Research Eye and vision

As a leading research unit in the field of eye and vision, we conduct high-quality pre-clinical, clinical and translational research in order to make new discoveries to understand the principles behind the visual process and the mechanisms behind different types of eye diseases. The goal is to develop better treatment methods that ultimately preserve or restore vision.

Within the department, several research teams work together to develop and evaluate different types of methods and treatments and optimize clinical and scientific diagnostics in the field of eyes and vision. Karolinska Institutet provides a very good infrastructure that gives us good and long-term conditions to conduct the foremost research in the field.

Research close to healthcare

Our research environment is closely integrated with the clinical care at St. Erik Eye Hospital and Karolinska University Hospital, which provides unique conditions for creating a flow of knowledge between basic research, clinical research and health care. Problems identified and issues raised in healthcare may form the basis for pre-clinical research and the development of new treatment methods can be quickly transferred back to and applied in healthcare in the form of good patient benefit.

Successful research

The department's research has resulted in 7 doctoral dissertations over the past five years, and our employees have published more than 150 scientific articles. Several of our researchers belong to the national and international top in the subject of eyes and sight and many are hired as speakers in various contexts.

Research areas

Physiological optics


Ocular Oncology and Pathology

Eye movements and vision


Group leaders 

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Gustav Stålhammar

Affiliated to research

Stefan Seregard

Professor/senior physician
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Anders Kvanta

Professor/senior physician
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Helder Andre

Affiliated to research
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Tony Pansell

Senior lecturer/optician
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Pete Williams

Associate Professor
Maria Persson