Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences


Department Highlights

  • Currently, faculty is receiving more than $23 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health primarily from the National Eye Institute (NEI)
  • 10 NEI grants have been awarded to our 6 basic science faculty
  • Our basic science faculty participate in multidisciplinary research underway in a number of Einstein's centers
  • Our new office of clinical trials is designed to set up and perform a wide-range of ophthalmology clinical trials
  • Beginning in 2011, the department is supported by the Research to Prevent Blindness Unrestricted Grant

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center strives to be among the leading vision care, research and educational centers in the U.S. To achieve this goal, the department provides and supports:

  • Educational programs in ophthalmology for residents and fellows, medical students, ophthalmologists-in-residence, and health care professionals.
  • Basic, clinical and translational research on diseases of the eye and the visual system
  • A full range of eye care, including complex surgical procedures and transplantations
  • Public education focused on prevention of eye disease and injury
  • Community service to address disparities with access to health care.

In The Media

Biotech Companies Seek to Restore Functions to Spinal-Cord Injury Patients

David Sharp, Ph.D., discusses a drug, discovered in his lab and licensed to a company he co-founded, that in preclinical studies helped regenerate nerve cells damaged in spinal-cord injuries. Dr. Sharp is professor of physiology & biophysics, of ophthalmology and visual sciences, and in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience.

(Thursday, Mar 11, 2021)

Can Humans Reach Even Older Age?

Jan Vijg, Ph.D., comments on the findings of a new study about the maximum lifespan for humans. Dr. Vijg also discusses his own research and urges scientists to work on ways to improve quality of life and average lifespan. Dr. Vijg is professor and chair of genetics and the Lola and Saul Kramer Chair in Molecular Genetics at Einstein.

(Thursday, Jul 05, 2018)

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