for a second appt. under Vision Care that he WOULD NOT GET PAID for since I forgot my contact lens box. Rushed through the apt, told me my last Eye doctor had given me wrong script that was 3 times too strong and that is was lucky he was fixing it. I did not see any difference in the scripts and he insinuated it was correct even if I, the patient, whose eyes it was affecting, disagreed. He was dismissive of any questions I had. And this was my 1st visit there!!! Stay far away from him unless you like verbal abuse.
Dr. Smith who is friendly, courtesy and very gentleman. he also is very patient to communicate with me to make me understand of his explanation about my diagnose.
Very thorough eye exam. Could be the best I've had. Really took the time to make sure everything was correct.
Very warm and personable visit. Everything was done in a snap. I highly recommend Dr. Smith!
I have been seeing Dr. Smith for a few years now. His bedside manner is extremely refreshing. He's taken the time to get to know me which makes the appointment very comfortable. I don't ever feel rushed during my appointments and he always takes the time to answer all of my questions. Regular PCPs could learn a lot from him about truly caring for their patients.
Dr. Smith is great! Great attention to detail.
Best eye doctor I've had. It's always a pleasure to go to Pro Optical and see Dr. Smith. I'd recommend him to everyone I know.
I couldn't be happier with Duane Smith as my eye doctor. I highly recommend him to all!
Dr. Duane Smith is the penultimate mix of professionalism and sparkling personality.
Not only do I highly recommend Dr. Smith for an eye doctor, he may very well be my favorite doctor of all. He is professional yet fun and engaging and you can tell that he truly loves his work. He takes the extra few minutes to go the extra step.
I highly recommend Dr. Smith and his office staff. All very friendly, professional and efficient. This was my first appointment, as I'm new to the area. So pleased to have a new eye doctor!
He was the best. Very thorough, very generous with technical details, and very likeable. He struck a good balance between friendly candor and firm instructions. I had the appointment ~11 hours ago and have already recommended him to several friends.
As a 60 year old with Amblyopia I have visited dozens of eye doctors throughout my life. Dr. Smith has taught me more about the health of my eyes than any of them. I would highly recommend him.
Dr. Smith was great. He took the time to really examine my eyes and compare my vision with both contacts and glasses and without any corrective lenses. He was friendly and thorough and the staff was helpful and efficient as well.
Ever professional and meticulous. Always a great experience while knowing that a thorough job was done with the examination.
Excellent!! Absolutely recommend Dr. Smith
This is my 2nd check up over two years. Dr. Smith is highly knowledgeable and explains things well. He's very positive and thorough with his eye exams.
Very thorough, courteous and professional. Feel completely taken care of.
He was very attentive to my needs and he has wonderful personality that make you at ease. It is very easy to talk to him about your medical conditions.
Dr. Smith is a caring and patient professional. He will work with you until you find the right lenses or glasses that fit you and your lifestyle. Every staff member in this office is terrific. I will not go to anyone else for my eye care!
He's great; competent, efficicient and pleasant.
Excellent Dr who took the time to explain everything to me and he had an outstanding bedside manner. I hope to be able to continue to have my future appointments with him and will make it a point to schedule them more often now. Great experience!
Dr. Smith is the absolute best! He is one of the kindest people you will ever meet. He is also extremely patient with my questions and concerns, remembers me at every visit, and is extremely knowledgable. He makes me yearly checkups an absolute delight!
Dr. Smith is one of the best doctors I've ever been to. He's friendly and warm, and I trust him completely to assist me with my unusual eye issues. Couldn't be happier with his service.
Dr Smith is fantastic- not only very professional, he as has an excellent bedside manner and really took the time to help me get fitted for the right contact lenses. Absolutely highly recommend.
Dr. Smith was amazingly kind, friendly and genuinely interested in the good health of my eyes: )
He is an excellent doctor.He explained my eye health thoroughly. Very easy to talk to. I would recommend him to everyone!
Excellent experience. He was engaged, patient, and thoughtful. Will definitely recommend Dr Smith to others. Sincerely, Steve Bellon
I look forward to my appointment w/Dr. Smith because he is always professional and very thorough. He explains everything and listens to any concern I may have. Plus, he's super friendly and nice.
Dr. Smith is great. He explains thing in details and very thorough.
Excellent treatment by doctor and all other employees I came in contact with.
As always, very professional and personable. Everyone was very nice. The location is very convenient for me. I really enjoy our conversations and his chair side manner.
Great modern office. Dr Smith was excellent as always. Attentive, kind and professional. I would recommend him to anyone
My first visit with Dr. Smith was very positive. He is friendly and exhaustive in his examinations.
Dr. Smith is fantastic, very aware of patient history and accommodating to individual needs. I highly recommend him for any new patients looking for an optometrist.
He was very professional and extremely educational - he taught me things about my eyes, my vision, and about contact lenses that I didn't know, and went over my results with me in detail. Despite the fact that I knew he was busy I never felt that he was rushing. I was also very impressed by the cleanliness and efficiency of the office and storefront, and the professionalism of his staff.
Very personable and easy to talk to.
Dr. Smith was very helpful with my many visits to perfect the prescription and start using contacts again after a break of many years - despite the complexity and the need for a prescription other than what the machine suggested due to astigmatism, Dr. Smith was able to diagnose and arrive at perfect glasses + contacts for me
he was great!
Everyone, including Dr. Smith, was amazing!
Highly recommended Dr. Smith. When it comes to helping correct keratoconus, he is excellent.
Que fue exelente el servicio de parte de todas las personas que me atendieron el dia de mi cita. Muchisimas gracias.
great guy who really cares :)
I have been a patient of Dr Smith's for years. He's personable and very easy going. He's gentle during the exams and sincerely wants to get to know you and your eyes. He is passionate about his job and it shows in every aspect of his appointments. He's an A+ doctor!!!
Dr. Smith was nice and the office was comfortable. The problem today was that the waiting time was a little too long.
Dr Smith is thorough, professional, and honest. He's always a pleasure to see and he goes above and beyond for the care of his patients. I recommend him to any of my friends in Boston who are looking for a new optometrist to go to.
Dr. Smith is excellent! He is comprehensive and caring. I highly recommend him!
Dr. Smith is both a WONDERFUL doctor and human being. I have been seeing him for more than 5 years and he has helped improve me overall ocular wellness. His bedside manner is kind, patient and informative. I truly appreciate that he is willing to spend time with me and doesn't rush me out the door. I would highly recommend him. I have also had an excellent experience with Pro-Optical.
Dr. Smith always treats my family like we are his own. He is extremely professional and thorough with our exams. We have really enjoyed our years with Dr. Smith and his team.
A visit with Doctor Smith is always a pleasure.
Everyone was very professional in the office. They made me feel like a VIP. I am very pleased with their services. Thank you for the excellent customer service.
Dr. Smith is a warm, compassionate, genuine human being. I'm thankful for the day I met him. His interest in the whole person is so comforting. I continually tell people about him and refer them to him. Thank you.
It was great! I was seen right away and Dr. Smith was excellent. Really took the time to make sure I was comfortable during my visit and really took an interest in my vision!
He is fantastic! Would definitely recommend!
LOVE Pro-Optics! ALL staff are very professional and courteous. Appointments are taken ON TIME, which in this day and age is unheard of! I've never waited more than a few minutes past my scheduled appointment. Highly recommended!
It was a great experience. The staff was very welcoming and Dr Smith was a gem! Took his time to explain in details my visit and answered thorough all of my questions. By far the best eye visit I've ever had! ????????
Dr Duane Smith is thorough and professional. Dr. Smith is also on the cutting edge of technology and new products. Clearly he never stops learning.
I'm thrilled to have Dr. Duane Smith! Best eye doctor ever!
Love it, he is friendly and kindly. I fill great with him. Thanks for Dr.Smith.
Dr. Smith was very much in tune with making sure that both my glasses/contact prescription met my needs and my overall eye health was good.
Thorough and good diagnosis.
Duane Smith took the time to explain things to me and answer my questions. I had a very pleasant experience at the clinic!
Dr. Smith is thorough as well as personable. He explains everything and keeps you at ease. I highly recommend him as your eye doctor.
Dr. Smith is personally interested in his patients and never makes you feel rushed. He clearly explains treatment and the importance of eye care. The equipment used is state of the art and all the staff are friendly and courteous. Excellent, professional care in all aspects.
Dr. Smith was wonderful and very attentive.
I don't trust anyone else with my eye care!
Dr Smith was very professional, thorough, and had a WONDERFUL bedside manner!
Dr. Smith was very professional, thorough, and friendly. I felt very confident in his level of medical and technical knowledge, particularly compared to eye doctors I'd seen in the past.
Dr. Duane is awesome. He's thoughtful, professional and takes a genuine interest in your health from a whole body perspective.
I wish everyone had a Dr. Smith. Both his clinical abilities and his bedside manner are superb. He also clearly has a great rapport with his clinical staff and has an esteemed reputation with colleagues at other institutions.
Amiable and very knowledgable. Recommended a new brand of eye drops for my contacts that stopped drying them out! Whole staff is very nice.
He is incredible. I greatly appreciate how dedicated he is to patient care, his kindess, and his clinical abilities.
He was awesome. I felt very comfortable the whole time, all my questions were answered, and overall it was a very pleasant experience. I highly recommend him to anyone.
I really appreciated his time and the information that he shared, recommendations for the care of my eyes etc. Worked with Angela to pick out frames, amazingly nice. Very appreciative of the care w/ alcohol wipes and cleanliness of the office.
Very mindful and meticulous in finding the right solution for the patient. HIGHLY recommend!
Dr Smith is my ideal of a doctor - considerate, cheerful, thorough, interesting and interested, takes time to explain questions and issues, and respectful of the patient's time. Excellent experience, thank you. Pat B
Kind & patient answering all my questions all while providing a thorough exam on my eyes.
I don't love going to any doctor but I do love the atmosphere at Pro Optical and I love chatting with Dr. Smith! Everyone in the office is very friendly and professional.
Usually a great experience at ProOptical, and this visit was no exception. Great appointment with Dr Smith, would highly recommend.
Dr. Smith talked me through my lifestyle in terms of my eyes and suggested improvements/continued practices. Was more than a simple eye exam, as he took the time to do a thorough exam and offer suggestions to maintain eye health.
He is the best. Period.
He's the best!
He is very kind, professional, and informative. Great doctor.
I was able to book a next day appointment, which was great, since I was running low on my contacts. Everyone at the office was nice and helpful. He was very professional, friendly, and accommodating. Overall, my experience was a positive one.
Dr. Smith is one of the kindest people that I've met. He is passionate about his work and is able to answer any questions thoroughly and in a way that is easily understood but not over-simplified. The administrative staff were also very courteous and helpful.
Dr. Smith was great, very competent and friendly, he takes his time explaining everything and answered all questions I had. Highly recommended!
He's amazing! Super detailed and knowledgeable.
Dr. Smith and staff were very good and very professional. Knowledgeable in the area of optometry. I would recommend them. Nice friendly personalities and informed you at every step on the visit what was being done and why.
It's always a pleasure to see Dr. Smith.
Very professional, personable, I have my husband now seeing him. The clinican who did my initial intake, testing / pictures deserves a nod as well. Thank You.
He the ultimate Profesional caregiver.
Always enthusiastic and helpful - great doc!
Dr. Smith was excellent all around - he shared more information with me than any prior doctor I have visited, proving himself to be incredibly knowledgeable. Beyond his high degree of competence he is also very caring, funny, and approachable - by far the best eye doctor I have ever seen. I would recommend him to anyone looking for an eye doctor in the Boston area!
Dr. Smith was so great! He made me feel really welcome (new patient) and it was one of the best optometrist appointments I've had!
I've been going to Dr. Smith for many years. I appreciate his bedside manner and his professionalism. I've also recommended him to my coworkers who are fellow healthcare professionals. Everyone that I know who sees him always says that he's the best. I have to agree.
One of the best there is. You are always comfortable, and never feel rushed. That is a rarity nowadays!! There is no long wait to be seen, and he is always honest and professional. A great doctor!!
Dr. Smith was great! Very thorough and took the time to ask questions and get to know you.
Refreshingly professional and highly skilled. Quite impressive.
Very professional and a great manner with my 9 year old son.
Great doctor! I started going to his office last year, and I specifically made my appointment with him again this year. He is pleasant, friendly, polite, respectful and knowledgeable. I very much recommend him.
Dr. Smith always make me feel so at ease. I find him thorough and his manner is so very gentle. It's worth every appointment to see him!
Great Doc! Very nice office. Everyone was very helpful and friendly. Seem to be up to date on all the latest advancements. Overall a very good office. I would highly recommend them!
Great visit. knowledgable and friendly. Always willing to explain things.
Dr. Smith was pleasantly nice until I expressed that I would be purchasing my glasses elsewhere. After waiting a few minutes for my pupils to be dilated he brought me in the exam room and basically kicked me out. He said he can transfer my care to the other facility. I felt really bad. Too be honest I would continue with my care at pro optical but not with Dr. Smith.
Dr. Smith was very personable, down-to-earth. I highly recommend him.
Great visit as usual and that's why I have been his patient for over 12 years! Dr. Smith is super knowledgeable, professional and kind.
He is a great doctor.
He was friendly, noticed things that other eye doctors have never commented on ie my chronic eye redness. He seemed to be genuinely concerned and want a solution. He definitely loves his job and it shows, he is a great doctor.
Very good. Enjoy speaking with him. Very professional. Very knowledgable.
Dr. Duane Smith was very attentive and caring. I have multiple of eye problems such as nystagmus, ocular albinism and underdeveloped macula. He seemed very knowledgeable about these issues. I will continue to see Dr. Smith as my primary ophthalmologist.
Have been a patient if dr. Smith for years and HIGHLY recommend him. He is smart and personable. After all these years I consider him a friend. The staff at pro optical are also great!
My wife has been a patient of Dr. Smith for years and has been very happy. This was my first visit with him, and he was great. Very thorough and professional.
Awesome!! Very thorough and informative.
excellent customer service, i felt in good hands
Fantastic bedside manner and very knowledgable.
I have been going to Dr. Smith for about 15 years now and he is simply the best. He is warm and friendly, but most importantly cares about the overall health of his patients and delivers excellent care and follow up.
What a nice guy! I really felt like he had my best interests at heart. Plus, he took time to get to know me and listen to my concerns. I would highly recommend this doctor.
Very knowledgeable man; was able to answer every question I had. Also very personable. Will definitely make an appointment with him in the future.
Always a pleasure.
This is my third exam with Dr. Smith, and he is far more attentive and meticulous than any other eye professional I've seen. I'm very fussy about the quality of my vision correction, and he really took the time to get it just right. As I'm not getting any younger, his attention to examining my eyes and detailed nutritional recommendations were appreciated and valuable.
Awesome eye doctor. I always look forward to it
Love Dr. Smith.
Dr. Smith is by far the best Optometrist I have ever had. I have been wearing glasses for 30 years and have seen many doctors and he is by far the best!!
Dr. Smith is great! I highly recommend him.
Duane Smith is the best OD I've seen. He is friendly and personable and he goes out of his way to address any concerns and explain all procedures. I highly recommend him.
Dr. Duane is awesome. I used to see him in a previous location, and I would continue seeing him if he were to move elsewhere.
He's extremely knowledgeable and very nice.
As always, professional, thoughtful and thorough. I have nothing but great things to say about Dr. Smith. I've been seeing him for twelve years - that should speak for itself!
Extremely competent. Great doctor.
i think that he is very thorough and considerate and he is willing to work with you to find the best solutions to your eye care needs.
I've been seeing Dr. Smith for almost 20 years. He's the best there is. There was a fluke in the online scheduling system, but he still managed to squeeze me in for an appointment. I recommend him to all my friends who are looking for an eye doctor.
Pleasantly surprised. I was comfortable and felt I could trust not only Dr. Smith, but the office employees as well. Everyone was friendly and helpful.
Easy Going quick appointment, and very knowledgeable.
I enjoyed our time together and will recommend Dr. Smith to others.
He was very professional, knowledgeable. This was my first visit with him and I was very happy.
Dr. Smith was incredibly friendly and thorough. He took time to explain things in detailed yet simple terms. Best eye exam I've had in years.
He was rather odd, making unclear comments and then being surprised when I didn't understand. It also felt like he was trying to upsell me.
He is the best!
I've seen Dr. Smith for a number of years. He is professional and friendly and genuinely cares about my eyes. We tried a couple of different contacts to be sure that we picked the best ones for my eyes. He was also able to fit me in ASAP when I had an allergic reaction in my eyes. Highly recommend Dr. Smith!
He is very thorough and holistic in his approach to figuring out what might be causing whatever issues or troubles you've been having.
Dr. Smith was clear and informative regarding my eye issues.
Dr. Smith was very professional, but also made it seem like he's known you forever, even if it is your first time. Very knowledgeable and will take the time to explain what exactly is going on while not in layman's terms. Wait time was totally average, and not even that bad, 5-10 minute wait tops!
Highly recommend - even though there was a wait time he made up for it in being an OD that I trust and would go back to.
Great doctor with great advice to help my vision stay where it should.
I really enjoyed my visit. Dr. Smith was very professional & made me feel at ease & even told me about some events around Boston to check out!
I have followed him from his personal practice. I love him!
He's friendly, professional, and VERY knowledgeable ... but he also has social skills! He's a great doctor.
Dr. Smith was professional, explained everything and made great recommendations for follow up and home care.
Excellent! Highly recommend, extremely professional and proficient.
Fantastic as usual.
very knowledgeable, top-notch, no nonsense, he actually teaches people how to take care of their eyes. i had an ulcer in my cornea and he took care of it right away in the most effective and professional manner. then i went to get new contact lenses and he is the first doctor i know who proactively gave me my prescriptions without me having to ask him for it.
Dr. Smith is a bright, caring and concerned provider. He did procedures which have been painful with other folks and were pain free with Dr. Smith.
He's very nice. The appt was easy yet thorough.
Dr. Smith was great - super friendly and explained everything he was doing.
Great guy! Helpful feedback and suggestions. Feel like I am in good hands.
Dr. Smith was absolutely great, a very nice guy and an excellent doctor.
He was very friendly and smart. Also he was a good listener to my concerns and he worked quickly and efficiently.
Very easy to talk to and very friendly and knowledgeable
Very personable and professional, the staff keeps the appointment times accurate and I was out the door with new glasses ordered, and a new contact prescription in about 40 mins, of which I spent 10 picking out frames.
Dr. Smith is always a pleasure to see, and very thorough and patient in his exams. He gets, and accepts, my "follow the instructions to the letter" and "don't give an answer until I'm sure" quirks. My prescription is always spot on, due to this.
Dr. Smith was very professional and thorough. I was in and out quickly, very efficient!
Appreciate the professionalism and especially the explanations of the procedures and the findings of the examination
It was absolutely perfect!
The appointment went quickly but at the same time I did not feel rushed. Perfect balance.
Dr. Smith was very friendly and professional. he took the time to educate me about my prescription and answer all of my questions. I would definitely recommend him to my friends and family.
Have been a patient of Dr. Smith for years...still love and respect him!
He is very nice and professional.
Absolutely wonderful-professional and very knowledgable
I have been seeing him for 10 years or so and he is the BEST. He is thorough, meticulous and very competent.
Dr. Smith was so friendly and made me incredibly comfortable. I was nervous going in as I had not had my eyes examined in years, but the staff made me feel at home and were so helpful it put my mind instantly at ease.
Amazing experience. Dr Smith took his time and was very thorough.
This was one of the best's experiences I have had with a doctor ever. Dr. Smith is extremely nice and friendly, and will gladly answer any questions you may have. He doesn't make you feel like just another patient but personalizes your visit.
I've been going to Dr. Smith for years and would highly recommend him.