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Welcome to Visual Symptoms Treatment Center

Improving Patients’ Vision Through Vision Therapy & Neuro-Optometry

As the premier center for treating complex vision problems and for providing vision therapy, we see patients arrive from all over Illinois and far beyond. We are known for our excellence in testing, diagnosing, and treating vision problems especially in our three main focuses below.


Does your child struggle with reading or have a learning problem? Vision therapy helps solve underlying vision problems that often obstruct one's ability to succeed in school, work, and sports. We also treat patients of all ages with lazy eyes (amblyopia), eye turns (strabismus), binocular vision dysfunction (BVD), special needs, and more.


If you or someone you know has recently suffered from a car accident, head trauma, concussion, or stroke, visiting a neuro-optometrist can restore any lost connection between the brain and eyes, resolving symptoms like dizziness, migraines, and inability to concentrate.


Has your child become more nearsighted or myopic? Even a change of -0.50 is enough to increase the risk of eye disease later in life, such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and retinal detachment. Our uniquely effective myopia management helps children slow their myopia progression.

Our Highly Trained Eye Care Doctors
in Arlington Heights, Illinois

Dr. Neil Margolis OD, FAAO, FCOVD

Dr. Neil Margolis OD, FAAO, FCOVD

Dr. Neil Margolis is a Neuro Developmental Optometrist in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He has specialized his practice over the last...
Dr. Michael DeStefano

Dr. Michael DeStefano

Dr. Michael DeStefano is the newest neuro-developmental optometrist at Visual Symptoms Treatment Center. Dr. DeStefano’s professional interests include helping struggling...
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I'm trying my best to put into words what their entire office has done for me. I'm in my mid 30's, I've seen loads of doctors and a majority of them were quick to misdiagnose and medicate. Then when I informed them "the meds aren't doing anything." The doctors would just brush my thoughts aside, I recently started seeing a new doctor within the last year. He immediately knew I had a neurological issue, he noticed I had a lot of "tics". Something I never could put into words... This doctor noticed I always wore sunglasses to his office and asked me on my third visit "does light bother you? Maybe do some digging into lights connection to your tics." I found Irlens syndrome by getting on a tourettes forum, many people on the forum stated that light made them tic. Something I have always had happen, my mom said I would scream and make noises as a infant when we went under flourescent lights. So she decided to put sunglasses and a hat on me and I would stop. This connection made total sense to me, but as fate would have it, Dr. Margolis wasn't who I was looking for... It was Doctor DeSteffano. Within a matter of a few minutes and three questions Dr. Margolis had a hunch it was visual snow syndrome. He handed my care off gracefully to Dr. DeStefano, who promptly sat me down and waved his hand in front of my face and said "do you see trails of my hand." I paused and looked at him, and Dr. Destefano knew immediately what was going on with my brain. He reassured me "it's alright. Do you see trails?" I said "yes...." in shock. Dr. DeStefano then held a piece of op-art in front of me and said "is this moving?" I gulped and then replied "yes... is it not supposed to move?" Dr. DeStefano then said "what colors do you see?" I paused and then replied "wait.... there aren't supposed to be other colors than black and white?" The doc then reassured me "go on and tell me what colors you see" " yellow, blue and orange/red." Dr. DeStefano then turned around said "here hold these over your eyes." It was a pair of tinted lenses, the colors stopped moving as much, I about panicked. The beams of light I see, the halos around the bulbs... The walls "moving" All of it calmed way down. And then my jaw released. I was in shock. Dr. DeStefano could tell and just looked at me and said "everything is going to be alright, you have visual snow syndrome." I tried to keep my composure, I live over five hours from their office and it just so happened that Dr. DeStefano had cancelations and offered to perform several visits to help speed up my healing. I agreed. The keyword is I tried to contain my composure. I eventually broke down crying because of the relief I experienced from; my jaw releasing, my headache subsiding, my muscles relaxing, my tics lessening and my balance issues disappearing, and zero anxiety, my breathing even normalized. Dr. Margolis then met with us and wanted to be filled in to see if there was anything he could help with. They both tweaked my pending scripts and then, they turned up the lights. My jaw didn't lock, my back didn't hurt, my anxiety was gone, I had minimal tics and I could walk down the hall without my special shoes. I just put on the glasses they had made for me, and broke down crying... This is what the world is supposed to look like? I'm not supposed to tic when lights turn off and on? There aren't auras shooting across my field of view? The floating orbs I see have minimized? This is what humans are supposed to see? I then sat down and watched some cartoons and the static I experience was non existent. I didn't know images on certain shows were supposed to appear 3d, they've always been flat for me. I was a patient care tech and phlebotomist and I worked nights to cope. I always worked nights while I worked jobs my entire life. When day light hit and started flooding into patient rooms I would of course put sun glasses. I found ways to cope, but didnt have a answer, now i do. This offices care is amazing! This is new for me. Love and light to you all! Ps, thank you Jackie! 🙏🏻🧘‍♂️
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- Edward T.

Passionately Improving Patient’s Vision With Hands-On Rehabilitation

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Vision & Learning

Poor visual skills may cause children and adults to struggle with reading, writing, and concentrating throughout the day. When the eyes and brain learn to work together, visual function improves and struggles are alleviated.

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Special Needs

Vision Therapy for children with special needs tend to have higher optical prescriptions and may have reduced visual acuity or clarity even with the best prescription.

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Amblyopia and Strabismus

Vision therapy effectively treats amblyopia ("lazy eye") and strabismus ("cross-eyes") by teaching the brain and eyes to work together to correct the eye misalignment and thus achieve clear and comfortable vision.

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Vision Therapy for ADHD

Vision problems in children can produce a similar set of symptoms to those found in ADHD, such as difficulty focusing in school, tendency to fidget or squirm in their seats, and making careless mistakes.

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Sports Vision Therapy

It takes way more than physical strength and speed to be at the top of your game. Whether a child plays soccer, hockey, basketball, football or tennis, he or she needs excellent visual skills to excel in their sport.

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Convergence Insufficieny (CI)

CI has been shown to affect a child’s reading ability, attention, and overall school performance. Vision therapy can treat this condition thus leading to more success in school, work, and in sports.

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Matthew was unable to wear a mask over his face. This seems to be the case for many of our patients with sensory difficulties or patients that have difficulty breathing with the mask.

We are grateful to one of our patient’s mother’s who donated face shields to provide alternative protection. This has proven to more acceptable to many of our patients as was the case with Matthew seen happily wearing his new shield.

Visual Skills and Autism:
Can You Notice What You See?

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