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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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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

Wilmer Study On Americans' Fear of Blindness is Featured in the New York Times

Drs. Adrienne Scott and Neil Bressler published the study, "Public Attitudes About Eye and Vision Health" late last year. Featured in the New York Times, this is the first study to gauge the importance and awareness of eye health across ethnic and racial groups in the US. Learn more.

Dr. Albert Jun Publishes New Book on Fuchs Dystrophy

"​Current Treatment Options for Fuchs Endothelial Dystrophy," edited by Albert Jun, M.D., Ph.D., and Dr. Claus Cursiefen, provides step-by-step descriptions of minimally invasive lamellar transplant techniques such as DSAEK and DMEK, offers guidance on the management of complications of the disease, and examines emerging medical and cell-based approaches to Fuchs endothelial dystrophy. Learn more.

New Peptide Could Improve Treatment for Vision-Threatening Disease

Johns Hopkins researchers, including Peter Campochiaro, M.D., and Jordan Green, Ph.D., report that a new peptide holds promise for improving treatment for degenerative retinal diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema and diabetic retinopathy. Learn more.

Dr. Jeremy Nathans Wins the Prestigious Beckman-Argyros Award for Vision Research

According to The Beckman Foundations' website, the "Beckman - Argyros Award in Vision Research rewards one individual annually who has made and is continuing to make significant transformative breakthroughs in vision research; particularly through the development of an innovative technology or fundamental scientific breakthrough that has been applied to, aided and/or improved the vision sciences." Read more.

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