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Committed to the Pursuit of Excellence

Quality Care

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 to our patients, in training outstanding future ophthalmologists and scientists, and in developing new knowledge and innovative therapies for vision threatening diseases.

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multiple clinical sites

State of the Art Facilities

Our Clinical site at UFHealth The Oaks sees approximately 32,000 patients annually with both routine and complex ocular problems. There is a state-of-the-art iLASIK refractive suite at Hampton Oaks. Faculty of the pride themselves on providing compassionate, skilled, and cutting-edge care; covering all the ophthalmic subspecialties. We serve a large referral base and patients travel long distances to benefit from our expertise.

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Superior Resident training

Highest Surgical Numbers

The residency-training program is one of the most highly sought after ophthalmology training programs in the country. 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 our residents receive is demonstrated by the significantly higher than average Ophthalmology Board pass rate and choice fellowship placement in top subspecialty programs in the country. The department trains clinical ophthalmology fellows and PhDs as well as post-doctoral students. The clinical and research faculty are frequently invited to lecture and educate at national and international conferences.

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Groundbreaking researchers

NIH Funded Research

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. 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.

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ophthalmology news

Retinal degeneration treatments

For scientists pursuing retinal degeneration treatments, there is no shortage of culprits: More than 270 genes are known to cause the disease, which…

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Seeds of Hope: UF Health now using precision…

For patients with eye cancer, University of Florida Health ophthalmology specialist Gibran S. Khurshid, M.D., is sowing seeds of hope. In…

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Barriers to timely diagnosis of central retinal…

Reviewed by Bryce Buchowicz, MD, Logan Vander Woude, DO, MPH, and Siva S. Iyer, MD The key to successful treatment of central retinal arterial…

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Our Podcasts

W. Allan Steigleman, MD

Refractive Surgery Update

In this episode, W. Allan Steigleman, MD, discusses the latest updates in refractive surgery. He compares and contrasts the most widely used corneal refractive procedures, describes common contraindications for refractive surgery and discusses alternative refractive surgery options when corneal refractive surgery may not be appropriate.

Sonal Tuli, MD, MEd

Corneal Transplant Surgery for Improved Vision

Sonal Tuli, MD, discusses corneal transplant surgery for improved vision at UF Health Shands Hospital. He identifies patients and conditions that may benefit from corneal transplantation. He describes the different types of transplantation available, how to mitigate graft rejection and future technology and innovations in corneal transplantation.

Learn about our Residency Program

WHY PURSUE OPHTHALMOLOGY AT UF?

Residency Program Highlights!

What makes our program top tier? We offer our residents a high surgical volume with unique surgical experiences not offered at other institutions. Additionally, we are the leaders in the management and treatment of some of the rarest and most difficult pathology to treat in the United States. Our program provides our residents the opportunity to participate in ground-breaking research in both the basic and translational fields

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