Vision care, also known as ophthalmology, studies the eye and conditions affecting the eye, eyelid or orbit.

The physicians at Cook County Health provide comprehensive eye care, from routine eye exams to minor and major surgical procedures.  
Many eye conditions and diseases show no symptoms until they have progressed to the late stages. The best way to prevent any eye disease is to have regular eye examinations, on average every 2-4 years or otherwise prescribed by your doctor. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends all adults to have a baseline eye disease screening at age 40. Adults aged 65 or older are recommended to have an exam every 1 to 2 years. 

Common Eye Conditions

  • Cataracts
  • Color blindness 
  • Corneal scratch or injury 
  • Diabetes 
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye disease due to premature birth 
  • Glaucoma 
  • Lazy eye 
  • Rare eye conditions 
  • Severe traumatic injury in adults
  • Uveitis (inflammation of the eye)

When Should I Get an Eye Exam?

  • Changes in the color of your vision 
  • Experienced a loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Experienced double vision 
  • Eyesight becomes blurry 
  • Full loss of vision 
  • See flashes of lights, lighting streaks or wavy lines 
  • See shadows or black spots
  • See sudden spots


Cook County Health physicians utilize many methods of sophisticated care options to treat eye diseases with medical, surgical or laser procedures.
If surgery is needed to treat an eye disease, minor surgery procedures can be performed within the Eye Clinic in the Professional Health Building and major surgical procedures are performed on an outpatient basis using “same-day” surgery.
  • Eye examinations  
  • Fluorescein angiograms
  • Laser procedures 
  • Nerve fiber layer analysis
  • Ocular coherence tomography
  • Out-patient options
  • Retina imaging  
  • “Same-day” surgery  
  • Ultrasound imaging
  • Visual field testing


Professional Health Building

1950 W. Polk Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 864-3915