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


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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.


Dr. Young and Colleague Highlight Shortage of Certified Ophthalmic Personnel

Sep 29 2021

*This article originally appeared in the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology News & Views Fall 2021 Newsletter IJCAHPO -by Terri Young, MD, MBA, and Lynne Anderson, PhD As the needs of ophthalmic patients increase,…

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Patient Sight Series: Tinted Contact Lenses Offer Hope for Those with Achromatopsia

Sep 17 2021

Two brothers, Brendan and Philip Anderson, are experiencing relief after adopting tinted contact lenses prescribed by Sanbrita Mondal, OD, clinical adjunct assistant professor and director of the UW Health Low Vision Services. Brendan, 26, and…

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Funds Distribution Committee Supports New Projects

Sep 10 2021

The Funds Distribution Committee has announced a new round of projects selected to receive funding: Clinical Eye Research Unit’s purchase of an Optos Widefield Camera,  $50,000 Ismail Zaitoun, PhD, and Nader Sheibani, PhD, for their…

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Inaugural Randie Schlamp Memorial Fund Awarded to Colleen McDowell, PhD

Sep 01 2021

The inaugural Randie Schlamp Memorial Fund for Pilot Studies in Vision Science Award has been award to Colleen McDowell, PhD, for her project entitled The Role of Endocytosis in DAMP-activated TLR4 signaling. The award supports…

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2021 Multiphasic Phacoemulsification Course

Aug 28 2021

In a return to regularly scheduled education programming that was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (DOVS) hosted the 2021 Multiphasic Phacoemulsification Course on August 20-21 at the Health…

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Teaming Up for Gene Therapy

Aug 22 2021

*This article originally appeared in the McPherson Eye Research Institute Summer 2021 InSights Newsletter Millions of Americans currently battle inherited visual disorders, armed with very few therapeutic options. Recent advances in genome editing, which many believe…

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