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Areas of Expertise


Corneal and External Disease
Our faculty in the Corneal External Disease section includes internationally recognized experts in keratorefractive surgery, contact lens and topographical mapping of the cornea. Residents participate in a wide variety of surgical experience, including  various corneal transplantation procedures, refractive surgery and cataract surgery. The department has a long track record of basic science research in corneal biomechanics with PhD faculty doing work in this area.


The Glaucoma Service at The Ohio State University includes the latest in surgical and medical management in the area of glaucoma.  A full range of advanced technologies, including YAG, argon  ALT, SLT and diode lasers are available in the management of difficult glaucoma patients. The service participates in a number of nationally sponsored clinical trials.  Surgical care includes various filtering technologies.  Departmental PhD faculty are internationally known for their work in intra-ocular pressure measurement as well as work in corneal biomechanics.

The Neuro-Ophthalmology section boasts three neuro-ophthalmologists and a large university medical center with technology supporting evolving imaging techniques, including  various magnetic resonance imaging and CT scanning procedures.  The Ohio State University Medical Center contains the largest coil magnetic resonance imaging unit in the country. A research tool, this unit provides among the highest quality images available anywhere in the world.

Ophthalmic Pathology
The Havener Eye Center has a fellowship-trained ocular pathologist, an MD-PhD research pathologist and also works with the neuropathology faculty in the Pathology Department of the Ohio State University Medical Center.  The lab on site contains a 40 plus-year library of ocular histopathology slides that are available for review by the resident staff. Residents in specific first and third year rotations  read slides weekly with Dr. Craig in the ophthalmic path lab. In addition, teleconferencing with the  Ocular Pathology service run by Robert Folberg, MD at Beaumont is carried out on a regular schedule.  Residents acquire knowledge of the pathophysiologic basis for ophthalmic diseases by participating in the review of new histopathologic specimens, as well as a formal course designed to learn interpretation of histopathologic specimens.

Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Residents experience a wide variety of ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery with a number of geographic and clinical faculty physicians who are nationally and internationally recognized as experts in this field. Ptosis surgery, blepharoplasty, botulinum injections, repair of complicated eyelid lacerations, dacryocystorhinostomy, enucleation and socket reconstruction are a few of the surgical techniques expected to be handled by resident staff physicians. Exposure to complex orbital surgeries is also available in both the Plastics and Neuro-ophthalmology divisions.

Pediatric Ophthalmology
Residents have clinical opportunities with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, a nationally recognized pediatric hospital. The residency program boasts an active resident  outpatient clinic and inpatient service where each resident may expect extensive clinical and surgical experience in the area of pediatric ophthalmology, including ROP screening, exposure to ophthalmic manifestations of genetic, developmental and childhood diseases and trauma,  strabismus and intraocular surgery. The experience may rival many pediatric fellowships and is a strong component of training at Ohio State.

Retina -Vitreous, Uveitis and Tumors
Experts in the Retina and Vitreous areas use a wide variety of state-of-the-art technology for diagnosing and treating of disorders of the retina and vitreous. These include high resolution fluorescein angiography, indocyanine green angiography,  time domain and spectral domain OCT, Fundus Autofluorescence, ERG, VER and  various ultrasound modalities. Residents are expected to order and interpret retinal imaging on their patients. Residents routinely perform laser treatments and intravitreal injections on their patients. The Retina division participates in a number of NIH/National Eye Institute and private industry sponsored studies. In addition to doing laser treatments on their clinic patients, residents participate in repair of complicated vitreo-retinal surgical procedures.  The retina service also includes an active Ocular Tumor service and is a regional referral center for  management of Ocular Melanoma and other ocular tumors. Faculty with Uveitis expertise  work in the retina division. The  retina division also includes basic science faculty working in  areas of melanoma, ocular genetics, angiogenesis and imaging.