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The Mission of the Department of Ophthalmology at Stanford is to be among the very best institutions in the world for ocular health. We aim to do this through technically outstanding and compassionate care for our patients, cutting edge basic and translational research, and training of the next generation of leaders and practitioners in our field in the prevention and treatment of vision loss.
Values - Primacy of the Patient
We subscribe to the Primacy of the Patient in all of our interactions with them, and in our activities on their behalf.
In the process of serving our patients, we serve the larger interests of science, education, and applied scientific inquiry. We believe that great medicine begets great science and the means to achieve it.
Through honest and respectful interactions with our colleagues, we establish key relationships within the larger community. These connections form an integral part of practicing the highest-quality medicine and collaborative science.
We have a strong history and commitment to multi-disciplinary and productive collaborations with researchers in Genetics, Applied Physics, Bioengineering, Neuroscience, Radiology and Health Outcomes Research.
Providers at the Byers Eye Institute are now offering synchronous video visits. A video eye visit can substitute for an in- person appointment in some cases, and is particularly helpful to determine if and with what urgency (even same day or next day) and in-person appointment is needed. Currently this is available for patients in California.
We have included example videos if you wish to get a sense of what some of your examinations may be like:
Visual System Examination During Video Visits
Visual Acuity (Central Visual Function)
Heather E. Moss, MD, PhD & Shannon Beres, MD
Byers Eye Institute at Stanford
Dr. Andrea Kossler's father is a surgeon and her sister an ophthalmologist, so she was torn between those two specialties. After medical aid trips to Bolivia and Cambodia, Dr. Kossler figured out that oculoplastic surgery would be just right for her.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.
Stanford Health Care is known worldwide for the advanced patient care provided by its doctors and staff. We also provide a wide range of guest services and amenities to our patients and visitors. Learn more about preparing for a hospital stay, billing and financial services, and our other support programs in Patients & Visitors.
Stanford Health Care provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions, visit Referral Information.