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

The ophthalmology specialists of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center 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. 

Eye care programs and eye diseases

Ohio State’s ophthalmology experts offer a wide variety of eye care programs designed to help treat common eye conditions.

Featured Eye Care Programs

Learn more about the various eye care programs offered at Ohio State.

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 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 (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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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, 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.

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Pediatric Ophthalmology

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

We perform vision screening for kids and treat common ocular problems that can affect children. Specialists at Nationwide 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


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, while 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.
Eye Appointment FAQs

Eye Appointment FAQs

Prepare for your next eye care appointment by reviewing our frequently asked questions.

Will my eyes be dilated?

It's always a possibility we may need to dilate your eyes during the appointment. If you do not feel comfortable driving, we can schedule an appointment for a later date in which you'd have a driver.

Will I need a driver?

It depends on what you're having done at the appointment. If you do not feel comfortable driving, we can schedule an appointment for a later date in which you'd have a driver.

How long will I be at my appointment?

Since our doctors are specialty physicians, please plan to spend 2-3 hours in our office. The physicians spend as much time as needed with each patient and emergency patients are common in our practice. As a result, you may experience a wait time. We will try to keep you apprised of any delays. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to you this maybe. If you are a diabetic or use oxygen, please prepare for the potentially long wait. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

What will I need to bring?

Before coming to your appointment, fill out our New Patient Paperwork (PDF).

How will I be billed for my appointment?

You will be billed for all healthcare services that you receive. You may receive two bills:

• OSU doctors' services are billed by Ohio State University Physicians (OSUP).
• Hospital services (room cost, nursing care, supplies and medicines) are billed by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's Central Business office.

If you provide us with insurance information, we will bill your insurance as a courtesy to you except in the case of a limited number of services. If you have a secondary insurance carrier, we will bill that carrier after your primary payer has paid or denied your claim.

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Do I need to pay today?

Many insurance companies require a co-pay at the time of your appointment, please contact your insurance company if you are unsure if this applies to you or not. If you do not have insurance or financial assistance in place at the time of your service, you will be required to pay a deposit of $250 at the time of your appointment as a new patient. Feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns.
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