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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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Our Services
Discover the routine, diagnostic and specialized services offered by our expert, patient-centered faculty.

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Our Research
Explore our innovative research and discoveries that are transforming ophthalmology. 

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Our Education
Learn about our premier training programs where future leaders in ophthalmology are formed.

The Wilmer Difference

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Same-day Appointment Success

Since last June, the Wilmer Eye Institute has been offering same-day appointments to every patient and referring physician with much success.

Zika Center Patient Shares Her Experience

After experiencing lasting side effects from the Zika Virus, Sara Mathes visited the Johns Hopkins Zika Center. In this video, she explains why she is grateful.

News and Events

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Wilmer Celebrates Its Accomplishments of 2017

“Gene therapy, stem cells, CRISPR technology to repair mutations in DNA, robotic-assisted surgical technology… all of these are being tested today by Wilmer researchers. Never before in my career have I seen so much forward momentum,” says Peter McDonnell, M.D., Director and William Holland Wilmer Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute.

Read about these and other Wilmer faculty initiatives in the Wilmer Magazine 2017 Annual Report.

The Dana Center's SToP Glaucoma Team Celebrates Black History Month

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and Baltimore City officials celebrate Black History Month with members of the SToP Glaucoma team at the annual Waxter Wisdom Special Presentation. The Baltimore City Health Department, which organizes the event, expressed its gratitude to the program for providing glaucoma and vision care services to local senior community members. Learn more about The Dana Center.

Dr. Elisseeff Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

According to the Academy, "election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer." Read more.

Dr. Arevalo Publishes New Book  

In this new book, Retinal and Choroidal Imaging in Systemic DiseasesFernando Arevalo, M.D., and colleagues focus on findings with various imaging modalities in various systemic conditions that involve the eyes, which in some cases, could provide the first clue for the systemic disease. Learn more.

Mission for Vision: Program Provides Free Eyeglasses to Students Who Need Them

Megan Collins, M.D., discusses Vision for Baltimore. At the halfway mark, the program has distributed more than 3,000 pairs of glasses. Read more.

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Meet Our Experts

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.

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.

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