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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 have had a long history of struggling with my vision for over ten years. After having LASIK and PRK, I still struggled and had a hard time being taken seriously about my issues, since I now had 20/20 vision. Needless to say, during this span of time, I saw my fair share of eye doctors and specialists trying to do their best to help me. About 3 years ago, I found a neurological vision specialist that was 1 of 30 in the US, and I spent 2 years under this doctor’s treatment, only to worsen my condition. After more extensive research, I found Dr. DeStefano at the Visual Symptoms Treatment Center and traveled nearly 1,200 miles to see him. Upon arrival to the office, I was greeted by an extremely friendly staff that seemed like family. During my examination with Dr. DeStefano, he was extremely kind, caring, patient and knowledgeable. He did not rush through all of my questions and displayed a genuine care and concern for what I was going through. To add to his admirable bedside manner, he is extremely humble. While he never claimed to be 1 of 30 doctors with highly specialized knowledge, he provided me with a solution that day that far exceeded any care I’ve received to date. Being under his care has exceeded my expectations. Also, Tzvi is amazing and his level of thoroughness and intelligence is highly impressive! This office also uses advanced technology that I’ve never seen, and I can’t recommend them more!
1 week ago
- Sara C.

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