UPMC Vision Institute

The UPMC Vision Institute includes board certified ophthalmologists, optometrists, residents, and other health care professionals who provide an entire range of eye care services in many specialties and subspecialties.

Under the leadership of José-Alain Sahel, MD, one of the world’s top experts in retinal diseases and vision restoration, UPMC provides groundbreaking research to find new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat eye disorders and diseases as well as to preserve healthy vision.

Dr. Sahel is an exceptional class professor of Ophthalmology at Sorbonne Université and was the founding director of The Vision Institute (Sorbonne Université, Inserm, CNRS) Paris, France.

UPMC Mercy Pavilion

The UPMC Vision Institute is headquartered at the new UPMC Mercy Pavilion, a state-of-the-art facility located in Pittsburgh on the hospital campus of UPMC Mercy. It includes amenities for patients and visitors including innovative biotherapy treatments, a life skills apartment, street lab, rooftop rehabilitation garden, and fully integrated low-vision rehabilitation technologies and services.

Conditions We Treat

  • Astigmatism
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Blepharitis
  • Cataracts
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chalazion
  • CMV Retinitis
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Corneal Abrasion
  • Crossed Eyes (Strabismus)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Dry Eye
  • Farsightedness (Hyperopia)
  • Flashes and Floaters
  • Glaucoma
  • Keratoconus
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Macular Hole
  • Nearsightedness (Myopia)
  • Posterior Vitreous Detachment
  • Presbyopia
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Uveitis


  • Aesthetic Surgery Services
  • Center for Vision Restoration
  • Cornea Services
  • Glaucoma Services
  • Laser Vision Correction (Refractive Surgery)
  • Neuro-ophthalmology Service
  • Ocular Services (imaging, motility, photography, trauma)
  • Orbital and Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Retina and Vitreoretinal Services
  • Visual Electrophysiology and Psychophysics

Our Leadership

José-Alain Sahel, MD
Distinguished Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Exceptional Class Professor at Sorbonne Université, Paris
The Eye and Ear Foundation Endowed Chair
Director, UPMC Eye Center

Ken K. Nischal, FRCOphth
Vice Chair, Quality
Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus & Adult Motility
Director, Pediatric Program Development
Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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