Laboratories, Institutes, and Centers of Excellence

Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology investigators at Mass. Eye and Ear are faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. Independently and collaboratively, we strive to understand normal eye physiology and the causes of ocular disease. Our overall goal is to translate scientific research into clinical resources, including novel treatments and diagnostics for eye disorders.

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

AMD disciform scar

Unraveling the complex and multifactorial causes of AMD, the leading cause of blindness in developed countries. Read more »

Mobility Enhancement & Vision Rehabilitation

mobility enhancement and vision rehabilitation

Helping patients with vision loss regain independence and improve quality of life. Read more »


fluorescein angiography choroidal neovascularizationUncovering the mechanisms of angiogenesis and forming new treatment paradigms for vascular eye disease. Read more »

Ocular Oncology

ocular oncologyLeading the treatment and understanding of uveal melanoma, retinoblastoma, and other ocular tumors. Read more »


Human corneal endothelial cells

Applying laboratory discoveries to clinical practice for ocular surface injuries, infections, and inherited corneal diseases. Read more »

Ocular Genomics

genome-wide association study

Using advanced technology to identify genes and develop gene-based interventions for inherited eye diseases. Read more »

Diabetic Eye Disease

retinal vasculature

Advancing the fundamental understanding and standard of care for diabetic retinopathy and related conditions. Read more »

Ocular Regenerative Medicine

Ocular Regenerative Medicine Institute

Revolutionary approaches to restore vision through stem cell therapy and other regenerative techniques. Read more »


optic nerve

Decifering the complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors that lead to glaucoma.
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Retinal Degenerations

human cones

Multidisciplinary research on retinitis pigmentosa, Usher syndrome, and related diseases of the retina. Read more »

Infectious Disease

Infectious Disease Institute image: Staphylococcus aureus leads to caspase-1 activation in primary conjunctival goblet cells

Leading the development of new technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of infectious eye diseases. Read more »

Retina Research

retinal pigment epithelium

Advancing the understanding of normal retinal function and disorders of the retina with the goal of improving vision. Read more »