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Keeping Our Eyes to the Future

According to the National Eye Institute, more than 3.5 million Americans are blind or suffer from some type of visual impairment. Sadly, that number is expected to nearly double by the year 2030 if more isn’t done to detect and treat eye disease earlier. At Illinois Retina Associates, we’re committed to preserving the gift of sight.

Through research, clinical studies, teaching, and the development of new instruments and techniques, our doctors are leading the way in advancing the field of retina medicine and surgery. But that kind of commitment requires significant funding. That’s why Illinois Retina Associates has created the Eyes to the Future Foundation. Eyes to the Future helps fund clinical research studies and educate future retinal specialists – with the singular goal of preserving the gift of sight.

Clinical Research

The future of retina care lies in the unending pursuit of new knowledge and technology. At Illinois Retina Associates, we participate in numerous research studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute (NEI), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Our physicians serve as principal investigator or co-investigator in dozens of clinical trials that cover every aspect of vitreoretinal disease and treatment, including:

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Central Vein Occlusion
  • Branch Vein Occlusion
  • Vitreoretinopathy
  • Macular Hole
  • CMV Retinitis
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity
  • Endophthalmitis Vitrectomy
  • Scleral Buckle
  • And many more.
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Teaching Future Doctors

Illinois Retina Associates doctors hold the title of Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor and Lecturer at such prestigious institutions as Rush Medical College and the University of Illinois. Highly regarded educators in their respective areas of expertise, our doctors are committed to medical education and actively train retinal fellows and ophthalmology residents. In fact, the Illinois Retina Associates vitreoretinal fellowship is highly sought after by medical students from across the nation. Each year, our highly skilled physicians train two retinal fellows who, after completion, continue our sight-saving work both here in the United States and abroad.

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