Mayo Clinic eye experts provide comprehensive care for people who seek answers about conditions and diseases of their eyes. Each year doctors in the Mayo Clinic Department of Ophthalmology help nearly 80,000 people who need healing.

Mayo Clinic's eye specialists (ophthalmologists and optometrists) diagnose and treat hundreds of eye conditions, including many that are rare or complex. They offer a full range of eye care, from routine eye exams to surgery. They have special expertise in cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cornea transplant, cancer of the eye, and diseases of the eyelids, the retina, the inside of the eye (vitreous), and the nerves related to the eye.

Mayo Clinic eye care experts also perform refractions, prescribe corrective lenses and offer refractive laser surgery, cosmetic eye surgery and contact lens services, including scleral lenses.

Why choose Mayo Clinic for eye care

Mayo Clinic specialists work closely with you and your health care team to understand and address your eye care needs. Many eye problems are related to other medical conditions, such as diabetes, immune system conditions and thyroid disease. So our eye experts collaborate with other specialists (endocrinologists, oncologists, neurologists) to provide exactly the care you need based on what's right for you. Eye specialists at Mayo Clinic also offer resources that can complement a local physician's expertise.


In addition to providing comprehensive care for eye diseases and conditions, Mayo Clinic eye specialists offer a full-service optical store, a contact lens service and a low vision service.

Ophthalmologists trained in treating children with eye conditions (pediatric ophthalmologists) may work with doctors trained in the general care of children (pediatricians) and other areas to care for children with eye conditions.


Due to popular demand, Mayo Clinic's ophthalmology department in Arizona is a referral-only practice. Specialists provide comprehensive care for eye diseases and conditions, including:

  • Neuro-ophthalmologic diseases
  • Vitreoretinal conditions
  • Intraocular tumors
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Cornea conditions that require surgery
  • Ocular surface disease
  • Conditions that require corrective lenses (optometry)

Mayo Clinic also provides treatment options for dry eyes, including newer technology that targets blocked meibomian glands. In addition, Mayo Clinic has a full-service optical store.


Mayo Clinic eye experts provide comprehensive care for eye diseases and conditions, including cosmetic eye surgery, low vision and specialty contact lens fitting, and a full-service optical store.