Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Strong education, leading research and compassionate patient care.

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Our focus, here at the University of Wisconsin Madison Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, is you. Our commitment to stop the progression of blinding diseases drives each and every one of us. Our vision is to save your vision through strong educational programs, leading research discoveries and passionate patient care.

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    “We believe the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.”

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    in National Institutes of Health research funding in 2016

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Physician and her Patient

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Our dynamic academic programs enrich and enable the specialists of tomorrow, today.

People Practicing Ophthalmic Surgery

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Known as a ground-breaking institution, our labs continue the strong tradition of discovery.

Woman Practicing Ophthalmic Surgery

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Experience the multi-faceted service approach to patient care with our doctors at UW Health.

A Message From the Chair

this year is about transformation, join us.

Dr. Terri Young Chair of Ophthalmology at UW-MadisonIt starts with our deep-seated desire to fight blindness wherever it exists.  It builds daily with the power of a team that recites the mantra, “Why not?” It ends with our unwavering commitment to you and yours.

As an exemplary leader in vision care, research and scholarship – the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is the place for transformative impact.  We encourage you to explore our revamped website and learn about our initiatives – new and sustained – that fuel our mission to save sight locally and globally.

News

Music To Our Ears: Patient Sight Story Series

Jul 11 2018 // Just ask and you’ll learn that Steve Birchall thinks that the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has been “music to his ears.” Steve, a former music professor who has worn glasses… Read More

Music To Our Ears: Patient Sight Story Series

Paul Kaufman, MD, To Be Honored With The 2018 Endre A. Balazs Prize

Jul 06 2018 // Paul Kaufman, MD, professor and chair emeritus, will be presented with The Endre A. Balazs Prize by the International Society for Eye Research (ISER) at the upcoming Biennial Meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, September… Read More

Paul Kaufman, MD, To Be Honored With The 2018 Endre A. Balazs Prize
Dr. Paul Kaufman

Will Your Sunglasses Protect You From Serious Eye Disease?

Jul 05 2018 // With summer in full swing, the days are longer, the sun hotter, and the threat from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays, greater. July is UV Safety Month and the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences… Read More

Will Your Sunglasses Protect You From Serious Eye Disease?

No Fireworks Are Safe, Even “Innocent” Sparklers Can Cause Serious Eye Injuries

Jun 20 2018 // Fireworks injuries cause approximately 10,000 visits to the emergency department each year. Most of those visits involve children who suffer thousands of eye injuries.1 Though the most disabling injuries occur with illegal firecrackers, most injuries… Read More

No Fireworks Are Safe, Even “Innocent” Sparklers Can Cause Serious Eye Injuries

Cat Burkat, MD, FACS, Named to Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring Program

Jun 15 2018 // Cat Burkat, MD, FACS, professor, will represent the UW-Madison Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences on the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring (MOM) committee. The MOM program is a partnership between the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and Association… Read More

Cat Burkat, MD, FACS, Named to Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring Program

Research to Prevent Blindness Awards Department with Unrestricted Grant

Jun 10 2018 // The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health has been granted an Unrestricted Grant by Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) in the amount of $115,000 a year to support eye research conducted by… Read More

Research to Prevent Blindness Awards Department with Unrestricted Grant

Upcoming Events

Fri 27

Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

July 27 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Aug 02
Aug 03

Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

August 3 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Aug 10

Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

August 10 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am