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Subspecialties Cataract, Refractive, Cornea / Ocular Surface, Retina, Retina, Imaging & Diagnostics, Other, Basic & Translational Research

The Art of Eyes: Part 2

Cranberry Mandala

“As an ophthalmic photographer, my training had always been to rigorously document diseased retina for specialists in ophthalmology. But as a creative photographer, I found retinas to be visually fascinating. This work emerges from black and white digital images which are layered, manipulated, and colored."

Pat Saine, former ophthalmic photographer and owner of Blue Plate Books, Winchester, VA, USA.

Inner Light

Speaking literally the retina is an internal structure that provides for light to be converted to impulses that guide the brain. The title of this photograph is a reference to our collective literal and figurative “inner light”.

Kelly Aileen Oldstein, Certified Ophthalmic Photographer at Chester County Eye Care, and owner of Kelly Aileen Photography, Chester County, PA.

Cataracta Pulverulenta

These pictures are from an 18-year-old female patient who suffered from photophobia and reduced vision before cataract surgery and multifocal IOL implantation were performed.

Karl Brasse, Ophthalmologist, Vreden and Matthias Gerl, Augenklinik Ahaus, Germany.


Boris Malyugin performing corneal graft surgery at the S. Fyodorov Eye Microsurgery State Institution, Moscow, Russia. Clockwise from top left: Boris and his assistant, Ekaterina Malyutina, at the operating microscope during the procedure; transferring the corneal graft; mid-procedure instructions, and preparing the graft with a femtosecond laser.

Terry Cooper, Cap d'Ail Photos, London, UK.


Artist Tracy Ellyn creates ophthalmology fine art pieces as a way of expressing and sharing her first-hand experience with wet macular degeneration. The artist uses multiple layers of her own OCT images, in combination with hand drawings, watercolor painting, photography, and other mixed media. “Finding the beauty in all things, including scotomas, tint loss and the kaleidoscopic visual effects people experience after eye injections, as well as the connection between the outer world of nature and the inner world of the eye, is the inspiration for my work,” says Ellyn. Her “Ophthalmology Series” of artwork can be viewed on her website:

Tracy Ellyn, Artist, Tracy Ellyn Fine Arts, Miami, FL, USA.

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