A New Home for Eye Care Services
UCSF's renowned eye care services has a new state-of-the-art home. In November 2020, the Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision opened its doors. Located at UCSF's Mission Bay campus, the center houses the Koret Vision Clinics, where many of UCSF's eye care programs relocated, as well as research and teaching facilities.
By bringing together scientists and doctors from many disciplines related to vision and eye health, the new center will foster the collaboration needed to make breakthroughs in the fight against vision loss and blindness. "We believe that this will allow UCSF to lead the way in the discovery of exciting new therapies," said Dr. Stephen McLeod, chair of ophthalmology at UCSF.
Patient care services at the Koret Vision Clinics include:
- General ophthalmology, including cataract care
- Optometry primary care, including prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses
- Glaucoma care
- Cornea disease care
- LASIK and other types of refractive laser eye surgery
- Strabismus care
- Vitreoretinal disease care
- Oculoplastic surgery
- Ocular oncology (eye cancer care)
- Optical shop services
The Koret Vision Clinics are adjacent to the Proctor Foundation Clinics, which specialize in infectious eye diseases and inflammatory eye disorders such as uveitis. Having these clinics under one roof translates to more convenient care for patients with related eye disorders.
UCSF continues to offer eye care at other sites in the Bay Area, including UCSF's Parnassus campus and the Berkeley Outpatient Center. The pediatric eye clinics remain at their current locations in Oakland and San Francisco's Mission Bay campus.
Full-Service Care Designed With Patients in Mind
The Koret Vision Clinics houses world-class facilities, including a surgical suite for complex and minimally invasive procedures; LASIK and cosmetic eye surgery centers; suites for imaging and other diagnostic tests; and a retail store stocked with high-quality contact lenses, eyeglass frames and sunglasses.
Designed for patient comfort and convenience, the clinics feature warm and inviting interiors, color coding and other visual cues to ease navigation for the visually impaired, and a curbside patient drop-off area.
With more than 40,000 square feet of clinic space and nearly double the current number of exam rooms, the new building allows UCSF to serve many more patients. The team expects 160,000 patient visits each year at the Koret Vision Clinics.
About UCSF Ophthalmology
UCSF's ophthalmology department provides all levels of eye care, from routine checkups to highly specialized services such as neuro-ophthalmology, ocular oncology and oculoplastic surgery. Patients come from all over the state and country, as well as abroad, to seek care from UCSF eye specialists.
In the latest U.S. News & World Report annual Best Hospitals survey, UCSF ranks No. 9 in the nation for ophthalmology and is the highest-ranked program in Northern California. UCSF is also the largest recipient in the country of vision research funding from the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute. UCSF's innovative research has shaped the field, from fundamental discoveries in how visual perception works to the development of modern cataract surgery implants.
Learn more about eye care services at UCSF Health.