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 passionate patient care.





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  • Join a Community of Visionaries

    “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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  • Top 3

    in National Institutes of Health research funding in 2016

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Physician and her Patient


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

People Practicing Ophthalmic Surgery


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

Woman Practicing Ophthalmic Surgery


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.


Strength in Orthoptist Numbers

Dec 14 2017 // UW Health Eye Clinics Have a Robust Orthoptics Team Approximately 350 orthoptists are practicing nationally and we are fortunate to have seven at our UW Health Eye Clinics in Madison. An impressive number when you… Read More

Strength in Orthoptist Numbers

A Bright Future: Meet Olivia

Dec 14 2017 // Olivia was a typical, vibrant ten-year-old who, after a routine eye exam, learned she had a right optic nerve pit. The pit is a small defect in the optic nerve that can allow liquid vitreous… Read More

A Bright Future: Meet Olivia

Superheroes Wear Glasses Too!

Dec 13 2017 // Meet Antuan Age: 6 years old Grade: Kindergarten Favorite Color: Orange Favorite Superhero: Spiderman Wearing Glasses Since: February 2017 Favorite Thing to See with Glasses: His mom, Rosie Dr. Nayan Patel, UW Health Optometrist: Like… Read More

Superheroes Wear Glasses Too!

Excellence in Imaging Research: Amitha Domalpally, MD, Receives Prestigious Award

Dec 01 2017 // Dr. Amitha Domalpally, research director for the Fundus Photograph Reading Center, has been awarded the ARVO Foundation 2018 Pfizer Ophthalmics Carl Camras Award for translational research.  Read More

Excellence in Imaging Research: Amitha Domalpally, MD, Receives Prestigious Award

Inaugural De Venecia Lecture

Oct 25 2017 // Visiting Professor Antonio Say, MD, presented at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Grand Rounds on Sept. 8, 2017. Dr. Say discussed working with Dr. Guillermo de Venecia in the Philippines, where they have… Read More

Inaugural De Venecia Lecture

October is Contact Lens Safety Awareness Month

Oct 23 2017 // contact lens safety Developing healthy contact lens hygiene habits from the start, or reviewing them annually when you visit your eye doctor to update your contact lens prescription, is a great way to reduce your… Read More

October is Contact Lens Safety Awareness Month

Upcoming Events

Mar 17

AAPOS and ISA Joint Meeting

March 17, 2018 - March 22, 2018
Apr 28


April 28, 2018 - May 2, 2018