Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences


Saturday September 28, 2019

Westin Hotel

10135 100 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta

Our second annual Eyeball Gala will bring together ophthalmic specialists, surgeons, business and community leaders, and loyal friends to raise awareness and funds for the fight for sight and life-enhancing work of the Eye Institute of Alberta.

  • About Eye Institute
    The Eye Institute at the Royal Alexandra Hospital is a 40,000 square foot self-contained center located in the Active Treatment Center. It is made up of a few different departments; the outpatient unit, inpatient unit, surgery unit and administration area. The Eye Institute sees about 5,000 patients each month. Ophthalmologists provide eye care services to patients from Edmonton, as well as Northern Alberta, Northern BC, Northern Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. The clinic is also a University of Alberta teaching facility that trains residents and fellows to become eye specialists. 

    The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has an active research program integrating clinical and basic science approaches to improve the visual health of Canadians. Major research themes include genetics, tele-ophthalmology, clinical trials and ocular physiology, all of which seek to translate research advances directly into improved clinical practice.
  • Award Nominations



    New Vision Award  - presented to an individual who has demonstrated excellence and innovation in translational vision research (with potential or actual impact to patient care).

    Eye Award -  presented to an individual or organization who demonstrates exceptional dedication to the Eye Institute of Alberta through philanthropic contributions, volunteerism, or other good works.

    Please submit your nomination, by Monday January 28, 2019 along with a short email or letter (no more than one page) indicating why and how the individual and/or organization is deserving of this award.

    Please submit all nominations to:

    Chesceri Mason Gafuik, Department Administrator
    Email: chesceri.mason@ualberta.ca

  • Contact Information
  • Event Schedule
  • Research videos

    Research videos produced for 2018 Eyeball Gala can be viewed here

    At this year's Gala there will be new video presentations highlighting current research projects/trials.

  • Sponsors

    Click here to view the full Sponsorship Package. Currently, the following sponsorship levels are available: Gold, Silver, and Bronze


    Presenting Sponsor 

    For more information about the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, click here.


    Diamond Sponsor

    For more information about IOOF, click here.


    Gold Sponsor

    For more information about Rotary Club, click here



  • Virtual Reality Experience

    At this year's Gala there will be VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE! This immersive interactive VR experience will utilize head mounted displays, which transport the viewer “down the rabbit hole”.  Viewers will "experience" 3 eye diseases while there:

    Age Related Macular Degeneration -  this disease blurs the sharp, central vision you need for “straight-ahead” activities such as reading, sewing, and driving
    Retinitis Pigmentosa - causes the breakdown of photoreceptor cells (cells in the retina that detect light)
    Cataracts - is a clouding of the lens in the eye which leads to a decrease in vision