Edward M. Barnett, MD, PhD

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My clinical philosophy involves forming a partnership with each patient — working together to manage their glaucoma. I invite patients to ask as many questions as they would like regarding their condition. In particular, because glaucoma is typically asymptomatic unless advanced, I feel that it is extremely important that each patient understands as much as possible about the disease and the rationale for treatment. Equipped with that knowledge, patients are able to make well-informed decisions regarding the various treatment options I present to them.


Dr. Edward Barnett earned his Honors Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He then attended the University of Iowa, earning both his MD (Alpha Omega Alpha) and a PhD in neuroscience. Following this, Dr. Barnett completed his internship at St. Luke’s Hospital, an ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and a glaucoma fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. From 2001-2013, Dr. Barnett was a faculty member of the Department of Ophthalmology at Washington University, achieving the rank of full professor in 2012. He also served as the clinical director for the department from 2006 to 2013.  In 2013, he joined Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, but was excited to return to his home state in 2015 as a professor of ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has been honored as one of “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” and “Best Doctors in America.”  In addition to being a busy clinician and surgeon, he has also been active in both basic and clinical research with numerous grants, awards and publications.

Dr. Barnett was born and raised in Boscobel, Wisconsin, the youngest of nine children. He has been married to his wife, Cate (raised in Brodhead, Wisconsin), for 27 years and has three children. He is a lifelong, die-hard Wisconsin sports fan and has completed two Ironman triathlons.




Diseases & Conditions

Adolescent Glaucoma
Adult Glaucoma
Advanced Glaucoma
Angle-Closure Glaucomas
Complex Glaucoma
Glaucoma Suspect
Ocular Hypertension

Treatment & Services

Combined Glaucoma and Cataract Surgery
Complex Cataract Surgery
Glaucoma Laser Surgery
Glaucoma Surgery
Management of Glaucoma and Related Eye Diseases

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Languages Spoken


Hospital Affiliations

Froedtert Hospital


Westbrook Health Center
2315 E. Moreland Blvd.
Waukesha, WI 53186
(262) 532-5700
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Eye Institute - Froedtert Hospital
925 North 87th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53226
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Education & Training

University of Iowa College of Medicine - Iowa City - Doctor of Medicine - (1995)

University of Iowa - Iowa City - PhD in Neuroscience - (1995)

St. Luke's Hospital - Milwaukee - WI - Transitional Year Internship - (1995-1996)

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics - Iowa City - Residency in Ophthalmology - (1996-1999)

Washington University - St. Louis - MO - Fellowship in Glaucoma - (1999-2000)

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Patient Reviews

The comments are submitted by patients (or their caregivers) and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network. Learn more about our survey.

4.6 out of 5. 470 ratings, 140 reviews
Dec. 26, 2019
too long a wait time. over two hours
Dec. 25, 2019
Wonderful visit
Dec. 25, 2019
Dr. Barnett and his staff are very attentive and caring.
Dec. 20, 2019
I had seen him in June and he thought my vision was a little worse. as a result he ordered a macular scan for this visit. On this visit he said my eyes looked pretty good, but did not recall ordering the scan last June and wondered who had ordered it. During the visit I reminded him that he ordered the test.
Dec. 19, 2019
Dr Barnett has always been very thorough, knowledgeable and professional. However, wait times are too long.
Dec. 19, 2019
very attentive and explained test results
Dec. 18, 2019
I like this provider but there is a long wait from yhe nurse to seeing the doctor
Dec. 17, 2019
Top flight medical care. Not wild about endocrinology department.
Dec. 16, 2019
I feel that Dr Barnett listens to my concerns and answers my questions in a clear and understandable way. I think that Dr Barnett is very knowledgeable and he is giving me excellent care.
Dec. 12, 2019
my appointment was at 3:45 but it was almost 6:00 before I got in to see the doctor.
Dec. 10, 2019
Knowledgable, competent, detailed, attentive.Great bedside manner.
Dec. 5, 2019
Nothing specific...just a very caring dr. compared to the one that screwed up my cataract surgeries.
Dec. 5, 2019
he saved my vision. i am grateful and happy. i can drive even at night
Dec. 2, 2019
after tech checked me in and then sent to secondary waiting room I waited 1 hour and 20 minutes before seeing Dr Barnett. I think this is extremely excessive amount of time. WHY ?
Nov. 30, 2019
Dr. Barnett has taken excellent care of the issues concerning my eyes, including surgery and many post op appointments,& excellent advice. His staff are also excellent and it is very evident that both the surgical team and office staff respect him and hold him in their highest esteem.
Nov. 27, 2019
Much improved from previous doctor. He likes results that will benefit his patients in a normal progression. Great with the students!
Nov. 21, 2019
excellent surgeon and glocoma doctor
Nov. 20, 2019
Dr. Barnett is always polite with all of the people he works with and is so positive.
Nov. 20, 2019
My appointment was at 10:45. No one told me the MD was running behind. I finally got in at 11:55.
Nov. 16, 2019
Everyone was very helpful .
Nov. 14, 2019
well coordinated care
Nov. 8, 2019
eye clinic very busy on my appointment daymaybe Friday a busy day.
Nov. 7, 2019
Long wait time ... but usually long.
Nov. 2, 2019
I feel that Dr. Barnett is the best doctor /specialist that I ever encountered as far as being concerned about my welfare and my health. My only complaint is about the long wait time. Very frustrating!
Nov. 2, 2019
on my last 2 visits we sat & waited approx 2 hrs for a 5 min appointment. we drive 2 hrs to get there, I could see maybe 1/2 hr wait but not 2 hours to see the dr for 5 min, he's rushed to get us out so he can go home, very dissapointing
Nov. 2, 2019
concern for me
Oct. 29, 2019
Everyone was very professional and very caring. Did their best to take care of me.
Oct. 28, 2019
Wait was way too long: over one hour. Possibly due to long wait, had questions I had to think about after I left.
Oct. 25, 2019
the staff in Dr. Barnett's office are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable and go beyond what they are expected to do to provide a positive appointment.
Oct. 24, 2019
I had a number of questions and Dr. Barnett took the time to answer each one which was very helpful.
Oct. 22, 2019
In my opinion Dr.Barnett is a excellent doctor.I am fortunate to have him for a provider.
Oct. 19, 2019
an hour wait to see the MD no one came to explain the delay. Dr. had an emergency earlier.
Oct. 15, 2019
Very kind, knowledgeable, professional & clearly caring about my well- being.
Oct. 12, 2019
Both the doctor and his staff answered all of my questions. They listened and showed concern and provided me with excellent information.
Oct. 10, 2019
prescription he ordered for me isn't covered under my insurance and is $166 out of pocket per month. way too much for my budget
Oct. 9, 2019
Appreciate Dr Barnett, his eperience & wisdom as a Eye Surgeon & Specialist!
Oct. 8, 2019
I believe I would have lost my sight in one eye if not for him. He has been excellent in caring for me through my cataract surgery and follow up. I have recommended him to others.
Oct. 5, 2019
Oct. 5, 2019
waited over one hour
Sept. 25, 2019
transparency of information gathered by the doctor of my eye health is given if I ask questions, otherwise i would not know my eye pressure, or my vision score, or what is seen in my eye. prescription details always given.
Sept. 23, 2019
not viders care but there's always a weight you're never seen when you're supposed to be seen which is very aggravating I've already been seeing an hour after my appointment was scheduled.
Sept. 16, 2019
Dr. Barnet is extremely efficient as a surgeon and he performed cataract surgery and glaucoma surgery on both of my eyes. I can see much better and am very satisfied with his skills as a surgeon.
Sept. 12, 2019
Dr Barnett is patient & discusses options for treatment with me. respectful & kind
Sept. 6, 2019
Dr. Barnett is a excellent professional. Apparently his office was over booked and I sat in the waiting room for longer than I had anticipated and I had to leave before seeing Dr. Barnett. Even though Dr. Barnet is an accomplished professional I hold in very high regard, I have decided to find another Dr. closer to my home in the Racine area. I wish the folks at Froedtert well as well as Dr. Barnett. Thank you.
Sept. 4, 2019
Dr. Barnett is excellent, as well as his staff. One complaint. The wait time is horrible. Well over an 90 minutes.
Sept. 4, 2019
The wait was rediculous. I waited almost 3 hours. I saw other patients and some very loud about the wait
Sept. 4, 2019
After checking in with the nurse had to wait more than 30min to see the doctor.
Aug. 31, 2019
Dr Barnett is my glaucoma specialist. He did surgery on my right eye and this was a post op appointment. I consider Dr Barnett to be very knowledgeable. He explains thing very well and I appreciate his expertise.
Aug. 20, 2019
Dr. Discussed options for my eye issues, but was not clear on the priorities he thinks most important. He may have been considering my concerns and did not want to alarm me.
Aug. 18, 2019
Very long wait time
Aug. 15, 2019
Spot was at 1:45 we were still there at 3:45. The Dr was obviously way overbooked.We will not return
Aug. 8, 2019
waiting time 3 times 1st for appt 2nd for ex rays did not know beforehand 3 back to Dr waited 45 min I m on oxygen need to know about long appt total 3 hours.
Aug. 7, 2019
provider just opened door for me to leave room signifying this visit is over. It wasn't clear if I was to make follow up appointment or stop at the desk and then I realized later to do so. Otherwise the visit went well.
Aug. 6, 2019
I waited an hour to see Dr. Barnett.
Aug. 5, 2019
prolonged delay in care; no one bothered to inform the patient regarding the reasoning for the delay until the patient went up and asked. staff should have relayed a simple message re: anticipated timing to be seen even as emergencies arise. (delay to be seen was over 1.5 hours)
Aug. 2, 2019
Provider's care was excellent, however, time spent in the waiting room was excessive ... 2 hours on each of my last two visits.
July 30, 2019
Was very professional but not personable. no eye contact or was asked if I had any comments or concerns, His focus stayed looking at the commuter screen.
July 27, 2019
waited over an hour to see the doctor. no one let me know why. total time 90 minutes for 10 minute visit. can't something be done to improve the long waits?
July 24, 2019
Answers questions Tells me what happens next Refills medications accurately
July 23, 2019
I had to wait 1hour and 30 minutes to see the doctor after my test were completed. That wait time is totally unacceptable and disrespectful to my personal time. Two patients were scheduled at 2:00.
July 23, 2019
Overall my care has been excellent. There have been occasions where the technician could use a little help honing there skills.
July 19, 2019
The time for my appt. was also given to 6 other people. Thus, understaff took my 2 hr. time to 4 hr. time. Hopefully, you'll get another physician with same degree to help the only doctor on payroll at this time.
July 18, 2019
Examination and the way I was taken care of
July 14, 2019
rather rushed. I waited an hour and fifteen minutes to finally see him.
July 14, 2019
waited almost 2 hrs to see Dr Barnetduring examine he needed to be reminded my name as he was looking at wrong filehe left the room before explaining the results of exam and asking me if I had any questions or concerns
July 13, 2019
Everyone at the Eye Inst. has always been very polite and helpful
July 12, 2019
Dr.Barnett and his staff are always at the top of their game and are very attentive to my needs. I was the last patient of the day and felt they were still as attentive as they probably were with the first patient of the day!
July 11, 2019
Dr. Barnet was very concerned that I reached a level of comfort with my eye pain. He was very thorough and helped me to understand what was causing the pain in my eye. I am very thankful for his wisdom and patience. He followed up the very next day to ensure that my eye was still free of pain. I highly recommend Dr. Barnet for cataract and glaucoma surgery.
July 9, 2019
Dr Barnett Is very kind and caring
July 8, 2019
He is the best provide I have interacted with at Froedtert!
July 7, 2019
I thought the doctor could have been more engaging.
July 6, 2019
Dr. Barnett was referred to me by my doctor and I found both him and his Technicians to be professional and friendly. I felt comfortable and confident with the care they gave and the treatment recommended.
June 30, 2019
healing touch practitoner for my personal care discussion, eye care supplements fish oil and gingko biloba.
June 28, 2019
never is on time. triple books. never ever do l get in on the time my appointment is. 3 hours is ridiculous for an appointment. needs to be in Waukesha more days. thinking about switching dr. l can't travel and wait all afternoon.
June 27, 2019
I had a 2pm appointment for visual fields testing which was completed by 2:20 pm, in time for my 2:30 appointment with the Dr. The tech saw me at 2:30 for pressure testing and medical history review and i was then sent back to the waiting area. The waiting area was full of people, 4 who were hacking up their lungs. I waited and waited. I was seen by the dr. at 4:15 after waiting for over 1 1/2 hours. He saw me for 5 minutes and did not address any of the issues i had discussed with the tech. This was the most unacceptible appointment I have even encountered at the Eye Institute. At that point i just wanted to get out of there.
June 22, 2019
I waited 20minutes to see the technician. Then I waited 50 minutes to see the doctor who saw me for less than ten minutes.
June 22, 2019
Trust! I trust the staff to tell me the truth and explain my options.
June 20, 2019
The over all care has been excellent. But my eye site has not improved after under going two implants, laser surgery, visiting the retina specialist twice , one injection and more. Disapointing.
June 19, 2019
outstanding doctor and excellent staff!!!
June 16, 2019
sensitive and understanding
June 13, 2019
too many patients waiting to be seen or treated.
June 13, 2019
this time the doctor was way overbooked. during my time in the waiting room, I must have heard over a half dozen patients called called ahead of me for him. he didn't even open my medical records or test until I was sitting there. that hasn't been my previous experience with him.
June 11, 2019
Appt. was for 2:45. I saw *Dr. Barnett at 5:45. After two hours we were told there had been a medical emergency and we would see the doctor as quickly as possible. An hour later I met with *Dr. Barnett for a five minute appointment. Emergency situation happen but maybe some of those waiting would have been willing to reschedule if this option would have been offered.
June 11, 2019
Dr. Barnett spent a lot of time with me going over my questions/concerns. I truly appreciate that...
June 5, 2019
Dr Barnett pays attention to detail, is thorough and respectful. He seems on top of technology and disease. I'm very comfortable he is monitoring my glaucoma.
June 5, 2019
First impression of Dr. Barnett was that he was somewhat stand-offish, and not overly friendly. Upon seeing him later, for the second time that same day, he was friendlier, and I felt more comfortable with him. I liked his self confidence and felt reassured by his findings/diagnosis. I will definitely return for follow-up care with Dr. Barnett.
June 4, 2019
I sat and wait for ONE AND ONE HALF HOURS. I had one eye test and left without seeing the doctor at which time the receptionists were ALL GONE. I was late for my next appointment. Dr. Barnett is the best in the area in his specialty but he is always over booked so the office service level is horrible. Very frustrated.
June 2, 2019
wait time is irritating. i ghave routinely had to wait 1-2 hours past the appointment time to see this provider.
May 31, 2019
Dr. Barnett provided excellent care. I got a thorough eye examination and he answered all questions I asked. The waiting time was extremely long. I had a 3:15 appointment and was not taken to the exam room until after 4:00. I did not leave the eye clinic until 5:30. No one should have to wait that long.
May 30, 2019
He always takes time to listen to my concerns and answer my questions.
May 23, 2019
Dr Barnett listened to my concerns and explained that I could possibly benefit from surgery. He explained the surgery in understandable way, which I appreciated!
May 22, 2019
Dr. Barnett's patients are ALWAYS overbooked. I've waited as long as 2 1/2 hours to be seen by him. I travel 4 hours to see him and, do not appreciate sitting in the waiting room like cattle. His staff either needs to figure out how to properly schedule patients or work someplace else. My time is just as valuable as his. If I didn't show up on time for my appt., I'd be charged and rescheduled. He needs to show the same respect for my time and my trust in his services.
May 20, 2019
1. He told me of an office location much closer to my home. 2. He seemed to not RUSH through my apt.
May 19, 2019
very friendly and confident
May 19, 2019
Waits times were extremely long due to having only one Glaucoma doctor. Doctor is great but wait times are so long I am considering going somewhere else for care.
May 11, 2019
Very pleased with entire consultation
May 11, 2019
wait time over an hour
May 11, 2019
I was told by other Dr's that they couldn't do anything and wanted me to just cover the glass lens with a cover so I wouldn't have double vision , where Dr Barnett was able to do surgery to fix it and also my pressure down. I couldn't have been more pleased.
May 8, 2019
I was very pleased with this visit because the waiting time was only about 15 minutes. Normally when I visit this physician my waiting time can vary from one hour or more. I feel that he over books his patients because his waiting rooms (2) are always very crouded.
May 7, 2019
had to wait too long in the waiting area to be called
May 1, 2019
on the last visit I was told that after this visit we would schedule only one visit per year. after this visit it was suggested I come back in 6mo. I'm not sure what changed. these visits are quite costly so I would like to keep them to a minimum but still take care of my vision.
April 29, 2019
I felt the wait time between an eye test and seeing my provider was too long. I sat in the waiting room for over an hour. In talking with another patient, we found we had the same appointment time. How can the staff double book and not expect to run behind and make people wait? Not Doctors fault.
April 28, 2019
Dr seemed unaware of what he told me the previous appointment - to discontinue use of eye drops for affected eye. Also, technician who administered the OCT test seemed unprepared for my appointment, didn't know I was coming for the test and unable to find my records in the computer even though I've been a patient for many years and have had this test many times. In her defense, I may have not been on her appointment schedule??
April 26, 2019
I am very confident in and happy with the eye care Dr. Barnett is giving me.
April 26, 2019
Just what a good doctor he is.
April 25, 2019
Poor Communications. Do not discuss the test or the results with you.
April 25, 2019
I believe Dr. Barnett is doing way to many patients. we wait typically an hour at the least to see him. He is a very nice doctor only reason why I wouldn't refer is that you have to wait too long during the visit.
April 17, 2019
As usual, all the tests related to the check-up were done efficiently and effectively, and all the personnel I dealt with were very competent and friendly.
April 17, 2019
Dr. Barnett is so knowledgeable. He is a wonderful doctor. I am very grateful that he takes cares of me for my glaucoma.
April 16, 2019
lLong wait to. be seen. about 1 1/2 hours.
April 12, 2019
No issues
April 11, 2019
No specific events. Dr. Barnett is an excellent Dr.!!!!
April 10, 2019
Absolutely the best professional service anywhere!
March 27, 2019
too many clients are being booked with this doctor. His schedule is too tight. Techs are seen for a longer time than meeting with the doctor. The client has to know what questions to ask and sometimes we have to email it foe clarification. Perhaps the Dr. could say, Would you like additional information about this procedure? Would you like to consider another option?
March 26, 2019
Dr Barnett has told me from the first visit that he is not sure he would have started treating me for glaucoma. But he also stated that it isn't an issue to continue taking the medication. This visit he repeated his belief that he probably would not have treated me then looks in my eyes and decided that because of my family history and the fact that I have "very thin corneas it's reasonable to continue ". I m not sure exactly how to respond. I feel like perhaps I'm wasting his time? In 6 months I will return for other tests on both eyes (I also have a macular wrinkle in the eye that doesn't have glaucoma). As you see I have the potential to loose my vision in BOTH eyes. This obviously is important to me. Praise God my vision is currently very good.
March 20, 2019
The waiting for 2 hours after initial stop with MA is ridiculous, don't schedule more patients than you can accommodate in one day.
March 17, 2019
March 14, 2019
Very thorough. Explained everything to the fullest.
March 14, 2019
The doctor has been substantially late for everyone of my appointments.
March 7, 2019
With extremely bad vision, I feel my provider gave me good recommendations and options( surgery ) to greatly improve my vision.
March 4, 2019
Dr Barnett listens to me & rememberers my concerns from previous appointments. I have a lot of faith in his abilities to take care of me.
March 1, 2019
Dr. Barnett's staff were remarkable. I did not, however, see Dr. Barnett. I spent an inordinate and unacceptable amount of time, over 30-minutes, waiting to see Dr. Barnett after the initial exam services were provided to me. I arrived for a routine eye examination, in advance of my scheduled appointment, and over an hour and a half later I was still not seen by Dr. Barnett. I had to excuse myself with the receptionist because I could no longer wait as I had another commitment. I understand that the clinic may be stretched thin, however professional courtesy dictates that a patient should receive the consideration of knowing why they are waiting so long, and what to expect. This inconsiderate treatment was very bad form.
March 1, 2019
waited to long in the waiting room
Feb. 26, 2019
The changes in my vision are new to me. Dr. Barnett explained things in such a way that put me at ease about these changes and treatments available. I'm glad my optholmolagist referred me to him.
Feb. 22, 2019
waited over two hours to see Dr Barnett
Feb. 21, 2019
The only problem was the wait time. Waited about an hour which is difficult for elderly patients.
Feb. 21, 2019
I believe that I am being treated by the best doctor possible.
Feb. 16, 2019
He is brilliant and sympathetic.
Feb. 16, 2019
They were all very professional and caring A+ To all Thank You.
Feb. 15, 2019
over two hour wait time
Feb. 15, 2019
Doctor and staff listened to my questions and concerns and provided me with helpful information.
Feb. 12, 2019
Perhaps a little more info on side effects of cataract surgery.
Feb. 9, 2019
Believe he has excellent credentials. I think he is the best!
Feb. 9, 2019
This was my first visit with this provider and he was overwhelmed with his patient load. I had allowed 2 hours for this visit and was only able to get one of my annual tests done due to time restrictions, plus my actual visit with this doctor was very short compared with my previous provider.
Feb. 6, 2019
addressed what I came there for and they new my back ground health issues. they were very knowledgeable
Jan. 30, 2019
no issues, great care!
Jan. 26, 2019
Dr. Barnett provided excellent care in that he took his time in explaining the procedure & also other options in which he was cautious in moving to a more intensive eye treatment. I told him that whatever had to happen that I was very pleased with what he has done. I have great confidence & trust in him.
Jan. 26, 2019
Dr. Barnett is my Eye Doctor he explain every little detail if I choose to get the procedure done.
Jan. 24, 2019
Dr. Barnett is an opthalmologist and his care is almost totally related to my eye issues - glaucoma. Many of these questions do not directly apply as they would if seeing an Internist, for example.
Jan. 22, 2019
The provider seemed rushed; did a basic examination; prescribed some medication. Feedback on my condition was limited.