About the Eye Foundation

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology was founded in 1971 by Felix N. Sabates, M.D. It traces its beginning to prior years as a clinical department at the Kansas City General Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. The Eye Foundation of Kansas City was established as a not-for-profit regional referral center to support the Department in the areas of education, research, patient care and rehabilitation.

Significant developments in the history of the Eye Foundation are summarized as follows:

  • Department of Ophthalmology is formally established.
  • First class of residents graduates.
  • Ground is broken for the Eye Foundation building.
  • Surgical and laser facilities open.
  • VISX excimer laser purchased. Research begins in the field of refractive surgery.
  • Center for Retinal Macular Diseases opens.
  • Richard F. Deitz Center for Excellence in Refractive Surgery is dedicated.
  • Eye Foundation - East opens.
  • Eye Foundation - South opens.
  • School for Ophthalmic Technicians established.


The mission of the UMKC School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology/Eye Foundation of Kansas City is to provide excellence in education and research; and quality, cost-effective eye care for all patients regardless of ability to pay.



Patient Care

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  • Outpatient clinics and surgical facilities for the treatment of all types of eye disease.
  • The Center for Retinal Macular Diseases, offering special expertise and advanced treatment options to those with macular degeneration.
  • The most advanced and proven refractive surgery techniques performed at The Richard F. Deitz Center for Excellence in Refractive Surgery.
  • Full service optical shops.

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