Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

News and Events

UI Researchers report retinal diabetic neuropathy precedes microvasculopathy in diabetes

A University of Iowa-led study of diabetes-related vision impairment holds good news – and some bad news – for patients with signs of these disorders.

Leading vision research organization extends funding to University of Iowa

Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) awarded a grant of $115,000 to the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Funding supports research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of blinding...

Recent genetic discoveries may offer hope for patients with advanced AMD

UI professor of ophthalmology and retinal disease specialist Dr. Edwin Stone was interviewed in an article discussing the impact of recent genetic discoveries on study of age-related macular degenerat...

UI Ophthalmology at the ARVO Annual Meeting 2016

The University of Iowa is well represented at the ARVO Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA, April 30-May 5. Stop by, say hello, and talk with us about our recent research.

Glaucoma specialist honored for educational efforts

Dr. Wallace L. M. Alward was selected as the inaugural recipient of the 2016 American Glaucoma Society Outstanding Educator Award. The award recognizes his extraordinary commitment to advancing glauco...

WIVR researchers find new genetic cause of retinitis pigmentosa

WIVR investigators have reported the discovery of a new genetic cause of retinitis pigmentosa. The gene TRNT1 is responsible for adding the CCA nucleotides to the 3' of tRNAs, and is therefore essenti...

Gene for North Carolina Macular Dystrophy Discovered

Researchers at the University of Iowa Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research announced today the discovery of a gene that controls the development of the human macula. The macula is the central...

Visit us at the AAO Annual Meeting

The University of Iowa Ophthalmology faculty will be participating in a number of events at the AAO 2015 Annual Meeting in November.

Eye Clinic patient selected as Hawkeye Kid Captain

Eight-year old Colton Barker from Sioux City, Iowa will be this week’s Kid Captain for the University of Iowa football game on September 19th.  Colton was treated by pediatric eye specialists at UI Ho...

Glaucoma service adds new team member

Daniel Bettis, MD has joined the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences as an Clinical Assistant Professor with our Glaucoma service. Dr. Bettis recently completed his Glaucoma Fellowship at ...

UI oculoplastic surgeon wins leadership award

UI Ophthalmologist, Erin Shriver, MD, was selected for the 2015 Emerging Leader Award by Women in Ophthalmology (WIO). The organization met for its Summer Symposium on August 6-9 in Scottsdale, Arizon...

Iowa Vision Newsletter, Spring-Summer 2015

Read our newest newsletter (pdf).

Serving the underserved

Residents and fellows from the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences recently partnered with the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic (ICFMC) to offer a Diabetic Eye Disease Scre...

 UI Ophthalmologists honored for service to profession

Two University of Iowa Ophthalmology faculty have been honored for their service to the profession by national organizations. 

Early Distinguished Career Achievement Award goes to UI Ophthalmology Alum

A former resident from the Department of Ophthalmology, Dr. Andrew Doan, was awarded the 2015 Early Distinguished Career Achievement Award from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. The a...

Iowa vision researchers examining immune response in stem cell transplantation

A preclinical study by WIVR researchers has found that there is an adverse immune response to allogenic subretinal stem cell transplantation.;

University of Iowa Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research Announces New Endowment for Human Retinal Engineering 

The University of Iowa Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research announced today two large steps forward in the battle against blinding eye disease. Both are made possible by a major gift from Cal...

 UI ophthalmologist receives community service award  

 Dr. William Scott was chosen by the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) to receive the 2015 Physician Community Service Award. This award is given annually to a physician who has made outstanding contribution...

 Ophthalmologists with Iowa ties inducted into ASCRS Hall of Fame 

Emeritus chairman and former faculty member, Frederick C. Blodi, MD(deceased), was inducted into the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Ophthalmology Hall of Fame.

 UI stem-cell researcher selected for Research to Prevent Blindness award 

University of Iowa researcher Budd Tucker, PhD, has been awarded one of three Research to Prevent Blindness/International Retinal Research Foundation Catalyst Awards for Stem Cell Research Approaches ...

Ophthalmology Resident Wins Great Catch Award

Ophthalmology resident Johanna D. Beebe, MD was awarded the UIHC 2015 Great Catch Award, which honors care providers who identify potential threats and take action to prevent harm to patients.