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Every procedure that’s performed at Hauser-Ross Eye Institute grants you the benefits and freedom of a life without limitations. Our state-of-the-art technology, innovative methods, and decades of experience make it possible for us to help you achieve the quality of life and health you aspire for.

THE HAUSER TEAMMeet Our Doctors

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Ahmed Abdelsalam, MD, FACS

Dr. Abdelsalam specializes in medical and surgical diseases of the vitreous and retina.

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Wendewessen Amde, MD

Dr. Amde specializes in management of medical and surgical diseases of the vitreous and retina. His expertise includes the treatment of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, simple and complex retinal detachment repair, surgical removal of epiretinal membranes, and the surgical management of complex trauma cases.

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Elizabeth Appel, OD

Dr. Appel graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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Abigail Barnes, OD

Dr. Barnes is a licensed optometrist and member of the Illinois Optometric Association, the West Suburban Optometric Association and American Optometric Association.

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Whitney Hawkins, AUD

Dr. Whitney Hawkins received her Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders in 2008 from Northern Illinois University, followed by her Doctorate of Audiology degree in 2012.

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Matthew Johnson, MD

Dr. Matthew Johnson is a board certified ophthalmologist. He attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance.

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Milap Mehta, MD

Dr. Mehta is a board certified ophthalmologist with extensive sub-specialty training in oculoplastic surgery and facial plastic surgery.

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Jay Met, MD

Dr. Jay Met is a board certified retina physician. He completed medical school at Albert Einstein College and his internship at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

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Dzejna Mezbur, OD

Dr. Dzejna Mezbur is a licensed optometrist and member of the Illinois Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.

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Robert Pearlman, MD

Dr. Pearlman specializes in medical and surgical diseases of the vitreous and retina. His expertise includes the treatment of both macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, simple and complex retinal detachment repair, macular hole repair, surgical removal of epiretinal membranes, and the surgical management of trauma.

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Sanjay Rao, MD

Dr. Rao has clinical expertise in the diseases of the cornea, LASIK surgery, cataracts and corneal transplants. He also specializes in Blade-Free laser cataract surgery using advanced technology lenses, and Blade-Free LASIK surgery using the WaveLight® laser technology.

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Emily Topi, OD

Emily Topi, OD provides primary eye care for patients of all ages, with special interests in ocular disease, pediatric optometry, and co-management of ocular surgery.

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Edward Yavitz, MD

At the 2000 Annual American College of Eye Surgeons Meeting, he was in the first group to be certified in LASIK surgery and he chaired the session on refractive surgery.

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