The mission of the Department of Ophthalmology is to reduce vision-threatening eye diseases through clinical care, research, teaching, and community service. The goal is to provide the most effective and advanced management of ocular diseases and complex vision problems for the local, state, regional, national, and international communities.

UVA Ophthalmology is committed to excellence in education. We offer a fully accredited ophthalmic residency program, glaucoma and retina fellowship programs, and optometry residency program.  

The department offers comprehensive ophthalmic care as well as the following sub-specialties: anterior segment/cornea, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, oculo-plastics, pediatric eye care, uveitis, refractive, medical and surgical retina, and optometry. UVA Ophthalmology prides itself in furthering knowledge of eye care through medical training and research.

COVID-19 Response

UVA Health’s COVID-19 Response

UVA Health’s Epidemiology and Emergency Management teams have together developed a response plan. Our goal is to protect the health of our patients and team members and quickly identify anyone who may need to be tested for the coronavirus. Click below for current information on testing and access information.
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University of Virginia’s COVID-19 Response & Status

The University of Virginia is closely monitoring the emergence of COVID-19, and consulting with experts at UVA Health and other state and federal partners. Click below for School status, travel guidance and more.
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Ophthalmology Education Programs

The three-year residency program is designed to provide the resident with gradually increasing responsibility.
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Fellowships and Externship for Optometry Students

The Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Virginia offers a one-year clinical glaucoma fellowship and sponsors a two-year Vitreo-Retinal Fellowship.
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Faculty Spotlight: New Diagnostic Tool to Aid in Identifying Leading Cause of Blindness

Now an associate professor going on five years of research and collaboration at UVA, Liu has published six research articles this year alone, the most recent of which was featured in the Journal of Neuroscience. As part of a trifecta of technological development, animal models and clinical application, Liu has established a new retinal imaging technique that will enable earlier diagnosis of the world’s leading cause of irreversible blindness.
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