Jacob George Light, M.D.

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  • Assistant Chief of Service
  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Languages: English, Italian

Research Interests

Vitreoretinal Diseases, multimodal retinal imaging, retinal vein occlusions, retinal prostheses ...read more


Jacob Light is a vitreoretinal surgeon and an assistant chief of service with the Patient Access Center for the Eye (PACE) at the East Baltimore location of Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Medicine. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Italian studies and chemistry at Emory University and his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed ophthalmology training as a resident at Wilmer and as a vitreoretinal surgery fellow at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. 

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  • Assistant Chief of Service
  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2017)


  • Ophthalmology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2021)


  • Retina; Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals (2023)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology (Ophthalmology) (2022)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

I have engaged in research in both basic science and clinical retina focused on the frontiers of retinal prosthetic implants, high-resolution retinal imaging and outcomes for patients with severe retinal vascular events.

Selected Publications

Light, J.G.; Anderson, H.; Garg, S.; “Hypersonic Vitrectomy: A Novel Approach to Vitreous Removal” (review), Expert Review of Ophthalmology, 2022, 17:6, 375–382

Light, J.G. ; Pyfer, M.S.; Salabati, M.; Mahmoudzadeh, R.; Wakabayashi, T.; Ho, A.C. “Stellate Nonhereditary Idiopathic Foveomacular Retinoschisis and an Approach to the Differential Diagnosis of Macular Star” (review), Curr. Opin. Ophthalmol., May 1, 2022, 33(3):157–166 Light, J.G.; Tian, J.; Wenick, A.S. “Outcomes in Retinal Vein Occlusions Presenting with Poor Visual Acuity Treated with Anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Therapy: Prognosis and Predictive Factors,” Ophthalmol. Retina, Nov. 20, 2020, S2468–6530(20)30461–9


Light, J.G.; Alvin Liu, T.Y. “A Novel Phenotype of Torpedo Maculopathy on Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography,” Am. J. Ophthalmol. Case Rep., Oct. 8, 2020, 20:100956

Light, J.G., and Falkenberry, S.M. “Unilateral Bilateral Acute Iris Transillumination-like Syndrome After Intracameral Moxifloxacin Injection for Intraoperative Endophthalmitis Prophylaxis,” JCRS Online Case Reports, October 2018

Metlapally, R.; Park, H.N.; Chakraborty, R.; Wang, K.K.; Tan, C.C.; Light, J.G.; Pardue, M.T.; Wildsoet, C.F. “Genome-Wide Scleral Micro- and Messenger-RNA Regulation During Myopia

Development in the Mouse,” Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, November 2016, 57 (14): 6089–6097

Light, J.G.; Fransen, J.W.; Adekunle, A.N.; Adkins, A.; Pangeni, G.; Loudin, J.; Mathieson, K.; Palanker, D.V.; McCall, M.A.; Pardue, M.T. “Inner Retinal Preservation in Rat Models of Retinal Degeneration Implanted with Subretinal Photovoltaic Arrays, Experimental Eye Research, November 2014, 128: 34–42

Activities & Honors


  • Inaugural Nicholas T. Iliff, M.D., and Sharon Kress Excellence in Patient Care Award in 2020, Wilmer Eye Institute
  • Mitchell Prize for Resident Research in 2020, Wilmer Eye Institute
  • ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) Foundation for Eye Research 2013 Travel Grant, National Eye Institute


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Retina Specialists
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Chapter of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Chapter
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Emory University Chapter
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