Education & Training

The Yale Eye Center is a dynamic institution. More than 20,000 outpatient visits are performed each year, generating over 1,000 major ocular surgeries. The subspecialties available for patient care are full spectrum, including cataract, glaucoma, retina, uveitis, neuro-ophthalmology, ophthalmic plastic, pediatric-strabismus, cornea/refractive, low vision and contact lens. 

Approximately 12 full time ophthalmologists, 8-10 part time ophthalmologists, 2 optometrists, and one optician provide these services. There are 15 ophthalmology residents (five in each year of a three-year program). There are two fellowship opportunities - a two year program in retina and a one year program in glaucoma.

Medical Student Educational Programs

This 2- or 4-week clinical elective allows the student to explore the different sub-specialties of Ophthalmology while learning how to perform a complete eye exam.

Residency Training Program

The goal of the Yale Ophthalmology Residency Program is to train future leaders in both clinical and academic ophthalmology.

Clinical Glaucoma Fellowship

The Clinical Glaucoma Fellowship at the Yale Eye Center is a one-year program, usually beginning in July.

Clinical Vitreoretinal Fellowship Program

The Vitreoretinal Fellowship at Yale is a two year AUPO FCC compliant program devoted to clinical training in the evaluation, diagnosis, and medical and surgical management of vitreoretinal diseases in state-of-the-art facilities at the Yale Eye Center and the West Haven Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC).

Education Leadership

Bio Profile

Susan Forster, MD

Clinical Professor and Director of Medical Studies, Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Chief of Ophthalmology, Yale Health

Training Locations and Facilities

Education and training in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at Yale University School of Medicine takes place at the following locations:

  • Yale Eye Center, 
  • Hospital-based Resident Clinic, 
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital, 
  • West Haven VA Medical Center, 
  • Hill Health Center, and 
  • Princess Margaret Hospital.