About the Department

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences consists of over 40 ophthalmologists who work as physicians and surgeons and have teaching appointments with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.

The Eye Institute of Alberta (EIA) is a Center of excellence for all levels of ophthalmic care and serves a population of over 3 million people around Edmonton and in the North. The hub of the EIA is the Royal Alexandra Hospital with additional sites at the Stollery Children's Hospital, Westview Health Center and the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital.

We have a vibrant teaching and learning environment with a strong commitment to undergraduate medical education, postgraduate medical education (residency and fellowship programs, including support for global health) and graduate student education.

Research takes place within a highly collaborative environment for both fundamental and translational research and builds on inter-departmental strengths in neurobiology, developmental biology, vascular biology, and molecular genetics of vision. Clinical research strengths include clinical trials, ocular genetics, electrophysiology and tele-ophthalmology.