KU Eye - Excellence in Vision for more than 100 Years

March is a busy month for vision! 2017 Transplants

It is National Eye Donor Month. In 2016, nearly 50,000 Americans had their sight restored through cornea transplantation surgery.  They ranged from newborns to senior citizens and came from all walks of life.  KU Eye Cornea and External Disease specialist, John Sutphin, MD, performed 37 last year.   Click here for more information and to learn how to become a donor.

It is Save Your Vision Month. Seeing is one of the easiest things to do in the world: you just have to open your eyes. So much of our lives are based on visual stimulation; from work to entertainment, our eyes form a large part of our everyday lives. Unfortunately, most of us don't think about actual eye care until something goes wrong. Save Your Vision Month is a great reminder to not take our eyesight for granted. "Just like early detection and prevention is so important in the rest of your body, early discovery of any eye disease is the most powerful tool we have to prevent irreversible vision loss down the road," said Anne Wishna, MD, a KU Eye Board-Certified comprehensive ophthalmologist.  Read more here.

And, it is Workplace Eye Wellness Month.  Each year, nearly 25,000 Americans visit the emergency room due to a workplace eye injury. During Workplace Eye Wellness Month this March, the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds employers and workers about the importance of wearing certified and approved eye protection.1  For more information, as well as insights from our specialists, click here.

The Ophthalmology Program’s strategy is threefold

  • first, build a credible, academically-centered clinical practice encompassing all aspects of ophthalmology;
  • second, develop the research program around the concept of a Center for Ophthalmic Engineering with emphasis on optics, refractive surgery, intraocular approaches and biomechanics of the eye (Many conditions of the eye including glaucoma, retinal and neurophthalmic diseases as well as tissue engineering and genetic determinants of ocular physiology and pathology can be explored using engineering principles.
  • and third, develop a competency-based residency program as opposed to the traditional process-based to better meet the needs of the Ophthalmology Trainees and the Kansas general public.

We are working toward a stand-alone department with clinical, surgical, teaching, and research facilities located in close proximity to maximize team-oriented research. John E. Sutphin, Jr., MD, Chairman since 2007, leads this strategic effort.

To accomplish these goals, the Ophthalmology Advisory Board has established the following, which are adopted by all KU Eye Physicians, Residents and Staff:


KU Eye will be acknowledged as the most highly regarded center for eye care in the Heart of America and be recognized as among the top tier of the most respected centers in the nation. 

Mission Statement

It is the mission of KU Eye to establish and maintain a world-class eye care center that provides exceptional patient care, delivers the most advanced graduate and postgraduate medical education and conducts innovative basic and clinical research. 


KU Eye physicians and staff will:

Provide patients the highest quality eye care within a compassionate atmosphere.

Engage in outreach through education and collaboration to promote excellence in eye care throughout our wider community.

Work closely in consultation and support of the physicians and staff of the University of Kansas Hospital and Medical Center, University of Kansas Physicians and our community.

Perform cutting-edge, basic, clinical and applied research in ophthalmology and vision science.

Inspire students, residents and fellows to adopt the core values and support the mission of KU Eye.

The Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Kansas is located at 7400 State Line Road in Prairie Village, Kansas and at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Suite 1011 Miller Building, Kansas City, Kansas. Learn more...

Last modified: Mar 01, 2018
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