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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 has a learning problem? Vision therapy helps solve underlying vision problems often obstruct one's ability to succeed in school, work, and sports. We also treat lazy eyes (amblyopia), eye turns (strabismus), children with special needs, and more...


If you or someone you know recently suffered from a car accident or head trauma, post-concussion, or neurological issues due to a stroke, visiting a neuro optometrist can restore any lost connection between the brain 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...
Our 5-Star Reviews—#HappyPatients
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We can't speak highly enough of Dr. DeStefano. Our son has Visual Snow Syndrome (VSS). I came across Dr. DeStefano online and called his office to see if he could recommend a doctor in our area since we are 90 minutes from his office. He responded personally after business hours via a phone call. We were so impressed with that initial contact that we scheduled an appointment with him. He was very thorough with the eye exam, found another issue, and determined what our son needed for therapy for the VSS. We have never had an eye doctor, or any doctor for that matter, who genuinely cares for his patients and their families; encourages patients to contact him through email regarding any questions or concerns they have after visits; goes out of his way to respond to email messages with complete answers to questions often immediately, and always within 24 hours; takes time to help you understand what Visual Snow Syndrome is and what can be done to treat it; and is very upfront with costs and treatment options. Both Dr. DeStefano and the front office staff have exceeded every expectation we have had. They are friendly, personable, and patient when working around our schedule to make appointments. He is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about a condition that is foreign to most people. I believe his goal is to do whatever he can to inform, give reasonable hope to each patient regarding their specific situation, and find a treatment to help them. He is a phenomenal doctor. We truly cannot recommend him highly enough when it comes to diagnosing and treating VSS.
2 weeks ago
- Jennifer H.

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?

visual skills assessment video for kids with autism

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Learn More From Our Blog

From Shannon P.: I am thrilled to share my daughter's incredible experience at the Visual Symptoms Treatment Center. From the moment we stepped into their...
Vision is critical for learning and navigating the world around us. However, not all children have perfect vision, and some may need additional support to...
Chicago Health Interview of Dr Margolis