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.


Lean Practice Management: AAO EyeNet Article Features Input from Mark Lucarelli, MD, FACS

Jul 16 2021

*This article has been shared with permission from the American Association of Ophthalmology/EyeNet Magazine, July 2021 By Leslie Burling, Contributing Writer Lean Practice: Lessons Learned During the Pandemic Last year’s public health emergency forced practices…

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Phaco Education Continues in the Time of COVID

Jun 17 2021

In the summer of 2020, the tough decision was made to cancel the annual Phacoemulsification Course hosted jointly by the University of Wisconsin and University of Iowa Departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (DOVS) due…

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Yao Liu, MD, MS, Awarded Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Grant

Jun 15 2021

Yao Liu, MD, MS, assistant professor, glaucoma specialist and director of the UW Teleophthalmology Program, was awarded a Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment grant for her project, “Advancing I-SITE in African American Communities.” Blindness from diabetes…

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Nayan Patel, OD, Gives Back to the Community Through BAPS Charities

Jun 03 2021

Nayan Patel, OD, clinical optometrist and clinical adjunct assistant professor, has spent over a decade providing eye screenings at the BAPS Charities health fair in Chicago, Illinois. This charitable organization extends from the Bochasanwasi Shri…

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Work of Yao Liu, MD, MS, Selected as ARVO Annual Meeting “Hot Topic”

May 09 2021

The work of Yao Liu, MD, MS, assist professor, glaucoma specialist and director of the UW Teleophthalmology Program, was selected as one of 19 “Hot Topics” of The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology…

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Barbara Klein, MD, MPH, and Ronald Klein, MD, MPH, Honored at ARVO

May 09 2021

Dr. Barbara Klein, professor, and the late Dr. Ronald Klein were honored with a symposium, “Epidemiology of Diabetic Retinopathy and Age-related Macular Degeneration: Past, Present and Future,” at the Association for Research in Vision and…

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