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Wilmer Eye Institute


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. It 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, Publications & Events

J. Fernando Arevalo Honored with PAAO Life and Legacy Award

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J. Fernando Arevalo, M.D., received the Pan-American Ophthalmological Foundation's 2018 Life and Legacy Award at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting in conjunction with the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO). Learn more.


NEW - Kids Eye View 2018


The return of Kids Eye View takes a look at the impact of the Baltimore Reading and Eye Disease Study on local youth and Dr. Jefferson Doyle's research on the treatment of connective tissue disorders. 

Read the 2018 Kids Eye View.

Wilmer Faculty to Present at Lions Club Roundup
The Lions of Multiple District 22 will host a rally on 
Saturday, November 17 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. in the Chevy Chase Auditorium at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. This free event will host presentations from leaders of Wilmer's Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center.
See list of presenters and more.

Dr. Jennifer Elisseeff inducted into the National Academy of Medicine

Jennifer H. Elisseeff, Ph.D., the Morton Goldberg Professor, the Jules Stein Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Translational Tissue Engineering Center, was elected to The National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Learn More

Wilmer Retina Builds Significant Ties to Pan American Retinal Community

Wilmer retinal specialists served as North American ambassadors at the XIV International Retina Congress “Retina y Mar,” in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Learn more.

Dr. Neil Bressler Receives AAO Secretariat Award

The American Academy of  Ophthalmology recognized Neil Bressler, M.D., with its prestigious Secretariat Award, which recognizes special contributions to the Academy and ophthalmology. Learn more.

Dr. Mandeep Singh Awarded a Career Development Award from the Foundation Fighting Blindness

Dr. Singh will receive a total of $375,000 over five years for investigating transplantation of cones derived from embryonic stem cells for vision restoration. Learn more.

Dr. Seth Blackshaw Discusses Research Claiming to Regenerate Sight in Blind Mice

Blackshaw, through his own research with the regenerative cells, offers an alternative explanation for the results. Read the article.

Hopkins Researchers Chart a Course for AI-aided Diagnosis of Degenerative Eye Conditions

Team from APL and Wilmer Eye Institute discover that machine diagnostics using deep learning can match the performance of human ophthalmologists. Read more in The Hub.

The Dana Center's Vision for Baltimore Program Wins Prestigious Award from Prevent Blindness

Prevent Blindness created the Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health to recognize an individual, team, or organization that has made significant contributions to the advancement of public health related to vision and eye health at the community, state, national, and/or international level. The team was selected for the award for their work investigating and addressing vision-related problems in high-poverty schools. Read more.

Wilmer Eye Institute Voted "Best Pediatric Vision Care" by Baltimore's Child Magazine

Congratulations to our Wilmer Pediatric Division for receiving the "Best Pediatric Vision Care" in the Baltimore Child's Readers' poll. Many thanks to the support staff and providers for their unwavering commitment to compassionate patient care. See the poll results.  

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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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