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Eileen Quinn, Glaucoma Patient

“An outstanding job to preserve my sight”


Patient Eileen Quinn

More than 20 years ago, Eileen Quinn went to the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary for a second opinion and left as a loyal patient.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the staff,” she says. “I’ve received nothing but fine, professional treatment, and had spectacular results. Dr. Wilensky has done an outstanding job to preserve my sight.”

Mrs. Quinn, the 92-year-old mother of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, was initially alarmed when her Hinsdale ophthalmologist suggested she receive laser treatment to reduce the high pressure in her left eye, a symptom of glaucoma. She booked an appointment with Jacob Wilensky, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology, of the Glaucoma Service for the Infirmary, for another opinion, because she had met with him several years before to evaluate whether she was a candidate for laser surgery, which she was not at the time.

After examining Mrs. Quinn’s eyes, Dr. Wilensky concluded she was now a candidate for surgery and performed the laser surgery to reduce the pressure in her eyes. She has since used prescription eye drops when needed to reduce her eye pressure. Also, about every four months she comes in for exams to monitor her eye pressure and cataracts.
Glaucoma cannot be prevented, notes Dr. Wilensky, but eye pressure can be kept low enough so that patients do not lose their vision.

“Glaucoma is referred to as the silent thief of sight,” he says. “Its more common forms are relatively symptom-free, so it’s only picked up in early stages by routine examinations. That’s why we push for early exams to get it before the situation becomes more critical.”

“If left untreated, glaucoma will lead to blindness. In fact, it is the second most common cause of blindness in the United States,” says Dr. Wilensky, with roughly 2 to 4 percent of individuals over 65 having glaucoma.

For Mrs. Quinn, it has been reassuring to meet with Dr. Wilensky and his staff through the years.

“I know him to be an outstanding glaucoma specialist—the top specialist in the field,” she says. “So I always feel comfortable because his professional service is the best I could receive anywhere.”

She also notes that his entire staff, from the nurses to the receptionist, provides a superb quality of care.

“Everyone there is very friendly and qualified for their particular duties, and treats everyone with dignity,” she says. “I can’t speak highly enough of them, and I’m always happy to see them again.”

by Megan Pelligrini


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