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Welcome to the Department of Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Georgia and Augusta University Health.

Our top priority is the provision of thorough and compassionate patient care. Within our department you will find doctors who are interested in matching your concerns with accurate diagnoses and treatments. We seek not only to provide the right treatment, but also to educate you in regard to your condition so that you too may be involved in its management.

Our educational mission is broadly focused. Upon completion of the 3 year course of instruction our residents are able to enter comprehensive ophthalmic practice or pursue fellowship training.

Through continuing medical education activities the local ophthalmic community as well as our team of eye care providers are given opportunity to discuss and implement recent advances in the medical and surgical care of the eye.​


Drs. Sylvia Smith, Xingjun Fan and Yutao Liu
Drs. Kathryn Bollinger and Sylvia Smith
Sylvia Smith and Jing Wang

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Department of Ophthalmology


Administration: 706-721-1149
Residency: 706-721-3715
Med Students: 706-721-1160
Patients: 706-721-2020



Ophthalmology News

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Noninvasive technique collects sufficient tear fluid to look for biomarkers of health and disease

One day a tear fluid workup could be as routine as bloodwork during a physical exam as well as in diagnosing a myriad of conditions, from dry eye disease to Alzheimer’s.

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Protein protects brain cells most impacted by glaucoma

The new study provides some of the first evidence that synthetic compounds that activate sigma 1 receptor may one day help mitigate damage from glaucoma.

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MCG employee wins 2021 Excellence Award for medical residency program coordinators

The award serves to recognize the crucial role that program coordinators play in the success of medical residency and fellowship training programs.

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$3 million National Eye Institute grant supports growth of vision research at MCG, AU

“This growing group of scientists has always been a highly collaborative and collegial group, happy to share their expertise and equipment, but the grant enables us to formalize and expand our sharing more efficiently and effectively."