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. Yao Liu

New Research Reveals Signs of Glaucoma May Be Detectable Years in Advance of Disease Onset

Dec 04 2023

Groundbreaking research from Yao Liu, MD and colleagues reported that low pigment density in a part of the light-sensing retina called the macula may serve as an early warning sign of glaucoma – suggesting a strategy for the testing and treatment of the disease.

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Richard Dortzbach, MD Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Dec 04 2023

Professor Emeritus Richard Dortzbach, MD received a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his commitment to educating residents and fellows and for his dedication to alumni and the University of Wisconsin Ophthalmology Alumni Association.

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Pre-Med Students Receive Hands-On Introduction to Ophthalmology

Dec 04 2023

Faculty and residents gave students from UW-Madison’s AHANA-MAPS Pre-Health Society – an organization for black, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students interested in the health professions - a peek into the world of ophthalmology.

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Vision Research Core Receives $3.1 Million Grant

Nov 06 2023

The Vision Research Core has received a $3.1 million grant from the National Eye Institute to provide expertise, facilities, and equipment to foster and expand vision research across the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

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Department Mentoring Program Showcases Our People First Culture

Nov 02 2023

Our People Enriching People mentoring program fosters and promotes the career aspirations of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and UW Health Ophthalmology community.

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UW Ophthalmologist Travels to Paraguay in the Fight Against Childhood Vision Loss

Nov 01 2023

As a pediatric ophthalmologist with longstanding involvement in global education, Yasmin S. Bradfield has gone to great lengths to combat childhood vision loss. In fact, she recently traveled more than 5,000 miles from her Madison, Wisconsin clinic to Asunción, Paraguay.

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