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Founded in 1925 as the nation’s first university eye clinic, the internationally-renowned Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, led by Dr. Peter McDonnell, specializes in the diagnosis and management of complex medical and surgical eye disease, and is the largest research and clinical ophthalmic enterprise in the United States. Our institute is the preeminent provider of routine eye care and refractive, optical, cosmetic, and eye trauma services for the Mid-Atlantic region, and is the only designated eye trauma center in Maryland.
News and Events
Wilmer Eye Institute Celebrates 12,500 Same-day Visits
Wilmer Eye Institute celebrated it's 12,500th same day visit on June 6, 2016, the result of formulating and implementing a strategy to increase overall timeliness and accessibility of quality patient care. For the past seven months, Wilmer's call center has met the goal of 1,000 same-day appointments per month, establishing Wilmer's long-standing commitment to patient-centered care.
Wilmer Partners in Program to Provide Free Eye Exams and Eyeglasses to Baltimore City Children
A unique partnership between Johns Hopkins University, the Baltimore City Health Department, the Baltimore City Public School System, and the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Vision To Learn will provide free eyeglasses and vision screenings for pre-kindergarteners to eighth-graders in all Baltimore City public schools. The project, Vision for Baltimore, includes a three-year study of how eyeglasses affect reading skills and academic performance.
Wilmer Dedicates The Knights Templar Eye Foundation Endowed Professorship Program
The Knights Templar Eye Foundation Endowed Professorship in Ophthalmology was established to support the recruitment of a worldwide leader in the study of neuro-ophthalmic diseases, especially the genetic causes for those diseases.
Wilmer Celebrates its Legacy of Leadership in Discovery and Education
Dr. Dominic Lam dedicates an original work of
art to pay homage to his mentors, Drs. Wiesel
and Paton, and to celebrate Wilmer's legacy of innovative research, medical discovery, and mentorship of future leaders in the field of ophthalmology.
Discover Research Innovations that Lead to Groundbreaking Care
Bionic Eye | Adolf's Story
After a life of deafness and nearly a decade of complete blindness due to Usher syndrome and retinitis pigmentosa, Adolf Levi, 83, underwent the first bionic eye implant at Johns Hopkins Medicine to restore his vision. The tiny implant, which is connected to a camera mounted to a pair of glasses, sends digital signals to the retina that translate a sense of “vision” to the brain. The device is the product of many years of research, development and clinical trials, led in part by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. The procedure will restore Levi’s hope in connecting with a world he’s felt isolated from for so many years.