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Lily T. Im, MD

Academic Title:

Clinical Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Additional Title:

Director - Glaucoma Service


419 W. Redwood, 462

Phone (Primary):



(410) 328-1178

Education and Training

University of Virginia, BA

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, MD

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Eye Center, Ophthalmology Residency

Duke University Eye Center, Glaucoma Fellowship


Dr. Lily Im is the Director of the Glaucoma Service at the University of Maryland Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.  She also served as Chief of Ophthalmology at the Baltimore Veterans Hospital from 2008-2014.  She completed her undergraduate studies within three years and earned a BA degree with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa.  She attended University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine with two academic scholarships and also completed her ophthalmology residency in Pittsburgh.  Her glaucoma fellowship was completed at Duke University Eye Center, one of the highest volume glaucoma services in the nation.

Dr. Im has extensive experience in treating glaucoma patients, from initial diagnosis to the most complex and advanced patients.  She performs all glaucoma surgeries and laser procedures, including the most cutting edge procedures known as MIGS (Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery).  She is also very commited to the Baltimore community and early detection of glaucoma by participating in monthly free glaucoma screenings with the Sight Savers program.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Glaucoma, MIGS, Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, Cataract

Highlighted Publications

Im L, Allingham R, Fekrat S.  A prospective study of early intraocular pressure changes after a single intravitreal triamcinolone injection.  J Glaucoma  17(2):128-32, 2008

Kaleem J, West S, Im L, Swenor B. Referral to low vision service for glaucoma patients: Referral patterns and characteristics of those who refer. J Glaucoma 26(2): 115-120, 2016

Schehlein E, Im L, Robin A, Onukwugha E, Saeedi O. Nonmedical out-of-pocket patient and companion expenditures associated with glaucoma care. J Glaucoma 2017.

Awards and Affiliations

Surgical Mentor of the Year

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Glaucoma Society

Chandler Grant Glaucoma Society

Women in Ophthalmology

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery



Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States with more than 3 million people affected. But what is glaucoma? And how can you protect your sight from this insidious disease? In this video, learn about the importance of early detection and treatment from Dr. Lily Im, the Director of the Glaucoma Service at the University of Maryland Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.