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Center overview

The Penn State Eye Center team provides the most advanced eye care possible in an environment where meeting your needs and expectations is our highest priority. We offer high-quality care to our patients, ranging from basic eye exams to management of glaucoma to reconstructive surgery.

Center stats

  • 12 specialty services
  • More than 15 specialists with a variety of expertise, from cornea and refractive surgery to neuro-ophthalmology
  • 14 ophthalmologists, 3 optometrists, 3 ophthalmic photographers, and 3 orthoptists

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2016 Inspire Award Recipients

The Inspire Awards celebrate the above and beyond actions of the faculty, staff, and students as they relate to our values of respect, integrity, teamwork and excellence.

  • Amanda Ely, MD – Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics
  • Samuel Beckstead, MD – Ophthalmology Resident Physician

$7.9 million NIH U01 Grant Award received

Jeffrey Sundstrom, MD, PhD, is Co-Investigator on a multi-center Study of Anti-Malarials in Incomplete Lupus Erythematosus (SMILE).  It is designed to test whether treating patients who are at risk for development of lupus with hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) can slow accumulation of disease features. Dr. Sundstrom will assess the incidence of ophthalmologic toxicity in HCQ-treated ILE patients. All enrolled patients will have standardized ophthalmologic examinations before and after study treatment.  Nancy Olsen, MD, Chief, Division of Rheumatology, Penn State Health and David Karp, MD, PhD, UT Southwestern Medical Center are Principal Investigators on this study.

2017 Knights Templar Foundation ARVO Travel Grant

Dr. Deepak Sambhara, Ophthalmology Resident Physician has received a travel grant to present his research results at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).  His abstract is entitled Postoperative Refractive and Visual Acuity Outcomes Using Manual Ink Markings versus Callisto Markerless System for Toric Intraocular Lens Implantation.

15th Annual Educational Update for Ophthalmic Medical Personnel

Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017

Time: Registration and breakfast at 7:15 a.m.

Program begins promptly at 8 a.m

Place: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Lecture Rooms A & B, College of Medicine (entry on 4th and 5th floors)

Cost: $120 per person if postmarked before March 22, 2017

$140 per person if postmarked on or after March 22, 2017

For more information, contact Karen Minick at 717-531-8783 or

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