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Jose De la Cruz, MD, MS


Co-Director, Millennium Park Eye Center

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

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Dr. de la Cruz specializes in refractive surgery, advanced technology intraocular lens implantation, laser-assisted cataract surgery and complex corneal surgery. He is certified in the use of the LenSx Femtosecond surgical instrument for laser-assisted cataract surgery. He trained under Dr. Claes Dohlman, the surgeon who developed the artificial cornea implants surgery procedure called keratoprosthesis, or k-pro. At the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. de la Cruz developed the k-pro program, considered the top artificial cornea service in the Midwest. He has been selected by his peers as one of The Best Doctors in America each year since 2009. He joined the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary faculty in 2007.

Selected Publications

  • Lim JM, Bang GM, Cortina MS, de la Cruz J, Setabutr P. Successful müller muscle-conjunctiva resection in patients with Boston keratoprosthesis type I. Cornea. 2014 Mar;33(3):240-2. doi: 10.1097/ICO.0000000000000043. PubMed PMID: 24326330.
  • 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.
  • Kapamajian MA, de la Cruz J, Hallak JA, Vajaranant TS. Correlation between corneal and scleral pneumatonometry: an alternative method for intraocular pressure measurement. Am J Ophthalmol. 2013 Nov;156(5):902-906.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2013.05.045. Epub 2013 Aug 12. PubMed PMID: 23938125.
  • Kang JJ, Allemann N, Vajaranant T, de la Cruz J, Cortina MS. Anterior segment optical coherence tomography for the quantitative evaluation of the anterior segment following Boston keratoprosthesis. PLoS One. 2013 Aug 5;8(8):e70673. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0070673. Print 2013. PubMed PMID: 23940621; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3734235.
  • Sivaraman KR, Aakalu VK, Sajja K, Cortina MS, de la Cruz J, Setabutr P. Use of a porous polyethylene lid spacer for management of eyelid retraction in patients with Boston
    type II keratoprosthesis. Orbit. 2013 Aug;32(4):247-9. doi:
    10.3109/01676830.2013.788664. Epub 2013 May 10. PubMed PMID: 23663113.
  • Sivaraman KR, Hou JH, Allemann N, de la Cruz J, Cortina MS. Retroprosthetic membrane and risk of sterile keratolysis in patients with type I Boston Keratoprosthesis. Am Ophthalmol. 2013 May;155(5):814-22. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo. 2012.11.019. Epub 2013 Jan 23. PubMed PMID: 23352344.
  • Rai R, Shorter E, Cortina MS, McMahon T, de la Cruz J. Contact lens surveillance cultures in Boston type 1 keratoprosthesis patients. Eye Contact Lens. 2013 Mar;39(2):175-8. doi:10.1097/ICL.0b013e31827aff8f. PubMed PMID: 23392305.
  • Kang JJ, de la Cruz J, Cortina MS. Visual outcomes of Boston keratoprosthesis implantation as the primary penetrating corneal procedure. Cornea. 2012 Dec;31(12):1436-40. doi: 10.1097/ICO.0b013e31823f7765. PubMed PMID: 22367042.
  • Kang JJ, Allemann N, Cortina MS, de la Cruz J, Aref AA. Argon laser iridoplasty for optic obstruction of Boston keratoprosthesis. Arch Ophthalmol. 2012 Aug;130(8):1051-4. doi: 10.1001/archophthalmol.2012.858. PubMed PMID: 22893077.
  • Cortina MS, Porter IW, Sugar J, de la Cruz J. Boston type I keratoprosthesis for visual rehabilitation in a patient with gelatinous drop-like corneal dystrophy. Cornea. 2012 Jul;31(7):844-5. doi: 10.1097/ICO.0b013e31822fff1a. PubMed PMID: 22367041.

Professional Leadership

Regional Director, Pan-American Cornea Society


MS: Indiana University at Bloomington
MD: Ponce School of Medicine, Puerto Rico
Residency in Ophthalmology: New York Eye and Ear Infirmary
Clinical Fellowship in Cornea and External Diseases: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary,
Harvard Medical School
Clinical Fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery: Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at UIC