Ophthalmology is the study of the structure and function of the eye. Experts in ophthalmology diagnose and treat patients who have eye conditions and diseases by prescribing medications or performing surgical procedures.

Specialists in Mayo Clinic's Department of Ophthalmology in Minnesota have expertise in managing all eye problems, including cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, corneal and eye surface disease and crossed eyes (strabismus). They have special expertise in cancer of the eye, diseases of the eyelids and orbit, vitreo-retinal diseases and neuro-ophthalmological disorders. Mayo Clinic eye care experts also perform refractions, prescribe corrective lenses and offer refractive laser surgery, cosmetic eye surgery and contact lens services.

The Department of Ophthalmology in Minnesota offers a full-service optical shop and a contact lens service. Mayo Clinic Optical has a wide variety of designer frames and the newest technology in lenses. The Contact Lens Division is staffed by technicians certified by the National Contact Lens Examiners and offers a wide variety of contact lenses.

The department's Low Vision Service provides assessment services and low-vision aids to patients whose eyesight cannot be corrected by glasses, surgery or medication. The service is designed to help patients optimize their vision.

Ophthalmologists and optometrists at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota embrace Mayo's tradition of teamwork in providing vision care services. From routine eye examinations to complex surgical procedures, ophthalmology department members work together to evaluate and address each patient's needs.

Many eye problems are related to other medical conditions, such as diabetes and autoimmune or thyroid disease. In such cases, Mayo Clinic's eye care experts work closely with physicians in other medical specialties to diagnose and treat the underlying problem.

The Department of Ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has more than 30 staff members, including optometrists and ophthalmologists in all ophthalmic subspecialties. The department also includes Ph.D. researchers and many ophthalmology residents and fellows who are receiving clinical or research training.