Comprehensive Eye Care

University of Maryland Eye Associates, our faculty ophthalmology and optometry practice, provides vision testing and treatment for eye diseases and injuries – from basic eye exams to complex surgical procedures.

As part of an academic medical center, our eye specialists have access to leading-edge research and technology, bringing innovative treatments and diagnostic tools to locations throughout central Maryland.

You can call 667-214-1111 to schedule an appointment at any of our locations.

Ophthalmologist vs Optometrist

At University of Maryland, our faculty ophthalmologists and optometrists offer specialized and primary eye care for children and adults.

Our optometrists provide:

  • Annual and routine exams, including diabetic eye exams
  • Diagnoses and medical treatment of many eye conditions
  • Prescriptions for glasses, contacts and visual aids

Our ophthalmologists are board-certified medical doctors. They provide specialized care, including surgical and medical treatment of complex eye conditions.

Eye Surgery and Specialty Care

Our ophthalmologists use advanced eye testing techniques to diagnose eye disorders. They treat the full spectrum of eye conditions in patients of all ages, perform minimally invasive procedures and complex surgeries, conduct breakthrough research and develop innovative clinical trials.

Many of our ophthalmologists further specialize in areas such as:

Routine Eye Exams

Regular eye exams will ensure that your glasses or contact lenses prescription is up-to-date, but they are also important for people who don't need vision correction.

In addition to testing your visual acuity and refraction, our optometrists tests the muscles of the eye, your peripheral vision and color perception. We examine your retina and cornea, and check the pressure in your eye to see if you are at risk for glaucoma.

It is important for kids to have annual eye exams, too, as 1 in 4 school-aged children have vision problems which can affect their productivity and activity. Additionally, patients with diabetes should have an annual dilated eye exam to help prevent or delay vision loss.

Prescription Glasses and Contact Lenses

At our locations with optical shops, we offer lenses in a variety of lens materials, tints, designs and coatings for children and adults.

Our advanced, customized lenses include:

  • Anti-reflective coatings that reduce the glare from computer screens and halos at night
  • High-index lenses, a leaner, lightweight lens with a flatter curve
  • Transition lenses that darken and lighten as you go indoors or outdoors and protect from harmful UV rays
  • Polycarbonate lenses that are impact-, UV- and scratch-resistant
  • Polarized lenses and sunwear that protect you against harmful rays outdoors
  • Progressive lenses that let you see clearly at any distance and close up without bifocal or trifocal lines
  • Sports glasses that perform under the toughest conditions

Emergency Eye Care and Injuries

Emergency eye care is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In an emergency, please call 667-214-1111 and ask for the ophthalmologist on call.

Ophthalmology Residency

The University of Maryland School of Medicine has always been a leader in researching eye diseases, dating back to 1873 when the school started the country's first department focused on eye diseases.

Our dedication to advancing the treatment of eye diseases continues today as we train the next generation of ophthalmologists. Learn more about the ophthalmology residency.