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David L. Guyton, M.D.

David L Guyton, M.D.

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  • Zanvyl Krieger Professor of Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Professor of Ophthalmology


Amblyopia, Biomedical Engineering, Double Vision, Ophthalmic Optics, Ophthalmology, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Refractive Errors, Strabismus, Surgery more

Research Interests

Strabismus surgical techniques, especially adjustable sutures in children and adults; Novel instruments for screening for strabismus, amblyopia, and refractive errors; Ophthalmic instrumentation; Novel techniques for the treatment of amblyopia and defects of binocular function; Ophthalmic optics; Causes and mechanisms of changes of strabismus over time, especially cyclovertical strabismus; Novel instruments for screening for neurologic dysfunction; Feedback techniques to treat blink deficiency more

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Appointment Phone: 410-955-8314
600 N. Wolfe Street
Wilmer Eye Institute
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Fax: 410-583-2807


David L. Guyton, M.D., is the Zanvyl Krieger Professor of Pediatric Ophthalmology. He is internationally known for his contributions, inventions and teaching in the fields of ophthalmic optics, clinical refraction, potential acuity testing and ocular motility. His clinical practice in strabismus is heavily surgical, both pediatric and adult, with emphasis on re-operations and cyclovertical surgery, using adjustable sutures. Dr. Guyton is currently developing automated instruments for the vision screening of infants and children. more


  • Zanvyl Krieger Professor of Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • The Zanvyl Krieger Children's Eye Center at the Wilmer Institute
  • Professor of Ophthalmology

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Centers & Institutes



  • MD; Harvard Medical School (1969)


  • Ophthalmology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1976)


  • Baylor College of Medicine (1977)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology (Ophthalmology) (1977)

Research & Publications

Contact for Research Inquiries

Wilmer Institute 233, Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287-9028 map

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Activities & Honors


  • Marshall M. Parks, M.D., Medal, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, 2014


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Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Passing the Scalpel in Strabismus, Wilmer Insider (June 2021)

WRA Day: Steeped in History, Rooted in Education, Wilmer Insider (May 2021)

How to Protect Children's Eyes During Remote Learning, New York Times (Aug. 2020)

How Do Our eye Move in Perfect Syncrony?, Live Science (Jun. 2020)

Theory That da Vinci's Art Was Tied to Rare Eye Condition Refuted, CNN (Nov. 2019)

Why Rembrandt and da Vinci may have painted themselves with skewed eyes, Science News (Dec. 2019)

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