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Ahmad Aref

Ahmad Aref, MD, MBA


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Dr. Ahmed Aref practices in the Department of Ophthalmology at UI Health. Dr. Aref's clinical practice concentrates on cataract and glaucoma surgical therapies. Specifically, he performs trabeculectomy and glaucoma drainage implant surgery for advanced glaucomatous disease, in addition to microinvasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) for patients with mild to moderate disease. Specific MIGS options offered by Dr. Aref include trabecular microbypass stent (iStent, Glaukos Co.) implantation; ab-interno canaloplasty; gonioscopy-assisted transluminal trabeculotomy (GATT); Kahook Dual Blade (KDB, New World Medical, Inc.) goniotomy; and endolaser cyclophotocoagulation (ECP). He has a particular interest in the management of angle-closure glaucomas.

In addition to glaucoma surgery, Dr. Aref also specializes in cataract and intraocular lens surgeries using the latest techniques. He offers advanced options for vision correction postoperatively, including diffractive, enhanced depth of focus, and toric intraocular lens platforms.

Dr. Aref is board-certified by The American Board of Ophthalmology and The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada. His research interests include the development of novel glaucoma surgical techniques, sustained release glaucoma medical therapies, and the improvement of glaucoma diagnosis using computerized imaging methods. Dr. Aref has authored over 60 scientific publications and book chapters and serves as an active peer reviewer for several ophthalmic medical journals. His published textbook, Advanced Glaucoma Surgery, is a valuable resource for glaucoma surgeons worldwide. He serves as a lead section editor for the Editorial Boards of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeWiki and EyeNet publications.

Language : English

Specialties & Services

  • 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 and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Fellowship: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
  • Internship: St. John Hospital & Medical Center
  • Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Residency: Hershey Eye Center