Exceptional Clinical Care for Ophthalmic Conditions and Diseases
Loyola Medicine provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary ophthalmology care for men, women and children seeking routine eye care, as well as patients with problems or issues related to the eyes. Our dedicated team of doctors, surgeons, rehabilitation specialists and nurses will provide expert care and address any questions and concerns that you may have.
Loyola’s ophthalmology team offers a wide range of comprehensive eye care services to treat diseases and conditions that include:
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Low vision
- Macular degeneration
- Retinal detachment
Our board-certified ophthalmologists and licensed optometrists provide diagnostic services and personalized treatment for adults and children in all ophthalmic subspecialties, including pediatric ophthalmology. Our ophthalmology department uses the most current, state-of-the-art equipment and procedures.
What Eye Conditions are Treated at Loyola?
When you come to Loyola for your first appointment with an ophthalmologist or optometrist, your vision will be tested to determine the degree and nature of your vision loss. Once your doctor has a clear understanding of your condition and your treatment goals, your doctor will work with you to determine the best course of treatment. Loyola’s eye specialists offer a full range of services to treat pediatric and adult patients with impaired vision. Our specialists are experienced in treating all forms of eye disorders and conditions, including:
- Cataracts — A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye. As it progresses, a cataract can interfere with your ability to see clearly. There is currently no way to eliminate a cataract except surgically. Most often, a cataract is treated with a lens implant made of plastic materials to replace the natural hazy lens. Cataracts are often a result of aging, although the age at which they interfere with an individual’s quality of life varies widely.
- Diabetic retinopathy — In patients with diabetic retinopathy, the blood vessels in the eye go through a series of changes; they can leak, close or bleed causing loss of vision. Swelling of your retina, bleeding in the vitreous jelly and retinal detachment also can occur and cause loss of vision.
- Glaucoma — A common eye disease characterized by increased fluid pressure in the eye causing damage to the optic nerve, glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. This condition interferes with the delivery of visual impulses to the brain. Most forms of glaucoma do not produce symptoms until vision is already severely damaged; but if diagnosed early, the disease can be controlled and permanent vision loss can be prevented.
- Low vision — When your vision cannot be corrected or improved medically, surgically or with conventional glasses, you are said to have "low vision." Low vision prescriptive glasses, devices, technology and rehabilitation can improve visual abilities for your activities of daily living.
- Macular degeneration — Macular degeneration is the leading cause of loss of vision among people over 65 in the United States and can also affect younger patients. It is a process of wear and tear in the macula, which is the central part of the retina that gives us fine detail vision. There are two types of macular degeneration: the dry type that causes a gradual loss of vision, and the wet type that causes a sudden loss of vision.
- Retinal detachment — Retinal detachments can lead to visual impairment and even loss of vision. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to decrease the chance of visual loss. Tears or holes in your retina cause most retinal detachments.
- Strabismus — People with strabismus can have an eye that crosses, an eye that drifts outward or upward or lazy eyes. In some cases, strabismus is not readily visible, but it may be the cause of double vision or recurring eye strain. Initial treatment may include the use of eyeglasses, patches, eye exercise or medical eye drops. If these methods are unsuccessful, surgery often is the next option.
- Uveitis — The uveitis service specializes in diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory diseases of the eye. A multidisciplinary approach is employed with specialists in systemic disorders of the immune system, infectious disease and multiple organ systems to manage these concerns.
How are Eye Conditions Diagnosed?
Loyola’s ophthalmologists and optometrists are experts at assessing the health and vision of the eyes, as well as diagnosing conditions and diseases. Your doctor will take a detailed medical and family history and conduct a thorough exam.
Depending on your condition, your doctor may request imaging and testing that may include:
- Corneal topography
- Fluorescein angiography
- Nerve fiber layer analysis
- Retinal photography
- Visual field analysis
Specialized Ophthalmology Services at Loyola
Loyola’s ophthalmology program provides care for men, women and children of all ages in outstanding, conveniently located facilities. We have multidisciplinary facilities at the Loyola University Medical Center campus, in addition to outpatient services at other locations.
We offer the following specialized services to provide you with the most comprehensive care:
- Laser Vision Center — Loyola’s Laser Vision Center, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, offers a wide variety of surgical procedures designed to improve uncorrected vision. Our precise laser tracks eye movements during surgery to achieve maximum accuracy. Loyola offers the most advanced techniques for correcting vision due to refractive problems, including LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK).
- Neuro-ophthalmology — Our highly experienced neurologists and ophthalmologists provide clinically integrated care for eye conditions that are related to the nervous system. Neuro-ophthalmology, a subspecialty of both neurology and ophthalmology, requires specialized training and expertise in problems of the eye, brain, nerves and muscles.
- Oculoplastics and orbital surgery — Loyola’s surgeons have advanced training in reconstructive, ophthalmologic and cosmetic eye surgery for the eyelids, eyes, eyebrows, orbital cavity and lacrimal (tear duct) system, as well as the cheeks and forehead.
- Optical shop — Loyola is committed to providing you with the services you need in convenient locations, which is why we now have an optical shop at the Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge, in addition to the Loyola Outpatient Center in Maywood.
- Pediatric ophthalmology — Loyola’s pediatric ophthalmology program is dedicated to diagnosing and treating vision disorders and problems in infants, children and adolescents. We take a multidisciplinary approach to care, bringing together the expertise of pediatric ophthalmologists, pediatric eye surgeons, optometrists, certified orthoptists and certified ophthalmic assistants.
Exceptional Research to Advance Ophthalmology Care
Loyola’s expert ophthalmology program is actively pursuing new research with a focus on patient-centered outcomes. As an academic medical center, Loyola is dedicated to improving future treatments by conducting research on new diagnostics and treatments. Loyola’s patients benefit from research discoveries made here; read about Loyola’s current clinical trials.