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The University of South Florida Department of Ophthalmology was chartered in 1972 as a founding department in the new medical school. The clinics and residency program began the following year. The Foundation for Eye Research, Inc. was founded in 1975 by area leaders to promote the development of a center for vision research, treatment, and education in the Tampa Bay area. Working with the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida, and concerned community physicians, the Foundation was the driving force behind the creation of the USF Eye Institute, a center of excellence in vision care for central and west Florida and the southeast. Planning continued during the following years with construction beginning in January, 1988. Located on the campus of the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, the USF Eye Institute opened for operation in July 1989. Teaching facilities of the program include the USF Eye Institute, Veteran's Administration Hospital, Tampa General Hospital and All Children's Hospital. The USF Eye Institute is designed to be a center of excellence providing the finest in patient care, research, teaching and public education.

Recommended Reading from Faculty

Eyes On Ice & No Blind Mice:
Visions of Science from the Science of Vision

By Saad Shaikh, M.D.

Glass Half Full:
An Informal History of American Medicine

By Curtis E Margo, M.D.

Eye Was There
A Patient's Guide to Coping with the Loss of an Eye

By Charles Slonim M.D., Amy Martino M.D.

Our Mission

The mission of the USF Department of Ophthalmology is to improve eye health through research, education, and comprehensive patient care with today's & tomorrow's practitioners, patients & their families, scientists & research industry, and with community & healthcare partners.

Map and Directions to Eye Institute

Contact Us

Patient Appointments:
(813) 974-3820 #2 or

Department Switchboard:
(813) 974-3820 or

Fax: (813) 974-5621

Referring Physician & Optometrist Hotline:
(813) 974-2020

Physical Address:
USF Eye Institute

13127 Magnolia Drive
Tampa, FL 33612

Mailing Address:
USF Eye Institute

12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
MDC 21
Tampa, FL 33612