Dr. Yvonne Ou is an ophthalmologist who specializes in treating glaucoma with medical, laser and surgical therapies. Her surgical expertise includes minimally invasive procedures, filtering surgery and drainage implant surgery. She also specializes in evaluating and treating cataracts, and she performs combined cataract and glaucoma surgery.
In research, Ou is particularly interested in understanding the degeneration of retinal ganglion cells (a kind of nerve cell) that occurs in glaucoma and how to restore vision by harnessing the eye's own ability to repair. She also designs new tests to improve glaucoma diagnosis and better monitor progression. She has received the Alcon Research Institute Young Investigator Grant and the BrightFocus Foundation's Dr. Douglas H. Johnson Award for glaucoma research.
Ou enjoys teaching and mentoring the next generation of ophthalmologists and vision scientists. She is co-director of UCSF's glaucoma division and vice chair for postgraduate education in the UCSF Department of Ophthalmology.
In her free time, Ou likes to explore the outdoors with her husband and two young children.
Harvard Medical School, 2004
UCLA, Ophthalmology, 2008
Duke University, Clinical Glaucoma, 2009
Duke University, Research Glaucoma, 2010
Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology