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Ahmad A. Aref MD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology Glaucoma Service Director, Residency Training Program University of Illinois College of MedicineDepartment of Ophthalmology
Work Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary 1855 W. Taylor Street, M/C 648 Chicago IL 60612
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Biographical Info

Ahmad A. Aref, MD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Glaucoma Service
Director, Residency Training Program

Mailing Address:
Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary
1855 W. Taylor Street, M/C 648
Chicago, IL 60612





Sees patients at:
Glaucoma Service
Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary
1855 W. Taylor Street, Suite 3.171
Clinic Phone: (312) 996-7030

Millennium Park Eye Center
30 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 410
Center Phone: (312) 996-2020


“My goal is to use any surgical and medical
advancement available to stop glaucoma
from further robbing my patients of their vision.”
– Ahmad Aref, MD

Dr. Aref is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and attending physician in the Glaucoma and Cataract Consultation Service.  He serves as the Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary’s Chief Quality Officer and Residency Program Director.  He joined the department in 2011.

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 as well microinvasive glaucoma surgery for patients with mild to moderate disease.   He has a particular interest in the management of angle-closure glaucomas.  Dr. Aref also specializes in complex cataract surgery and is certified for use of the LensX (Alcon, Inc.) femtosecond laser system for laser-assisted cataract extraction.

Dr. Aref is board-certified by The American Board of Ophthalmology as well as The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  His research interests include the development of novel glaucoma surgical techniques, management of dry eye and ocular surface disease related to glaucoma medication toxicity, and the improvement of glaucoma diagnosis using computerized imaging methods. Dr. Aref has authored over 40 scientific publications and book chapters and serves as an active peer-reviewer for several ophthalmic medical journals.  His recently published textbook, Advanced Glaucoma Surgery, is a valuable resource for glaucoma surgeons worldwide.

Dr. Aref is an active member of The Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, The American Academy of Ophthalmology, The American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery, The American Glaucoma Society, and The Illinois Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.


MD—Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago
Internship—St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit
Residency—Penn State Hershey Eye Center, Penn State University College of Medicine
Fellowship in Glaucoma—Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami

Surgical Certifications:
Endoscopic Cyclophotocoagulation® (Endo Optiks, Inc.)
Trabectome® (NeoMedix, Inc.)
LensX® (Alcon, Inc.)

See a representative list of Dr. Aref’s published journal articles in PubMed.

Current/Recent Publications

Aref AA, Scott IU, Oden NL, Ip MS, Blodi BA, Van Veldhuisen PC. SCORE Study Report 15: Incidence, Risk Factors, and Timing of Elevated Intraocular Pressure after Intravitreal Triamcinolone Injection for Macular Edema Secondary to Retinal Vein Occulusion. JAMA Ophthalmology. 2015;133:1022-1029. PMID: 26086920.

Thomas M, Vajaranant TS, Aref AA. Hypotony Maculopathy: Clinical Presenation and Therapeutic Methods. Ophthalmology and Therapy. 2015;4:79-88. PMID: 26253854.

Jain S, Aref AA. Senile Dementia and Glaucoma: Evidence for a Common Link. Journal of Ophthalmic and Vision Research. 2015;10:178-183. PMID: 26425322.

Aref AA, Sivaraman KR, Djalilian AR. Glaucoma Drainage Implant Surgery and Ocular Surface Transplant Graft Preservation. Seminars in Ophthalmology. 2015;30(3):210-213. PMID: 24116393.

Bussel II, Aref AA. Dietary Factors and the Risk of Glaucoma: A Review.  Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease. 2014;5:188-194. PMID: 24982753.

Sambhara D, Aref AA. Glaucoma Management: Relative Value and Place in Therapy of Available Drug Treatments. Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease. 2014;5:30-43. PMID: 24381726.

Aref AA, Sayyad FE, Mwanza JC, Feuer WJ, Budenz DL. Diagnostic Specificities of Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer, Optic Nerve Head, and Macular Ganglion Cell-Inner Plexiform Layer Measurements in Myopic Eyes. Journal of Glaucoma. 2014;23:487-493. PMID: 23221911.

Huh ES, Aref AA, Vajaranant TS, de la Cruz J, Cortina MS. Outcomes of Pars Plana Glaucoma Drainage Implant in Boston Type 1 Keratoprosthesis Surgery. Journal of Glaucoma. 2014;23:e39-44. PMID: 24370810.

Aminlari A, Scott IU, Aref AA. Glaucoma Drainage Implant Surgery – An Evidence Based Update with Relevance to Sub-Saharan Africa. Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology. 2013;20:126-130. PMID: 23741131.

Sivaraman KR, Patel CG, Vajaranant TS, Aref AA. Secondary Pigmentary Glaucoma in Patients with Underlying Primary Pigment Dispersion Syndrome. Clinical Ophthalmology. 2013;7:561-566. PMID: 23569351.

Mwanza JC, Sayyad FE, Aref AA, Budenz DL. Rates of Abnormal Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer and Ganglion Cell Layer OCT Scans in Healthy Myopic Eyes: Cirrus Versus RTVue.  Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers, and Imaging. 2012;43:S67-S74. PMID: 23357327.

Aref AA. What Happens to Glaucoma Patients During Sleep? Current Opinion in Ophthalmology. 2013;24:162-166. PMID: 23262987.

Aref AA, Budenz DL. Evaluation of the Optic Nerve and Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer in Myopic Individuals. U.S. Ophthalmic Review. 2012;5:91-3.

Kang JJ, Allemann N, Cortina MS, de la Cruz J, Aref AA. Argon Laser Iridoplasty for Optic Obstruction in Boston Keratoprosthesis. Archives of Ophthalmology. 2012;130:1051-1054. PMID: 22893077.

Aref AA, Gedde SJ, Budenz DL. Glaucoma Drainage Implant Surgery. Developments in Ophthalmology. 2012;50:37-47. PMID: 22517172.

Aref AA. Management of Immediate and Sustained Intraocular Pressure Rise Associated with Intravitreal Anti-VEGF Injection Therapy. Current Opinion in Ophthalmology. 2012;23:105-10. PMID: 22249237.

Aref AA, Bennett T, Strong J, Kunselman AR, Scott IU. Effect of Ophthalmic Examination
Procedures on the Quality of Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography Images. Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers, and Imaging. 2011;42:e1-3. PMID: 21323259.

Aref AA, Scott IU. Management of Macular Edema Secondary to Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion: An Evidence-Based Update. Advances in Therapy. 2011;28:28-39. PMID: 21153509.

Aref AA, Scott IU. Management of Macular Edema Secondary to Central Retinal Vein Occlusion: An Evidence-Based Update. Advances in Therapy. 2011;28:40-50. PMID: 21153510.

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