Our Providers

Robert L. Farris, MD
  • Professor of Ophthalmology at CUMC
Robert L. Farris, <span>MD</span>

Dr. Linsy Farris is an expert in dry eye management, a result of his National Eye Institute and Research to Prevent Blindness sponsored research in the corneal effects of contact lens wear and tears.

In addition to his position as Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Columbia, Dr. Farris is Director of Ophthalmology at Harlem Hospital and a past President of the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists. He presently serves on the board of the Educational Research Fund of CLAO.

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Areas of Expertise

  • General Ophthalmology
  • Corneal/External Diseases
  • Comprehensive Ophthalmology
  • Dry Eye Syndrome
  • Cataract
  • Contact Lenses

    Education & Training

  • Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
  • Residency: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY
  • Fellowship: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY


  • Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute

    635 West 165th Street
    New York, NY 10032
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-9535
    (212) 342-5293

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-9535

Honors & Awards

1994 R. Hugh Minor Distinguished Service Award, Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists

1992 II Whitney Sampson Lecture, American Academy of Ophthalmology

1992 Senior Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

1986 XVIII Conrad Behrens Memorial Lecture, Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists

1984 Herbert G. Cave, MD Staff Service Award for Superior Quality Patient Care, Harlem Hospital

1978 First Prize for Scientific Exhibit, American Academy of Ophthalmology

1978 Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology


Original peer reviewed articles:

Lucca JA, Farris RL, Bielory L, Caputo, AR. Keratoconjunctivitis sicca in male patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus type 1. Ophthalmology 1990;1008-1010.

Lucca JA, Nunez JN, Farris RL. A comparison of diagnostic tests for keratoconjunctivitis sicca: lactoplate, Schirmer, and tear osmolarity CLAO J 1990;16:109-112.

Donshik P, Weinstock FJ, Wechsler S, Asbell P, Atwood J, David H, Farkas B, Farris RL, Gruber E, Hartstein J, Kane R, Lane I, Lembach R, Lichblein J, Sigband D, Solomon J, Yamane S. Disposable hydrogel contact lenses for extended wear. CLAO J 1988; 14:191-194.

Nelson JD, Farris RL. Sodium hyaluronate and polyvinyl alcohol artificial tear preparations. A comparison in patients with keratoconjunctivitis sicca. Arch Ophthalmol 1988;106:484-487.

Farris RL. Tear osmolarity variation in keratoconjunctivitis sicca. Trans Am Ophthalmol Soc 1986;84:250-268.

Farris RL: The dry eye: its mechanisms and therapy, with evidence that contact lens is a cause. CLAO J 1986:12:234-246.

Farris RL. Tear analysis in contact lens wearers. CLAO J 1986; 12:106-111.

Farris RL. Tear analysis in contact lens wearers. Trans Am Ophthalmol Soc 1985; 83:501-545.

Stuchell RN, Feldman JJ, Farris RL, Mandel ID. The effect of collection technique on tear composition. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 1984; 25:374-377.

Gilbard JP, Farris RL. Ocular surface drying and tear film osmolarity in thyroid eye disease. Acta Ophthalmol 1983;108-116.

Stuchell RN, Farris RL, Mandel ID. Basal and reflex human tear analysis II Chemical analysis: Lactoferrin and lysozyme. Ophthalmology 1981; 88:858-861.

Farris RL, Stuchell RN, Mandel ID. Basal and reflex human tear analysis I Physical measurements: Tear osmolarity, basal tear volume, and reflex flow rate. Ophthalmology 1981; 88:852-857.

Farris RL, Manski W. Studies on competitive inflammatory sites. I. Influence of the size of sensitizing skin implants on second-set corneal graft reactions. II. Depression of second-set corneal allograft reactions by allogeneic and xenogeneic skin implantation. Int Arch Allergy Appl Immun; 1979: 207-214.

Farris RL. Complications associated with aphakic contact lenses. Ophthalmology 1979; 86:1120-1123.

Gilbard JP, Farris RL. Tear osmolarity and ocular surface disease in keratoconjunctivitis sicca. Arch Ophthalmol 1979; 97:1642-1646.

Gilbard JP, Farris RL, Santamaria J. Osmolarity of tear microvolumes in keratoconjunctivitis sicca. Arch Ophthalmol 1978; 96:667-76.

Farris RL, Braxton OA. Developing a sight conservation program. The Sight Saving Review 1975;45:117-128.

Iwamoto T, Stuart JC, Srinivasan BD, Mund MI, Farris RL, Donn A, DeVoe AG. Ultrastructural variation in granular dystrophy of the cornea. Albrecht V Graefes Arch Clin exp Ophthalmol 1975; 194:1-9.

Farris RL, Iwamoto T, DeVoe AG. Cautery of Bowman's membrane. Arch Ophthalmol 1977; 77:548-554.

Farris RL. Common eye disorders in the aged. Geriatrics 1973; 28:52-53.

Iwamoto T, DeVoe AG, Farris RL. Electron microscopy in cases of marginal degeneration of the cornea. Invest Ophthalmol 1972; 11:241-257.

Farris RL, Donn A. Corneal respiration with soft contact lenses. J Am Optom Assoc 1972; 43:292-294.

Farris RL, Kubota Z, Mishima S. Epithelial decompensation with corneal contact lens wear. Arch Ophhthalmol 85:651-660.

Farris RL, Takahashi GH, Donn A. Oxygen flux across the in vivo rabbit cornea. Arch Ophthalmol 1965; 74:679-682.

Case Reports:

Schubert HD, Farris RL, Green R: Spindle cell carcinoma of the conjunctiva. Graefe's Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol 1995; 233:52-55.


Farris RL: Extended wear contact lenses: boon or bane? CLAO J 1994; 20:73-78.

Farris RL: Is your office safe? No. Cornea 1990; 9(suppl I):S44-S46.

Farris RL, Donshik PC, Nelson JD, Tripathi BJ, Rashid R: Protecting corneal epithelia cell growth in the treatment of dry eye. Alcon Roundtable Monograph, Pragmaton, Chicago, IL 1989.

Farris RL. How to plan and write a scientific paper. II Writing CLAO J 1989; 15:88-90.

Farris RL: How to plan and write a scientific paper. I Preparation. CLAO J 1988; 14:223-226.