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Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins is the largest department of ophthalmology in the United States, and is an internationally-recognized research enterprise. Our researchers are thought leaders in the realm of discovery, dedicated to alleviating human suffering from eye disease by transforming ophthalmic care through the application of their innovative research. Wilmer receives more funding from the National Eye Institute than any other university system, and is a leading recipient of research funding in the nation. Our collaboration with multidiscplinary, world-renowned experts in fields such as gene therapy, nanotechnology, and stem cell research, have resulted in groundbreaking discoveries and therapies that enable us to change the way the world sees. 

Cornea and Anterior Segment

#TomorrowsDiscoveries: 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.

The Dana Center For Preventive Ophthalmology

Glaucoma Center of Excellence

Researching Nerve Cells at the Wilmer Eye Institute

Dr. Derek Welsbie describes his research on identifying genetic causes of glaucoma.

Microscopy and Imaging Core Facility 


Ocular Immunology

Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus


Creating Retinas in a Dish: Transforming the Study and Treatment of Retinal Diseases

Maria Valeria Canto-Soler, Ph.D., director of the Retinal Degeneration Research Center at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, discusses how she and her team have generated human retinal cells in the lab, opening the door to developing more effective treatments for retinal diseases.

Translational Tissue Engineering Center

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