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Yvonne Ou


Ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist
Glaucoma and cataract surgeon, vision researcher

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.

  • Education

    Harvard Medical School, 2004

  • Residencies

    UCLA, Ophthalmology, 2008

  • Fellowships

    Duke University, Clinical Glaucoma, 2009

    Duke University, Research Glaucoma, 2010

  • Board Certifications

    Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

  • Languages


I enjoy the long-term bonds I form with patients and believe that we are a team working toward the goal of preserving and improving vision.

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    308 Ratings
    About our process
    Jun 21, 2023
    Dr. Ou was as usual efficient professional knowledgeable and concerned about my issues. Her clinic is always so packed with patients waiting to be seen by her but somehow she manages to be so present and engaged with me each time. I feel so lucky to have her as my glaucoma specialist.
    Jun 07, 2023
    All medical personnel that I had contact with were prompt professional personable and thorough.
    Jun 07, 2023
    Dr. Ou is a good doctor. She cares and listens. I feel the time I could have with her during appointments are always rushed and too fast paced. Sometimes I couldn't think of questions fast enough before the appointment is over. I think it's because she has so many patients lined up for her and she is too busy and stressed. I wish she had more days for clinic so that each patient could have more time to think and discuss with her.
    Jun 07, 2023
    Very pleased with approach and skills of Dr. Ou
    May 31, 2023
    Dr. Ou is one of the best MDs I have ever encountered
    May 17, 2023
    We still do not know why my mom lost peripheral vision. Build up on lens was addressed but we still do not have answers regarding glaucoma which is why we were seeing Dr. Ou in the first place.
    May 05, 2023
    DR OU is excellent....very caring and concerned about her patients!
    May 01, 2023
    Dr. Ou is great. I would recommend her without reservation. My only concern would be whether a prospective patient would be able to obtain a timely appointment.
    Mar 08, 2023
    I would have been more comfortable with more information about when I would be able to resume normal activities and start wearing my contacts. Written information is always best for senior citizens.
    Feb 23, 2023
    I think Dr. Ou is a wonderful physician: she is smart knowledgeable skilled and empathic. She instills great confidence.
    Feb 22, 2023
    Wonderful experience with everyone I encountered! Thank you!!
    Feb 15, 2023
    Feb 06, 2023
    That s great ! Sometime nurse or office note me ! That very greatest !
    Feb 01, 2023
    An excellent doctor.
    Dec 30, 2022
    Dr. Ou has my complete trust. She is a wonderful doctor. Thanks for letting me see her for my eye problems.
    Dec 02, 2022
    The quality of service is gone.
    Nov 30, 2022
    Dr. Ou gives 150% of herself to patient care. Her knowledge about my case is extensive.
    Nov 27, 2022
    Excellent Provider
    Nov 04, 2022
    Dr. Ou was professional efficient and offered information on a level I could understand. She evaluated my interest and capacity to understand the education she was offering starting at the big words referring to an eye chart and then progressing to my level. I asked questions and she answered them. Md gave more information freely and intelligently. Also I saw her reading my facial expressions clearly!!
    Nov 02, 2022
    She is very good but is hampered by a terribly organized and chaotic clinic.
    Oct 12, 2022
    Although second visit necessary info not in chart. Necessary to delay treatment once again.
    Sep 29, 2022
    If there had been a column for "Excellent/Outstanding" that allowed me to provide that answer -- beyond the "Very Good" designation provided -- I would have used that alternative.description
    Sep 14, 2022
    I felt hopeless when I left the appointment and even more hopeless when I read the notes. The doctor was rushed and did not explain the options & risks listed in the notes. The test result notes were so abbreviated that I couldn't make out what they meant.
    Sep 12, 2022
    Dr Ou is very professional and accomodating
    Sep 09, 2022
    The care provider is my doctor. I have complete trust in her and know she will provide me with the best options. She is very caring. Thank you for this opportunity.
    Sep 08, 2022
    Sep 07, 2022
    Care provider was excellent across the board
    Sep 07, 2022
    Dr Ou is terrific - outstanding talent in her field super caring and considerate and kind with her patients
    Sep 01, 2022
    Dr. Yvonne Ou is professional and has great bedside manners.
    Aug 29, 2022
    I took some business cards to give to friends. I sent a thank you note on Mychart.
    Aug 29, 2022
    Jul 15, 2022
    The best
    Jul 13, 2022
    I feel more comfortable with Dr. Ou.
    Jul 10, 2022
    Dr Ou is an excellent ophthalmologist.
    Jul 09, 2022
    The doctor is kind & caring very efficient knowledgeable & professional. So fortunate to have her.. Highly recommend her to anyone who needs an ophthalmologist.
    Jun 16, 2022
    Dr. Ou is an excellent physician; she's considered my concerns and tried to work with me to be conservative about my treatment while also providing guidance and advice about the most prudent path forward.
    Jun 10, 2022
    There may be a gap between what Dr. Ou might ideally want to do and what her scheduling and the staff permit. As examples I was originally scheduled for several tests but the initial tech only did 1 until an assistant recognized the discrepancy and had the second test done. Dr. Ou suggested I return in 3 months but the appointment was made for 4 and a half months presumably because of her schedule. I do not attribute these discrepancies to Dr. Ou but rathr to staff.
    May 31, 2022
    Dr. Ou has provided me with excellent care over the last three years.
    May 22, 2022
    Thank you for a doctor who is very caring knowledgeable and kind.
    Apr 29, 2022
    Provider too busy and does not spend much time with patient while patient waiting likely to have an hour before seeing the provider for ten minutes.
    Apr 20, 2022
    Dr. Ou is the best. Her clinical staff is excellent. The doctor needs an administrative staff who's worthy of her.
    Mar 21, 2022
    I understood Dr Ou's instructions about test she wanted but her office clearly did not get the same instructions
    Feb 23, 2022
    Dr Ou is the best!
    Feb 09, 2022
    Dr. Ou is approachable and clearly cares about me as a person. I appreciate that she considers all factors in my treatment and respects my concerns.
    Jan 27, 2022
    Doctor Ou does always explain in detail every aspect of my glaucoma condition and includes me in the decision of the treatment to follow. I feel quite confident I am in good hands in the care of doctor Ou.
    Jan 06, 2022
    So fortunate to be under her care.
    Dec 18, 2021
    The doctor answered all my questions in detail in a way I could understand. She described what was happening at every step of the procedure and after while I was being monitored.
    Dec 01, 2021
    Doctor OU was concern about the delays in getting a new eyeglasses prescription so she made sure I would be seen asap
    Nov 10, 2021
    Dr. Ou is an amazing provider. She is thoughtful knowledgeable and personable. I believe she has my best care in mind with all decisions related to the appointment.
    Oct 20, 2021
    I so much respect and appreciate Dr. Ou's care. She's a gem.
    Oct 07, 2021
    Dr. Ou is great.
    Sep 15, 2021
    Again Dr. Ou is very knowledgable and caring but the clinic itself is not well organized and Dr. Ou seems way way overbooked
    Sep 13, 2021
    Professional through all believable
    Sep 13, 2021
    Dr. Ou is thorough and willing to discuss different approaches to my care. I appreciate her patience and professionalism.
    Sep 13, 2021
    Dr Ou is the best!
    Sep 13, 2021
    Dr. Ou is great. I wish it was easier to schedule and reschedule appointments.