Patient Care

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

Strategy Prevents Blindness in Mice With Retinal Degeneration

May 8th, 2018

Approach could guide research for inherited blindness treatment in humans The University of Florida, Department of Ophthalmology’s Dr. Ekaterina Lobanova is a leading author on study published in journal Nature […]

Protecting Your Eyes During A Solar Eclipse

Aug 18th, 2017

The University of Florida, Department of Ophthalmology’s Dr. Jessica Cameron talks about the importance of protecting your eyes during the 2017 solar eclipse. To watch the informative video, produced by […]

Savoring the Little Things

Aug 11th, 2017

Michelle Wilder regains her vision and quality of life after a keratoprosthesis procedure was performed by Dr. Sonal Tuli. To read the full article, please click here. To watch the video […]

First retinal implant at UFHealth

Jul 14th, 2017

A Georgia man who has been blind for decades is the first UF Health patient to receive a retinal implant as part of an artificial vision system. A story by […]

College of Medicine News

UF to offer new online precision medicine graduate certificate

UF to offer new online precision medicine graduate certificate

June 15, 2018

Students will learn the latest in genomic technologies and precision medicine therapies

Fighting blindness with gene therapy

Fighting blindness with gene therapy

June 14, 2018

Shannon E. Boye, PhD ’06, has an eye for tackling some of the toughest sight-robbing vision problems.

Answering the call

Answering the call

June 14, 2018

Former sheriff's deputy Connor McVey trades his badge for scrubs

‘Research Means Hope’

‘Research Means Hope’

June 14, 2018

A local family of UF alumni support pediatric cancer research at UF Health through their non-profit foundation.