General Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Cataracts, and Refractive Surgery.
Dr. Jonathan Buka did a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Chicago/Michael Reese Hospital. He studied advanced training in refractive surgery with a leading world expert, Dr. Charles Casebeer. Previous to that, he did an internship in general medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, after attending medical school at the University of Cincinnati. He did his undergraduate training at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. Dr. Buka specializes in cataract surgery, LASIK and following patients with diabetes and glaucoma.
Dr. Buka is board certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the International Society of Refractive Surgeons. He is currently on staff at Christ Hospital, Hinsdale Hospital, Hinsdale Surgical Center, Tinley Woods Surgery Center and Munster IN Community Hospital.
Dr. Buka is married with four children ranging from 8 years to 21 years. He enjoys spending time with his family and all their activities: football, tennis, soccer and cheerleading. He likes the outdoors, camping, skiing and riding horses. He also enjoys watching the Chicago Cubs, White Sox, Bears and Cincinnati Bengals.
Dr. Alexander Khammar grew up in New Jersey and earned his bachelor's degree in French and Biology at Rutgers University in 1992. He graduated from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1996. After an internship in Internal Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, he completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the Doheny Eye Institute of The University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 2000. Dr. Khammar then pursued fellowship training in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus at The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. Prior to arriving in Illinois, Dr. Khammar was an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center / Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Insititute, and he is the current Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
Dr. Benjamin Ticho earned his B.S. degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Michigan in 1985. Two years later, he earned his M.D. cum laude e. causa in a combined premedical/medical program. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary and a pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus fellowship at the Children's Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Ticho is board certified (and re-certified) by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He has received the award for Top Doctors: Chicago Metro Area from Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. for over six consecutive years, and Patients' Choice's 2012 Award for 'Compassionate Doctor'. He is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary - and was recently appointed to its Executive Committee of the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, a collaborative network of physicians who participate in clinical research in strabismus, amblyopia and other eye disorders that affect children - and at Children's Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Ticho has particular expertise in cataract surgery, treatment of strabismus (ocular misalignment) and amblyopia (lazy eye), ptosis (drooping eyelid), tear duct surgery, retinopathy of prematurity, genetic and hereditary eye disease, as well as correction of age-related aesthetic facial changes. "I try to make sure that each patient and parent understands treatment options to help make comfortable decisions," Ticho says. "There is so much information out there -- some of it misleading -- so it's important to feel like your doctor has both the needed experience and a patient-first attitude to provide appropriate guidance."
Congratulations are in order for Dr. Ticho, who successfully completed his second board recertification process, including CME, chart review and written examination.
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Dr. Karl Ticho has been practicing on Chicago's Southwest side for over 5 decades. After emigrating from Czechoslovakia, he completed his ophthalmology training at the University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary, Cook County, and Michael Reese Hospitals. He was one of the founding physicians when Christ Community Hospital opened in 1961, and was one of the first Illinois ophthalmologists to use intraocular lens implantation as part of cataract surgery. While he no longer performs surgery, Dr. Ticho continues to care for patients in our Chicago Ridge clinic, where he works alongside his son, Benjamin.
Dr. E. Michael Cassidy attended Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and then completed his residency in ophthalmology at Loyola Medical Center and Hines Veterans' Hospital in Maywood, IL. He is board-certified in general ophthalmology and treats general eye diseases including cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetes. He also has a strong interest in eyeglass and contact-lens fitting including various soft and gas-permeable lenses for distance and reading correction. He is accepting new adult and older children patients at the Orland Park office.
Dr. Shah specializes in oculoplastic and orbital surgery as well as pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. The surgical procedures include those that deal with droopy eyelids, the eye socket, eye muscles, tear ducts, and the upper face. He also performs cosmetic procedures related to the eyes including upper and lower eyelid lifts (blepharoplasty) and brow lifts.
Dr. Shah completed a two-year fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery approved by ASOPRS (American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) at Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN. Prior to that, he did a fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago. He did his ophthalmology residency at University of Louisville’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in Kentucky, and his internship in Internal Medicine at University Hospital in Cincinnati OH. He earned his medical degree at the Aga Khan University Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan.
Dr. Shah is a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Shah is here at the Eye Specialists Center for a return engagement, having taken time off to complete his second fellowship. We, and his former patients, are very happy to have him back.
Dr. Roshni Vasaiwala is Fellowship trained in Cornea and Refractive Surgery and specializes in the management of difficult corneal diseases, as well as general ophthalmology treatment. Her professional interests include dry eye, corneal infections, keratoconus, corneal transplant surgery, ocular surface reconstruction and cataract surgery.
Dr. Vasaiwala is originally from the Hartford, CT area. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and biomedical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her medical degree at the University of Michigan Medical School under the Dean's Merit Scholarship. Dr. Vasaiwala completed her internship at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, IL, and then completed both her ophthalmology residency and cornea fellowship at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Vasaiwala is an active member of the Cornea Society, The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.
Dr. Vasaiwala is trilingual, speaking Spanish, Hindi and English, making for easier communication with patients and their families.
Dr. Vasaiwala has participated in several research projects at universities across the country. She plans to continue teaching ophthalmology clinical and surgery skills to residents and medical students throughout her career.
Dr. Megan Allen has been practicing at the Eye Specialists Center sine 2009.
Dr. Allen specializes in pediatric optometry, contact lens examinations and orthoptic training/vision therapy. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Biology and then attended the Illinois College of Optometry where she received her doctorate of optometry in 2007. She completed a residency in pediatrics and binocular vision at the Illinois Eye Institute and has continued to work part time with the Institute as an Assistant Professor since competing her training. In 2010, Dr. Allen completed her fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry and is an active member of this prestigious optometric organization. She is also an active investigator for the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigative Group along with Drs. Ticho, Khammar and B. Shah. Dr. Allen is fluent in Spanish and enjoys working with the Hispanic and Spanish communities in Chicago. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband and daughter.
She is an active member in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development as well as an active member of Volunteers of Optometric Service to Humanity.
Dr. Thomas O'Brien practices at our Chicago Ridge clinic on most Tuesdays.
Dr. O'Brien is a graduate of Indiana University School of Optometry, and has a Masters degree in School Psychology from Ball State University in Muncie IN.
He has been in practice since 1982, and is a clinical examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. He is a member of the Technical Review Board of the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.
Dr. Birva K. Shah is a residency-trained optometrist specializing in pediatric optometry, contact lenses and general optometry. Her professional interests include management of low vision, strabismus/amblyopia, ocular disease and specialty contact lenses. In addition to her work at the Eye Specialists Center, Dr. Shah is also on staff at the University of Chicago Hospital.
Dr. Shah earned her undergraduate degree at Loyola University in Chicago. She completed her optometric training at the Illinois College of Optometry, where she later did her residency in pediatrics/binocular vision.
Dr. Shah is an active member of the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric Association and the Illinois College of Optometry. She is involved with the prestigious Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, a collaborative network dedicated to facilitating multicenter clinical research in strabismus, amblyopia and other eye disorders that affect children. Dr. Shah has been, and continues to be, involved with various community outreach programs and vision screenings.