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Welcome to the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences in the University of New Mexico School of Medicine delivers advanced care to adult and pediatric patients, boldly pursues groundbreaking research initiatives, and trains New Mexico’s and the world’s future surgical leaders. Learn more about UNM Health Systems >

Message from the Chair

Dr. Robert AveryThe purpose of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is to improve the eye health of all New Mexicans. We work to accomplish that purpose through the four fundamental missions of the UNM School of Medicine: Clinical Service, Education, Research, and Community Outreach.

From basic eye care to the most complicated eye diseases, our faculty offer comprehensive eye care. We include all major Ophthalmic specialties and provide compassionate, state of the art care at two outpatient eye clinics affiliated with UNM Hospital.

The Department is active in teaching UNM medical students, Ophthalmology residents,  and subspecialty fellows. We have a robust research program in basic science mechanisms of visual function and disease and clinical trials. Our research focus is on eye diseases that most affect New Mexicans. We reach into our communities using tele-retinal technology and through the student led Community Vision Project.

The strength of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is in our faculty. We are energized by academic curiosity and strive for continual improvement in our patients’ experience and outcomes.

Bob Avery, MD
Interim Chair of Ophthalmology 

Looking for Patient Care?

Adult Eye Care Clinic           Pediatric Eye Care Clinic

For an Appointment call 505-272-2553


Academic Office

Program Coordinator

Celia Baca

Phone: (505) 272-6120


Eye Cinic: (505) 272-2553