Black and white iris image featuring icons of glasses, surgical tools, a phoropter, and a microscope representing Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences' focus on education, research, and patient care

At the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, our focus is saving sight on a global scale. Our commitment to stopping the progression of blinding diseases starts with the empowerment and care of individuals. Our mission is to save vision through strong educational programs, leading research discoveries, and compassionate patient care.

Your Vision, Our Mission: Global Leaders in Saving Sight

Cutting Edge Research

Our laboratories are at the forefront of innovation, pushing boundaries and unlocking new frontiers at one of the most renowned research institutions in the world.

Member of the Hoon Lab examines cells under a microscope.

People First Culture

We prioritize the well-being and growth of every individual, in support of an inclusive environment where talents are nurtured, ideas flourish, and collaboration thrives. Together, we can make a profound impact on global vision health.

DOVS 2023 graduating class.

World Class Education

With state-of-the-art facilities and a commitment to fostering a collaborative learning environment, we stand at the forefront of ophthalmic education, training and empowering the next generation of eye care leaders.

Phaco course lecturer.


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 new website and learn about our initiatives – new and sustained – that fuel our mission to save sight locally and globally.

—A Message from the Chair, Terri Young, MD, MBA

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