Patient Care


A wide spectrum of endeavors promotes and provides the best clinical care to patients.

Nationally and internationally renowned faculty members representing every ophthalmic specialty are available for consultation, specialized testing and treatment, including tertiary care at the USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute. The ophthalmologists of the Keck School of Medicine of USC also see patients and offer the full range of specialty services and clinical trials at Los Angeles General Medical Center and The Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Specialty Areas

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The Department of Ophthalmology cataract specialists provide a level of expertise not commonly available elsewhere to patients who have significant clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Physicians provide access to the full range of procedures and leading-edge technologies to ensure better overall quality of vision.

Cornea and External Disease

The Department of Ophthalmology’s Cornea and External Disease service expert practitioners provide highly specialized care for the treatment of both simple and complex corneal diseases. Common conditions treated include bullous keratopathy, corneal ulcer, corneal scarring, corneal astigmatism and cataracts. Ophthalmology experts offer comprehensive corneal evaluations, medical diagnostic services and computerized topography, which can often be performed during a single visit. The physicians offer in-depth consultations and second opinions throughout Southern California and the western United States.


The Department of Ophthalmology’s highly regarded Glaucoma service is a complete and thorough service offering patients the full range of treatments for all types of glaucoma. As a tertiary referral center, physicians treat the full range of glaucoma conditions — from the simplest to the most complex — employing state-of-the-art diagnostic services, including non-invasive.

Laser Vision Correction

Patients have many choices when it comes to laser vision corrections, but the Department of Ophthalmology physicians are experts in the use of innovative laser refractive surgery, such as LASIK, PRK and LASEK, and corneal/lens-based refractive surgery for the correction of refractive errors in the eye. Conditions treated by these types of vision correction procedures include astigmatism, hyperopia (farsightedness), keratoconus, myopia (nearsightedness) and presbyopia.

Neuro-Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus

Physicians in the Neuro-ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus service in the Department of Ophthalmology offer comprehensive consultations and medical and surgical services for disorders of neurological origin that affect the visual pathways. Some commonly treated conditions include double vision, optic neuritis, optic neuropathy, papilledema, visual field defects, vision loss due to a brain tumor, Graves’ disease, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, stroke and temporal arteritis. Patients with hemifacial/blepharospasm are also seen by physicians in the service.

Ocular Oncology

The Department of Ophthalmology Ocular Oncology service practitioners specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of tumors affecting the eye and orbit. The dedicated ocular oncologists are skilled in the management of malignant and benign tumors that occur in all parts of the eye and orbit. This includes lid tumors, conjunctival tumors such as ocular surface squamous neoplasia, anterior segment and iris tumors, lymphoma, uveal lesions including melanoma, metastatic lesions, vascular lesions, and orbital and optic nerve lesions.

Oculofacial Plastic Surgery

The researchers in Ophthalmic Pathology in the Department of Ophthalmology offer precision diagnosis for diseases of the eye and its neighboring tissues using the latest advances in technology and techniques in tissue examination. Together with all other eye subspecialists, ophthalmic pathologists provide information about the cause and prognosis of eye disease to enhance the level of care and determine the best treatment plan.

Ophthalmic Molecular and Immuno-Pathology

Ophthalmic Pathology at the USC Roski Eye Institute offers precision diagnosis for diseases of the eye and its neighboring tissues using the latest advances in technology and techniques in tissue examination. Together with all other eye subspecialists, our ophthalmic pathologists provide information about the cause and prognosis of your disease, which allows us to enhance your level of care and find the right treatment plan for you.

Pediatric Ophthalmology

Physicians at the Pediatric/Developmental Ophthalmology service draw upon cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment methods to treat a wide range of complex eye diseases in infants through young adults. It is the only program in the nation with expertise in virtually every pediatric ophthalmologic subspecialty. Expert pediatric ophthalmologists from the Department of Ophthalmology specialize in diagnosis and treatment of ocular oncology, neuro-ophthalmology, retinal disorders and strabismus.

Specialty Contact Lenses and PROSE

Department of Ophthalmology optometrists provide a wide range of diagnostic and consultative services. Comprehensive evaluations, medical diagnostic services and computerized topography are often performed during a single visit. A team of ophthalmology specialists are available for prosthetic replacement of the ocular surface ecosystem (PROSE) treatment, a non-surgical option for patients who suffer from serious corneal conditions and ocular surface diseases. General optometry services offered include correction of refractive errors, such as astigmatism, farsightedness, nearsightedness and presbyopia. Comprehensive yearly eye examinations and contact lens evaluations available, with contact lenses and premium eyewear for purchase on-site. Optometry services are currently offered at the USC Roski Eye Institute on the Keck Medical Center campus in Los Angeles.

Uveitis and Ocular Inflammation

Uveitis and Ocular Inflammation service physicians in the Department of Ophthalmology use leading-edge diagnosis and treatment methods to manage a broad range of inflammations and infections affecting the uveal tract, vitreous, retina and sclera. Uveitis is a general term describing a group of inflammatory diseases that produces swelling and destroys eye tissues. These diseases can lead to slightly reduced vision or progress further to severe vision loss.

Vitreoretinal Surgery and Retinal Disease

The Department of Ophthalmology Retina service experts provide state-of-the-art care for patients who suffer from disorders of the retina. Advanced solutions are available for patients who experience vision loss from myriad retinal diseases including retinal detachment, macular degeneration and retinal dystrophies, diabetic retinopathy, macular pucker and hole, posterior uveitis and trauma.

At USC, patients have access to the most innovative and novel diagnostic and therapeutic tools. In both the clinics and operating room, physicians have the latest innovations in the retina field of retina available. These expert physicians are world-renowned for their research and contributions in the fields of vitreoretinal disease and surgery.