Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

News and Events

February is Low Vision Awareness Month

Edited stem cells offer hope of precision therapy for blindness

A team of University of Iowa and Columbia University Medical Center researchers have corrected a blindness-causing gene mutation in stem cells derived from an affected patient. The result offers hope ...

 Ophthalmology Residency Match Results 2016 

The Ophthalmology Residency Match results for 2016 were revealed on January 12. We are proud to announce the following five people will be joining us as Transitional Interns in July 2016 and as Ophtha...

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...

UI Ophthalmologists Chosen as ‘Best Doctors’

Nineteen physicians from the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences were selected among the 2015-2016 Best Doctors in America®. The group of eye doctors spans several diffe...

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.

Our Ophthalmology Training Programs

Our ophthalmology program is recognized as one of the finest ophthalmology training centers in the world and our clinical and research programs are consistently ranked among the best. The links below ...

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

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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.