Artificial Cornea Program

  • The University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary's Artificial Cornea Program helps people with severe eye disease or injury for whom traditional corneal transplantation from human donors is not an option. Artificial cornea implantation, called keratoprosthesis, or k-pro, is a procedure designed to help patients whose conditions are the most difficult to treat.
  • Soledad Cortina, MD, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, is the Director of the Artificial Cornea Program, which is the largest program of its kind in the midwest. Dr. Cortina did her Residency at Louisiana State University and her Fellowship in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Jose de la Cruz established the program at the UI Health System after training under Claes Dohlman MD, the cornea surgeon who developed the procedure.



Soledad Cortina
Soledad Cortina, MD, Director

Jose de la Cruz, MD

Jose de la Cruz, MD


Clinic Information

Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary

Clinic Hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (M-F)
Clinic Phone: (312) 996-8937
Fax Number: (312)  355-4248
Address: 1855 W. Taylor, Suite 3.164 
Manager: Dolores Byrne, (312) 413-1196

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