Five Questions for Dr. Lauren Gormley

Lauren Gormley joined Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Medicine, in August 2021 as an optometrist. In addition to comprehensive eye care, she specializes in refractive services, dry eye management and myopia management. Gormley sees patients at Wilmer’s Green Spring Station location.

What attracted you to the field of ophthalmology?

I was a young nearsighted child who didn't realize she was nearsighted. After I received my first pair of glasses at age 8, I knew that I wanted to help other people experience better vision.

What drew you to Wilmer?

As a local optometrist for the past 14 years, I have had the opportunity to work with various Wilmer specialists on complex and emergent cases. I respect and appreciate the doctors who have taken their time to assist in the care of my patients and am delighted to become a part of the Wilmer team.

What are you working on right now and how will it contribute to the advancement of ophthalmology?

Recently, I have turned my focus to evaporative dry eye. I would like to use my clinical experience and curiosity to help women going through menopause and peri-menopause understand their ocular changes as part of their “whole person” menopause picture.

Where do you see opportunities for advancement or innovation in your specialty?

There is a great opportunity to identify and enhance the treatment of dry eye related to menopause and peri-menopause. There is new technology to address meibomian gland dysfunction, related to hormonal changes, that can be implemented into the patients care strategy and greatly improve their quality of life.

Is there anything else you’d like others to know about you or your work?

I plan to establish a vegetable garden at home in the fall/spring, I’m notoriously bad at growing vegetables. Please send help and gardening tips!