With a mission to improve eyecare in West Virginia and beyond, our nationally recognized researchers and educators are shaping the next generation of leaders in ophthalmology.
WVU Eye Institute students, residents, and fellows learn and train in the only tertiary eyecare center in West Virginia.
The West Virginia University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences offers a four-year residency program with an integrated first year/transitional year, along with fellowships in cornea, glaucoma, oculoplastics, and retina. Our research department is nationally recognized, and there are many clinical trials that are being conducted by our faculty.
Medical students are invited to explore the rewarding career of ophthalmology at the WVU Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Under the guidance of our excellent faculty members, you will learn all aspects of eyecare.
Ophthalmology Residency Program
The WVU Ophthalmology Residency Program offers a joint transitional year internship and a three-year residency program with training primarily based in the only tertiary eyecare center in West Virginia. We treat many patients with unusual and complex disorders referred to WVU by doctors throughout West Virginia and the neighboring states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
In addition, under the supervision of our own WVU faculty, our residents also provide the medical and surgical care of patients at our VA.
With supportive, full-time, board-certified faculty in all clinical subspecialty areas under one roof, we strive for our residency programs to provide a transformative training experience for all students.
The WVU Eye Institute Cornea Fellowship prepares fellows to confidently manage a wide range of complex corneal conditions, both medically and surgically. Former fellows of this program have joined academic centers and private practices upon completion of their fellowship. Learn more →
Our one-year glaucoma fellowship program provides an advanced level of subspecialty training in diagnosis and management of medical and surgical glaucoma. Through supervised clinical care delivery, research, independent study, and participation in Ground Rounds and didactic lecture, fellows will gain the knowledge and skills needed to independently diagnose and treat patients with glaucoma. Learn more →
Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
West Virginia University is proud to have one of the few ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowships in the United States. This fellowship is a two-year program, fully accredited by the ACGME. Learn more →
The WVU Eye Institute offers a two-year combined medical and surgical vitreoretinal fellowship. The fellowship is structured to emphasize the surgical retinal experience and to optimize the fellow’s exposure to medical retinal, ocular oncology, and uveitis pathology. Learn more →
Funding Visual Science Research
Making untreatable vision problems treatable: WVU receives $11M for visual sciences research center
A clinical trial conducted by the WVU Eye Institute for the use of EYELEA, an injection medication, has led to FDA approval for the treatment of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).
The experts at the WVU Eye Institute conduct ongoing clinical trials and research studies.