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At the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences at the University of Minnesota Medical School, we educate the next generation of eye care professionals, provide exceptional eye care for our patients, and discover new treatments

Macular degeneration experts Erik van Kuijk, M.D., Ph.D., and Deborah Ferrington, Ph.D., are part of the University team charged with finding a cure for the debilitating eye disease.

Pictured: Macular degeneration experts Erik van Kuijk, MD, PhD, department chair and professor, and Deborah Ferrington, PhD, professor, are part of the University of Minnesota team charged with finding a cure for the debilitating eye disease.


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Department phone: 612-626-2452

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Make an appointment | Call: 612-625-4400 or 800-937-4393 (option #2)

Meet our faculty

Interested in pursuing a career in ophthalmology? Our residents, fellows, and students train with faculty across specialties and gain hands-on experience with a wide variety of patients with diverse eye problems

We also offer continuing medical education through grand rounds.

Ophthalmology resident at workOphthalmology Residency: A three-year, clinically-oriented training program. Residents will be eligible to take the examination for board certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Post-residency Fellowships: Continued training in pediatric ophthalmology, oculoplastic and orbital surgery, and anterior segment.

Orthoptic Program: Two-year program with didactic coursework at Regions Hospital School of Ophthalmic Technology in St. Paul, MN, and clinical work at University of Minnesota hospitals and clinics. 


Child at Minnesota Lions Pediatric Eye ClinicGet the best care possible. Each year our physicians provide care for approximately 71,000 patients, for adults and children, in all six subspecialty areas of ophthalmology:

  • cornea and refractive surgery
  • glaucoma
  • neuro-ophthalmology
  • ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus
  • vitreoretinal diseases. 

Dale and Deb collaboratingOur clinical researchers and basic science researchers collaborate together, working in state-of-the art laboratories and facilities. This leads to notable discoveries from the laboratory into the clinic in areas such as macular degeneration, cornea transplantation, and oculo-plastics. Our research achievements include:

  • Developed the solution, now used worldwide, that preserves corneal tissue for transplant
  • Created a system to rate the severity of macular degeneration research tissue
  • Improved outcomes for pediatric corneal transplants
“What kinds of diagnoses can be made through the eye? In addition to diseases of the eye itself, we can discover signs of high blood pressure, infectious diseases like TB and HIV, and lupus, among others. We can diagnose atrial fibrillation, rheumatoid arthritis, and sometimes diabetes.”

Erik van Kuijk, MD, PhD, department chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences