About the Program

AUPO FCC ApprovedThe glaucoma fellowship is a one-year program beginning on July 1 of each year. We emphasize both clinical and research training in this fellowship. Depending on the interest and funding, an additional year of basic research fellowship may be arranged. Our glaucoma fellowship is AUPO FCC approved.

The University of Iowa Glaucoma Center has a passion for eradicating needless blindness due to glaucoma.  The war on glaucoma blindness takes place on three fronts:  clinical care, teaching, and research.  The University of Iowa is at the forefront in all three of these arenas:

  • Providing the highest quality patient care with the latest technology
  • Educating clinicians, researchers, students and patients
  • Researching the causes of glaucoma and developing tools to aid in diagnosis and treatment

The clinical experience provides extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. We are the major glaucoma referral center for Iowa and western Illinois, an area with a patient population of about three million. Most of our patients have fairly advanced glaucoma and will provide the opportunity for the fellow to acquire skills in gonioscopy, disc evaluation, and visual field interpretation. The laser and surgical experience is comprehensive and includes the use of mitomycin C in trabeculectomy and combined phacoemulsification/trabeculectomy, the placement of Baerveldt and Ahmed setons, infantile glaucoma surgery, and trabectome surgery.