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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

About EyeRounds and Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

Ophthalmology Grand Rounds and EyeRounds is a service of the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in Iowa City, Iowa.

History of Ophthalmology Grand Rounds at The University of Iowa

In 1925, Cecil Starling O’Brien, MD, was hired as the head of the newly autonomous Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa. Dr. O'Brien started the tradition of daily morning rounds to teach residents at the bedside. Grand rounds at Iowa evolved from bedside to the clinic, and, under the guidance of then Department Head, Thomas A. Weingeist, PhD, MD, to the Braley Auditorium.

Grand rounds are held Monday through Thursday from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. and are invaluable learning experiences for students, residents, and fellows. During grand rounds, interesting, difficult, and classic presentations of ophthalmic diseases are discussed. Under the direction of Department Head, Keith D. Carter, MD, rounds continue to be as strong a tradition today as they were in 1925.

This website contains a growing resource for students, residents, physicians, and patients. Over time, our site has gained momentum. We receive thousands of hits per day from over 40 countries.

EyeRounds Content

  • The index of ophthalmology cases and photographs in this site are for teaching purposes. Many of these cases have been presented during Grand Rounds at The University of Iowa, Department of Ophthalmology.
  • These cases are intended for students, residents, and physicians. If you are seeking patient information, then please browse the section intended for patients.
  • The cases and tutorials in EyeRounds are written by our physicians.


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last updated: 10/18/2019

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