Barbara A. Blodi, MD

Barbara A. Blodi, MD

Matthew D. Davis Professor, Wisconsin Reading Center Medical Director


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I want my patients to know that I will listen to their story and give them information and guidance about the options for treatment, both in the short term and long term. I like to give my patients the “big picture” so that they know, to the best of my knowledge, what their chances are for improvement and for saving sight. I also like to tell my patients that retinal treatment is often an incremental process, requiring many visits to the eye clinic, so we will get to know each other well!

Appointments and Honors

Medical Director of the Wisconsin Reading Center
Retina Research Foundation Daniel M. Albert Chair, McPherson Eye Research Institute


Retina, macula and vitreous diseases

Medical and Surgical Interests

  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Posterior uveitis
  • Retinal diseases
  • Vein occlusion

Research Interests

  • Adaptive optics
  • Analysis of new retinal imaging modalities (ultra-widefield retinal imaging, OCT-angiography)
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Telemedicine


Fellowships: Medical Retina, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL; Surgical Retina, University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, Ann Arbor, MI

Residency: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL

Internship: Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ

Medical School: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA