UI Hospitals and Clinics

Eye Pathology

The F. C. Blodi Eye Pathology Laboratory provides diagnostic services and supports vision-related research projects. It is an independent ophthalmic pathology laboratory that serves both the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the state of Iowa.

Our services include:

  • Pathological analysis of tissues from the eye and surrounding tissues (conjunctiva, eyelid, lacrimal system, and orbit) as well as vitreous and aqueous humor specimens
  • Macroscopic (gross) and microscopic examination of surgical specimens from the eye and ocular adnexa
  • Process and section histological specimens and do special histologic or immunohistochemical stains
  • Detailed surgical pathology report issued on every specimen sent to the laboratory
  • Receives ocular specimens for consultation from practitioners throughout the country and from foreign countries.
  • Assist in making difficult or unfamiliar diagnosis. Examples include intraocular tumors, retinoblastoma, uveal melanoma, conjunctival pigmented lesions, vitreous large cell lymphoma, and sebaceous cell carcinoma of the eyelid, to name a few.
  • Consultation or second opinions on difficult cases. The ophthalmic pathology lab may be of particular help to other pathology labs that may not have expertise in examining the eye and eye tissues, such as the cornea, conjunctiva, and orbital lesions. The ophthalmic pathology lab can be helpful in both the gross and microscopic preparation of tissue that may need special handling, such as eyes and corneas. Referring physicians are invited to view additional information at http://webeye.ophth.uiowa.edu/diagnostic-testing/ocular-pathology

Certifications and Accreditations

  • Accredited by the College of American Pathologists
  • Certified by The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)

Care Team


Physician, Pathology