Dr. Edward Yavitz, MD

Dr. Edward Yavitz, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 66
Dr. Edward Yavitz, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Loves Park, IL and has been practicing for 36 years. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1977 and specializes in ophthalmology, anterior segment ophthalmology, and more.Read his story

4105 N Perryville Rd

Loves Park, IL 61111

Contact Information

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
very high
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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5  Specialties

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

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

46  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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27  Procedures

  • 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

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  • 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

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Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Yavitz's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Yavitz to family and friends
25 total reviews (12 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (25)

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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 (12)

I just had cataract surgery in both eyes, which went incredibly well, After explaining everything to my satisfaction, Dr. Yavitz and his team did an outstanding job! He took the time I needed to answer all my questions, never once making me feel rushed. He is VERY skilled and I highly recommend...more
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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 -...more
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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...more
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His ears should always be ringing, because I am always talking about him. I am very happy with the results of my surgery.
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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...more
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