Eye Pathology

The F. C. Blodi Eye Pathology Laboratory provides diagnostic services and supports vision-related research projects. It is an independent ophthalmic pathology laboratory that serves both the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and the state of Iowa.

Our Services Include:

  • Assist in making difficult or unfamiliar diagnosis including
    • Conjunctival pigmented lesions
    • Intraocular tumors
    • Retinoblastoma
    • Sebaceous cell carcinoma of the eyelid
    • Uveal melanoma
    • Vitreous large cell lymphoma
  • Consultation or second opinions on difficult cases
    • The ophthalmic pathology lab may be of particular help to other pathology labs that may not have expertise in examining the eye and eye tissues, such as the cornea, conjunctiva, and orbital lesions.
    • The ophthalmic pathology lab can be helpful in both the gross and microscopic preparation of tissue that may need special handling, such as eyes and corneas. Referring physicians are invited to view additional information at https://medicine.uiowa.edu/eye/path-lab/
  • Detailed surgical pathology report issued on every specimen sent to the laboratory
  • Macroscopic (gross) and microscopic examination of surgical specimens from the eye and ocular adnexa
  • Pathological analysis of tissues from the eye and surrounding tissues (conjunctiva, eyelid, lacrimal system, and orbit) as well as vitreous and aqueous humor specimens
  • Process and section histological specimens and do special histologic or immunohistochemical stains
  • Receives ocular specimens for consultation from practitioners throughout the country and from foreign countries.

Certifications and Accreditations

  • Accredited by the College of American Pathologists
  • Certified by The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)

Care Team

Physician, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences