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About the Department

Welcome to the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute

Louis B. Cantor, M.D., Chairman
Louis B. Cantor, M.D.

Thank you for your interest in the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute, home of the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology. We are proud to have faculty members who are known world-wide for their expertise and research. Our research program is growing by leaps and bounds as we attract dedicated scientists ready to bring the results of our vision research to our many patients and to the world. The largest glaucoma study of its kind, the Indianapolis Glaucoma Progression Study, is currently under way in our Glaucoma Research and Diagnostic Center.

The Department of Ophthalmology has been a part of the Indiana University School of Medicine for more than 100 years, celebrating its centennial in 2008. The department moved its academic offices to the new Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute at 1160 W. Michigan Street in August of 2011, in preparation for the next 100 years of patient care and discoveries into eye diseases, treatments and cures.

The Department of Ophthalmology operates several clinics, including the new state-of-the art clinic in the Glick Eye Institute.

Other clinics are located at the IU Health Spring Mill Medical Building at 103rd and Meridian streets on the north side of Indianapolis; Riley Hospital for Children, where our pediatric specialists see patients; Eskenazi Hospital; and Roudebush VA Hospital, where our ophthalmologists treat our nation’s veterans. The department also staffs a clinic at Franciscan St. Francis Hospital in Mooresville and at Witham Health Services' North Pavilion in Lebanon, providing optometry and comprehensive vision care to residents in a setting close to home.

Vision care is something needed by everyone, and the need for specialty care continues to increase as the Baby Boom generation ages. If you live long enough, you will experience some type of vision loss. By age 65, one in three Americans will experience some kind of eye disease that impairs their vision, including glaucoma, cataract, age-related macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy.

Glaucoma can cause irreversible vision loss because the symptoms often are not recognized and vision that is lost cannot be restored. Cataracts will form as part of the natural aging process and can cause vision loss, yet surgery to remove a cloudy lens can be performed by an eye doctor in less than one hour. Age-related macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss in the United States and often can be treated with medications or laser therapy. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among young adults – if you have diabetes, you are at risk to get this disease. Our physicians can help patients manage these conditions, and others, preventing further vision loss.

 Please take a moment to review our physicians, their research and the many services we offer at our clinics. Thank you for visiting the Department of Ophthalmology at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute.

Mission statement

The mission of the Indiana University Department of Ophthalmology is to provide excellence in patient care, teaching, and basic and clinical research in eye diseases and vision disorders.

Vision statement

Preserving and enhancing vision in an environment of inquiry and learning for the advancement of patient centered care though a world leading eye institute.