Professor Doctor Safiye Yılmaz was born in 1973 in Manisa, Turkey. She attended Bornova Anatolian High School, which is one of the best schools of Izmir. In 1991, she started studying at Ege University Faculty of Medicine. She graduated from Ege University with an outstanding degree in 1991 and started to work in Izmir Atatürk Training and Research Hospital. She became a Chief Assistant in 1997 and then an Associate Professor while specializing in ophthalmology.
Safiye Yılmaz has gained the title of Professor in 2011 due to her outstanding work in her studies. She is very active in academic life and a leading figure in her field with investigative personality as a trait. She has published more than 200 articles both in Turkish and English since her school years which earned her a lot of respect from her peers as a leading optometric physician.
She is a referee for international SCI Journals and she plays an active role in Turkish Ophthalmological Association as a long-time member. She is also a member of American Academy of Ophthalmology which is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. AAO advocates for patients and the public and set standards for ophthalmic education. Furthermore, she is an active lead of The International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS), a partner of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the leading worldwide organization for refractive surgeons.
She speaks English fluently and has patients from every part of the world. She is very famous for treating a patient who had been sightless until he was 34 years old. Her dedication to the patient with a severe case, wide knowledge in her field and her wish to leave a mark in the world made it possible for her to give the patient his sight back. EyeWorld magazine did 2 interviews in the recent years with Prof. Safiye Yılmaz, who is one of the most famous Ophthalmology Specialist in Turkey.