Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Strong education, leading research and compassionate patient care.

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 compassionate patient care.


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

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

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A Message From the Chair

learn about our fearless vision to save vision.

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


Dr. Edith Navarro

Dr. Edith Navarro Delivers Annual De Venecia Lecture

Mar 09 2023

Bernardita “Edith” Navarro, MD (Fellowship 1995), medical director from the Tzu Chi Eye Center, Santa Mesa, Philippines, will deliver the Guillermo and Marta de Venecia Lecture at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Virtual Grand Rounds on March 17.

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Shiming Chen, PhD

Introducing the 2023 Kambara Symposium Keynote Speaker: Shiming Chen

Mar 03 2023

A highly accomplished vision scientist and expert in retinal disease will be the keynote speaker at the 2023 George Kambara, MD Vision Science Symposium on Friday, April 14.

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Residency Program to Expand

Feb 06 2023

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has approved the department's request to accept an additional first-year resident, bringing the total from 3 to 4.

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Global Cataract Symposium Draws Learners from Three Countries

Feb 03 2023

57 participants from three countries attended the third session of the 2022-2023 Global Cataract Symposium on January 30, 2023. The quarterly virtual program is hosted on a rotating basis by the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Santo Tomas (UST) in the Philippines, and Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital (SCEH) in India.

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Aziza Dhalai

Meet Our New Residents

Feb 02 2023

We are excited to welcome our new ophthalmology residents, who will be joining us July 1, 2023.

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Sanbrita Mondal, OD

UW’s Low Vision Rehabilitation Offers Comprehensive Services to Patients

Jan 31 2023

The National Eye Institute recognizes February as Low Vision Awareness Month. This places a spotlight on vision-related disabilities and the supportive infrastructure needed.

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