Ophthalmologist, Dr. Rutvi Doshi, examines a patient's eye
Optometrist Dr. Rutvi Doshi examines a patient's eye.

Our Ophthalmology and Visual Science team provides medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases.

We provide a wide range of medical and surgical treatments for ocular disorders involving infants, children and adults.

Our faculty offers a full range of ophthalmic services including:

  • Comprehensive eye care: Screening and treatment for common eye diseases including cataracts and glaucoma as well as glasses and contact lens prescriptions.
  • Contact lens service: Specialization in contact lenses including complex fits for patients with keratoconus and corneal transplant patients.
  • Cornea, cataract and external diseases: Medical and surgical evaluation and management for corneal and external eye diseases, including corneal infections, cataract surgery, corneal cross-linking, corneal transplantation and laser vision correction procedures.
  • Glaucoma: Comprehensive consultation and long-term care for glaucoma, including medical, laser and surgical treatment. Computerized optic disc nerve fiber layer and visual field analysis is available using state-of-the art diagnostics.
  • Neuro-ophthalmology: Evaluation of patients with vision disturbances caused by optic nerve disorders, visual changes caused by strokes, brain tumors, thyroid eye disease or orbital tumors, patients with visual field defects, involuntary eye spasms, pupillary abnormalities or double vision.
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Program: Full range of eye care for children including screening exams, evaluation of strabismus (lazy eye), retinoblastoma and other eye tumors; and complex care and surgery.
  • Oculoplastic surgery: Evaluation of the eyelids and structures around the eyes; reconstructive surgery for treatment of injuries and congenital defects; and cosmetic surgery to address aging changes affecting the eyelids and face.
  • Retina: Evaluation of patients with disorders such as diabetic eye disease, age-related macular degeneration, retinal detachment, inherited retinal diseases, intraocular tumors and severe eye trauma. The latest in laser treatments, medical therapies and microsurgery of the vitreous and retina are available.
  • Uveitis: Treatment of patients with ocular inflammation including iritis, iridocyclitis, pars planitis, retinitis, choroiditis, ocular sarcoidosis and scleritis.
  • Toxoplasmosis: This is the most common parasitic infection in the world, infecting 2 to 3 billion people in the world. It remains in the brain of all infected persons. The parasite is the cause of the most common infection of the back of the eye-retina in the United States. Toxoplasmosis can cause vision loss, hearing loss and brain damage in congenitally infected individuals. It also causes morbidity and mortality in individuals immunocompromised by organ transplantation, malignancy or vasculitis and their therapies or AIDS. UChicago Medicine's toxoplasmosis group, a leader in investigative research, sees and examines toxoplasmosis patients.

Refractive surgery is based on special imaging of the cornea obtained by the computer. The surgery is employed to correct irregularities in the cornea. In selected cases, we also use surgery to correct refractive errors, eliminating the need for glasses.

Our Retinal Imaging and Laser Treatment Center uses a computer to analyze retinal diseases in preparation for laser treatment. The vitreo-retinal center also specializes in difficult diagnostic problems including hereditary defects of the retina.

Glaucoma diagnosis and treatment is based on special computer-generated visual field testing and optical nerve imaging. The treatment includes outpatient laser as well as surgical intervention.

Strabismus surgery is based on television analysis and orthoptic testing of ocular motility. Treatment is carried out, in special cases, with sutures that can be adjusted after surgery for perfect alignment. Chemical injection replaces surgery in selected cases.

Neuro-ophthalmology consultation is available, as is ocular plastic surgery for external and eyelid defects.

Ophthalmologist, Dr. Rutvi Doshi, examines Chicago Sky
Diamond DeShields and Dr. Doshi

Chicago Sky's Diamond DeShields came to UChicago Medicine for help with a major eye condition. Dr. Rutvi Doshi helped the pro basketball player find the right solution, so she can continue to play at her best.

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