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About the Wilmer Eye Institute

Select Staff, Unique Setting

The Wilmer Eye Institute has long been recognized for bringing together ophthalmologists and optometrists consistently ranked by their peers as among the finest internationally, supported by a well-trained and highly-experienced team of physician assistants, nurses, technicians, and staff cited by patients for their knowledge, responsiveness, and sensitivity. Since 1925, they have established and refined a flexible approach for delivering state-of-the-art ophthalmic care at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and eight convenient satellite locations across central Maryland. With the completion of The Robert H. and Clarice Smith Building and adjoining Maurice Bendann Surgical Pavilion in 2009, the Institute has established a preeminent vision research center and one of the most modern ophthalmic surgical facilities in the world.

Individual Attention to Our Patients' Needs

Wilmer's goal is to provide comprehensive, high-quality, responsibly-priced, and state-of-the-art eye care in an accessible, supportive, caring, and user-friendly environment; resulting in superior outcomes and a high level of satisfaction for patients. Through use of innovative methods, Wilmer ophthalmologists, optometrists, nurses, and staff operate with exceptional efficiency. Wilmer also provides a level of individual attention highly valued by our patients, whether they are visiting us for a routine checkup, outpatient consultation, procedure, extended care, or emergency care. For the convenience of our patients and referring providers, the Wilmer Call Center is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, to schedule appointments and provide general assistance in a friendly and professional manner. From arrival to checkout, we strive to maximize the experience for patients and visitors.

Convenient and Comprehensive Outpatient Care

Wilmer sites at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and surrounding counties combine the expert care of Wilmer ophthalmologists and optometrists, who are equipped with the latest in diagnostic and surgical technologies, with the ease and convenience of an efficient outpatient facility. Clinical eye services include medical and surgical evaluation and management of a wide range of conditions and diseases.  Wilmer's surgeons also offer the latest refractive technologies designed to reduce dependence on eyeglasses, including Lasik and use of deluxe intraocular lenses in cataract surgery. Complete pre-operative and post-operative care and patient education are provided by our skilled and professional physician assistants and nursing staff. Specialized ophthalmic medications are formulated on-site at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Pharmacy.

Wilmer also offers state-of-the-art Low Vision evaluation and management for patients who have lost vision as a result of trauma or chronic eye disease. Additionally, at all of Wilmer's outpatient locations, our providers offer expert routine and general/comprehensive eye care for adults and children. Appointments for non-urgent conditions are generally available within two weeks.

At many of our locations, a convenient Wilmer Optical Shoppe provides patients and families the opportunity to fill prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses right on the premises. Operated by Wilmer Eye Institute managers and staff, patients will experience our signature optical expertise, a wide selection of options, and high-quality workmanship.

Inpatient Services

When the patient's condition calls for extended overnight observation and treatment, Wilmer Eye Institute ophthalmologists and Johns Hopkins surgical care units have forged a collaborative partnership, ensuring a smooth and efficient patient transfer to an inpatient room. As always, the full resources of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and its specialists are available for the patient as required.

About the Wilmer Dome

The Robert H. and Clarice Smith Building and Maurice Bendann Surgical Pavilion were designed to mirror the octagonal Wilmer Dome atop our historic Johns Hopkins Hospital location. The Dome, located on the third floor of the Wilmer building, remains open to public viewing of displayed historical interest items, including the portrait of founding director William H. Wilmer, M.D.; early ophthalmic instruments; the "President's Chair" used by Dr. Wilmer to examine eight Presidents of the United States; and a selection of photography from the Wilmer Eye Institute archives. Formerly the surgical suite prior to the opening of the Bendann Pavilion, the space is now the home of Wilmer's Central Surgical Scheduling unit.

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The Wilmer Eye Institute
Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 N. Wolfe St.
Baltimore, MD 21287


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