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Barbara K. Tylka, O.D.

  1. Optometrist



  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Dr. Barbara Tylka, O.D., is a board-certified optometrist with a particular focus on managing dry eye conditions. Her dedication to patient care extends to peri-operative services, particularly in the field of cataract surgery, where she provides consultations and plays a vital role in post-operative care.

Dr. Tylka's commitment to providing care to a diverse range of patients is underscored by her native fluency in Polish, and her ability to conduct eye exams in Spanish, with proficiency in conversational Spanish. Her passion for helping patients with dry eye is evident in her efforts as the founder of Mayo Rochester's official Dry Eye Clinic. In this clinic, she has introduced cutting-edge technology for the diagnosis and treatment of various dry eye conditions, further enhancing the quality of care provided to her patients.

Dr. Tylka's qualifications include an additional year of specialized training in Ocular Disease at the VA of Northern Indiana Health Care System in Fort Wayne, IN. Her educational achievements include graduating Cum Laude from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to her optometric studies, she pursued an undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, IL, majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

With her background in ocular disease management and peri-operative care, Dr. Barbara Tylka stands as an optometrist dedicated to enhancing the eye health and well-being of her patients.

  1. 2016
    Associate Resident - Ocular Disease and Primary Care Veterans Administration
  2. 2015
    OD - Doctor of Optometry Illinois College of Optometry
  3. 2011
    Bachelor - Molecular & Cellular Biology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  1. 2021
    OptometryAmerican Board of Optometry

Awards and honors

  1. 2015
    Magna Cum LaudeIllinois College of Optometry

Professional memberships

  1. 2023 - present
    MemberThe Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  2. 2023 - present
    MemberMinnesota Optometric Association
  3. 2011 - present
    MemberAmerican Optometric Association
  4. 2011 - present
    MemberAmerican Academy of Optometry