New home to: The academic programs and faculty practice clinics of the UNMC Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. 

Location: 3902 Leavenworth Street (on the north side of Leavenworth St.).

Cost: $20 million.

Size: A 54,536 square foot building housing clinical and research services. Future plans are to add on a surgical wing. 

Building features: Outpatient eye care, a children’s eye care center, clinical research center and regional diagnostic center. 

Building’s namesake: Stanley M. Truhlsen, M.D., emeritus professor and former chairman of UNMC’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Dr. Truhlsen is nationally recognized in the field of ophthalmology. 

Services provided: 

  • Outpatient Eye Care: Separate clinic areas for specialty care including comprehensive ophthalmology, contact lens, cornea and external diseases, refractive surgery, glaucoma, retina and vitreous, oculofacial plastics, uveitis and ocular inflammatory diseases, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, low vision and rehabilitation, and neuro-ophthalmology. Patient-care areas will be closely integrated with the clinical research and diagnostic center to support research studies and also provide state-of-the-art patient care.
  • Carl Camras Center for Innovative Clinical Trials in Ophthalmology: A dedicated center of excellence for clinical research will enable the department to bring scientific breakthroughs to patients in clinical studies. The research team has expertise in conducting clinical trials that lead to novel therapies for a variety of eye diseases. New therapies developed by the research scientists in the Truhlsen Eye Research Laboratories, in UNMC’s Durham Research Center, also will be brought to patients in clinical trials.
  • Ocular Imaging Research and Reading Center (OIRRC): An advanced facility that allows novel research to be conducted to advance knowledge in ocular imaging, which will aid in the diagnosis and management of ocular diseases. The OIRRC also will enable the Truhlsen Eye Institute to be at the forefront of clinical research, serving as the coordinating and reading centers for national and international clinical trials.
  • Children’s Eye Care Center: A new center for children’s eye care will provide a subspecialty referral center for pediatric eye care and provide capacity for clinical research on pediatric eye diseases. It also will provide care for patients with strabismus and ocular misalignments.
  • Regional Diagnostic Center: State-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, such as high resolution optical coherence tomography, adaptive optics, microperimetry, and wide field imaging and angiography, not otherwise available in the community, will be provided for patient care and clinical research.
  • Optical Shop: A significantly expanded optical shop will provide patients convenient access to optical services, products and eyewear.
  • Center for Surgical Innovations: Plans are in the works for an eye surgery center to be built in the near future. The Surgery Center will be connected to the Truhlsen Eye Institute to provide maximum convenience and best possible care for patients, as well as their friends and relatives.