Dr. Swale is committed to the highest standards of quality, care, service, and outcomes for his patients and referring doctors. He wants his patients to see their best in the safest possible way, achieving independence from glasses and contact lenses whenever possible and desired.
He practices comprehensive ophthalmology with an emphasis on refractive cataract surgery, laser-assisted cataract surgery, laser and lens-based refractive surgery, and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS).
A native of suburban Chicago, Dr. Swale received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Chemistry from Taylor University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He received his medical degree from Chicago Medical School. After completing a surgical internship at Naval Hospital-San Diego and additional training at The Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Dr. Swale served as a flight surgeon and general medical officer at Naval Air Station Alameda in California. He then completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.
Dr. Swale joined Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center in 1991. Additionally, he was the LASIK surgeon for the LASIK Vision Institute in Chicago from 2004 until 2007. He then founded Solutions in Sight Laser and Surgery Suite in 2008, where he performs in-office surgery. Solutions in Sight has earned accreditation from AAAHC and AAAASF, which ensures that our policies, procedures, and practices adhere to the highest standards of quality health care. In 2014, Dr. Swale became the only surgeon in the area offering laser-assisted cataract surgery with LENSAR laser to his patients.
Dr. Swale is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the International Society of Refractive Surgery, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has served as Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, and Head and Neck Surgery both at St. Mary’s Hospital and Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, Illinois.
Dr. Swale chose the field of ophthalmology because of his work with naval aviators. Over the last 28 years, he has been, and continues to be, passionate about what he does because of the positive impact he has on peoples’ lives, improving their sight and reducing their dependence on glasses. In his experience, he has found that taking the time to explain the life-changing benefits of cataract and refractive surgery has helped patients to overcome any fears they may have of surgery.
Originally, Dr. Swale is from Villa Park, Illinois. During his flight surgeon training in the navy, he learned to fly helicopters and has since jumped out of airplanes (skydiving) for fun. He came to Bourbonnais to live and work closer to family. Outside of the office, Dr. Swale enjoys spending time with his wife, four adult children, and seven grandchildren. Additionally, he enjoys gardening, walking the family dogs, and cheering on the Chicago Cubs. Dr. Swale has also been involved with medical missions, donating his time and expertise in Guatemala and India.