About Us

Doctors of Optometry are primary health care professionals who provide full scope, comprehensive eye health and vision care. They examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures as well as diagnose related systemic conditions. As fully licensed medical professionals, they are authorized to prescribe medications, treat eye diseases and perform certain surgical procedures.

Optometry and Ophthalmology are both medical professions, and both require a doctorate degree. These two professions only differ in terms of major invasive eye surgery, similarly to how a cardiologist (a primary heart doctor) differs from a heart surgeon, who performs surgery ordered by the cardiologist.

To that end, in today’s healthcare world, optometrists provide full-scope primary eye health and vision care, both prevention and diagnostic/therapeutic, and refer patients to ophthalmologists primarly for eye-related surgical needs only, while continuing collaborative patient care via co-management relationships.

As such, Dr. Vlada Nakhlis is  fully licensed and eager to provide all the services listed above, along with other “outside the box” vision related preventative and diagnostic/therapeutic procedures, such as myopia control/Orthokeratology/binocular vision disorders treatment and specialty contact lens fittings.

She volunteer at schools, providing complementary eye exams to underprivileged kids and gives back to the community on a regular basis by volunteering at the Special Olympics, donating time and money to organizations like “Give Sight” and “InfantSee”. Dr. Nakhlis is proactive at promoting public awareness on the subject of eye health and vision care by providing educational seminars and presentations to staff, colleagues, patients, schools, retirement/nursing homes for seniors.

Meet the Optometrist

Dr. Vlada Nakhlis

Dr. Vlada Nakhlis is a doctor of optometry (OD), i.e. an eye health care professional, state-licensed to examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, as well as diagnose related systemic conditions affecting the eye. She has completed pre-professional undergraduate education and got her Bachelor of Science from University of Illinois in Chicago, and four years of professional doctorate education at Illinois College of Optometry, achieving the doctor of optometry (O.D.) degree. Dr. Nakhlis has 12 years of experience in retail setting optometry, focusing on general optometry. She conducts a broad range of contact lens fittings, computer syndrome diagnosis/treatment, and manages numerous eye diseases including diabetic retinopathy, macular/retinal diseases, dry eye, conjunctivitis, and glaucoma.

Dear Patients,

Our eye exams are one of a kind. Dr. Vlada Nakhlis and Dr. Eva Shabo are both specially trained to provide a thorough, comprehensive examination, incorporating the latest advanced in diagnostic testing and therapeutic treatments, with the aid of the most cutting-edge technology available. This exam includes a thorough panel of binocular vision testing. This might take longer because we truly pride ourselves in putting your vision health above all else.

Please bear with us if there is a delay.

These delays are usually due to unforseen medical emergencies which require the doctors immediate attention. You are very important to us and every effort will be made by the doctor to see you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience!


What We Do

  • Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Age Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eye Syndrome
  • Cataract Surgery Co-Management
  • One Hour Glasses Service
  • Keratoconus
  • Specialty Lenses
  • Ortho-K
  • Binocular Vision Diagnostic Testing


Our staff is multi-lingual, which includes English, Russian, Ukranian, Bulgarian, and Spanish, which should make your visit more comfortable and educational, should you require an assistance of someone who speaks your native tongue.

The bottom line is that what sets us, Des Plaines Eye Care, apart from the rest is the fact that we treat each one of our patients/customers as a VIP, which speaks for itself when you look at our patient base loyalty rating being over 90%.

At Des Plaines Eye Care, our mission is to make you our patron for life by providing you with our excellent quality service for your every eyecare and optical need, so you wouldn’t want or need to go anywhere else. So come and join our family. We are looking forward to a long and happy relationship.

Call 224-236-2020 or complete a Consultation Request form to get started