Ahmad Aref, MD

Ahmad A. Aref, MD

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Glaucoma Service

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

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

request and appointment

Dr. Aref performs trabeculectomy and glaucoma drainage implant surgery for advanced glaucomatous disease, as well as microinvasive glaucoma surgery for patients with mild to moderate disease, using the latest surgical innovations. He specializes in complex cataract surgery and is certified in the use of a femtosecond laser system for laser-assisted cataract extraction. He is researching the use of fish oil capsules in the treatment of dry eye, which is a frequent side-effect of medications used to treat glaucoma. Funding for the research is provided by the American Glaucoma Society. Dr. Aref has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and also is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals.  

Dr. Aref is board-certified by The American Board of Ophthalmology as well as The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He joined the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in 2011.


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

Agrawal H, Gupta SK, Dokania G, Dray PB, Aref AA, Traish A, David RJ. A neonate with bilateral corneal opacities and glaucoma. Pediatr Ann. 2014 Feb 1;43(2):60-3. doi: 10.3928/00904481-20140127-04. PubMed PMID: 24512154.

Huh ES, Aref AA, Vajaranant TS, de la Cruz J, Chau FY, Cortina MS. Outcomes of pars plana glaucoma drainage implant in Boston type 1 keratoprosthesis surgery. J Glaucoma. 2014 Jan;23(1):e39-44. doi: 10.1097/IJG.0b013e31829e55f8. PubMed PMID:  24370810.

Sambhara D, Aref AA. Glaucoma management: relative value and place in therapy  of available drug treatments. Ther Adv Chronic Dis. 2014 Jan;5(1):30-43. Review.  PubMed PMID: 24381726; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3871276.

Aref AA, Scott IU. Twenty-four-hour intraocular pressure monitoring: it's about time. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2013 Nov;131(11):1403-4. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2013.4700. PubMed PMID: 24030162.

Aref AA, Sivaraman KR, Djalilian AR. Glaucoma Drainage Implant Surgery and Ocular Surface Transplant Graft Preservation. Semin Ophthalmol. 2013 Oct 11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24116393.  

Aref AA. The diagnosis of glaucoma in highly myopic individuals requires longitudinal data. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2013 May;251(5):1453-4. doi: 10.1007/s00417-012-2149-7. Epub 2012 Sep 2. PubMed PMID: 22940798.

Aminlari AE, Scott IU, Aref AA. Glaucoma drainage implant surgery--an evidence-based update with relevance to sub-Saharan Africa. Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol. 2013 Apr-Jun;20(2):126-30. doi: 10.4103/0974-9233.110607. PubMed PMID: 23741131; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3669489.

Aref AA. What happens to glaucoma patients during sleep? Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2013 Mar;24(2):162-6. doi: 10.1097/ICU.0b013e32835c8a73. Review. PubMed PMID: 23262987.

Sivaraman KR, Patel CG, Vajaranant TS, Aref AA. Secondary pigmentary glaucoma in patients with underlying primary pigment dispersion syndrome. Clin Ophthalmol. 2013;7:561-6. doi: 10.2147/OPTH.S42456. Epub 2013 Mar 21. PubMed PMID: 23569351; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3615837.

Aref AA, Sayyad FE, Ayres B, Lee RK. Acute bilateral angle closure glaucoma induced by methazolamide. Clin Ophthalmol. 2013;7:279-82. doi: 10.2147/OPTH.S41540. Epub 2013 Feb 11. PubMed PMID: 23430961; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3573826.

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. J Glaucoma. 2012 Dec 3. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23221911.

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 Surg Lasers Imaging. 2012 Nov-Dec;43(6 Suppl):S67-74. doi: 10.3928/15428877-20121003-01. PubMed PMID: 23357327.