Dr. Joseph Garber, MD

Dr. Joseph Garber, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
Male  ·  
48 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Joseph Garber, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Chicago, IL and has been practicing for 21 years. He specializes in ophthalmology.

Eye Center Physicians, Ltd

1725 W Harrison St Ste 906

Chicago, IL 60612
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • HealthLink
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • Priority Health

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Top Care Areas

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Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
very high
more than 96% of peers
Foreign Body Removal from Eye
very high
more than 94% of peers
Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
very high
more than 94% of peers

Dr. Garber's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Garber "Perhaps one of the more gratifying things - in terms of what I do - is cataract surgery. Patients come in. They don't see well. Their quality of life is affected significantly - maybe they can't read and pay their bills properly. They can't read their own mail that they get. They can't drive the car. They can't function independently. So a lot of times, by doing cataract surgery, we can restore their independence. Years ago we used to patch the eye after cataract surgery, and it was a very gratifying feeling when they come in, you take the patch off, and they're like, Wow, I can see again. Nowadays, because of the advances in the technology, we tend not to patch the eye, and they start seeing right when they get off the operating table. What I try to tell my patients is that you have to tell me how bad the cataract is bothering you. It's not my decision to tell you it's time to do surgery. I can educate you whether I think it will be a significant benefit or a mild to moderate benefit, but it's a decision that we make together to see how it will improve the quality of life."


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1  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

68  Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blepharitis
  • Blindness
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Esotropia
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Spasm
  • Floaters
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Graves' Disease
  • Headache
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Nearsightedness
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Pterygium
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Neovascularization
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Still's Disease
  • Strabismus
  • Stye
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration


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14  Procedures

  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for 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.


  • University Of Illinois College Of Medicine Chicago
    Medical School | Graduated 1993
  • Weiss Memorial Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1994
  • University Of Illinois Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1997

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Garber has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Garber's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Garber to family and friends
15 total reviews (2 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (15)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Garber'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 (2)

Dr. Garber is highly recommended by me! I have a chronic eye problem and he has helped me tremendously. I felt comfortable with him on day one. He is knowledgeable, informative, patient, generous & genuine.
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Personable, expert, backed by exceptionally efficient medical and office staff. Sole caveat: make your routine appointment well in advance, he is booked for weeks by his large and growing clientele. (This is a good thing.) In an urgent situation, he responds at once. Dr. Garber is the best. ...more
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