Mayo Clinic's Department of Ophthalmology has internationally renowned eye physicians and surgeons who 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 across all our sites provide more than 250,000 outpatient visits for eye care.

Mayo Clinic's eye specialists 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
  • Corneal diseases and corneal transplant surgery
  • Cancer of the eye and surrounding tissues
  • Trauma of the eye, eyelid and eye socket
  • Inflammation of the eye and surrounding tissues
  • Retinal disease
  • Optic nerve disorders
  • Pediatric eye conditions
  • Strabismus

Mayo Clinic eye care experts also perform refractions, prescribe corrective lenses and offer refractive laser surgery, cosmetic eyelid 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. At Mayo Clinic, your ophthalmology team collaborates with other specialists, such as endocrinologists, oncologists, neurologists and rheumatologists, 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.

Mayo Clinic Ophthalmology has many locations including Arizona, Florida and several sites in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

All Mayo Clinic locations provide ophthalmology and optometry services, ranging from routine medical screenings and treatments to complex surgery. Availability of services varies among Mayo Clinic locations. Please confirm when you contact Mayo Clinic.

Each of our main campuses also houses an optical store that offers a wide variety of eyeglasses, contact lenses and specialty products. Pediatric eye care is offered at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

Mayo Clinic doctors trained in the structure and function of the eye (ophthalmologists and optometrists) are experts in treating all types of vision and eye conditions. Many people come to Mayo Clinic when their condition is unusual or complex. You can make an appointment directly with us or with a referral from your primary care doctor, ophthalmologist or optometrist. (Some insurance companies require a referral.)

Mayo Clinic's eye experts work with a multidisciplinary team of specialists who collaborate to provide exactly the care you need.

Mayo Clinic treats the following conditions. Not all services are available at all locations, and children's eye services are available only at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota. Please confirm when you call to request an appointment.

In Mayo Clinic's Department of Ophthalmology, care providers and scientists are dedicated to finding better options for people with vision impairments. Physician-scientists conduct a wide variety of research strategies across a spectrum of eye conditions to ensure patients have access to the latest, most-effective treatments available.

Eye specialists in the Department of Ophthalmology are involved at every level of research. In the lab, researchers detail the precise physiology of both normal eye functions and eye and vision diseases. They look at how cells function in each and how genes regulate them.

At the translational level, researchers seek to improve treatments, both surgical and nonsurgical. They do so by developing new drugs and analyzing best methods for surgical and transplant procedures.

When a promising treatment is ready to be introduced to the patient, Mayo Clinic researchers conduct clinical trials to measure the new treatment's effectiveness.

A key advantage of Mayo Clinic's ophthalmology research efforts is the scientist's access to vital infrastructure and specialists. For instance, ophthalmology researchers can work with biostatisticians and epidemiologists to leverage Mayo Clinic's extensive medical record-keeping system. Together, they can conduct comprehensive, retrospective studies to better understand the natural course of eye disease, the long-term outcomes of disease treatment and trends in the frequency of eye-related illness.

Other vital infrastructures include:

Through every stage of research, Mayo Clinic researchers work with colleagues and institutions throughout the country and the world.

The success of Mayo Clinic's ophthalmology research efforts have earned it decades-long funding from the National Institutes of Health as well as from the organization Research to Prevent Blindness and other private benefactors and foundations.