The Division of Ophthalmology at the Cook County Health and Hospitals System offers medical and surgical ophthalmic care to adults and children with diseases and injuries of the eye, orbit and eyelids. Common diseases that affect the eye include diabetes, glaucoma and cataracts but in addition, comprehensive care is offered to patients suffering from a broad spectrum of common and rare eye conditions ranging from eye disease due to premature birth to severe traumatic injury in adults.
Each year, the division treats 35,000 patients, performing over 1,200 major ocular surgeries, 1,000 intraocular injections and over 2,000 laser procedures. This is in addition to routine medical management of ophthalmic disease as well as countless numbers of minor procedures. The Division of Ophthalmology is the busiest unit under the Department of Surgery.
Clinic services include fluorescein angiograms, visual field testing, ultrasound imaging, ocular coherence tomography and nerve fiber layer analysis. The physicians utilize many methods of sophisticated care options and many eye diseases can be treated with medical, surgical or laser procedures.
The Ophthalmology clinic, located in the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital, is a comprehensively equipped facility with specialists available in 7 subspecialties including: medical/surgical retina, oculoplastics, cornea, glaucoma, uveitis, pediatrics/strabismus and neuro-ophthalmology.
Minor surgery procedures can be performed within the clinic and the vast majority of major surgical procedures are performed on an out-patient basis using “same-day” surgery in the Hospital.