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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 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.

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Patient Experience | Wilmer 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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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.

Experience Our Expert Care for Eye Diseases

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

Wilmer Scientists Awarded Grants for Age-Related Macular Degeneration Research

BrightFocus Foundation has awarded grants to three Wilmer researchers who are investigating age-related macular degeneration, and represent some of the world's most promising science. Read more

New Survey Shows that Blindness is the Biggest Fear for Many Americans

In a nationwide poll, respondents across all ethnic and racial groups described loss of eyesight as the worst ailment that could happen to them relative to losing memory, speech, hearing, or a limb. Lead researcher, Adrienne Scott, M.D., published the findings in "Public Attitudes About Eye Health," in JAMA Ophthalmology. Read more.

Dr. Gehlbach Project Selected by Johns Hopkins-Coulter Translational Project Partnership

A project co-led by Peter Gehlbach, M.D., entitled the “Optical Coherence Tomography Image and Sensor Guided Microsurgical Tools with Enhanced Surgical Functions​,” was selected for full funding by the Johns Hopkins-Coulter Translational Partnership Oversight Committee. Read more

Dr. Neil Bressler Speaks at Senate Briefing on Special Diabetes Program

Dr. Neil Bressler spoke at the Senate Diabetes Caucus Briefing on "The Special Diabetes Program: Research Advances that are Improving Lives," on Wed., June 8, 2016.Read more

Dr. Arevalo Honored by National Institute of Ophthalmology in Peru

J. Fernando Arevalo, M.D. was honored and named international research consultant of the National Institute of Ophthalmology (INO) “Dr. Francisco Contreras Campos.” Read more

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Dr. Neil Bressler speaking with T. Boone Pickens

Dr. Neil Bressler discusses the importance of vision care and advances in treatment with T. Boone Pickens

Business magnate and Wilmer patient T. Boone Pickens sits down with Dr. Neil Bressler to discuss how advanced research is transforming treatments of eye diseases such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

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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.

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