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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.
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.
Diamonds DeShields is a professional athlete who brings plenty of energy and talent to the court for the Chicago Sky. Diamond has a condition with her eyes called keratoconus. Keratoconus is when the cornea protrudes or bulges outward from the eye. Glasses and regular contact lenses don't help the situation.
Patients often come in complaining of blurred vision or seeing multiple images, as well as being symptomatic to glare and halos.
Diamond came to visit Doctor Doshi at the University of Chicago Medicine. U Chicago Medicine is the official medical provider for the WNBA's Chicago Sky. Diamond needed help to continue to play at the high level she was accustomed to.
Through our team and the relationship we have with U Chicago Med, I was able to have my first appointment being with her directly, which I think was just amazing.
There was improvement in her vision immediately and she was ecstatic. So it was exciting and we decided to move forward with it.
Dr. Doshi prescribed a special kind of lens for Diamond. The lens itself doesn't have contact with the cornea.
Scleral lenses are a great medical tool for progressive keratoconus, or in the more moderate to advanced stages. What it is, it's a large diameter rigid gas permeable contact lens that is filled with sterile saline solution. And the lens itself rests on the sclera, which is the white part of the eye.
Now that Diamond has the new lenses, she also has another addition to her game day wardrobe. She wears glasses or goggles to help protect her eyes and the special lenses. She's noticed a difference in her play.
Now that I've started wearing the glasses, I feel myself being more aggressive. Like I know I can go in there and not worry about getting hit.
It has been a challenge to be a world class athlete while she struggles with vision issues, but Diamond now has hope and likes what she sees in her future.
The first time I saw Dr. Doshi was really good. She made me feel really comfortable, and she made me feel optimistic about the direction we were going to go. Because up until then I was very down about the state of my eyes, you know, not feeling like there was much that could be done for me.
But she made me feel hopeful for the future. And now we're here. And things are getting better.