Advancing ophthalmology through clinical care, research and education

The Havener Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science prides itself in providing state-of-the-art patient care, education and research. Our mission is to prevent and cure blinding eye disease and improve the quality of vision through clinical care, research and education. We offer a comprehensive array of services to patients as well as educational and research opportunities to physicians who are both in training and in practice.

Our department offers patients the latest examination and diagnostic techniques, both medical and surgical for major diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye diseases, retinal detachments, macular degeneration and cataracts, as well as the latest techniques in refractive surgery. One of our department highlights includes the Robinson Imaging Center that offers the latest in imaging technologies.


Top-ranking education programs

Our department’s three-year residency program and fellowship programs are among the most competitive in the country. We offer numerous clinical, surgical, research and teaching opportunities in the areas of cornea and external disease, glaucoma, refractive surgery, vitreoretinal disease and neuro-ophthalmology/orbital disease.

Our faculty are involved in a number of multi-center clinical trials funded by the National Eye Institute and have contributed to medicine's base of knowledge of ocular diseases through efforts aimed at new treatments for the prevention and treatment of blinding disorders.
Divisions and Specialties

Divisions and Specialties

Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Our doctors provide comprehensive ophthalmic care to the university community and at our outreach clinics. They are integral to our resident clinical and surgical education on campus and through the Columbus VA clinic. They also provide outstanding role models of comprehensive ophthalmology to our residents and medical students.

Cornea and External Disease

The Cornea and External Disease Division includes the areas of Corneal Disorders, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Optometry and Refractive Surgery. The division is actively involved in teaching, research and clinical care. Our doctors treat cataracts, corneal abrasions, dry eye, keratoconus and many other corneal and anterior segment disorders and diseases.

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The Glaucoma Division is dedicated to expanding the mission of the OSU Department of Ophthalmology: Excellence in patient care, research and education.

We have added state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, the Optovue Optical Coherence Tomographer. This advanced technology allows us to diagnose glaucoma at the earliest stages of the disease and can detect progression earlier than other methods, allowing us to provide optimum care of this potentially blinding disease for our patients.

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LASIK and Refractive Surgery

At Ohio State’s Havener Eye Institute, we perform state-of-the-art, blade-free, all-laser LASIK for the best vision outcomes. We currently use the latest technologies, such as the Wavelight Refractive Suite, which includes the FS200 Femtosecond laser for flap creation and the Excimer 500 laser for personalized vision correction. This allows our surgeons to serve a wide variety of patient needs.

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The Neuro-Ophthalmology Division is a subspecialty of both Neurology and Ophthalmology concerned with visual problems that are related to the nervous system.  Some commonly seen diseases may include optic neuritis, optic neuropathy, optic disc edema, ocular myasthenia gravis, brain tumors or stroke affecting vision, idiopathic intracranial hypertension or pseudotumor cerebri, unexplained visual loss, headaches and double vision.

Our neuro-ophthalmologists typically attend to diseases of the afferent visual system (most often involving the optic nerve), the efferent visual system (that controls eye movements) or the pupillary reflexes.

Mary Abigail Craven, MD
Neuro-Ophthalmology Division

David Hirsh, MD
Neuro-Ophthalmology Division

Ocular Oncology

Our ocular oncology team is one of the largest and technologically advanced programs in the region. Ophthalmologists and researchers work alongside pathologists, oncologists and cancer specialists at the OSUCCC - James  to ensure the best diagnosis and treatment of all ocular cancers and tumors.

Ocular cancer and tumors can develop in all parts of the eye. Some conditions we treat include melanoma, nevus, metastases, retinoblastoma, orbital and eyelid cancers and ocular surface tumors.

Colleen Cebulla, MD, PhD
Frederick Davidorf, MD
  Orbital and Eyelid
Raymond Cho, MD, FaCS
Abbe Craven, MD
Courtney Kauh, MD
Lynn Schoenfield, MD
Mohamed Abdel-Rahman, MD, PhD
Robert Pilarski, LGC

Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery

Oculoplastic surgeons are subspecialists in ophthalmology who treat disorders of the eyelids, eye socket, and tear drainage system. Some of the more commonly treated conditions include drooping eyelids, facial weakness, blockage of the tear ducts, tumors of the eyelids and eye socket, and bulging of the eyes due to thyroid disease. 

Oculoplastic surgery is one of the most competitive and elite surgical subspecialties in the country. Our oculoplastic surgeons are all fellowship-trained and widely recognized for their high level of skill and expertise.

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Ophthalmic Pathology

Ophthalmic Pathology is the subspecialty of Pathology and Ophthalmology that focuses on diseases of the eye and its neighboring tissues.

At the Havener Eye Institute, Ophthalmic Pathologists study tissues excised by Ophthalmologists within our department to provide a precise diagnosis of the disease. The diseased tissue is examined macroscopically (gross examination) and by light microscopy.

Other techniques, such as transmission and scanning electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, as well as molecular biological and other methods are also sometimes employed. The diagnosis of the disease plays an important part in patient care.

Lynn Schoenfield, MD
Ophthalmic Pathology

Optometry Division

The Optometry Division at the Havener Eye Institute is concerned with eyes and related structures, as well as vision, visual systems and vision information processing. Our optometrists provide services for a variety of ocular and vision related conditions including low vision and contact lens services.

Barbara Mihalik, OD
Optometry Division
          Chantelle Mundy, OD, FAAO
Optometry Division
Chrisoula Morris, OD
Optometry Division

John Melnyk, OD, PhD
Optometry Division
Randall McLaughlin, OD
Optometry Division
Sara Huffman, OD
Optometry Division
Stephanie Pisano, OD
Optometry Division



Pediatric Ophthalmology

The Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Service is a collaboration of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Ophthalmology Department an The Ohio State University Medical Center Havener Eye Institute. They offer routine primary care and secondary care on referral, clinical testing for children with visual impairment, plus clinical and basic research.

The Pediatric Division preforms 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. 

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Our retina specialists have received special fellowship training for managing conditions which involve the vitreous body and retina.

The retina division incorporates the imaging department which includes state of the art imaging tools such as high resolution digital color fundus photography, fluorescein angiography, ICG angiography, Fundus AutoFluorescence, Spectral domain OCT and multiple frequency ocular ultrasound imaging.

Faculty in this division serve as Principal Investigators for clinical trials in areas of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, vascular occlusions and ocular tumors.

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