Dr. Nishat Alvi, MD

Dr. Nishat Alvi, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Female  |  
Age 50
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Nishat Alvi, MD is an ophthalmology doctor who practices in Elgin, IL. She is 50 years old. Dr. Alvi is affiliated with Advocate Sherman Hospital.

1710 N Randall Rd Ste 210

Elgin, IL 60123

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • American Republic
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • HealthLink
  • 7 More

*Please verify this information when scheduling an appointment.

Learn about Dr. Alvi

Be confident in your decisions by checking out your provider's top areas of care, education, patient reviews and more. Learn about finding the right doctor for you

Top Care Areas


See how frequently Dr. Alvi performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Herpetic Keratitis
very high
more than 92% of peers
more than 69% of peers
more than 46% of peers

Dr. Alvi'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.

We're trying something new with Top Care Areas.Was it helpful for you?YesNo



  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

Conditions Treated

  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blepharitis
  • Blind Hypotensive Eye
  • Cataract
  • Chalazion
  • Choroidal Neovascular Membranes (CNVM)
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Entropion
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Glaucoma
  • Headache
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Keratitis
  • Migraine
  • Nearsightedness
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Pterygium
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Strabismus
  • Trichiasis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects


Read More


  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Eye Examination
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Glaucoma Treatment
  • Laser Surgery
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • 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.


  • Cornell University Med Center New York Ny
    Medical School | Graduated
  • Northwestern University Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • University Of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary Chicago
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Indiana University / School Of Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Alvi has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

Dr. Alvi does not have any memberships or affiliations listed. If you are Dr. Alvi and would like to add memberships or affiliations, please update your profile.

Dr. Alvi's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Alvi to family and friends
based on 39 total reviews (29 with comments)
Dr. Alvi'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 (29)
in Barrington, IL |
Dr. Alvi answered my questions in a positive straightforward manner. Carefully explained each procedure and why it was being done. I understood what she was doing and her explanations made me very comfortable with her decisions. Recommend highly.
in Elgin, IL |
Dr. Alvi has been great taking care of my mom's eyes. She takes time to understand the issues and take time to explain what's going on. The staff is great as well.
in Algonquin, IL |
I started seeing Dr. Alvi for a fairly unique and until then previously undiagnosed condition, which Dr. Alvi was able to recognize and begin to address almost immediately. I have been thoroughly impressed with her professionalism, courtesy, attention to detail and timeliness. She is a highly specialized and skilled practitioner, with an excellent ability to communicate with her patients. Her staff is equally professional and courteous. I cannot recommend Dr. Alvi and her team highly enough.
in Carpentersville IL |
I have been going to Dr. Alvi for several years now. I am a type 2 diabetic and Dr. Alvi has coordinated treatments for cataracts and retinitis's with other specialists which I credit for saving my eye sight. She is an exceptional doctor who listens to and does her best to address patient concerns. How do you thank someone for keeping you from going blind. She and her staff are caring highly trained professionals and I would recommend her in the highest terms to anyone.
in Woodridge, IL |
I was very anxious about being seen for my glaucoma by a new doctor. My first visit with Dr. Alvi allayed my anxiety. She took time to listen to my concerns and fears about my eye condition and assured me that I will continue to get the best care possible. I know now that I have entrusted my eye care to a highly trained and very capable doctor who also interacts well with her patients. That means a whole lot to me!
in Saint Charles, IL |
Doctor and staff are great.
in Huntley, IL |
I would recommend Dr. Alvi to anybody. I felt very at ease. Thank you!
in Barrington, IL |
Dr. Alvi is very thorough and professional. She takes the time to efficiently explain everything and doesn't rush though appointments.
in Crystal Lake, IL |
in Lake In The Hills, IL |
Very caring and informative
in McHenry, IL |
Dr. Alvi was recommended to me by a few of my other doctors. Her office was not close to my home, but I decided to see her. I'm glad I did. She is very genuine and personable. She listens and is detailed with my care plan. I don't feel rushed and all my concerns are always addressed. When Dr. Alvi moved to a new office (quite a while ago) I followed her because the care her office provides. I highly recommend Dr. Alvi!
in Lake in The Hills, IL |
I am so thankful to Dr. Alvi for literally saving my vision and probably my life. After experiencing double vision, redness and bruits in both eyes and seeing four different physicians with no success, I was referred to Dr. Alvi. She immediately ordered an MRI which confirmed her diagnosis. She then referred me to a top Neuro Surgeon in Chicago. He scheduled me for surgery two days later. Thanks to her expertise and expedience in diagnosing my condition, my vision was restored to normal.
in Algonquin, IL |
Extremely knowledgeable in glaucoma treatment and skillful in laser surgery.
in Crystal Lake, IL |
Dr Nishat Alvi is very personable and a great doctor.
in Algonquin, IL |
Several years ago I had eye surgery to repair a macular hole. I then needed to find an ophthalmologist for regular follow up and continuing eye care. Fortunately, I found my way to Dr. Nishat Alvi. Not only has she and her staff monitored the status of the surgical repair but has addressed my “normal” vision issues. Her staff and state-of-the-art equipment in both the Elgin and Barrington offices have handled any and all issue that have come up. I am so thankful for finding Dr. Alvi.
in Algonquin, IL |
Twelve years ago my husband and I moved to Algonquin. One of our first tasks was to find a new ophthalmologist. Every doctor and neighbor we asked recommended Dr. Nishat Alvi so we each made an initial appointment with her and we’ve never looked back. What's so good about this practice? They are thorough, patient, talented, experienced and professional.
in Crystal Lake, IL |
Dr. Alvi is the best!
in Crystal Lake, IL |
I have had continuously improving eyesight and eye health since my first visit at least 8 years ago. I would highly recommend Dr. Alvi to anyone without hesitation. 2 laser surgeries, treatment for glaucoma, on going checkups, and vision tests and prescriptions, all have been outstanding and only what is needed not overly prescribed. As a diabetic, I don't make this recommendation lightly. I will not go anywhere else.
in Marengo, IL |
It’s easy to take good service and expertise for granted. The Specialty Care Institute is one of the Best Around. Dr. Nishat Alvi staff is very knowledgeable and professional in performing my eye exam and did an excellent job of explaining and answering all my question I had. I am always very nervous about going to the eye doctor, but this place is Awesome. The person who did my first set of eye exams was very friendly and fun to talk to. They have the best staff and doctors around.
in Joliet, IL |
I have been a patient of Dr. Alvi's for two years. Because of my condition I see her every three months. I would recommend Dr. Alvi to anyone who requires an Ophthalmologist. She is a very caring person and always provides answers and explanations to any concerns/questions that I raise about my condition.
in Marengo Il |
I've been seeing Dr Nishat Alvi for an eye problem the last couple years. Her staff is friendly & helpful. They have state of the art equipment and explain everything to you. She is a wonderful Dr and top in her field. You are not rushed through your appointment. If you have questions or concerns she will spend time with you and is genuinely concerned. I would highly recommend her to anyone that has any concern with their site!
Barrington, IL |
She is Great... Listen to your issues and guide you in right direction.
in Algonquin , IL |
Very good experience from scheduling through exams, recommendations and treatment. Would recommend Dr Nishat Alvi without reservation.
I see Dr. Nishat Alvi in her Barrington office. She is THE most thorough and conscientious ophthalmologist I have ever visited--and I have been seen by many eye specialists over the course of my 63 years. I appreciate the generous time and attention that she and her staff always accord me. It is always a pleasant experience.
in Algonquin, IL |
I came to see Dr. Alvi for a bad case of pink eye that wouldn't resolve on it's own. Dr. Alvi took her time with me and was very kind. She thoroughly explained everything about my condition. I would highly recommend her to my family and friends.
in Lake In the Hills, IL |
I was stuck using Travatan eye drops for my glaucoma which I usually forgot to use due to the inconvenience of remembering to apply them every night. Dr Alvi preformed an SLT Laser proceedure on my eyes in 2012 to allow the pressure to lower naturally. I was a little anxious about having this procedure done to my eyes however it was painless! My eye pressures have been low since the proceedure with no need for pressure drops any longer! I totally trust the skills and knowledge of Dr Alvi.
in Lake in the Hills, Il |
Dr Nishat Alvi and staff are great! Very comfortable experience every time. Would recommend to everyone.
in BHampshire, IL |
Office staff was efficient in appointment making, and operating test equipment. Dr Alvi herself gave a thorough exam and totally explained the results of all tests and exams and was clear in her explanations, asking and answering all of our questions and concerns.
in Fox River Grove, IL |
Several of the eye tests were done by a person who could not use the equipment. Much time spent in re-taking information. The sample eye drops I was given were debilitating. After calling in that information secretary returned my call confused by my reaction. Dr. never called me. I stopped using the medication and sought a second opinion.
Have you seen Dr. Nishat Alvi, MD?
Are you Dr. Alvi?
Make it easy for patients to share their feedback. Also manage your personalized profile!

Visit Dr. Alvi

Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Alvi accepts 16 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • American Republic
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
    Coventry Health America PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • HealthLink
    HealthLink PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Lincoln
  • Medico
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Pekin Insurance
  • Principal Life
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO

*Please verify this information when scheduling an appointment.

Hospitals where Dr. Alvi has admitting privileges

Advocate Sherman Hospital
1425 N Randall Rd
Elgin, IL 60123
View Hospital Profile