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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. 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.
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.
Discover the routine, diagnostic and specialized services offered by our expert, patient-centered faculty.
Explore our innovative research and discoveries that are transforming ophthalmology.
Learn about our premier training programs where future leaders in ophthalmology are formed.
The Wilmer Difference
Vitrectomy Surgery Success
Vision-saving procedure and treatment at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute helped Jim Ozminski continue a holiday tradition.
On the Font Lines of Low Vision
Wilmer researcher Bonnielin Swenor, who is living with macular degeneration, a sight-robbing condition, has no time to waste in her efforts to advance research in low vision and aging.
News, Publications & Events
Dr. Peter J. McDonnell Named to ARCS Foundation Alumni Hall of Fame
Director of the Wilmer Eye Institute, Peter J McDonnell, M.D. was recognized for his role in advances in ophthalmology. Dr. McDonnell is an international leader in corneal transplantation, laser refractive surgery and the treatment of dry eye, whose work has improved sight for countless patients worldwide.
Read More about this honor.
Wilmer Magazine Special Edition - Annual Report 2018
In this issue of Wilmer, you will see many examples of the science conducted at the Wilmer Eye Institute that has translated into better care for patients with eye disease in the United States and around the world.
Read more about these stories of innovation and gratitude.
Dr. Oliver Schein Receives 2018 Armstrong Award
Oliver Schein, M.D., M.P.H. was honored as a recipient of the Armstrong Award for Excellence in Quality and Safety, which is presented to the physicians who partner with patients, families, colleagues and staff members to optimize patient outcomes and eliminate preventable harm.
Hopkins Researchers Advance Understanding of Retinoblastoma Tumor Spread
Researchers, including Wilmer's Dr. Laura Asnaghi, Dr. Jeffrey Mumm and Dr. Charles Eberhart, identify potential new target for stopping spread of eye cancer that causes 3000 child deaths per year.
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Another Dry Eye Harm: Slowed Reading
Sezen Karakus, M.D. lends her expertise to U.S. News and World Report's feature on the impact that Dry Eye condition has on people's ability to read.
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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