The American Academy of Ophthalmology has recommended all ophthalmologists cease providing care for non-emergent patients.  Therefore, our office is closed for at least the next two weeks beginning Friday, March 20, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you have a medical eye emergency please call our office and follow the directions to reach our answering service.  If you have a non urgent issue you may leave a message on our voicemail and you will receive a return call the next business day.

Our office takes this situation seriously and we want to protect our patients, staff and doctors.  Please continue to check our website for updates.  Be safe and be well.

Leon Remis MD


Meet Otter: A Therapy Dog



Dr. Remis has undertaken a new mission by raising a puppy to become an assistance dog! By taking on this challenge someone with a disability will hopefully be able to live a more independent life. Partnering with Canine Companies for Independence, Dr. Remis and his family will provide a safe home for Otter–a 10 week old lab– to garner the necessary skills for the job. Along with the safe home and abundance of love for the little guy, there will also be obedience classes, socialization opportunities, and a healthy diet structure set in place. Otter will live with the Remis family until he is around a year and half. These first 18 months of his life are crucial for his development with the goal of becoming a service dog. After the year and a half of fostering, Otter will venture to a Canine Companies training center to receive nine months of of professional instruction. The office is excited to welcome Otter to the team, and if you have an appointment on the right day you may even get to meet this lovable puppy. For more information about Canine Companies for Independence see the link attached!


This past January, Dr. Remis traveled on his 12th mission to Santa Ana, El Salvador to treat indigent patients at the Vicky Guzman Clinic.

Throughout the year, patients are referred to the Guzman Clinic to see the visiting ophthalmologists.  50 volunteers, which included 6 eye surgeons, provided eye care to thousands of patients.  There were 150 surgical cases, most of them cataract extractions.  Some patients were totally blind before there surgery!  Dr. Remis performed surgery and restored vision to 13 patients while treating many others with various eye conditions. 

Dr. Remis is thankful for his patient’s continued support in his global philanthropic efforts.  He is looking forward to continuing to work with the Guzman Clinic.  If you would like to make a donation please visit the ASAPROSAR.COM website for information.


Please help us welcome our newest doctor, John Bona.  Dr. Leon Remis is pleased to announce that Dr. John M. Bona has recently joined the practice.  Dr. Bona has more than 25 years’ experience with examination, diagnosis and treatment of visual disorders.  He also has vast knowledge and experience in prescribing glasses and contact lenses for clients.


Dr. Bona received his Doctor of Optometry in 1991 from the New England College of Optometry.  Prior to joining Remis’ practice, Dr. Bona was the owner of Custom EyeCare in Vinnin square for 20 years. “I am honored to join Dr. Remis and his staff,” said Bona, “new and former patients are welcome.”



Dr. Remis attends the American Academy of Ophthalmology Conference in November 2015

Dr. Remis attended the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) conference in Las Vega, Nevada, November 13-17 2015.  The AAO is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  Dr. Remis attended courses in Glaucoma Subspecialty, Complex Cataract Surgery, and OCT for Retina among other courses.

Dr. Remis Receives 2015 Surgical Award for Excellence

Dr. Remis received the 2015 Surgical Services Excellence Award

Swampscott resident and Marblehead Ophthalmologist Dr. Leon Remis has been named a recipient of the Surgical Services Excellence Award from the North Shore Medical Center.

Dr. Remis has been practicing in Marblehead for the past 30 years and actively cares for hundreds of patients from all over the North Shore.

“I am honored and humbled to be recognized by such an outstanding organizations as the North Shore Medical Center and its Department of Surgery,” said Dr. Remis.

The Surgical Services Excellence awards is an annual event at which NSMC recognizes the best of the best – as voted by peers in the healthcare industry.  Among the criteria for award honorees include compassion, empathy and kindness; putting patients needs first; bring respectful of patients, families, trainees and other caregivers; taking full responsibility for patients; using evidence-based care and working collaboratively and communicating well with others.