UNC Ophthalmology

Whether you need a routine eye exam or a specialized procedure, choose UNC Ophthalmology for your family's eye care needs. UNC ophthalmologists are board-certified specialists in eye care and surgery. We have more than 60 years of experience serving our community.

Clinical Specialties

  • Comprehensive Ophthalmology - general eye exams, common conditions and screening examinations for patients with systemic illnesses
  • Contact Lens - a full range of contact lens services, from routine, first-time wearers to very complex contact lens management of post surgical conditions including corneal transplant patients
  • Corneal Disease - treatment for various diseases related to the cornea, the transparent front part of the eye
  • Dry Eye Disease - treatment for a common ocular disease that can affect a person’s ability to read comfortably, concentrate, operate a computer, drive, or perform basic work tasks
  • Glaucoma - a common disorder of the optic nerve that gradually decreases vision
  • LASIK / Refractive Surgery - an outpatient surgical procedure used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology - evaluation and treatment of patients presenting with eye misalignments/strabismus, double vision, Graves’ disease/thyroid eye disease and other orbital diseases, and facial dystonias, or involuntary muscle movements
  • Ocular Oncology - diagnosis and treatment of cancer affecting the eye, the orbit (eye socket), and cancer of the eyelids
  • Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery - management of deformities and abnormalities of the eyelids, lacrimal (tear) system, orbit (eye socket), and the adjacent face
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus - routine pediatric examinations and diagnosis and management of such problems as amblyopia (lazy eye), nasolacrimal duct obstruction (blocked tear ducts), cataracts, glaucoma, retinopathy of prematurity, and strabismus (eye misalignment)
  • Uveitis - inflammation of the uvea, the middle layer of the eye
  • Vitreo-Retinal Surgery - diagnosis and treatment of diseases and surgical repair of the retina, choroid, and vitreous

Optometry or Ophthalmology?

At UNC, we employ both optometrists and ophthalmologists. What’s the difference?


An optometrist is not a medical doctor, but receives a doctor of optometry degree at the completion of a four-year optometry school program. Their work primarily consists of performing eye exams and vision tests, and prescribing glasses and contact lenses. If you are seeking general care for vision correction, you will likely see an optometrist.


An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specializes in eye and vision care. An ophthalmologist diagnoses and treats eye diseases and performs eye surgeries in addition to prescribing eyeglasses and contact lenses. Our ophthalmologists are also active researchers, working to discover causes and cures for optical diseases.

Our Clinics

We have three clinics fully equipped to serve patients.

Additionally, we provide services at Alamance Eye Center in Burlington, Watson Eye Associates in Rocky Mount and Person Memorial Hospital in Roxboro (UNC Eye Roxboro).

Community Low Vision Center

In 2013, UNC opened the Community Low Vision Center in collaboration with the A Brighter Path Foundation. The Center, which is located in the Kittner Eye Center, offers compassionate care and individualized treatment with the goal of helping patients with low vision live as independently as possible.

Some of the resources available at the Community Low Vision Center include:

  • Reading aids
  • Hand-held magnifiers
  • Telephones and accessories
  • Talking products
  • Lamps
  • Video magnifiers
  • Computer hardware/software
  • Access to community resources
  • Clocks and watches
  • Kitchen aid

UNC Optical Shop

Located on the second floor of the Kittner Eye Center, the UNC Optical Shop offers a variety of high quality and fashionable frames. The Shop’s licensed opticians can help select the best frames and lenses for you.

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Make an Appointment Today

To schedule an appointment call (984) 974-2020.

Related Locations

  • UNC Eye at Roxboro
    UNC Eye at Roxboro


    615 Ridge Road
    Person Memorial Hospital
    Roxboro, NC 27573

  • UNC Eye Holly Springs
    UNC Eye Holly Springs


    781 Avent Ferry Road
    REX Healthcare of Holly Springs, Suite 202
    Holly Springs, NC 27540

  • UNC Hospitals
    UNC Hospitals


    101 Manning Drive
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514