"My philosophy is to treat the patient as well as their eyes. I like to understand the patient's lifestyle as well as their medical conditions, so when presenting management of their eye care, I take into consideration not only what is best medically for them but also how they manage it into their lifestyle."
"I like to understand the patient's lifestyle"
- Dr. James Katz
Dr. James Katz is one of the five board-certified ophthalmologists providing superior patient care at the Midwest Center for Sight. Dr. Katz is a cornea, cataract and laser eye surgery specialist who performs a range of refractive surgical procedures, including advanced LASIK, corneal transplants, DSEK, Intacs, and cataract surgery. In fact, he is a highly accomplished cataracts specialist who offers a full range of intraocular lens implants, including AcrySof ReSTOR, Toric, Visiogen Synchrony and Crystalens.
Dr. Katz is a graduate of the University of Illinois Chicago, College of Medicine. He completed his internship at Illinois Masonic Medical Center with his residency at the University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary. He completed a prestigious fellowship at Casebeer International Eye Center and the University of Utah Moran Eye Center.
Dr. Katz is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology; the American Academy of Cataract and Refractive Surgery; the International Society of Refractive Surgery; the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons; the Illinois Association of Ophthalmology and the Chicago Ophthalmologic Society.
Dr. Katz's medical expertise is well-known outside of the Chicago area. Throughout his medical career, he has been regularly published in national and international ophthalmologic journals and is invited to speak at medical conferences all over the United States and the world, including countries in Europe, Asia and South America. He helped build clinics and teach new procedures in Vietnam.
In addition to refractive surgical procedures, Dr. Katz also provides routine eye exams, preventive eye-care health, conducts studies and treats all medical eye conditions.
Post Graduate Training
Fellowship: University of Utah Moran Eye Center
Cornea, External Disease and Anterior Segment Surgery
Salt Lake City, Utah 1996
Casebeer International Eye Center
Scottsdale, Arizona 1995
Residency: University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary
Internship: Illinois Masonic Medical Center
University of Illinois College of Medicine
University of Wisconsin
The Midwest Center for Sight
Des Plaines, Illinois
Honors & Awards
American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award 2013
University of Illinois Medical School Honors: Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics-Gynecology, Pediatrics 1989-90
James Scholar in Independent Study 1988-91
Highest Distinctions in Academic Achievement, U. of Wisconsin 1987
Historical Studies Scholarship 1987
Golden Key National Honor Society 1987
University of Wisconsin Outstanding Ski Patroller 1985-86, 1986-87
Fellow, American Board of Ophthalmology, 1997
Diplomat, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1992
AMO Verisyse Phakic Lens, April 2005
Alcon ReStor Multifocal Lens, April 2005
Staar Visian Phakic Lens, July 2004
Sunrise LTK, September 2000
Keravision Intacs, August 2000
VISX Excimer Laser, February 1996
Summit Excimer Laser, December 1995
Research and Publications
Katz J: Studay of the Safety and Effectiveness of Photochemically Induced Collagen Cross-linking at an Irradiance of 18 mW/cm2 as constant beam or pulsed treatment in eyes with unstable corneas due to Keratoconus or Ectasia or Post-Incisional Refractive Surgery (CXL Continuous v. Pulsed). 2014-present. R & D, assisted in instrument prototype design of Wobble Phaco Tip, ASICO. 2013 Katz J: Clinical Evaluation of the True Vision 3D Visualization and Guidance System for Microsurgery: Toric Intraocular Lens Alignment Template. 2012-present Katz J: A Prospective Multicenter Clinical Trial of the PresVIEW Scleral Implant (PSI) for the Treatment of Presbyopia. 2012-present Katz J: Clinical Evaluation of ReSure Sealant for Sealing Corneal Incisions in Patients Undergoing Clear Corneal Cataract Surgery: A Pivotal Study. 2012 Katz J: Clinical Trial of DSAEK EndoSerter Corneal Endothelium Delivery Instrument, OSI. 2010 Katz, JA, Visiogen Accommodating IOL, SYNC-601-IOL Clinical Trial. (on going) Katz, JA. Prospective, Randomized Study Comparing the Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Nepafenac 0.1% to Diclofenac 0.1% Administered Postsurgically in Patients Undergoing Cataract Extraction. (in publication) Katz J, Dehning D, Zieske J.