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Ahmad Aref, eye surgeon, Ophthalmology

Ahmad Aref, MD, MBA


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Dr. Ahmad Aref practices in the Department of Ophthalmology at UI Health. Dr. Aref’s clinical practice concentrates on cataract and glaucoma surgical therapies. He performs cataract surgery and glaucoma surgeries, including glaucoma drainage implant surgery for advanced glaucomatous disease, and microinvasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) for patients with mild to moderate disease, including trabecular microbypass stent implantation (Hydrus and iStent), ab-interno canaloplasty, gonioscopy assisted transluminal trabeculotomy, goniotomy, and endolaser cyclophotocoagulation (ECP). He has a particular interest in the management of angle-closure glaucomas. Dr. Aref also specializes in premium cataract and intraocular lens surgeries using the latest techniques. He offers advanced options for vision correction postoperatively, including diffractive (multifocal), enhanced depth of focus, and toric intraocular lens platforms. Dr. Aref is certified in the use of the Alcon LensX laser for femtosecond laser-assisted cataract. He has been selected as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor, one of America's Best Eye Doctors by Newsweek, and he is a tenured professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Language : English

Specialties & Services

  • Cataracts and Cataract Surgery
  • Eye Surgery
  • Glaucoma
  • Ophthalmology
  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma Surgery


Specialty Care Building

1009 S. Wood St.
Chicago, IL 60612
312.996.EYES (3937)


  • Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Board Certification: Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada
  • Postgraduate: University of Chicago (MBA)
  • Fellowship: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
  • Internship: St. John Hospital & Medical Center
  • Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Residency: Hershey Eye Center