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The Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins

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.

In addition to our main location at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Wilmer has nine satellite locations across central Maryland, including two ambulatory surgery centers.

As part of our patient-centered mission, to increase patient access to quality care, Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins is now offering same-day appointments.

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.
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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.
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KTEF dedication

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.

celebration of science and art

Wilmer Celebrates its Legacy of Leadership in Discovery and Education

Dr. Dominic Lam dedicates an original work of
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.

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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.

Sanford Greenberg Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Gehlbach Project Selected by Johns Hopkins-Coulter Translational Project Partnership- 06/23/16

Dr. Neil Bressler Speaks at Senate Briefing on Special Diabetes Program- 06/09/16

Dr. Neil Bressler Discusses Blue Light Effects on the Eyes in the Washington Post- 06/02/16

Dr. Arevalo Honored by National Institute of Ophthalmology in Peru- 5/31/16

Dr. Jennifer Thorne Appointed President-elect of American Uveitis Society- 5/17/16

Dr. Ingrid Zimmer-Galler Elected to the ATA College of Fellows- 5/13/16

Dr. Arevalo Launches New Book at ARVO 2016- 5/09/16

Dr. Elia J. Duh is elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation- 4/28/16

Dr. Maria Valeria Canto Soler Wins BrightFocus Award for Macular Degeneration Research- 4/27/16

Three Wilmer Faculty Voted Most Influential in Field of Ophthalmology- 4/22/2016

Dr. Pradeep Ramulu Wins Pisart Award for Significant Achievement in Vision Science Research- 4/21/16

Dr. Eghrari Receives Alcon Early Career Research Award- 4/13/16

Dr. Quigley Honored by American Glaucoma Society- 4/11/16

Dr. Ian Pitha Awarded Grants for Glaucoma Research- 4/11/16