Illinois Retina Associates is the Midwest’s leading practice devoted to diagnosing and treating diseases of the retina, macula and vitreous in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Our highly trained doctors specialize in diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, vascular occlusive diseases, uveitis and more. We also have a fellowship-trained ocular oncologist, who treats cancer of the eye.
Since we opened our practice in 1976, Illinois Retina Associates has been committed to innovation, excellence and providing you with the best eye care available anywhere.
To ensure our patients have access to the latest and most effective treatments, Illinois Retina Associates has been a continuous participant in both national and international research studies for nearly four decades. We have participated in dozens of studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute (NEI) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
At Illinois Retina Associates, we integrate your retina treatment with the care provided by your referring doctor, who remains an important participant in your eye care. That’s why we keep your doctor fully informed of all care you receive from start to finish.
What is a Retina Specialist?
A retina specialist is a highly trained medical doctor that specializes in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of conditions affecting the retina and the vitreous gel in the back of the eye. This subspecialty is sometimes known as vitreoretinal medicine. A retina specialist undergoes many years of training after college, including four years of medical school, a one-year general medical internship, a three-year residency in comprehensive ophthalmology, and one to two years of additional subspecialty fellowship training.
The retina experts at Illinois Retina Associates limit their practice to the evaluation and treatment of severe ocular injuries, and blinding diseases such as Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinal Tears and Detachment, and Central Serous Retinopathy.
Our practice does not provide primary eye care services such as prescribing eyeglasses, evaluating problems involving the front of the eye, treating cataracts or performing LASIK surgery. Illinois Retina Associates doctors treat patients who have been referred by a comprehensive ophthalmologist, optometrist, general practitioner, or endocrinologist that has determined they have a potentially serious disease involving the retina and/or vitreous gel in the back of the eye.
Foundation for Sight
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.