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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

Wilmer-Columbia Holds Grand Opening of New Location

The grand opening for the new Wilmer-Columbia location was held on Mon., May 1. The new, nearly 10,000-square-foot office has more than 20 exam rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Read more.

Johns Hopkins Team Takes Second in Competition with Corneal Surgery Enhancement

A team of eight Johns Hopkins University undergraduate students took second place in the international Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition for their novel design to help transport and implant tissue during corneal surgery. Allen Eghrari, M.D. served as the team's clinical sponsor. Read more.

Wilmer Eye Institute Brings Eye Care to Underserved Baltimore Senior

The Wilmer Eye Institute’s Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology, led by David Friedman, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., performs vision screenings for senior citizens throughout Baltimore. Learn more.

Dr. Oliver Schein's Research Has Potential to Save Millions in Health Care Costs 

In the Wall Street Journal, Peter Provonost, M.D., writes that "Oliver Schein has found a simple way to save a half a billion dollars a year from our country’s health-care bill, with no negative effect on patient health."  Read more.

Dr. Judith Goldstein Receives the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award

Judith Goldstein, O.D., was awarded the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award by the Lions Multiple District 22-C. Past recipients of this award include: Hellen Keller, Henry Kissinger, Nancy Reagan, Joe Theismann and Arnall Patz.

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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.

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