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.


Patient Sight Series: A Tale of Tenacity

Mar 31 2021

On Labor Day, September 7, 2020, Kevin Blaser was fishing on the Rock River in Janesville, Wisconsin. His brother and a friend had met him at the river that morning. It was overcast, so Blaser’s…

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Low Vision Clinic to Offer Expanded Services

Mar 22 2021

Despite the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UW Health Low Vision Clinic – led by Sanbrita Mondal, OD, clinical adjunct assistant professor – has announced that it will offer expanded services and…

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Why I Give to DOVS: Ellen Geishirt

Mar 16 2021

Ellen Geishirt became a patient of UW Health eye specialists after a serious eye infection complicated her recovery from a third corneal transplant in 2015. In late 2020, after an initial donation to the department,…

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DOVS Researcher Honored with Emeritus Status

Mar 15 2021

Stacy Meuer, long-time DOVS researcher, has been honored with distinguished researcher emeritus status by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Barbara Klein, MD, MPH, professor, and Robert Golden, MD, dean of the UW School of Medicine and…

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Cycle for Sight: Exercise for Vision Research

Mar 03 2021

The annual McPherson Eye Research Institute Cycle for Sight fundraiser returns April 23-May 2, 2021, as Cycle for Sight Plus: a ten-day event that allows teams and individuals to exercise as they choose – cycling,…

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Dr. Catherine Macaraig Delivers Annual De Venecia Lecture

Feb 25 2021

Catherine Macaraig, MD (Fellowship 1994), assistant professor and pediatric ophthalmologist and adult strabismus specialist from the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Manila, Philippines, delivered the Guillermo and Marta de Venecia Lecture, entitled “Challenges in the…

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