Research Sites

Byers Eye Institute at Stanford
2452 Watson Court
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Mary M. and Sash A. Spencer Center for Vision Research

Human Subjects Research
2370 Watson Court
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Laboratory Sciences
1651 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303

The Department of Ophthalmology Faculty are advancing research into the origins of ocular diseases and creating the newest diagnostic and treatment modalities. The world-leading community at Stanford University conducts clinical trials and basic and translational research in such areas as neuroprotection and optic nerve regeneration, retinal pathophysiology and genetics, retinal neurobiology and prosthetic vision, novel microsurgical tools and therapeutic lasers, advanced diagnostics and imaging, ophthalmic tissue engineering and corneal prosthetics, ocular microbiology and stem cells.

We invite all of our prospective donors, patients and collaborators to explore our research in the basic and translational sciences and in clinical care.

We also encourage you to browse our career opportunities for faculty, career opportunities for staff, and opportunities to support vision research at Stanford.

Research News

  • An eye-brain connection: Groundbreaking advancements for neurorehabilitation patients

    Our vision depends not just on our eyes, but on the full visual pathway from eye to brain.

  • Shedding light on rare diseases

    Yang Sun, MD, PhD, associate professor of ophthalmology, is a clinician-scientist who has devoted the past decade to searching for a cure for a rare disease known as Lowe syndrome.

  • Saving vision with gene therapies

    Vinit Mahajan, MD, PhD, associate professor of ophthalmology and vice-chair for research, is leading two human gene therapy trials, one for dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and a second for an inherited form of retinal disease caused by the retinitis pigmentosa GTPase regulator gene.

  • Biorepository: A new key to precision health

    The lack of laboratory models for human eye diseases is a roadblock to translational research, but it drove Vinit Mahajan, MD, PhD, associate professor of ophthalmology and vice chair for research, to forge a scientific path that promises to lead to medical discoveries.