Edward M. Barnett, MD, PhD

Edward Barnett, MD, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Chief, Glaucoma Service

The Eye Institute
925 N. 87th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Westbrook Health Center
2315 E. Moreland Blvd.
Waukesha, WI 53186

Maps and Directions

Central Scheduling: (414) 955-2020

Best Doctors 2017-2018


"My clinical philosophy involves forming a partnership with each patient — working together to manage their glaucoma. I invite patients to ask as many questions as they would like regarding their condition. In particular, because glaucoma is typically asymptomatic unless advanced, I feel that it is extremely important that each patient understands as much as possible about the disease and the rationale for treatment. Equipped with that knowledge, patients are able to make well-informed decisions regarding the various treatment options I present to them."


Patient Care Emphasis

  • Complex Glaucoma
  • Advanced Glaucoma
  • Open Angle Glaucoma
  • Angle Closure Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma Suspect
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Complex Cataract Surgery
  • Glaucoma Laser
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery

Current Research Focus

  • Membrane Permeant Peptides for Imaging Cell Function

Honors and Society Memberships

  • 1987 Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1991 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • 2006-2013 America’s Top Ophthalmologists – Consumer’s Research Council of America
  • 2011-2014 Best Doctors in America
  • 2001 Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology
  • 2010 ABO Maintenance of Certification
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
  • American Glaucoma Society (AGS)


  • BS, (Honors) Physcology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 1988
  • MD, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA, 08/1988-05/1995
  • PhD, Neuroscience, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 08/1988-05/1995

Postgraduate Training 

  • Internship, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI, 07/1995-06/1996
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, 07/1996-06/1999
  • Fellowship, Glaucoma, Washington University Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, St. Louis, MO, 07/1999-06/2000

Recent Publications


Revised Nov. 2017