Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the Eye Institute

Vision Research

A broad spectrum of funding sources, from individual donations to National Institute of Health grants, enables our researchers to take a multidisciplinary approach to improving the fundamental understanding, diagnosis and management of eye disease. As a leader in clinical and translational research, Vision Science Research at MCW supports a solid platform for innovation, collaboration and discovery.



Explore the most recent papers authored by the vision scientists and clinical faculty at the Eye Institute.

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Vision Scientists

Explore the diverse research interests of the Eye Institute faculty and our vision science network.



At the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute, our goal is to provide the best vision care available. That is why we are highly committed to vision research.

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Advanced Ocular Imaging Program

The Advanced Ocular Imaging Program, located in the Eye Institute, serves as a local, national and international resource for advancing the field of ocular imaging and for translating adaptive optics technology into a clinically relevant imaging tool.

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Ocular Gene Therapy Laboratory

The Ocular Gene Therapy Laboratory (OGTL), founded by Daniel M. Lipinski, MSc, DPhil, and located in the Eye Institute, aims to develop broadly applicable gene-based therapeutics to prevent human blindness arising from neurodegenerative or vascular diseases affecting the retina.


We are fortunate to have a diverse array of funding sources for our research at the Eye Institute. We would like to acknowledge the National Institute of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute (NEI), Research to Prevent Blindness, and the R.D. & Linda Peters Foundation for their long-term support of our research projects. We also gratefully thank the many other local and national foundations who have made contributions to advance our mission. Finally, we thank our patients for their philanthropic donations, which provide especially vital support for new projects and continued innovation. 

Contact Ophthalmology

For patient care inquires, call us at (414) 955-2020 or use MyChart. Email is for research and education inquiries only.

Eye Institute Location

925 N. 87th St.

Milwaukee, WI 53226



(414) 955-2020

(414) 955-6166 (fax)


Continuing Medical Education

Mary Schafer


(414) 955-7840


Medical Education Coordinator



Director of Development - Ophthalmology

Gina Vrtochnick


(414) 955-5906 

Refer to Us - Consultation requests

Patient Referral Form (PDF)

Fax to (414) 955-0136


Emergent Requests

Within 48 hours call

(414) 955-2020



Vesper Williams


(414) 955-7862


Advanced Ocular Imaging Program


(414) 955-2647


Eye Institute Executive Director (Administrator)

Shannon Dreier


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