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Plans are underway to build a new eye care center that will include a new outpatient clinic and academic center that will nearly double campus clinical capacity, expand opportunities for world-class education and research, and advance an exciting new model for integrated pediatric optometric care.

About the new center

The new eye care center in Emeryville – to be named The Herbert Wertheim Center of Excellence for Eyecare and Vision Health – will deliver an integrated model of pediatric eye care and vision health that encompasses everything from well-baby and toddler pediatric clinics to disease management, binocular vision, vision therapy, children’s contact lenses, special needs eye care, myopia control and more.

Why we need a new eye care center

Our University Eye Center was designed in 1978 for 5,000 patient visits annually. The combined number of patient visits to the University Eye Center and the Tang Center now exceeds 60,000 annually, making it difficult to meet growing demand. These space constraints have also hindered our ability to expand high-revenue generating specialty clinics, such as Sports Vision, Neuro-Rehabilitation and Myopia Control, and expansion of our professional continuing education programs.

What services will be offered at the new Emeryville clinic?

The new Emeryville clinic will double our clinical capacity, expand opportunities for world-class education and research, and advance an exciting new model for integrated pediatric optometric care. More specifically, it will offer basic and advanced eye care service and treatment for adults and children; specialty pediatric eye care, including infant, toddler, and children’s clinics; special vision assessment clinics; binocular vision clinics; vision therapy and rehabilitation; a concussion clinic; a low vision clinic; a contact lens clinic; a myopia management clinic; a sports vision clinic; and a state-of-the-art eyewear center, all under one roof.

How will the new center support the profession?

The new space in Emeryville will include a center for professional education that we are calling the Academy of Advanced Optometric Education. We’ll use this space to host continuing education events, lectures, and seminars that are designed to be hands-on, and workshop-based small group learning. Our goal is to provide a dynamic learning environment for optometrists to enhance their skills and stay at the forefront of their profession.

Why Emeryville?

The Emeryville site was donated to the UC Berkeley campus—an estimated $17M value. The campus will provide the school use of the space rent-free for the life of the building. The Emeryville site’s 39,400 gross square feet will allow the expansion of these clinics and programs to include 40 exam lanes, therapy rooms for sports vision and BV, a retail eyewear center, and an academic center for continuing education.

How will the new eye care center be funded?

The funding for this project is coming from a variety of sources. A generous seed gift of $10m from the Wertheim Family Foundation — part of the $50m donation from the Wertheims — and the $17m in-kind gift from the campus, described above, as well as a $10m commitment from the school as part of the ongoing “Our Future, Our Vision” campaign, form the bulk of the project’s funding.

When will the new Emeryville eye care center open?

We expect the new center to open in late 2025.

Floor Plans

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Read what our faculty have to say about the new Emeryville eye care center by clicking the button below.

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Learn More

To learn more about the proposed eye care center in Emeryville, including opportunities to donate, please contact our Development and Alumni Relations team.

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