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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.

Wilmer Eye Institute researcher

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.

The Wilmer Difference

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Same-day Appointment Success

Since last June, the Wilmer Eye Institute has been offering same-day appointments to every patient and referring physician with much success.

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Caring and Compassionate Staff

Meet Bryan Rexroad, one of many outstanding Wilmer call center agents who field more than 35,000 calls per day.

News and Events

Dr. Jeffrey Mumm Takes a Closer Look at How Zebrafish Regenerate Eye Tissue

Jeffrey Mumm, Ph.D., leads research that studies how zebrafish regenerate retinal tissue, with the goal of developing therapies to treat degenerative retinal diseases. Learn more.

Dr. Jennifer Elisseef Takes Regenerative Medicine in a Whole New Direction

HopkinsMedicine Magazine profiles the journey of Jennifer Elisseef, Ph.D., from biomedical engineering to ophthalomology to immunology, and how her work is transforming regenerative medicine. Read more.

Dr. Neil Bressler Receives the Prestigious Arnall Patz Medal from the Macula Society

The Macula Society awarded Neil Bressler, M.D., with the Arnall Patz Medal for his "outstanding contributions to retinal vascular diseases." Learn more.

Dr. Fernando Arevalo Receives AAO's Life Achievement Honor Award 

Fernando Arevalo, M.D., has earned the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Life Achievement Honor Award for his "longstanding commitment to advancing the profession and positively impacting patients' eye health." Learn more.

New Gene Therapy for Vision Loss Proven Safe in Humans

Johns Hopkins researchers, including Peter Campochiaro, M.D., discover that adding a virus to your eyes may help stop vision loss. Read the press advisory.

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Meet Our Experts

How to Eliminate Eye Drops | Dr. Peter McDonnell

Many patients worry about not being able to get their eye drops into their eyes. They may miss their eyes with squeeze bottles, or in some cases scratch their eyes. Dr. McDonnell and his team develop alternative methods of delivering medicine to patients’ eyes without eye drops.

Leaders in Research | Dr. Jeremy Nathans

Dr. Jeremy Nathans is the 2016 the Beckman-Argyros Award Winner. Dr. Nathans is recognized for his leadership and ground-breaking discoveries that have advanced our understanding of the structure and function of the human retina and the mechanisms of inherited retinal disease.

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