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James J. Reidy, MD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Science

Vice Chair for Clinical Operations

Medical Director of the Ophthalmology Outpatient Center

Widely respected ophthalmologist, James J. Reidy, MD, FACS, is a leading expert in the diagnosis and treatment of cornea and external eye disease. Dr. Reidy specializes in caring for patients with diseases of the cornea, corneal infections, cataracts and more.

Dr. Reidy offers a new, FDA-approved outpatient procedure called corneal cross-linking.  This procedure helps prevent the progression of keratoconus, a degenerative eye condition in which the normally round, dome-like cornea—the clear front window of the eye—become thin and develop a cone-like bulge. Corneal cross-linking is an alternative treatment to corneal transplant, a more invasive procedure.

Dr. Reidy's commitment to research has lead to a better understanding of treatment procedures for cornea disease. He is investigating the use of stem cells in ocular surface reconstruction and the implementation of the Boston Keratoprothesis (artificial cornea) for high-risk keratoplasty patients. As part of his determination in finding the best treatment for his patients, Dr. Reidy developed a treatment algorithm for recurrent corneal erosion syndrome.

Along with his clinical and research pursuits, Dr. Reidy is a dedicated educator. He makes time to engage with medical students, residents and fellows, teaching them a wide range of clinical and surgical techniques to expand their knowledge on ophthalmology best practices.

Practice Location

University of Chicago Medical Center
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

University of Chicago Ophthalmology
900 N. Michigan Ave., Ste 1425
Chicago, IL 60611

Year Started Practice


Board Certification


Medical School

Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL


Loyola University, Maywood, IL


Michael Reese Medical Center, Chicago, IL


Louisiana State University Medical Center (Cornea and External Disease)
University of Utah Medical Center (Ocular Pathology)


American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Medical Association
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators
American Ophthalmological Society
Cornea Society
Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists
Eye Bank Association of America
National Sjögren's Syndrome Association
Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation

Languages Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 702-3937

Office Fax

(773) 926-0747

Office Postal Address

James J. Reidy, MD
University of Chicago Medical Center
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 2114
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

  • Cornea and external eye disease
  • Corneal infections
  • Keratitis
  • Corneal collagen cross-linking

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Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Reidy's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.