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UC Irvine makes way on state-of-the-art vision care center

The $37 million academic eye care center will host nine of the best doctors in the country

by Mackenna WaterhousePublished: August 02, 2012 03:05 PM

UC Irvine last week celebrated the first major step in the completion of a state-of-the-art, $37 million vision care facility which, when complete, will house Orange County’s only academic eye center.

The 70,000-square-foot Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, expected to open its doors next summer, will feature patient exam and waiting areas, the Irvine campus’s first outpatient surgery center, an optical shop, faculty offices and a conference space. UCI expects the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute to provide highly specialized educational programs for students through access to leading-edge clinical trials and treatments to improve clinical treatment in Orange County.

"With UC Irvine located in the heart of what may be the largest concentration of eye care companies in the world, our ophthalmology group has long dreamed of a place that would allow our patients to benefit from corporate innovation and the pioneering research happening at UC Irvine's Hewitt Hall and the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center," said Roger Steinert, professor and chair of ophthalmology and director of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute.

Nine of the doctors at the facility are on the “Best Doctors in America” list by Best Doctors Inc. and are recognized for pioneering less-invasive medical procedures.

All funding for the project came from private donations beginning in 2007 with the institute’s namesake Gavin Herbert, chairman emeritus of Allergan Inc.

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