Programs and research

Help today, hope for tomorrow

The gift of sight is precious. At UW Health, we help protect and enhance this treasured sense. Whether you need a regular eye exam or are dealing with a complex eye condition that requires expert medical attention, we’re here to help.

Our team uses advanced technology to diagnose and treat eye disorders. We are leaders in eye (ophthalmic) photography as a form of eye imaging. It helps us diagnose many eye conditions and guide your treatment.

We also have the only eye pathology lab in Wisconsin. In fact, it’s one of just a few in the country. Internationally recognized eye pathologists staff the lab. They look at eye tissue removed by your doctor to make an exact diagnosis, so you get the best eye possible care.

Our research puts new, improved treatments in sight

We offer help to improve your vision today. But we also offer promising new therapies. Many aren’t widely available elsewhere.

Specialists around the world recognize UW Health Ophthalmology for our eye care programs. But we’re also known for advancing the field of ophthalmology. Our doctors and researchers work together to understand the causes of eye diseases, so they can find new ways to prevent them. They’re working to bring about exciting genetic therapies and more treatments that stop blinding diseases.

New treatments grow out of clinical trials. These trials allow us to study the effects on people while ensuring they are healthy and safe for everyone.

Find a clinical trial

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UW Health Optical
See what you’re missing

With three optical shops in the Madison area and online options, we can meet all your eyewear needs. We have prescription glasses, contact lenses, sunglasses and more. Our friendly opticians will help you find the style and price range that’s right for you.

Conditions and treatments

Full-service eye care for you and your family

At UW Health, we care for children and adults. We help you get an accurate diagnosis and the treatment that’s best for you.

Look forward to better eye health

Once we've helped you find a diagnosis, we use nonsurgical and surgical treatments to improve your eye health, vision and appearance.

From common eye conditions to the most complex, we’ve got you covered. Conditions we treat include:

We personalize our care to your needs and unique situation. Services and treatments
we offer include:


See an eye specialist near you

We provide ophthalmology and optometry services at several locations in Madison and the surrounding area.

    Meet our team

    More than 40 eye doctors, 16 sub-specialties

    At UW Health, we have a large team of knowledgeable and experienced eye doctors. They provide specialized care for all your eye health needs.

    Comprehensive ophthalmology
    Comprehensive and cataract surgery
    Cornea and cataract surgery
    Glaucoma and cataract surgery
    Inherited retinal degenerations
    Low vision
    Ophthalmic oncology and pathology
    Ophthalmic genetics
    Ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery
    Refractive surgery
    Retina, macula and vitreous diseases

    Patient stories

    Sight-saving care: Stories of those we’ve helped

    UW Health eye care specialists strive to provide you the best vision and quality of life. Discover how we’ve made a difference for others.

    Anguru Premadasa after eye surgery returned the appearance of eyes to normal.
    Anguru PremadasaConfidence restored: Anguru shares his journey back to ‘normal’
    As a professor of mathematics at UW-Platteville, he was used to lecturing in front of students, running meetings, and speaking at symposiums and conferences. Then the bulging eyes started, and life became a lot more complicated.
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    Your charitable gift makes a difference

    Perhaps you are grateful for the care you or a loved one received from UW Health. Or you cherish living so close to a world-class, research-driven healthcare system that’s always there if you need it. No matter your motivation, every gift of any size means even better care for our patients.