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Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science Vice Chair for Clinical Operations; Medical Director of the Ophthalmology Outpatient Center

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James J. Reidy, MD
Widely respected ophthalmologist, James J. Reidy, MD, FACS, is a leading expert in the diagnosis and treatment of cornea and external eye disease. Dr. Reidy specializes in caring for patients with diseases of the cornea, corneal infections, cataracts and more.

Dr. Reidy offers a new, FDA-approved outpatient procedure called corneal cross-linking.  This procedure helps prevent the progression of keratoconus, a degenerative eye condition in which the normally round, dome-like cornea — the clear front window of the eye — become thin and develop a cone-like bulge. Corneal cross-linking is an alternative treatment to corneal transplant, a more invasive procedure.

Dr. Reidy's commitment to research has lead to a better understanding of treatment procedures for cornea disease. He is investigating the use of stem cells in ocular surface reconstruction and the implementation of the Boston Keratoprothesis (artificial cornea) for high-risk keratoplasty patients. As part of his determination in finding the best treatment for his patients, Dr. Reidy developed a treatment algorithm for recurrent corneal erosion syndrome.

Along with his clinical and research pursuits, Dr. Reidy is a dedicated educator. He makes time to engage with medical students, residents and fellows, teaching them a wide range of clinical and surgical techniques to expand their knowledge on ophthalmology best practices.


Areas of Expertise

  • Corneal Infections


Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

Additional Education

  • Internship: Loyola University
  • Residency: Michael Reese Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Louisiana State University Medical Center
  • University of Utah Medical Center

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Eye Bank Association of America
  • Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists
  • Cornea Society
  • American Ophthalmological Society
  • American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • National Sjogrens Syndrome Association
  • Sjogrens Syndrome Foundation
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Illinicare
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice / Choice Plus
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
To Request an Appointment

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) - Hyde Park

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Ophthalmology - Streeterville

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To Refer a Patient

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At a Glance

Practicing Since1990

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Languages Spoken

  • English