Ohio State's Havener Eye Institute provides comprehensive eye care and vision services with unmatched expertise.

The ophthalmology specialists of Ohio State's Havener Eye Institute are central Ohio's experts in eye care. From routine exams to advanced treatments, we use the latest diagnostic, medical and surgical techniques to treat, cure and prevent eye disorders and diseases. Our care is backed by the research, education, technology and teamwork of Ohio State's Department of Ophthalmology.

From each of our convenient central Ohio locations, we work to maintain your eye health, protect your vision and prevent blindness.

We provide medical and surgical care for eye disorders including glaucomadiabetic eye diseasesretinal detachmentsmacular degeneration and cataracts. Our services range from routine eye exams and vision care, including eyeglasses and contact lenses, to advanced treatments, such as neuro-ophthalmology, refractive surgery (LASIK) and many other specialized services.

Protect your Vision 

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, many sight-threatening diseases can be cured or treated if detected early. Ohio State’s eye care experts can take steps to prevent or slow the progression of vision loss. 

Scheduling regular eye examinations is a vital preventive step. Routine checkups can dramatically reduce the impact that eye disorders like diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts have on your quality of life. 

To schedule an appointment with Ohio State’s eye care experts, call 614-293-8116.

Dr. Andrew Hendershot, an ophthalmologist at Ohio State, shares why he enjoys working at Ohio State's Havener Eye Institute.

Featured Programs

Comprehensive Ophthalmology (Eye Care)

Our doctors provide comprehensive ophthalmology (eye care) services in state-of-the-art clinics. Havener Eye Institute ophthalmologists diagnose and treat varied disorders and diseases of the eye, as well as offer vision care to examine how well you see and then improve or protect your eyesight.

From routine eye exams to corrective lenses to vision-enhancing surgeries, we provide expert and personalized care. Our varied services include refractive surgery, such as LASIK, cataract surgery, including premium lenses to correct presbyopia and astigmatism, and many other procedures. We work as part of a team of eye care experts. We'll collaborate or refer patients to specialists as needed.

Corneal and External Disease

These doctors specialize in the treatment of cataracts, corneal abrasions, dry eye, keratoconus, or structural changes of the cornea, and many other diseases and disorders of the cornea and external parts of the eye.

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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness. Regular eye exams and early detection can help diagnose glaucoma and protect against vision loss. Havener Eye Institute glaucoma experts use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, such as the Optovue Optical Coherence Tomographer. These and other advanced technologies allow us to diagnose glaucoma at its very earliest stages and track its progression.

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LASIK

LASIK (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) is one of the most popular choices for refractive eye surgery. It has one of the highest patient-satisfaction rates among medical procedures. LASIK involves using an ultraviolet laser on the cornea (outer layer of eye) to correct vision. 

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Neuro-Ophthalmology

This subspecialty of neurology and ophthalmology addresses visual problems related to the nervous system. Neuro-ophthalmologists treat diseases, such as:

  • Optic neuritis
  • Optic neuropathy
  • Optic disc edema
  • Ocular myasthenia gravis
  • Brain tumors or stroke affecting vision
  • Idiopathic intracranial hypertension
  • Unexplained vision loss
  • Headaches
  • Double vision
We typically treat diseases involving the optic nerve, eye movement and pupil reflexes.

Oculoplastics

Oculoplastics, or oculoplastic surgery, is plastic surgery involving the eyes. It includes surgical procedures to correct problems with the orbit (eye socket), eyelids, tear ducts and face. It also includes reconstructing the eye and associated structures. Oculoplastic surgeons repair droopy eyelids (blepharoplasty), tear duct obstructions and orbital fractures. Other procedures include removing tumors in and around the eyes, eyelid reconstruction and facial rejuvenation, including laser skin resurfacing, eye lifts, brow lifts and facelifts.

Ophthalmic Pathology

At the Havener Eye Institute, ophthalmic pathologists use advanced diagnostic equipment to study tissues removed from the eye in order to make a precise diagnosis of disease. This thorough diagnosis of eye disease is essential to delivering effective, personalized patient care.

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Optometry and Low Vision

Optometrists at Ohio State’s Havener Eye Institute help to restore or improve eyesight. We treat a variety of eye and vision-related conditions with such services as eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions, low-vision aids and vision therapy, and many others. Maintaining your eye health and correcting vision problems can contribute greatly to your overall health and well-being.

Pediatric Ophthalmology

The Havener Eye Institutes pediatric ophthalmology services are provided in collaboration with Nationwide Children's Hospital Ophthalmology Department.

We preform vision screening for kids, and treats common ocular problems that can affect children. They diagnose, treat, and manage all children’s eye problems such as pink eye, strabismus, amblyopia, glaucoma, dacryostenosis, and cataracts.

Pediatric ophthalmologists generally provide the following services:

  • Eye exams
  • Surgery, microsurgery, and laser surgery for problems like weak eye muscles, crossed eyes, wandering eyes, blocked tear ducts, retinal problems and infections
  • Diagnosis of problems of the eye caused by diseases like diabetes, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and other medical and neurological diseases
  • Diagnosis of visual processing disorders
  • Care for eye injuries
  • Prescribing eyeglasses and contact lenses

Retina

Our Ohio State retina specialists manage conditions of the vitreous and retina. The vitreous is a clear gel between the front and back of the eye. The retina is the light-sensitive area on the inner back of the eye. It converts light into electrical signals for the brain.

Retina conditions treated include:
  • Macular degeneration 
  • Flashes and floaters 
  • Diabetic retinopathy 
  • Retinal detachment
  • Hereditary diseases 
  • Ocular trauma
  • Foreign bodies in the eye
  • Eye cancers

We use state-of-the-art imaging tools to better assess, diagnose and treat retina conditions. For example, high-resolution digital color photography of the inner eye and various types of angiography (a medical imaging technique) provide clear pictures of the inner eye. They help our eye care experts clearly assess how the retina, optic nerve and other parts of the eye are functioning.

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Eye Conditions

Some eye problems are minor and temporary. Others can lead to permanent vision loss. Eye diseases do not always have symptoms. Regular checkups are your best defense to detect, treat and prevent vision loss. See an Ohio State eye care professional right away if you have a sudden change in vision, if everything looks dim, or if you see flashes of light. Other symptoms that need quick attention are pain, double vision, fluid coming from the eye and inflammation.

Cataract

A cataract is a clouded lens in the eye that affects vision.

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Corneal Disorders

Various disorders can affect the cornea, the outer layer that helps protect and focus the eye.

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Diabetic Eye Problems

Individuals with diabetes have high blood sugar, which can damage eyes.

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Eye Movement Disorders

These disorders are caused by problems with the eye muscles used to focus.

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Glaucoma

Early detection and treatment of glaucoma can protect against vision loss.

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Macular Degeneration

This degenerative disease affects central vision and is the leading cause of vision loss in older Americans.

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Refractive Errors

Vision problems such as farsightedness and nearsightedness happen when eye shape affects focus.

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Retinal Detachment

A retina pulled from its normal position in the back of your eye is a retinal detachment.

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Retinal Disorders

Retinal disorders affect tissue in the back of your eye that senses light and sends images.

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Vision Impairment and Blindness

Age-related eye diseases are leading causes of low vision and blindness.

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