Eye health (ophthalmology)

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Whether you’re considering LASIK eye surgery, helping a parent with glaucoma, or looking for a specialist for your baby with retinopathy of prematurity, you’ll find the eye care you need at University of Minnesota Physicians.

Our eye doctors provide all-inclusive vision services, from basic eye exams to specialized treatment for a diverse range of conditions, including diabetic eye disease, age-related macular degeneration, corneal disease and albinism. We stand out from other eye care centers because of our expertise in all eye care subspecialties.

As faculty of the University of Minnesota Medical School, University of Minnesota Physicians ophthalmologists also conduct studies and give you access to clinical trials. You’ll benefit from state-of-the-art technologies and prevention and treatment innovations to enhance your quality of life.

Pediatric Eye Care

To better serve you and your family, the pediatric Eye Clinic in located next to University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital.

Our clinic space is located at:

Minnesota Lions Children’s Eye Clinic
Park Plaza Building
701 25th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN


Our ophthalmologists provide a complete range of eye care and vision services from eye imaging, glasses, contact lenses and patches to surgery, laser treatments, phototherapy, Botox injections and family and child counseling for coping with vision issues.

Clinics & Providers

Specialty highlights

Unique programs for kids, brain-related vision disorders
Univeristy of Minnesota Physicians has one of the country’s largest pediatric ophthalmology programs, providing eye care to infants, children and adolescents, and has the only clinic in the Twin Cities dedicated to thyroid eye disease, with a multidisciplinary approach to maximize management of this vision-threatening disorder.

Leading research
Bioactive eyedrops
UMPhysicians ophthalmologists have studied the biological components of healthy tears to formulate "bioactive" eye drops that may mimic the action of normal tears and work more effectively than artificial tears.

Stem cell transplants
Our eye researchers are investigating the use of corneal stem cells harvested from healthy eyes (often a patient's own stem cells from the healthy eye) to repair damaged eye tissue.

New types of light therapy
We're using new techniques, such as photothrombosis, to destroy abnormal blood vessels on the eye's surface, as well as laser photocoagulation, which uses light rays to destroy abnormal blood cells on the macula.

Hereditary retinal disease blood bank
This project collects blood samples from people with inherited disorders affecting the retina, such as retinitis pigmentosa. Patients and families who participate may benefit from future genetic screening and therapies for these diseases.

Drug therapy for albinism
We are conducting the first drug trial for individuals with albinism to determine if vision can be improved with a medicine.

Read more about our research in ophthalmology.  


Central Scheduling: 612.672.7422

Provider Referrals: 612.672.7000

Administrative Offices: 612.884.0600

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