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Internationally regarded chemist and pharmacologist Krzysztof Palczewski, PhD, joins UCI's Gavin Herbert Eye Institute.

Renowned vision scientist Krzysztof Palczewski joins GHEI

Palczewski and his research group focus on inherited and age-related retinal diseases in their efforts to treat blindness.

Operation Restore Vision volunteers in Nepal

Medical mission to restore sight in Nepal

For UCI Health ophthalmologist Dr. Sanjay Kedhar, performing eye surgery in a remote Himalayan village in Nepal required finding a table big enough to be an operating surface, and rolling out sleeping bags on the floor for a night’s rest. And that was the easy part.

Gavin and Ninetta Herbert

Gavin and Ninetta Herbert's gift to spur retinal research

Gavin and Ninetta Herbert pursue vision for improving eye health with $5-million estate gift to spur breakthrough retinal research.


Elaine Cain, UCI Health stem cell clinical trial patient

A flight against blindness

UCI progenitor stem cell clinical trial improves patient's vision.

Dr. Henry Klassen

FDA greenlights UC Irvine clinical trial of treatment for blinding disease

A first-of-its-kind stem cell-based treatment for retinitis pigmentosa developed by UC Irvine’s Dr. Henry Klassen, Dr. Jing Yang and colleagues has received consent from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for use in a clinical trial.

The new Gavin Herbert Eye Institutes opens to patients Sept. 17, 2013

A vision realized in the new Gavin Herbert Eye Institute

A vision realized in the new Gavin Herbert Eye Institute

Gavin Herbert Eye Institute Director Roger M. Steinert, MD, outside the eye institute entrance at its opening in 2013.

Remembering Dr. Roger Steinert

Remembering Gavin Herbert Eye Institute Director Roger Steinert, MD, Irving H. Leopold Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology

Miniature telescope inserted in a UC Irvine patient's eye restores central vision

Eye telescope restores sight in macular degeneration patients

Two UC Irvine eye surgeons are the first in Orange County to implant miniature telescopes in the eyes of patients with end-stage age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness among older Americans.

UC Irvine ophthalmologist Dr. Roger Steinert is a pioneer in eye surgery

Perfecting vision

UC Irvine ophthalmologist Dr. Roger Steinert has led nation in perfecting surgical techniques to improve patients' vision for more than 25 years.

Dr. Henry Klassen and others

Setting his sights on a cure

Dr. Henry Klassen is finding success with a stem cell-based treatment for retinitis pigmentosa

Drs. Marjan Farid and Sumit Garg

Vision quest

Refractive surgeons Marjan Farid and Sumit Garg at UC Irvine's Gavin Herbert Eye Institute use advanced laser technology and superior skill to restore good sight to aging eyes.

Dr Linda Lippa with medical students

Gazing into Cleo's eyes

UC Irvine ophthalmology professor Linda Lippa has created an ingenious device that teaches medical students to recognize diseases of the eye. Such training had gone out of fashion at medical schools around the country.