Here at Des Plaines Eye Care Center, Dr. Vlada Nakhlis's mission is first and foremost the preservation of your most priceless sense, your vision, and with that, assuring that its function and quality is the best it can be for years to come. We achieve it by practicing preventative eyecare/medicine every step of the way, to assure that your future is the brightest it can be, especially when it concerns our children, whose eyes and vision are still developing and are very easily influenced by their environment.
We focus not just on treating diseases and dysfunctions of the eye and the body, but even moreso on the wellness of the patient as a whole, and being at the forefront of prevention of such ailments, so they do not affect negatively the quality of your life. We preach a well known saying "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure", and we definitely practice what we preach here at Des Plaines Eye Care Center by looking at your eyes as an important organ, that does not just provide eyesight, but more importantly, is one of the most vital and intricate parts of your body and a mirror to your overall health.
Dr. Nakhlis chose optometry as her calling, because it's not just a medical profession, but it's an EYE CARE profession, since she strongly believes that being able to see is one the biggest blessings that a person can get and it has to be treasured, as well as regularly and properly maintained to assure its preservation, and she is committed to providing the best eyecare possible to assure the best visual outcomes to all her patients.
To that end, Dr Vlada Nakhlis specializes in such preventative medicine/eyecare specialties as myopia management, which is an FDA proven and effective therapeutic tool to prevent blindness causing retina diseases stemming from uncontrolled myopia progression. As one of the myopia management options, she provides ORTHOKERATOLOGY TREATMENT to numerous satisfied patients for many years and is an active member of the Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control. As an extension of the ORTHOKERATOLOGY service, Dr. Nakhlis is a specialist in fitting medically and visually necessary hard to fit custom Contact lenses, such as RGPs, Hybrids, Scleral Shell lenses and Custom made Extended Duration Soft lenses, that are used to correct vision for patients with numerous eyehealth conditions, such as KERATOCONUS, IRREGULAR CORNEA, KERATITIS FROM DRY EYE SYNDROME, CORNEAL DYSTROPHIES, SCARRING and more, and is a member of the International Contact Lens Society, with special certifications from each of the lens manufacturers whose lenses she fits on patients' eyes that allow for her to be able to fit such visual correction devices most effectively and safely.
She also practices prevention by focusing on eye nutrition and genetic testing for numerous eye condions that can be either prevented or better controlled if discovered early. Furthermore, she regularly performs screening tests for asymptomatic blindness causing eye diseases like Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Diabetic Retinopathy, Hypertensive Retinopathy, plaquenil retinopathy, and many more, with the most up-to-date technology that we are honored to have in our office b/c it allows for the utmost accuracy and precision.
When it comes to being as comprehensive and thorough as possible, Dr. Nakhlis makes sure to include binocular vision testing and evaluation in every comprehensive eye exam that we perform, especially PEDIATRIC eye exams, to assess thoroughly the QUALITY (not just quantity) of your vision to assure best qualitative outcomes that you should expect in your everyday life, especially when performing tasks that strain vision the most, such as working on the electronic devices.
Finally, Dr. Nakhlis's favorite specialty is the proper evidence based diagnostic testing and treatment of Dry Eye Syndrome (the most commonly diagnosed condition of the 21th centrury), which we are able to achieve with the most up to date technology available for both diagnosis and treatment of such, that would alleviate your symptoms while preserving the best integrity of your ocular surface and in turn, providing you with the more stable and clear vision for years to come by PREVENTING Scarring and Neuropathy of your cornea.