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The Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute

Founded in 1925 as the nation’s first university eye clinic, the internationally-renowned Wilmer Eye Institute, 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.

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Meet Our Experts
Meet the experts who deliver superior ophthalmic care through a combination of compassion and cutting-edge research.

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Explore our innovative research and revolutionary discoveries that are transforming the field of ophthalmology. 

Wilmer Eye Institute residents with Dr. McDonnell

Learn about our premier training programs where future leaders in ophthalmology and the visual sciences are formed.

Our Expert Care

Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Tumors | Q&A

Mary Beth Aronow, M.D., retina specialist and ophthalmic oncologist at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, explains how eye tumors are diagnosed and treated.

Pediatric Cataracts | Q&As

Courtney Kraus, M.D., pediatric ophthalmologist and adult strabismus specialist at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, discusses the challenges of treating cataracts in children.

News and Events

Dr. Arevalo Appointed Honorary Member of the Spanish Macula Club

Fernando Arevalo, M.D. was appointed an Honorary Member of the Spanish Macula Club at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting held this month in Chicago. Read more.

Dr. Justin Hanes Profiled for Envisioning Innovative Ways to Treat Macular Degeneration

Justin Hanes, Ph.D.,  researches "nano" drug delivery methods and credits transformative gifts that allow he and his team to engage in groundbreaking research. Read more.

New Study to Use Celecoxib (Celebrex®) as Treatment for Thyroid Eye Disease

Timothy McCulley, M.D., will lead a study that uses celecoxib, a nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drug, as an alternative early treatment for thyroid eye disease. The study is funded by the Oliver and Harriet Sockwell Foundation, which focuses on health and education issues. Learn More.

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Patient Experience | Wilmer Celebrates 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 several 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.

Research Innovation | 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 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.

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