Barbara Mihalik

Barbara Mihalik, OD

  • Optometry
  • Optometrist

Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Accepting new patients
4.9 out of 5
  • 245 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 75 Patient Comments

Insurances We Accept


About Me

I was drawn to eye health since sight is one of our most vital senses and we heavily rely on our eyes to help us navigate the world each and every day. I get so much joy knowing that I can help improve people’s lives by helping them improve their sight. I specialize in optometry and treat a range of vitreoretinal conditions with advanced imaging techniques such as optical coherence tomography (OCT), fundus photography, ocular ultrasonography, and electroretinography.

I'm proud to be a long-time Buckeye, completing every stage of my college education here at Ohio State. Ohio State has a vast community that's constantly expanding and includes people from all across the world. Our connections and access to the most advanced medical technologies draws the best minds to work and practice here. I love that I can meet the visual needs of patients in my home state by giving them the highest quality of ocular care possible. In Columbus specifically, I love that I'm able to help those from all walks of life.

Working at Ohio State has allowed me to have a balanced career that includes not only patient care but involvement in cutting-edge research for diabetic retinopathy, inherited retinal dystrophies, and macular degeneration as well as in teaching the next generation of physicians. I'm a clinical attending for fourth-year students at the College of Optometry, undergraduate neuroscience students, and ophthalmology residents. I also mentor students through the College of Arts and Sciences Match Mentor Program at The Ohio State University.

Throughout my career, I have been involved in several initiatives that have helped me gain more experience in interacting with patients from underserved communities. I have worked as a healthcare provider with Prevent Blindness, performing complimentary eye examinations for patients in need. In addition, I'm grateful for the mission trip I went on to Ayacucho, Peru, with Cypress Community Church of Galloway, Ohio to provide eye care to children at the Hogar Case Luz Orphanage and Maranatha Learning Center.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, golfing, road and mountain biking, hiking, skiing and reading.
  • Achieved Fellow status of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) in only my second year of practice. Only 10% of all optometrists in the country achieve fellow status.
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Retina Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO)
  • During the Covid-19 crisis throughout the spring of 2020, I presented a weekly live-stream lecture through the Student Online Clinical Case Education Program put together by the AAO. This was needed to provide vital clinical education for the soon-to-be-graduating fourth-year optometry students across the US.
  • Co-investigator of three clinical trials with total involvement in 11 clinical trials at Ohio State

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Retinal Detachment
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Ophthalmology
  • Retinal Diseases
  • Eye Infections
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Optometry
  • Hypertensive Retinopathy
  • Vitreous Detachment
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Epiretinal Membrane
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Retinal Artery Occlusion
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Perforations
  • Myopia
  • Uveitis
  • Albinism
  • Geographic Atrophy
  • Retinal Dystrophies
  • Retinoschisis
  • Night Blindness
  • Deaf-Blind Disorders
  • Usher Syndromes
  • Vitelliform Macular Dystrophy
  • Toxoplasmosis, Ocular

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Education and Training

Education History


Ohio State University College of Optometry, Columbus, OH
9/20/2012 - 5/4/2014

Academic Information

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The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

245 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.9 out of 5
  • Explains Things Carefully
    4.9 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.9 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.9 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.7 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.9 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.9 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023


  • Reviewed on Oct 10, 2023

    She was real good.

  • Reviewed on Oct 09, 2023

    Very professional, understanding, informative. Explained visit outcome thoroughly.

  • Reviewed on Oct 09, 2023


  • Reviewed on Oct 06, 2023

    Each visit has been good.

  • Reviewed on Oct 02, 2023

    Always answers my questions, never makes me feel rushed.

  • Reviewed on Sep 30, 2023

    Barbara did an excellent job.

  • Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

    Dr Mihalik always does an excellent job of examining my eyes.

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 09/29/2023, Dr. Mihalik has reported relationships with the companies or entities listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office.

  • American Academy of Optometry