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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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Meet Our Experts
Meet the experts who deliver superior ophthalmic care through a combination of compassion and cutting-edge research.

Wilmer Eye Institute researcher

Explore our innovative research and revolutionary discoveries that are transforming the field of ophthalmology. 

Wilmer Eye Institute residents with Dr. McDonnell

Learn about our premier training programs where future leaders in ophthalmology and the visual sciences 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 and Events

Wilmer Faculty Honored at the 2017 AAO Annual Meeting 

Special congratulations to several Wilmer faculty who were honored for their contributions and commitment to the field of ophthalmology at this year's annual meeting. Learn more.

Researcher with Wilmer's Center for Nanomedicine Among World's Most Cited Reseachers

Seulki Lee, Ph.D., is among the world's most high cited researchers as reported by Clarivate Analytics, which was previously part of Thomson Reuters. Read more.

Wilmer Eye Institute's 30th Annual Current Concepts in Ophthalmology

This Current Concepts course, held from Thurs., Nov. 30, to Sat., Dec. 2, will highlight the recent developments regarding diagnosis as well as medical and surgical therapy of common eye diseases. Learn more.

Wilmer Retinal Specialists Inducted into The Retina Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Wilmer retinal specialists Fernando Arevalo, M.D.Neil Bressler, M.D.Susan Bressler, M.D.Peter Campochiaro, M.D. and Morton Goldberg, M.D. for being inducted into The Retinal Hall of Fame. Learn more.

Success of Vision for Baltimore Featured in Politico

This unprecedented city-wide partnership, based on our research, provides free eye screening and glasses to the students of Baltimore city public schools to hopefully address academic performance gaps. Read more.

Dr. Jeffrey Mumm Takes a Closer Look at How Zebrafish Regenerate Eye Tissue

Jeffrey Mumm, Ph.D., leads research that studies how zebrafish regenerate retinal tissue, with the goal of developing therapies to treat degenerative retinal diseases. 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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