Dr. Edward Yavitz, MD

Dr. Edward Yavitz, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Male  |  
Age 66
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Dr. Edward Yavitz, MD is an ophthalmology doctor who practices in Loves Park, IL. He is 66 years old and has been practicing for 40 years. Read his story

4105 N Perryville Rd

Loves Park, IL 61111

Contact Information

(815) 395-8338

Insurance Accepted

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Diabetic Retinopathy
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more than 92% of peers
Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
very high
more than 90% of peers
very high
more than 85% of peers

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Dr. Yavitz's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Yavitz "Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Yavitz knew he wanted to become an eye surgeon from high school on. His father, an insurance broker, had very poor vision and required three different pairs of glasses to function at different tasks. He hoped his son would one day be able to improve his vision. After attending Harvard Medical School and University of California San Francisco Ophthalmology, Dr Yavitz and his wife Adrienne Butler, an oncologist began work at Brookside. They raised two sons in Rockford. And back in 1990 when his father developed cataracts, Dr. Yavitz did indeed keep his promise and performed his cataract surgeries, resulting in his ability to play golf and drive without glasses. His father, now 95 years old continues to do so. "


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Yavitz "We combine state of the art testing with precision surgery and always lead with compassion.

Our patients are treated like family. Instead of using an answering service, Dr. Yavitz gives every patient 24/7 access to his personal cell phone. We don't overschedule so typical waiting room times are less than 15 minutes.

Dr. Yavitz has been inventing techniques and equipment since his days at Harvard Medical School and now has 37 patents with new ones pending. 

Unlike almost every other eye surgeon in Rockford, he lives here, not in Madison or Chicago, and has committed time and philanthropy to Rockford. Over the years he has served on the Board of Directors of Keith School, the Catholic Family, Protestant and Jewish Community Services Boards as well as the Rockford symphony board. 

He has two grown sons and one grandchild. "


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  • Ophthalmology
  • Anterior Segment Ophthalmology
  • Anterior Segment Surgery
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Cornea & Refractive Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

Conditions Treated

  • Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Blepharitis
  • Blind Hypertensive Eye
  • Blindness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Cataract
  • Cataract Surgery Complications
  • Chalazion
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Scar
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Floaters
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma 1, Open Angle, C
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Nearsightedness
  • Nystagmus
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Refractive Eye Disorders
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration


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  • Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (ALK)
  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Drainage of Conjunctival Cyst
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Procedure
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Glaucoma Treatment
  • Intraocular Lens Implant Surgery
  • Laser Surgery
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Orbit Evisceration
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Scleral Reinforcement Surgery
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy

Background Check

1 Malpractice Claim
  • Settlement : 6/17/2015
    Amount or Range: $150,000.00
    State: Illinois
0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Haverford College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1973
  • Harvard Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1977
  • Newton Wellesley
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1978
  • University Calif
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1981
  • University Calif
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1982

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

Dr. Yavitz has no awards or honors listed.

Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Yavitz's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Yavitz to family and friends
based on 24 total reviews (11 with comments)
Dr. Yavitz's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (11)
in Rockford, IL |
Dr.Yavitz performed cataract surgery on both of my eyes. For me he is the ideal doctor. He is supremely knowledgeable in his field and takes the time to discuss all potential options available for one's condition. My vision is now nearly perfect and I no longer have to wear corrective lenses - which I have had to do since I was 4 years old. I cannot recommend Dr. Yavitz highly enough and will return to him for all future eye care.
Glastonbury, CT |
I had Lasik done on my right eye only. The procedure was explained well before the surgery and only took about one minute. Dr. Yavitz also did a good job of explaining what was about to happen..."you're going to see a red light...now it's going to go away...you're about to hear a buzzing..." It was so easy, it hard to even consider it "surgery". It's been 3 weeks and I've had zero side effects.
Rockford, IL |
His ears should always be ringing, because I am always talking about him. I am very happy with the results of my surgery.
in Rockford, IL |
Excellent physician. Had Lasik procedure completed in 9/21/16. Positive experience. Front office staff was not warm and fuzzy but defiantly knowledgeable and efficient. As of today (7/15/17), I have had no complaints. My vision remains 20/20. I do have a bit of eye dryness in the one eye occasionally but overall I am very happy with my experience. If I had known how much of a positive effect this would have for me, I would not have waited so late in my life… should have done this years ago!
Rockford, IL |
Dr. Yavitz and his staff have provided me and my family quality care.
in Rockford, IL |
The LASIK procedure was very quick and painless. I drove myself to my follow-up appointment the next morning to learn I now have 20/20 vision in both eyes!
My experience with Dr. Yavitz and his entire staff was A+ all of the way, from the from desk onward you felt like felt like you being treated by family. Very satisfied with the outcome as well.
Forreston, IL. |
Very satisfied with all aspects of the treatment and Lasik surgery. Outstanding results!
in Vernon Hills, IL |
Professional yet personable, Dr. Yavitz has been caring for my vision needs nearly fifteen years. His attention to your well being and satisfaction is evident every time you see him. In today's hurried world and lack of concern and pride, it is truly refreshing to have someone who cares. I feel wholeheartedly, that Dr. Yavitz can and will satisfy any need you may have, and is highly recommended. Trust and peace of mind is no small matter,... Dr. Yavitz and his staff will provide it!
in Davis Junction, IL |
Dr. Yavitz just completed my cataract surgery on both eyes. Caring and thorough during exams and post-op check-ups. Would highly recommend him.
in Davenport, IA |
From start to finish, my whole experience was efficient, professional, and painless. I had my exam in the morning, and had the surgery about an hour and a half later. After napping for a few hours, I was able to go out to dinner and only had slight blurriness, and it only got better through the next few days. Would recommend going to Dr. Yavitz to all family and friends looking to have the procedure done.
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Dr. Yavitz accepts 8 insurance carriers
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
    Preferred PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO

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