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Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences offers one of the nation’s top educational programs, providing excellent didactic training and extensive surgical experience. It operates the John A. Moran Eye Center—the largest clinical care and research facility in the Mountain West—and 10 community clinics, providing care in all ophthalmic subspecialties.

Moran is also home to 17 innovative research labs and centers, where internationally awarded faculty are developing the treatments of tomorrow.

Letter from the Chair

Randall J Olson, MD

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Utah School of Medicine began in 1979 as a one-person division within the Department of Surgery. Since that time, we have become a celebrated vision institute with an international reputation for excellence in ophthalmology care, research, education, and charitable outreach.

Randall J Olson, MD

Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Utah

The Cumming Presidential Endowed Chair

CEO, John A. Moran Eye Center

Director, University of Utah Vision Institute

In the News

Moran Eye Center Ranked Among the Top 10 Best

U.S. News & World Report ranks the Moran Eye Center at No. 10 in the nation for providing excellent patient care.

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Another Top 10 Education Program Ranking

Doximity has ranked the Moran Eye Center residency program at No. 5 nationwide and No. 1 in the West. Both rankings were one spot higher than the previous year.

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Dr. Ike Ahmed Directs New Glaucoma Center

Dr. Ahmed recently joined Moran as a part-time clinician and director of the newly formed Alan S. Crandall Center for Glaucoma Innovation.

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Moran CORE a Unique Educational Resource

The Moran CORE (Clinical Ophthalmology Resource for Education) website,, is the first multimedia ophthalmology education resource of its kind.

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Driving Discovery: The John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah

John A. Moran Eye Center Research Overview 2021

Ophthalmology Residency Program


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