Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the Eye Institute

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Scientific Collaboration For Public Benefit 

The Eye Institute’s mission to improve, restore and preserve sight is only possible through the dedication of our team of researchers and physicians, who collaborate with outside partners to better our understanding, diagnosis and management of diseases that impair vision. We are dedicated to providing our expertise and technologies to parties who share our vision. 

We believe that in working together we can better achieve our mission and use our technology for the public’s benefit.


Dr. Strombeck with a pediatric patient

Leaders in Translational Research

Research in the Eye InstituteDedicated clinical and translational research facilities include a fully equipped exam lane and eight procedure rooms for informed consent, three large adaptive optics imaging systems, hand-held optical coherence tomography (OCT), fundus imaging, electroretinography, microperimetry, visual evoked potential testing, visual field testing and color vision testing.

Our research team includes clinicians, ophthalmic technicians, clinic staff, research faculty, clinical research coordinators, ophthalmic photographers and students who strive to improve our understanding and treatment of visual disorders through research.

Our adoption of the Lean Methodology further promotes our focus on our customers and research goals while using our resources efficiently. Learn more about our current clinical trials and other research studies.

The Eye Institute has been a part of hundreds of clinical trials and other volunteer-driven research studies as part of our mission to improve, restore and preserve sight.

Such research includes studies aimed at evaluating new therapies and imaging devices as well as natural history and genetic studies addressing a wide array of eye conditions. A representative list of eye conditions is listed below: 

  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Cataract
  • Diabetic eye diseases
  • Glaucoma
  • Inherited retinal degenerations
  • Ocular melanoma
  • Oculofacial conditions affecting vision
  • Pediatric eye diseases
  • Uveitis
  • Vascular eye disease

Research Resources

Young vision scientist researcher

Vision Research at the Eye Institute is organized according to our four Core Modules: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Morphology & Microscopic Imaging, Noninvasive Assessment of Animal Modules, and Engineering & Translational Imaging. Our Adaptive Optics Imaging Program (AOIP)Ocular Gene Therapy Laboratory (OGTL)transgenic mouse and rat facility and zebrafish vivarium are just a few of our featured technologies

MCW’s 11 faculty vision scientists together lead research programs that study all aspects of the visual system and the diseases and conditions that affect sight.

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Office of Technology Development 

8701 Watertown Plank Rd. Milwaukee, WI 53226 (414) 955-4362 

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Vision Research at MCW

925 N. 87th St. Milwaukee, WI 53226 

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