For more than 80 years, the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science has established a tradition of excellence in ophthalmology. Our dedication to personalized care will maintain that level of excellence well into the future. Today, the Department of Ophthalmology sees more than 87,000 patients a year. Faculty are involved in a number of multi-center clinical trials funded by the National Eye Institute.

Department Timeline

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Starling Ohio Medical College joined Ohio State and became The Ohio State University Medical College, and the Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology Department was established.
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Recognizing the need for specialization, the Department of Ophthalmology was officially formed and located on State Street.
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The State Street clinic was moved to the University Hospitals.


The eye clinic is moved to occupy a small space adjacent to the old emergency room.


William Havener, MD became the first full-time ophthalmologist. The eye clinic was expanded to a large central room for interviewing and refracting patients, a treatment room, a small classroom, and a visual field room.


With the number of patients growing from 1,900 to 16,000 in a year, the Department took up residence in the newly constructed Outpatient Clinic building.
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To meet the needs of Columbus' increasing suburban population, the Department established two satellite clinics in Dublin, Ohio.
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The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science moved to a new location across the Olentangy River with more than 28,000 square feet, patient exam facilities and a state-of-the-art surgery center.
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A satellite clinic for diabetic eye screening was opened at CarePoint East.
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In Summer 2018, The Department of Ophthalmology opened a third office in Westerville.