(847) 294-6722
1070 E. Oakton Street
Des Plaines, IL  60018


Our Practice

We've Gone Green!

We utilize Electronic Medical Records (since 2007)!
Everything else that can be scanned is scanned into our system.

VisionCare Specialists is not a chain or franchise.  This is the only location and it has been serving the community for 20 years.   We combine the use of advanced instrumentation, high quality products that perform and superior, year round service.  Easy to say, so what makes us different?













During examinations, our doctors:

    1)  Utilize advanced LCD vision charts as opposed to the traditional projector acuity charts.  
    2)  Use the applanation technique when testing eye pressure for Glaucoma as opposed to the less accurate "air puff".
    3)  Have multiple cameras systems to image the interior or exterior of your eyes.
    4)  Have both automated and manual instruments to determine prescriptions from older pairs of glasses.
    5)  Access an automated refractor, which aides in determining final prescriptions, especially in children or even adults who may have difficulties during the subjective refraction.
    6)  Always educate patients with Eyemaginations and/or Ocutouch, the leaders in video graphic patient education.
    7)  Take advantage of the most advanced contact lens materials and designs.
    

In the optical, our expert opticians:
    1)  Only use frames that are both durable, functional and stylish.
    2)  Have access to the latest digitally surfaced lens tecnology.
    3)  Endorse the most advanced lens treatments, such as Transitions for UV protection and Crizal Avance non glare coatings.



I've been taking care of people's eyes for over 24 years and VisionCare Specialists is more than I ever envisioned. 
We are both excited and proud to share it with you.  

--Dr. Sam Salituro,
  Optometrist, Chief of Staff

 

What Happens During Your Annual Comprehensive Eye Examination ?

During your comprehensive eye examination, our doctors will assess the health and function of your eyes and perform various tests of your vision. We recommend yearly examinations as we believe in preventative eye care.

As part of your examination, your visual acuity (the sharpness of your vision) will be measured and a test known as a refraction is conducted to determine your eyeglass prescription.

Tests are performed to determine your visual coordination (muscle control) and focusing ability, and will measure how your eyes work together as well as their ability to change focus.

Your examination will also include a comprehensive evaluation of your eye health to detect diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, and retina and optic nerve abnormalities. The ocular health evaluation is comprised of measurement of internal eye pressure as well as a thorough examination of the external structures of the eye.




Our doctors will then inspect the inner structures of your eyes, including the retinas and optic nerve. The most thorough method, recommended by our doctors, is by utilizing dilating eye drops, which cause the iris to open wide, giving the doctor a good view of the internal structures of the eye. It is often compared to viewing the interior eye as one would view a room through an open door as opposed to staring through a keyhole (not dilating).  The effects of the dilating drops usually begin to subside after a few hours.  While your eyes are dilated, close work or reading may be difficult, but distance vision is usually not affected.  Bright sunlight may be annoying, so we will give your a pair of disposable sunglasses if you did not bring your own.  Photographs of your retinas will be taken and stored so that comparisons can be made at your annual exams.


After performing these tests our doctors will discuss your results, explain your prescription and give you a better understanding of your overall eye health. Recommendations for glasses, contact lenses, eye medications, or eye surgery will be presented so that you can make an informed decision to enhance your lifestyle.

 

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