Hamilton Eye Institute
Center for Excellence in Vision Care
Medical discoveries donít just take place in laboratories; they also occur at the bedsides of patients, where novel ideas become innovative treatments that provide valuable insight for future breakthroughs. This type of research only thrives in an atmosphere where scientists and physicians can work together as conduits of discovery. Few were as keenly aware of this as Dr. Ralph Hamilton, who had a vision for a comprehensive facility where researchers, clinicians, students, nurses, and technicians would come together under one roof to study the eye, share knowledge, and care for patients.
Dr. Hamiltonís vision inspired the generosity of private donors who shared his dream, and through their commitment and the leadership of Ophthalmology Department Chair Dr. Barrett Haik, the Hamilton Eye Institute became a reality. This 60,000-square-foot facility officially opened in 2005 and is dedicated to its threefold mission: to provide the most advanced treatments for patient care, to foster an interplay of ideas among a community of scholars creating a fertile environment for discovery, and to transfer skills and knowledge to the next generation of physicians and researchers through a world-class ophthalmic medical education program. Through its dedication to that mission, the Hamilton Eye Institute has become one of the finest eye institutes in the world.
Our state-of-the-art facilities provide everything from yearly eye exams to advanced treatment of eye disease and trauma, with skilled personnel providing the most thorough care possible. Ranked among the top ten ophthalmology clinics in the United States, the Hamilton Eye Institute provides the highest level of eye care within a 150-mile radius.
With many of the most advanced surgical training technologies available, the Hamilton Eye Instituteís educational facilities are nothing short of revolutionary. Our Skills Transfer Center is equipped with virtual reality ophthalmic training simulators for ophthalmic surgery and indirect ophthalmoscopy, while our Surgery Center and Freeman Auditorium provide one of the nationís most sophisticated, high-definition 3-D surgical video systems.
As one of the Mid-Southís premier vision research facilities, the Hamilton Eye Instituteís Center for Vision Research provides research administrative offices, laboratories, and core facilities for imaging and molecular biology. HEI is well on its way to becoming one of the primary vision research centers for the nation.