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.


Measure for Measure

Jun 08 2020

“Dishonor not your eye By throwing it on any other object, Till you have heard me in my true complaint, And given me justice, justice, justice, justice!” – Isabella, Measure for Measure William Shakespeare Over…

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Lady with a Cow

UW Health Optometry Goes “Out to Pasture”

Jun 04 2020

The UW Health Specialty Clinic – Mauston, located at the Mile Bluff Medical Center in Mauston, Wisconsin, created an udderly amazing bovine display for the 6th Annual Cowtastic CowMOOnity Event, which benefits the local Veterans…

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Patient Sight Series: Hope for Corneal Health

May 21 2020

Imagine that the nerves leading to the cornea (clear windshield) of your eye have been damaged. Perhaps the damage was due to a viral infection, contact lens use, diabetes or even head trauma. Without the…

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Four Steps to Lower Your Risk of Eye Disease

May 04 2020

By age 65, one in three Americans will have a vision-impairing eye disease. Many sight-robbing conditions can be effectively treated if detected early enough, in many cases limiting or eliminating the damage to eyesight. During…

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Dr. Yao Liu to Present COVID-19 Telehealth Updates to WAO

May 01 2020

Yao Liu, MD, MS, assistant professor and director of the UW Teleophthalmology Program, will present “Telehealth Resources for Eye Care During COVID-19” via webinar at 7:30 p.m. on May 4. The event is hosted by…

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Postdoctoral Trainee Receives Knight Templar Eye Foundation Career Starter Award

Apr 09 2020

Philip Mzyk, PhD, a postdoctoral trainee in the Colleen McDowell Laboratory, has been awarded the Knights Templar Eye Foundation Career Starter Grant. The $70,000 award will support Dr. Mzyk’s research in the role of fibronectin extra…

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Upcoming Events

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VIRTUAL Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

August 7 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Aug 13