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Roger F. Steinert, MD, Chair, Department of Ophthalmology

Roger F. Steinert, M.D., Chair, Department of Ophthalmology
UC Irvine Medical Center
Dr. Roger F. Steinert, chair, Department of Ophthalmology, and director of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute

UC Irvine's Gavin Herbert Eye Institute and its internationally respected faculty members are dedicated to delivering unparalleled vision care, conducting innovative and sight-saving research, and to excellence in the training of the ophthalmologists of tomorrow.

At the institute's new home on the university campus in Irvine and at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, our highly skilled eye specialists evaluate patients with eye conditions that range from mild myopia to rare retinal and ocular disorders on a daily basis.

Our eye surgeons have implanted tiny telescopes to restore sight in patients with severe macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness among older Americans. Our stem-cell researchers are developing potential treatments for retinitis pigmentosa.

These distinguished physicians, many of whom regularly appear on the list of "Best Doctors in America," consult on referral cases from across Southern California and beyond.

Many of these surgeons are part of a peerless team of stem cell researchers, geneticists, infectious disease specialists and engineers who are developing technologies to treat macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, corneal disease and cataracts. Their work has placed UC Irvine in the top tier of U.S. institutions receiving National Institutes of Health grants for vision research.

Their groundbreaking research in ophthalmic lasers and refractive surgical technologies has formed the foundation of LASIK surgery and led to the development of the femtosecond blade-less laser and the most advanced techniques for corneal transplants and intraocular lens implantation.

One researcher is working on a vaccine to prevent eye and genital herpes infections. Scientists in our Retinal Regeneration Laboratory are using stem cells to discover ways to regenerate damaged retina. Age-related degeneration of this light-sensitive membrane, which is essential for sight, is the nation's leading cause of blindness.

It is part of the institute's academic mission to work collaboratively with the vibrant eye-care industry in Orange County, which has highest concentration of vision technology and pharmaceutical eye care companies in the world. Our aim is to spark innovation and the development of new technologies and therapies that will revolutionize vision care.

The institute already offers a full range of comprehensive and subspecialty services, including eye health exams, glasses and contact lenses, as well as advanced treatments for cataracts, glaucoma, corneal transplants, retinal degeneration and optic neuritis. Our surgical facilities are equipped to provide state-of-the-science outpatient care. When the new Gavin Herbert Eye Institute clinical facility is completed, patient care offices and treatment rooms will be grouped to maximize efficiency.

As the university's Department of Ophthalmology, the institute is also committed to training the best and brightest medical students, residents and fellows who will keep UC Irvine in the vanguard of protecting, preserving and restoring patients' sight for decades to come. While our research and education efforts benefit people around the world, our ophthalmologists and our team of researchers and educators remain dedicated to meeting the complex medical and surgical eye-care needs of residents in Orange County and the surrounding region.

Thank you for your interest in our department and the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute.