Scope and Objectives

Ophthalmology is the medical science that encompasses knowledge concerning the eyes and the visual system. Derived from many basic and clinical fields, this knowledge must be synthesized by the physician and applied to the prevention, diagnosis, medical management, and surgical therapy of ocular disease.

In response to the steadily increasing incidence and growing importance of ocular disorders, the Department of Ophthalmology as well as the Stein Eye Institute and Doheny Eye Institute are closely coordinated to form a comprehensive center for research in the sciences related to vision, for the care of patients with disease of the eyes and related structures, and for education in the broad field of ophthalmology, all with community outreach.

The Department of Ophthalmology provides instruction and electives to medical students during the first, second, third, and fourth years at the Stein Eye Institute and the Doheny Eye Centers UCLA. Through lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and the opportunity to observe patients and review data on cases with a variety of ocular conditions, students gain knowledge and experience in ophthalmology.

For more details on the Department of Ophthalmology and courses offered, see the department website.