About Dr. Alan Y Chow

Dr. Alan Y Chow, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Glen Ellyn, IL. He has 42 years of experience. His specialties include Ophthalmology. Dr. Chow is affiliated with Edward Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Chow has received 4 awards. He speaks English.

Rating Overview

65 Ratings with 33 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Alan Y Chow is Great. Dr. Alan Y Chow has been rated by 65 patients. From those 65 patients 33 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Alan Y Chow is 4.5 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address


386 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 3N
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 858-4411

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Dr. Alan Y Chow has the following 1 specialty

  • Ophthalmology

    An ophthalmologist has the training to do much more than just prescribe glasses. They are physicians specially trained to diagnose and treat disorders of the eyes and vision. These doctors are experts on the complicated anatomy of the eye and are trained to treat eye diseases through both medical and surgical methods.
    Some common conditions that ophthalmologists treat are cataracts, glaucoma, strabismus, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and amblyopia. In addition, ophthalmologists can provide prescriptions for eye glasses and contact lenses and perform LASIK surgery and other corrective surgeries for refractive errors like myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness), astigmatism and presbyopia.

  • Specialty Expertise

    Dr. Alan Y Chow has the following 11 expertise

  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Lasik Surgery
  • Glaucoma
  • Eye Exam
  • Vision Issues
  • Cataract
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Eye Pain
  • Pediatrics
  • Blindness

Board Certifications

Dr. Alan Y Chow is Board Certified in 1 specialty

See the board certifications this doctor has received. Board certifications provide confidence that this doctor meets the nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge and experience.


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Worth the drive.

When our sweet baby boy was just a few months old our PCP referred us to a specialist for crossed eyes. We sought out Dr Chow as he came to us recommend by a friend. Dr Chow described the crossed eyes as, "moderately severe", and we were told he would need surgery. We had to do patching for a few months to strengthen the eyes equally (otherwise he'd loose vision in one eye). So at 10 months old we drove to the hospital and Dr Chow surgically corrected both of his eyes. The change was immediate and has been lasting. There is no visible scarring and we continue to follow up routinely (sweet boy is 2.5 now). He talked us through a post op infection, gave us his cell phone number, and has never made us feel insecure with the game plan for our treatment. Dr Chow has always been up front and great at explaining our sons condition and the potential risk of needing another surgery in the future. If that happens we'll be confident in having Dr Chow care for our boy, even if the moo cow is a bit creepy! Haha, just kidding. I know this is long and detailed, but as a mom and nurse, knowing and understanding who we trust our children's care with is priceless.

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Five Stars

Dr. Chow operated on my eyes on July of 2017 due to a drifting left eye. I'm a 27 year old male and have gone to many eye doctors since I was 6 months old. I was always told that there was nothing that could be done with my left eye. I was also told not to do anything and let my vision go in my left eye. They said it would be easier for me to read without seeing double vision. As soon as I met Doctor Chow, he said "I can fix that." He gave me hope. He has made a remarkable improvement with my vision. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

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Five Stars

Have been a patient of Dr. Chow for well over 25 years. Not only do I admire and appreciate his medical expertise and professionalism but also note he deeply cares about his patients. Very happy to be his patient for all of these years.

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Five Stars

My husband went to Dr. Chow for many years. Having read most of the reviews I agree 100 percent that he is a very intelligent, competent, caring, knowledgeable doctor. He takes time to listen and explain things thoroughly. Only wish I could be his patient.

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One Star

He was awful. Was unable to concentrate. Sweating a lot.

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  • Awards

    4 Awards

  • Patients' Choice 5th Anniversary Award

    Patients' Choice 5th Anniversary Award (2017, 2016, 2018)

    The Patients' Choice Award - 5 Year Honoree is a recognition granted only to those doctors whose ratings have reflected excellence in care for five years in a row. Only 1% of all doctors in the United States are bestowed this honor by their patients.

  • On-Time Doctor Award

    On-Time Doctor Award (2017, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2014)

    Vitals On-Time + Promptness Award recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and promptness scores.

  • Patients' Choice Award

    Patients' Choice Award (2015, 2016, 2018, 2013, 2017, 2014, 2009, 2010, 2008, 2012)

    Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.

  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition

    Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2018, 2017, 2015, 2016)

    Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.

  • Hospital Affiliations

    Dr. Chow is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).

  • Education

    42 Years Experience

  • Loyola University Chicago Stritch School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1976

  • Loyola University Medical Center


  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. Alan Y Chow accepts the following insurance providers.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS Illinois
    • BCBS IL BlueChoice Select
  • Cigna
    • CIGNA LocalPlus
    • CIGNA Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Health Care
    • Coventry Health and Life IL PPO
    • Coventry HealthAmerica PPO
    • Coventry IL PPO
    • Coventry MO HMO POS
    • Coventry MO PPO
    • Coventry PPO Platinum
    • CoventryOne PPO Network
  • HealthLink
    • HealthLink PPO
  • United Healthcare
    • UHC Choice Plus POS
    • UHC Navigate HMO
    • UHC Navigate POS
    • UHC Options PPO

More about Dr. Alan Y Chow

Dr. Chow is a Pediatric and General Ophthalmologist specializing in strabismus and eye alignments. He is also a specialist in Retinitis Pigmentosa and is the inventor of the Artificial Silicon Retina. He has received honors and awards from NASA, the Westinghouse Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the NIH and the Tibbets Award at the White House. He was selected as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, a Scientific American 50, and is the recipient of the World Technology Network Award in Health and Medicine. His work has been highlighted by ABC World News, Dateline NBC, Nightline, Good Morning America, the Discovery Channel, USA Today, Scientific American, Time, Newsweek, People, and Fortune. Dr. Chow is an Assistant Professor at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and is a spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is a reviewer for multiple journals and is an author of numerous articles and patents.

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ALAN Y CHOW MD, 386 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 3N, Glen Ellyn, IL
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