Doctors and researchers at the Ohio State Havener Eye Institute are committed to enhancing your vision and improving your quality of life.

Vision loss can occur for many reasons, from genetic diseases to age-related deterioration. Experts at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center work together to understand the cause of your vision loss, provide the latest treatments, and offer the highest level of patient care while enhancing or restoring your vision.

The Ohio State Havener Eye Institute pairs clinical care with research and academic advancements at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. When you come to the Havener Eye Institute, you can trust that your doctor is skilled in treating common vision problems as well as more obscure and challenging vision issues.

If vision loss has disrupted your daily activities or is preventing you from doing things you enjoy, doctors at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center can help improve your vision and get you back to doing what you love.

Vision enhancement services at Ohio State

Advanced specialty contacts – scleral contact lenses

If you have an irregular shaped cornea or an ocular surface disease, routine contact lenses may not provide effective treatment. Specialty contact lenses, called scleral contact lenses, rest on the white of your eye instead of your cornea and can usually improve your vision if you haven’t had success with typical contact lenses.

The Ohio State Havener Eye Institute offers the latest technologies in fitting specialty contact lenses to give you access to lenses that can correct your vision. Learn more about the Advanced Specialty Contact Lens Clinic at Ohio State.

Cataract surgery

A cataract is a cloudy patch in the eye that obstructs your vision. Cataracts typically form slowly and grow larger over time. The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center offers the most advanced surgical treatments for cataracts to restore your vision. Most patients who have cataract surgery see a significant improvement in their vision. Prior to cataract surgery, your doctor will perform a full examination of your eye from front to back and discuss the activities you want to get back to.

Whether you’re an active reader, a golfer or have found yourself unable to drive at night due to vision problems, the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center can enhance your vision in a way that helps get you back to doing the things you love. Learn more about cataract surgery at Ohio State.


If you’re farsighted, nearsighted or have an astigmatism, you likely wear contact lenses or glasses to improve your vision. These kinds of vision loss are generally caused when your cornea is misshapen and unable to properly focus light. LASIK surgery can fix your cornea so that you can see correctly without needing glasses or contacts.

When it comes to eye surgery, it’s important to be able to trust that your doctor is skilled. The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center was the first LASIK center in central Ohio, and our providers have been restoring vision for patients through LASIK surgery for more than 30 years. The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center cares about patients and their relationships with their providers, which is why you’ll see your doctor at every visit.

The Havener Eye Institute has a 99.7% first procedure success rate for LASIK, meaning most patients don’t need to come back for a second touch-up procedure. Learn more about LASIK eye surgery at Ohio State.

Corneal damage treatment

The cornea is the outermost layer of the eye that helps focus light so that you can see clearly. Certain conditions like allergies, corneal dystrophies and dry eye can cause damage to your cornea and obstruct your vision. Whether your corneal damage is due to seasonal allergies or a corneal dystrophy, doctors at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center can determine the root cause of your corneal disorder and offer an effective treatment plan to enhance or restore your vision. Learn more about corneal disorder treatment at Ohio State.

Corneal transplants

If your cornea is severely damaged from disease or injury, it can result in vision loss that might only be corrected with a corneal transplant. During a corneal transplant, your doctor will replace damaged corneal tissue with healthy donor corneal tissue that can improve vision.  

Corneal transplants are among the most successful organ transplants and typically don’t require general anesthesia. The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center offers four kinds of corneal transplant surgeries. Learn more about corneal transplants at Ohio State.