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UCSF Ophthalmology Research: Bringing Research Advances to Patient Care

Our mission is to save and restore sight for present and future generations. The Department of Ophthalmology and the Francis I. Proctor Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology are dedicated to understanding the causes and mechanisms of eye diseases, with the goals of preventing, slowing, and restoring sight.

Basic science research increases our knowledge of the visual system and its disorders, a critical foundation for developing new diagnostics and treatments. Clinical research examines patient experiences in order to improve outcomes. Translational research brings these discoveries from the bench to the bedside. Our basic, clinical, and translational multi-disciplinary research teams have made UCSF and the Proctor Foundation international leaders in vision research.  In fact, vision science at UCSF currently ranks among the top three eye institutions nationally in receipt of grants for sight saving research.

Innovative research programs in the Koret Vision Research Laboratory include studies on the mechanism and potential new treatments for glaucoma; investigations into the basic mechanisms underlying vision and visual disorders; evaluation of state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatments of inherited and acquired retinal degenerations such as macular degeneration; and efforts to improve the diagnosis and treatment of ocular tumors.

To learn more about our researchers, click here and then select any of our faculty members to see their individual research profile, or click on one of the following topics to identify our faculty associated with them and explore their research: Cataract , CorneaDiabetic RetinopathyGlaucomaInflammatory Eye DiseaseMacular DegenerationVisual System DevelopmentVisual System Function in Adults

Publications by our Faculty