The Clinics

The Glaucoma Clinic is a division of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa. The department covers all aspects of ophthalmic care and is consistently rated among the top few departments of ophthalmology in the United States.


The Glaucoma Clinic operates 5 days a week. There are 5 faculty: Nathaniel C. Sears, M.D., Erin A. Boese, M.D., John H. Fingert, M.D., Ph.D., Wallace L.M. Alward, M.D., and Dan I. Bettis, M.D. All five are fellowship trained glaucoma specialists who are world-renowned for their expertise in glaucoma management. Our current glaucoma fellow physician, Dr. Matthew Miller, M.D., is on the far right.

Best Doctors 2011 Badge
Two members of the faculty (Dr. Alward and Dr. Bettis) have been named as “Best Doctors in America”. Dr. Alward has also been recognized by US News and World Report as being among the country's best ophthalmologists.
Family Visit
The Glaucoma Clinic is in the Pomerantz Family Pavilion on the 1st floor. It consists of 7 fully equipped examination lanes. The department shares 6 full-time perimetrists who provide outstanding visual field support for our patients. We have one of the few departments in the country that is still able to do Goldmann (manual) visual field testing on a routine basis. We also have 5 full-time photographers who support us by taking photographs, as well as performing scans of the optic nerve and the nerve fiber layer of the retina. All of the latest treatment modalities are present.

Within the clinic the faculty are involved in providing the most up to date patient care but also teaching. We have 1 fellow, 2 ophthalmology residents and a medical student in the clinic at any given time.