The Department of Ophthalmology at UI Health has a historic legacy of unparalleled clinical care, outstanding education, and innovative research. For more than 150 years, we have been leaders in providing the most advanced care to patients with serious and complicated eye conditions. Home of  Illinois Eye and Ear, we are the No. 1 referral destination for ophthalmologists in the region. Our nationally recognized subspecialty services and ophthalmologists are committed to treating and curing eye diseases, and we focus on training and developing the best and brightest students to be the next generation of eyecare leaders.

World Class Eye Care

Expert ophthalmologists at Illinois Eye & Ear at UI Health practice in a world class setting at UI Health’s new Specialty Care Building. From outpatient eye surgery to routine and complex visits, our experts provide eye care all in the same state-of-the-art building. .

Vision Correction Surgery (LASIK)

Illinois Eye & Ear at UI Health transforms vision with state-of-the-art laser vision correction procedures that can reduce your reliance on glasses or contact lenses. With the most advanced laser options in Chicago, our expert ophthalmologists guide you through your vision correction surgery needs, so you understand the best treatment that is right for you. Click here to learn more.

Dr. R.V. Paul Chan

Meet the Department Head

Dr. R.V. Paul Chan is the head of the Department of Ophthalmology and director of the Pediatric Retina and Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) Service at UI Health. His clinical practice focuses on vitreoretinal surgery and he is internationally renowned for his expertise in caring for children with ROP.  His primary research interests focus on utilizing new technology and imaging techniques to better evaluate and manage children with retinal disease. Dr. Chan is the John H. Panton, MD Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.