• 45,000

    Annual patient visits

  • In 2018 there were 6,348

    Ophthalmic emergency visits

  • 1,531

    Ophthalmic ultrasounds performed in 2018

  • On average 5,200

    Glaucoma patients per year

Eye Institute of Alberta

Thanks to generous community support, the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation's $4 million campaign for the Eye Institute of Alberta reached its goal.

EIoA Campaign Completion V2

“The Eye Institute of Alberta is northern Alberta’s hub for all things ophthalmology related. Strengthen that hub, and you strengthen care all over the province.”


Since 1996, the Eye Institute of Alberta at the Royal Alexandra Hospital has been delivering expert and compassionate eye care to patients from Edmonton, northern Alberta, and beyond. Originally designed to treat 12,000 patients a year, the busy clinic now sees more than 45,000 patients annually. To ensure the very best patient experience, the physical space needed an improvement.EIA front deskEIA doctor photoEIA Hallway

Thanks to donors, eye care in Alberta has never been better. Improvements to the patient experience are clear before you enter the Eye Institute of Alberta. Here are some of the changes that were made possible:

  • A backlit wall, paint and signage make the institute easy to spot from a distance. 
  • The front desk faces patients as they enter, providing a welcoming and warm environment. 
  • Upon check-in, patients are handed a coloured paper; the colour indicating the next stop on their patient journey. 
  • Wayfinding colours on the floor and ceiling identify their path, a small change that makes a large difference to their experience. 
  • Patient waiting areas have built-in charging stations and furniture that caters to patients with mobility issues.
  • The washrooms are renovated to be barrier-free and are now easily identified throughout the institute with colour coordinated ceiling markers and flooring.
  • The addition of an office for the Clinical Ophthalmic Educator who plays a pivotal role in strengthening the ophthalmic staff and technicians. This relatively new role, established less than two years ago, is responsible for training the ophthalmic personnel to ensure all members are up-to-date within their scope of practice.


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Today's research means improved healthcare tomorrow. 

Continued support of the Eye Institute of Alberta will help patients like Ken Ross. Ken was born with choroideremia, a rare eye disorder that causes progressive vision loss, ultimately leading to blindness. Promising new medical research at the Eye Institute of Alberta is leading towards a possible treatment for choroideremia.

Watch Ken's story:


As the only hospital-based comprehensive eye treatment centre in northern Alberta, the Eye Institute of Alberta treats patients from across western Canada and the northern territories.The Ophthalmology team delivers excellence in the care and treatment of conditions that range from simple eye infections to trauma to disorders that cause blindness.

Your continued support of the Eye Institute of Alberta will ensure that patients from northern Alberta and beyond will continue to receive the very best of care.

Did You Know

Since 1996, the Eye Institute of Alberta at the Royal Alexandra Hospital has been delivering expert and compassionate eye care to more than 45,000 patients annually.

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Andrew Otway, President and CEO of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation

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