Though the Wilson era put the department in the running as one of the finest clinical residencies in the country, research efforts were minimal. During this period, the faculty engaged in writing textbooks and clinical papers, contributing much to the world literature, and taught with vigor.
Under the leadership of Robert D. Yee, MD, the Department of Ophthalmology began to further expand its efforts in 1989. The faculty had an outstanding record in the teaching of medical students and preparing residents in medical ophthalmology and in the most recent surgical techniques. Through its research efforts, the department contributed to the restoration of sight and the prevention of blindness in children and adults across the state of Indiana.
In addition to full-time and part-time faculty, a substantial group of ophthalmologists volunteer their services to teaching residents the nuances of ophthalmic surgery. These individuals are devoted practitioners who serve the community in private practices with offices throughout the community at-large. The department expanded physically from a small, two-room clinic to a well-equipped large clinic with three locations: the Richard L. Roudebusch VA Medical Center, City Hospital (now Eskenazi Health) and Riley Hospital for Children. Each of these facilities is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.
Since its inception in 1908, the IU School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology has trained more than 500 residents and fellows. The department is now under the leadership of David Wallace, MD, MPH. Thanks to the generosity and philanthropic support of Eugene and Marilyn Glick, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute opened its doors in 2009 and is now home to the IU School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology.