Eye care

Helping you achieve your best vision

Good eye health and vision care are important to everyone. At UW Health, our team of specialists focuses on helping you care for your eyes and maintain your eyesight.

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.

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UW Health optical shops
See what you’re missing

With five 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:

  • Adult strabismus 

  • Age-related macular degeneration

  • Cataracts

  • Corneal and external eye disorders

  • Diabetic retinopathy

  • Dry eye

  • Eye injuries and tumors

  • Glaucoma

  • Inherited retinal diseases 

  • Low vision

  • Neuro-ophthalmic disorders

  • Pediatric eye disorders 

  • Thyroid eye disease

  • Uveitis and inflammation

  • Vitreous and retinal disorders

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

  • Cataract surgery, including multifocal and toric intraocular lenses

  • Corneal transplants

  • Glasses, contact lenses and assistive technologies

  • Low vision rehabilitation services

  • Oculofacial and cosmetic eyelid surgery, including Botox, Juvéderm, Restylane and other facial fillers

  • Orthoptics for eye muscle strengthening 

  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery for disorders of the eyelids and orbits

  • Refractive surgery (laser vision correction — IntraLASIK, custom LASIK, PRK)

  • Routine eye exams

  • Teleophthalmology screenings

  • Vitreoretinal surgery


See an eye specialist near you

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

  • Deming Way Eye Clinic
    • 2349 Deming Way, Suite 200 / Middleton, WI
    • (608) 824-3937
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  • East Eye Clinic -Ophthalmology
    • 5249 E. Terrace Dr. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 265-1270
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  • University Station Eye Clinic - Ophthalmology
    • 2880 University Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 263-7171
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  • Madison Eye Associates Clinic
    • 780 Regent St., Suite 306 / Madison, WI
    • (608) 257-4286
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  • West Clinic - Eye Care Services (Ophthalmology)
    • 451 Junction Rd. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 265-7730
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  • UW Health Eye Clinic - Rockford (Ophthalmology)
    • 7019 Rote Road, Suite 101 / Rockford, IL
    • (815) 399-1141
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  • Freeport Memorial Hospital
    • 1045 W. Stephenson St. / Freeport, IL
    • (815) 599-6290
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  • Janesville Medical Center - Mercyhealth East
    • 3524 E. Milwaukee St. / Janesville, WI
    • (608) 756-7110
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  • UW Health Specialty Clinic - Mauston - Eye Care Services (Ophthalmology/Optometry)
    • 1040 Division St. / Mauston, WI
    • (608) 847-7355
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Meet our team

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.

Considering laser surgery?

Are you interested in laser vision correction surgery? We’re happy to speak with you about your options.

Request a laser surgery consultation

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.

Damaged corneas: New surgery offers hope to Christopher and Carol

In May 2019, eye doctors at UW Health performed their first corneal neurotization surgery. This innovative operation restores sensation in a damaged cornea and helps people see better. Only a handful of doctors worldwide are doing this procedure.

Learn more about the surgery and how it benefited patients Christopher and Carol. 

Back in the game — on the field of dreams: John’s story

In his 60s, John was diagnosed with a thyroid condition. It caused bulging eyes, double vision and troubling headaches. After getting help at UW Health, he returned to an activity he loves — baseball. And not on just any baseball field. It was the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa, made famous in the Kevin Costner film.

Read John’s story

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