Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

UI Hospitals & Clinics is recognized as one of the best programs in the nation for eye care. Our compassionate staff and skilled specialists provide a comprehensive array of vision and eye health services. Services range from routine vision screenings and eye care to the diagnosis and treatment of complex and rare eye conditions. We also offer the convenience of on-site services for ordering contact lenses and prescription eyewear and solutions such as laser vision correction and refractive surgery.

In addition to our main clinics on the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics campus, several of our eye care services are available for patients and families at Iowa River Landing. Located at the Coralville interchange on Interstate 80 (exit 242), University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics—Iowa River Landing offers patients easy access, free parking, and a state-of-the-art building for delivering outstanding patient care. Enjoy the convenience of free parking and finding all of your follow-up needs under one roof.

Referring Providers

Read more about referring to the UI Hospitals & Clinics Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences team.

General Eye Care

We provide a broad range of general eye care services from routine eye examinations to expert prescription and fitting of eye wear and contact lenses.

Specialty Care

UI Health Care eye specialists are ranked among the best in the world at diagnosing and treating eye diseases. Patients from around the world come to the UI Hospitals & Clinics and UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital to be treated by our staff.

Eye Cancer

University of Iowa clinicians and researchers provide cutting-edge diagnosis and treatments of eye cancers to patients of all ages.

Cosmetic Surgery

Our oculoplastic surgeons provide a full range of cosmetic and reconstructive eye services.

Why Choose Us?

Our world-renowned specialists provide Iowa's most comprehensive array of eye health services, ranging from routine eye care to cutting-edge diagnosis and treatment of complex eye conditions.

  • In 2021-22 our ophthalmology program was ranked seventh in the nation by U.S.News & World Report. Ophthalmology Times listed UI Hospitals & Clinics as the sixth best eye program in 2019.Award for adult care
  • We created the first center for macular degeneration in the United States, providing patient care while also conducting research into more effective treatments and possible prevention of the disease.
  • Our researchers discovered the first known gene to cause human open-angle glaucoma, as well as a number of other genes responsible for rare forms of retinal disease.
  • We are a world leader in the research and treatment of inherited eye diseases affecting adults and children.
  • UI is a leader in the treatment of retinoblastomas, ocular melanoma, and periocular skin cancers.
  • We have the only neuro-ophthalmology service in Iowa.
  • We performed 265 cornea transplants in a recent year.
  • We offer a comprehensive low vision and vision rehabilitation service to help individuals maximize their vision and lead productive lives.

Academic Departments that Provide Ophthalmology Care

Latest News

  • For the 32nd year in a row, the U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” rankings has listed UI Hospitals & Clinics as the No. 1 hospital in Iowa, as well as the only one in Iowa to have specialties ranked in the top 50 nationally.
  • Each September, the American Medical Association (AMA) recognizes Women in Medicine. This year, UI Health Care is putting our own spin on the month, celebrating our providers for the work they do in patient care, research, and women’s health advocacy.