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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Dr. Terri Young examines patient with resident.


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

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Sarah Ferguson works under the hood in Curtis Brandt


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

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Yao Liu, MD, examines a rural WI patient


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

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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.


Sanbrita Mondal, OD

UW’s Low Vision Rehabilitation Offers Comprehensive Services to Patients

Jan 31 2023

Celebrating Low Vision Awareness Month: The UW Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has been on the forefront of conducting research and providing interventions and strategies that help individuals with vision impairment live independently with their remaining functional vision.

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Dr. Alice McPherson

Remembering Dr. Alice McPherson

Jan 20 2023

With great sadness, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences mourns the passing of notable alumna, retina specialist, and vision research advocate Alice McPherson, MD on January 16th, 2023.

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Sarah Gong, PhD

New Nanoparticles Deliver Therapy Brain-Wide, Edit Alzheimer’s Gene In Mice

Jan 20 2023

Researchers at UW–Madison have engineered silicone nanoparticles to cross the blood-brain barrier in mice to deliver brain-wide gene editing therapy for Alzheimer’s disease.

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Daniel Knoch, MD

UW Faculty Present at 2023 AUPO Annual Meeting

Jan 19 2023

University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences faculty members and staff will present at the 2023 Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO) Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA January 24 – 28,…

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Thomas Stevens, MD

Remembering Thomas Stevens, MD: 1938 – 2022

Jan 17 2023

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is saddened by the loss of longtime professor and beloved department leader, Thomas Stevens, MD. Stevens died December 26, 2022, at the age of 84.

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Right eye with geographic atrophy

Clinical Trial Offers Hope to Patients with Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Jan 10 2023

A current clinical trial could lead to approval of a first-ever treatment option for patients with geographic atrophy (GA) secondary to age-related macular degeneration, a progressive, irreversible, and devastating eye disease.

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