UCI Gavin Herbert Eye Institute Home About About the Institute A New Kind of Eye Institute Orange County is home to the highest concentration of vision technology companies in the world. Working with them has been a cornerstone of the institute since UCI's Department of Ophthalmology was founded in 1975. At the institute and the Department of Ophthalmology, we have assembled a peerless team of scientists, engineers and physicians. This internationally recognized group includes geneticists, infectious disease specialists and developers of sight-preserving technologies for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, corneal disease and cataracts. Their work has put the university in the top echelon of institutions receiving National Institutes of Health grants for vision research. Our physicians and researchers are pioneers in developing the most advanced vision treatment and techniques used today. They continue to play a vital role in the development of technologies that make a difference in people's lives. From basic science discoveries that create the foundation of the next generation of product developments to the clinical studies that optimize new therapies, the institute's faculty is committed to being an active collaborator with medical device and pharmaceutical companies, inventors and entrepreneurs. Being at the forefront in eye research makes the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute a magnet for the best and the brightest residents and fellows, the next generation of physicians, surgeons and scientists. It equips us for one ultimate purpose: to keep UCI and Orange County in the vanguard, providing unparalleled patient care. We invite you to embrace the vision: the creation of a world-class eye research, teaching and patient care center here in Orange County. Together, we can Shine the Light. Our Mission The mission of UCI's Gavin Herbert Eye Institute and Department of Ophthalmology at UCI School of Medicine is to develop innovative technologies, clinical solutions and educational programs that enhance visual health and performance for people in Orange County, the nation and the world. This mission will be accomplished in cooperation with medical professionals, industry and our community by: Giving patients the most advanced medical and surgical eye care Educating the finest ophthalmologists and researchers in the nation Pushing the boundaries of eye care research in collaboration with the medical industry and the community.