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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 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.

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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

Dr. Sheila West Receives Share of 2018 Al Sumait Prize for Health

Dr. Sheila West

Sheila West, Ph.D. was honored for her dedicated research focused in Africa on ways to improve trichiasis surgery outcomes and eliminate blinding trachoma. Her work has contributed to the control of blindness for both children and adults. 

Dr. West has been instrumental in the development of the World Health Organization SAFE strategy for Trachoma prevention and control, a sustainable strategy that is now widely used throughout the world and is preventing blindness among both children and adults. She continues her work on neglected tropical diseases in the poorest communities with partners across the globe. 

She and the other laureates will be honored for their work at a ceremony hosted by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) on December 3, 2018, in Kuwait.

Read more about this award.


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.

Hopkins Researchers Advance Understanding of Retinoblastoma Tumor Spread

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Researchers, including Wilmer's Dr. Jeffrey Mumm and Dr. Charles Eberhart, identify potential new target for stopping spread of eye cancer that causes 3000 child deaths per year. 

Read the article.

Dr. Basil Morgan Receives AAO Secretariat Award

Dr. Morgan Award

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recognized Basil Morgan, M.D. with its prestigious Hall of Fame Award for leadership and mentor efforts related to legislative events in medicine. Learn more about Dr. Morgan's honor.

Dr. J. Fernando Arevalo Honored with PAOF 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.


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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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