Our Practice



Who We Are


This is the private practice of Drs. Matthew and Seymour Goren—academic ophthalmologists on the teaching faculty of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.  However, despite their teaching duties, no medical students or residents are involved in the care of patients seen at Goren Eye Associates.


    Cornea Experience


The main focus of our practice is the treatment of corneal and external diseases.  In fact, the majority of new patients we see are referred to us by other ophthalmologists for complex corneal problems.  Serious conditions like corneal ulcers, congenital anomalies, complications from past eye surgery, keratoconus, cancers, severe dry eye, and corneal dystrophies are commonly seen in this practice.  The number of cornea transplants that Dr. Matthew Goren performs is amongst the highest of all surgeons in the Chicago area and he has performed well over a thousand of these procedures. He was the first surgeon at Northwestern to perform endothelial keratoplasty (partial corneal transplant) surgery-- a state-of-the-art way of transplanting corneal endothelium without the need for a total transplant and thus utilizing as few as one stitch.  He was also the first surgeon in Chicago to perform keratoprosthesis surgery-- a synthetic cornea used for people who cannot benefit from traditional transplant surgery.  Our state-of-the-art practice has at its disposal some of the most sophisticated diagnostic equipment available such as confocal microscopy, which allows for the identification of difficult infections often without the need for cultures.


What We Do

In addition to a focus on corneal diseases, Dr. Goren also offers comprehensive ophthalmological services.  Routine eye exams and treatment for conditions such as refractive errors, cataract, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease is offered at this practice.  Our patients range in age from newborns to those over one hundred.  Patients who would benefit from referrals to other subspecialists for treatment are always directed to the very best available.
Our practice promises to deliver the highest quality ophthalmological medical and surgical care in a compassionate way, emphasizing each patient's individuality.


Who You Will See

No technicians are employed in this practice in order to maximize the quality of the physician-patient encounter. All history, ocular examination, and testing is done by the doctor personally.  A great deal of personal attention is offered during a patient visit in order to ensure that patients are comfortable and well versed in their conditions and treatment plans.  We believe that the best patient is one who is educated about his or her medical situation and is an active partner in the selection and implementation of his or her treatment.  Our doctors vow that you will not leave an appointment with unanswered questions.