The Department of Ophthalmology of the Howard University College of Medicine was established by the Board of Trustees of Howard University on January 22, 2000. Prior to that date, the Ophthalmology Service, located in the Ambulatory Care Center (Towers Building) at Howard University Hospital, was a division under the Department of Surgery. The Ophthalmology Residency Program at Howard University Hospital (HUH) was established in 1890, and was first accredited in 1946. The department is dedicated to the development of a program of excellence in Ophthalmology service, training, and education. The department endeavors to increase funded research projects, maintain a competitive residency program, and develop a stellar clinical and research staff.
The residency offers a wide range of clinical experiences and provides a strong background for residents entering comprehensive ophthalmology practices and for those pursuing subspecialty ophthalmic training. This program does not sponsor a transitional year (PGY-I).
The HUH Department of Ophthalmology is a referral center for the surrounding metropolitan area. The Eye Clinic is equipped to provide a full range of diagnostic services, including ultrasonography, biometry, fundus and slit lamp photography, visual function studies, (ERG, EOG, etc.) and automated perimetry. General ophthalmic and subspecialty clinics in glaucoma, low-vision, oculoplastics, pediatrics, cornea-external disease and retinal diseases are held on a weekly basis. A modern minor surgery area, including three ophthalmic lasers, allows us to provide convenient outpatient services. A well-equipped, dedicated eye operating room provides an advantageous setting for a wide range of outpatient ophthalmic procedures. An optical shop was established to give the ophthalmology residents experience in the art of dispensing and making glasses, low vision aids, and contact lens.
In 2008 the department of Ophthalmology opened a diagnostic center with state of the art equipment to include: IOL Master, Pentacam HR, Comfoscan 4, 3D OCT-1000, Fluorescein Angiography, and Slit Lamp.