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With providers practicing in 50 specialties at 13 convenient locations, it’s easy to find the right healthcare team at Carle.

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Carle Foundation Hospital

Based in Urbana, Ill., the Carle Foundation Hospital is a 413-bed regional care hospital that has achieved Magnet® designation. It is the area's only Level 1 Trauma Center.

611 W. Park Street, Urbana, IL 61802   |   (217) 383-3311

Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center

Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center is comprised of a 24-bed critical access hospital and medical clinic based in Hoopeston, Illinois.

701 E. Orange Street, Hoopeston, IL 60942   |   (217) 283-5531

Carle Richland Memorial Hospital

Located in Olney, Ill., Carle Richland Memorial Hospital is a 134-bed hospital with nearly 600 employees serving portions of eight counties in southeastern Illinois.

800 East Locust St, Olney, IL 62459   |   (618) 395-2131

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Carle Convenient Care offers same-day treatment for minor illnesses and injuries through walk-in appointments.

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Abu-Bakar Zafar, MD

Ophthalmology, Eye

4.6 out of 5 (33 Ratings, 20 Comments)

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Joined Carle: 2016


Urbana (Main Campus) (primary)

611 W. Park Street
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 383-3150

Medical Interests

  • Cataract surgery
  • Comprehensive eye care
  • Corneal medical and surgical management
  • Pterygium surgery
  • Corneal transplant surgery
  • Fuch’s Dystrophy
  • Keratoconus
  • Dry eyes

Medical Training


  • Cornea and Refractive Surgery, Pepose Vision Institute & Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 2015-2016


  • Ophthalmology, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA, 2012-2015


  • Internal Medicine, University of Alabama-Birmingham Health System, Birmingham, AL, 2011-2012



  • MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL, 2011
  • BS, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2007


  • American Board of Ophthalmology

Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society for Cataract & Refractive Surgery




[Dr.] Zafar is one of the good ones.


Everyone nice.

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.




[Dr.] Zafar is one of the good ones.


Everyone nice.


My physician is excellent. He listens, provides advice and or tests, x-rays, etc. when needed.


I am happy to find a doctor who believes what I say and doesn't prescribe meds that are not needed. Thank you. [...]


Very professional & polite people.


I really liked this provider.


great service of staff and all the dr's


Doctor was behind schedule - but that happens.


I think everything OK.


[...] *Dr. Zafar took the time, care & concern to explore possible causes and was very knowledgeable in my eye health. He also took a lot of time to explain the possible solutions & alternatives to myself & my wife. Excellent doctor and healthcare provider... There is a difference.


Very happy with *Dr. Zafar. This was my first experience with him, but am very happy with him. Would recommend him for friends & family.


Very busy - seems rushed. On call in ER for 2 appts. had to wait over 1 hr. one time & 1 hr. & 20 min. second time.


The Dr was a great experience. His bed side manner is superb. I would highly recommend him to anyone.


I'm not likely to recommend any care taker to anyone, ever.


My Dr Zafar should get the highest of recommendations. He is truly one of the best doctors I have ever been associated with. He takes the time I need, I never feel rushed and I had a medical issue that needed fast attention. He did everything quickly and in such a manner that I can't thank him enough. [...] His follow up has been outstanding. He is one of the finest doctors I have ever known.


*Dr. Zafar was great.


[...] very pleased with the care and information.


I would recommend him but he does need to use more layman @ terms. [...]


saved my vision and changed the outcome and outlook of goals