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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.

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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Vitrectomy Surgery Success

Vision-saving procedure and treatment at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute helped Jim Ozminski continue a holiday tradition.

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#3 in the Nation in Ophthalmology

Wilmer Eye Institute was named number three in the country for eye care services according to U.S. News and World Report's 2018 rankings.

News, Publications & Events

What Medicine Can Learn From Doctors And Researchers With Disabilities

Bonnielin Swenor

NPR interviewed Wilmer's Bonnielin Swenor, M.P.H., Ph.D. about the importance of representation of persons with disabilities, the challenges she faces as a researcher with limited vision and the surprising upsides to having a disability in science. Read the interview.

The Maker of Gore-Tex is Experimenting with an Artificial Cornea

Esen Akpek

Esen Akpek, M.D. is featured in this Bloomberg Businessweek article detailing W.L. Gore's foray into developing artificial cornea. Learn about the company's progress and Dr. Akpek's role in the experimentation.

Wilmer Magazine Special Edition - Annual Report 2018

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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.

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Meet Our Experts

Dr. Lee Guo

Dr. Lee Guo, O.D., F.A.A.O. is an Instructor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute. He is board-certified by the American Board of Optometry and is an active fellow and clinical lecturer of the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Peter Gehlbach

Peter Louis Gehlbach, MD, PhD is professor of ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, with a secondary appointment at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Whiting School of Engineering.

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