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Learn more about UPMC Mercy Pavilion.
Learn more about UPMC Mercy Pavilion.

UPMC Vision Institute

The UPMC Vision Institute aims to prevent vision loss and restore sight.

We tailor eye care for each person who comes to us.

Call the UPMC Vision Institute at 412-647-2200 to learn more or make an appointment.

The UPMC Vision Institute harnesses the clinical and research expertise of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh Department of Ophthalmology.

Our doctors, scientists, engineers, and allied experts are working together to:

  • Quickly move research into practice.
  • Transform the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases.
  • Improve the quality of life for people with impaired vision.

The UPMC Vision Institute's headquarters opened at the UPMC Mercy Pavilion on May 1, 2023.

This state-of-the-art facility in Pittsburgh's Uptown neighborhood includes many resources for our experts, patients, visitors, and neighbors, such as:

  • 410,000 square feet of clinical and research space.
  • A dedicated clinical trials center.
  • Cutting-edge biotherapy treatments.
  • Patient-centered resources, including a life skills apartment, street lab, and rooftop sensory garden.
  • Complete low-vision rehab technologies and services.
  • Enhanced and proactive screening and care for underserved populations.

Beyond the UPMC Mercy Pavilion, the UPMC Vision Institute includes other vision care and optical shops in and around Pittsburgh.

Eye Diseases and Conditions We Treat

The doctors at the UPMC Vision Institute have special training to handle all types of ocular system problems, including:

  • Cornea disorders.
  • Diabetic retinopathy.
  • Glaucoma.
  • Macular degeneration.
  • Retinitis pigmentosa and other genetic retinal dystrophies.

Contact Us

For more information, or to make an appointment with an eye care specialist, please contact the UPMC Vision Institute at 412-647-2200 or 1-800-446-3797.

Request an appointment online.

Our Leadership

José-Alain Sahel, MD

Distinguished Professor and Chairman
Department of Ophthalmology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
The Eye and Ear Foundation Endowed Chair

A Commitment to Vision Research and Education

As members of Pitt's Department of Ophthalmology, UPMC Vision Institute doctors:

  • Are leaders in research.
  • Have extensive training in state-of-the-art ophthalmic technologies and techniques.
  • Teach six residents and five clinical fellows each year.

We have an outstanding teaching program. We train numerous grad and postdoctoral students and research fellows from the U.S. and abroad.

The UPMC Vision Institute is also at the forefront of CME. We provide both ongoing and specialized training for community-based doctors.

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