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Our department uses a multidisciplinary approach when caring for the eye problems of our patients.


Our research focus is gene  therapy for retinal and macular degenerations as well as proliferative diabetic retinopathy.

UF Launches the Ocular Gene Therapy Core

The University of Florida announces the creation of the Ocular Gene Therapy Core as an adeno-associated virus (AAV) production facility. This core service provides customizable AAV production to match your gene […]

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Welcome to The Department of Ophthalmology

The Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Florida is committed to the pursuit of excellence in all its missions. We believe that the success of our department depends on the quality of the clinical care we provide our patients, training outstanding future ophthalmologists and scientists, and developing new knowledge and innovative therapies for vision threatening diseases.

The clinical sites at the UF Health Eye Center - Medical Plaza and UF Health Eye Center - Hampton Oaks see approximately 32,000 patients with routine as well as very complex ocular problems. The department also boasts a state-of-the-art iLASIK refractive suite at the Hampton Oaks location. The faculty of the department pride themselves on providing compassionate, skilled, and cutting-edge care to these patients; covering all the ophthalmic subspecialties. We serve a large referral base and patients travel long distances to benefit from the expertise provided by our ophthalmologists.

The residency-training program is one of the most highly sought after ophthalmology training programs in the country. The residents rotate primarily at the clinical sites at UF Health as well as the adjacent Veterans Hospital. The program has one of the highest surgical numbers and volume of clinical pathology in the country. The exceptional training that the residents receive is demonstrated by the significantly higher than average Ophthalmology Board pass rate as well as choice fellowship placement in top subspecialty programs in the country. In addition, the department trains clinical ophthalmology fellows and PhD as well as post-doctoral students. The clinical and research faculty are frequently invited to lecture and educate at national and international conferences.

Faculty members in the Department of Ophthalmology conduct groundbreaking research in basic and translational arenas. Key research areas include the development of gene therapy for retinal and macular degenerations, retinal neuro-protection, photo-transduction, wound healing, and the treatment of herpetic eye infections. This research is funded by grants from the NIH and other organizations, as well as privately endowed funds. The department also conducts clinical research and recently completed a clinical gene therapy trial for treatment of Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, based on treatment modalities developed by our scientists. Our Vision Research Center provides support to nine departments and six colleges involved with vision research.

Please navigate through our website to learn more about our clinical, educational, and research programs as we continue to build on our achievements to reach even greater excellence in all our endeavors.

Sonal Tuli, M.D., M.Ed.
Chair and Residency Program Director


Ophthalmology News

UF launches the Ocular Gene Therapy Core

Jul 13th, 2016

The University of Florida announces the creation of the Ocular Gene Therapy Core as an adeno-associated virus (AAV) production facility. This core service provides customizable AAV production to match your gene […]

Three Ophthalmology Members Inducted Into Gold Humanism Honor Society

May 6th, 2016

Three members of the Department of Ophthalmology were inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society on Thursday night, May 5th, 2016. The Gold Humanism Honor Society’s mission is to recognize […]

Shannon Boye, Ph.D. awarded 2016 MOMS for Sight Visionary Award

Apr 26th, 2016

Shannon Boye, Ph.D. was awarded the 2016 ‘MOMS for Sight Visionary Award’ on 4/16/2016 for her dedication to education, research and support for the visually impaired community. For information and […]

Shreyasi Choudhury, Ph.D. awarded Best in Group

Apr 26th, 2016

Shreyasi Choudhury, Ph.D. (post doc, Boye lab) was awarded ‘Best in Group’ for her poster “Novel Methodology for Creating Primate Retina with Sortable Cell Populations”  at the 4th annual Fourth […]

Recent News

New vision research lab to spark innovation-building collaborations

A new vision research lab geared toward building collaborations in eye research opened recently in the College of Medicine.

UF’s newest class of physicians celebrates milestone

UF’s newest class of physicians celebrates milestone

Members of the University of Florida College of Medicine class of 2015 transitioned from students to physicians at the college's 55th commencement ceremony Saturday morning.

New ophthalmology chair seeks to advance research, clinical care and training programs

Sonal S. Tuli, M.D., M.Ed., has been appointed chair of the department of ophthalmology at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

UF Health researcher receives grant to combat severe form of childhood blindness

Researchers test a gene therapy that could potentially reverse a severe form of childhood blindness.