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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.

Meet Our Experts

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.

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.

News and Events

Dr. Jennifer Elisseeff Appointed to Board by Governor Larry Hogan

Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Jennifer Elisseeff, Ph.D., to TEDCO’s board of directors. Read more.

Dr. William May Discusses the Continued Threat of Zika Virus

So far this year, there have been six confirmed cases of Zika virus in Maryland. William May, M.D., spoke to Fox 45 and the Baltimore Sun on the continued threat that Zika virus still poses. Read more.

Dr. Sheila West Receives AAO International Blindness Prevention Award

Sheila West, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2017 International Blindness Prevention Award, which was established "to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the prevention of blindness and/or restoration of sight." Read more.

Vision for Baltimore Celebrates 1,000 Free Pairs of Glasses for City Students

The citywide program, which launched in May of last year and receives financial and research support from Johns Hopkins, has now distributed more than 1,000 pairs of free eyeglasses to Baltimore students. Learn More.

In-Home Occupational Therapy Curbs Depression in Visually Impaired Patients

Depression is common in patients with central vision loss. Ashley Deemer, M.D., discusses the study suggesting low vision rehabilitation and occupational therapy could decrease its severity. Read more.

Can Sickle Cell Retinopathy Be Prevented?

With support from a generous gift, Adrienne Scott, M.D., explores how emerging technology can detect sickle cell-related eye problems earlier. Learn more.

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