Medical Services at Wills Eye

Important Phone Numbers

Appointments: (Toll Free) 1-877-AT-WILLS (1-877-289-4557)

General Information:  (215) 928-3000

Wills Eye Emergency Department: (215) 503-8080

From common eye problems to rare sight-threatening diseases, Wills Eye provides general eye care and comprehensive ophthalmic specialty services that attract patients throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area, across the country and around the world.

  • The Cataract and Primary Eye Care (CPEC) Service is the hub of Wills Eye. Approximately 22,000 patients are seen each year. Wills physicians perform routine eye exams and refer any serious complications to the hospital's subspecialty services. Each year thousands of patients also undergo cataract surgery at Wills Eye, benefiting from the experience of world-class surgeons consistently rated as America's best.
  • The Contact Lens Service evaluates and fits patients of all ages and medical conditions with the latest in cosmetic and therapeutic contact lens technology. With its participation in major national studies on advances in contact lenses, this service provides its patients with the newest devices and the latest information available.
  • The Cornea Service is a leading center for corneal transplants and the treatment of corneal diseases and conditions. More than 400 corneal transplants are performed at Wills Eye each year. In addition to corneal transplants, physicians in the Cornea Service diagnose and treat corneal dystrophies, abrasions, scars, and congenital corneal problems.
  • The Glaucoma Service is the country's largest. It treats patients with the newest laser and surgical techniques, as well as drug therapies available. The Glaucoma Service Diagnostic Laboratory provides advanced computerized techniques to uncover the earliest signs of glaucoma in suspected patients. It also charts the progression of the condition, including the slightest change in the optic nerve, in patients who have already been diagnosed.
  • The physicians on the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service have a long history of investigating and treating optic neuritis, thyroid-related eye disease, ischemic optic neuropathy, blepharospasm, and hemifacial spasm.
  • The Low Vision Service offers patients the opportunity to make the best possible use of their remaining vision through a comprehensive rehabilitative process.
  • The Oculoplastics & Orbital Surgery Service is one of the largest of its kind in the country. Oculoplastic surgery is a subspecialty of ophthalmology that focuses on problems surrounding the eyeball (the lids, the orbit and the lacrimal system), as well as artificial eyes. The service also includes a cosmetic surgery unit.
  • The Ocular Oncology Service, one of the largest in the world, serves an international patient population. The physicians are leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular oncology, particularly melanoma and retinoblastoma, and have developed new techniques to save eyes that, in the past, would have been removed.
  • The Ocular Pathology Department is the backbone of teaching at Wills Eye. It conducts ongoing research into the broad spectrum of ocular diseases. It features state-of-the-art technology, and is a center of activity for Wills Eye residents and fellows, as well as for Thomas Jefferson University medical students.
  • The Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics Service treats the unique ocular problems of children. This includes strabismus (crossed eyes) and amblyopia (lazy eye). Physicians also perform cataract surgery on infants as early as a few weeks old. The pediatric contact lens service at Wills Eye fits and stocks lenses exclusively for children.
  • The Retina Service was the first subspecialty service at Wills Eye. Today, an average of 15,000 patients are diagnosed and treated each year. All vitreoretinal diseases are treated at Wills Eye, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, uveitis, and retinitis pigmentosa.

Other Medical Services

Wills Eye Surgical Network

Wills Eye has also branched out into the community with a network of same-day surgery centers throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. The centers offer care that reaches beyond ophthalmology to other surgical specialties such as:

  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Plastics
  • Ear, Nose and Throat