The Donald K Johnson Eye Institute

Our institute focuses on converting fundamental knowledge about cells and their actions into sight-saving treatments. It is an urgent task, as our population ages, the number of Canadians living with blinding disease is exploding – over 8 million Canadians are expected to be affected by 2030.

Based at Toronto Western Hospital, The Donald K Johnson Eye Institute combines innovative science with outstanding clinical care. We are situated within Canada’s largest ophthalmological care centre, and part of Canada’s leading research university, the University of Toronto. These strengths have helped us recruit and retain an interdisciplinary faculty committed to translational science.

The Donald K Johnson Eye Institute is one of six divisions of the Krembil Research Institute. Here, vision researchers interact with other research leaders working on age-related neurodegeneration, autoimmunity, neuro-immunology and arthritis. 

Learn more about our research programs.