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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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Our Research
Explore our innovative research and discoveries that are transforming ophthalmology. 

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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


Join the Wilmer Eye Institute at the 2018 American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) conference in Chicago, October 26 - 30. Faculty presenters and seminars

Dr. Jennifer Elisseeff inducted into the National Academy of Medicine

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Considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and 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) for "significant achievements in regenerative medicine therapies and contribution to regenerative immunology".  Earlier this year, Dr. Elisseeff was also inducted into the National Academy of Engineering. Learn more.

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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.

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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