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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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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

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New issue of Wilmer Magazine- Spring 2018

In the latest issue of Wilmer Magazine, we explore both new and long-standing partnerships that support Wilmer Eye Institute's mission to preserve, protect and restore vision around the world. Read the Spring 2018 edition.

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.  

Dr. Neil Bressler Investigates Efficacy of Treatment for Geographic Atrophy

Neil Bressler, M.D.'s latest article in JAMA Ophthalmology investigates lampalizumab as a treatment of geographic atrophy secondary to age-related macular degeneration. Read the article.

Zebrafish Help Unlock Clues to Human Disease

Jeffrey Mumm, Ph.D., who is researching how to harness the ability to improve regeneration in zebrafish to better understand how to induce regeneration in human eyes, explains how the collaborative Research Core is allowing other scientists to pursue genetic research initiatives using zebrafish. Read more.

Dr. Sheila West Named the 2019 Weisenfeld Award Recipient

Sheila West, Ph.D., Pharm. D., has been chosen as the 2019 recipient of the Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology's (ARVO) Mildred Weisenfeld Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology, presented to an individual in recognition of distinguished scholarly contributions to the clinical practice of ophthalmology. Learn more.

Dr. West Among Team to Find Routine Antibiotics Reduce Child Mortality in Africa

Dr. Sheila West and her team contributes to finding that routine antibiotics administration reduces child mortality in Africa. Read more.

Dr. Arevalo Named Honorary Member of BRAVS

J. Fernando Arevalo, M.D. was recently named an "Honorary International Member of the Brazilian Society of Retina and Vitreous (BRAVS)." Learn more.

Dr. Singh Receives Prestigious Hartwell Foundation Indvidual Biomedical Research Award

Dr. Mandeep Singh, M.B.B.S., M.D., Ph.D, is the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Hartwell Foundation's Individual Biomedical Research Award, which provides $300,000 in support over three years. 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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