is a premier retina practice that has been serving the greater Chicago area for more than 35 years. Our practice specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the retina, macula, and vitreous in adults and children.

Referring Physicians


Appointments for your patients can be made by calling 847.299.0700 during regular business hours. A request for consultation form may be completed and faxed to 847.390.0616.

Urgent Consultataion

A physician is available on call 24 hours a day. If this is an urgent consultation during normal business hours, please call 847.299.0700 to schedule an urgent appointment. If a consultation is needed during the evening or on weekends, please call 847.299.0700 and ask to page the physician on call.

Pediatric Retina Center

In addition to providing comprehensive retinal care in adults, our practice prides itself in the care of retinal diseases in children.

Drs. Michael Shapiro, Michael Blair, John Galasso and Dr. Jose Garcia-Gonzalez have extensive experience treating children with vitreoretinal diseases, both medically and surgically, and care for children and infants referred from much of the Midwest. Complex surgeries are performed by two or more vitreoretinal co-surgeons working together with an experienced team of anesthesiologists and nurses at Advocate Children's Hospital at Lutheran General, but some simpler procedures are performed at Lurie Children's Hospital, University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, and University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital.

Ocular Tumor Center

In addition to offering plaque brachytherapy for the treatment of intraocular melanoma, Retina Consultants is pleased to be part of a coordinated multi-center, multi-disciplinary effort to treat patients with certain types of intraocular tumors with proton beam radiation.

In coordination with ProCure, we are able to offer proton beam radiation therapy for the treatment of intraocular tumors, including melanoma. Proton beam radiation therapy for intraocular tumors is currently available in a few select cities in the United States. We are pleased to be able to offer this new treatment modality for our patients.

If you or your physician would like more information or need an appointment for an evaluation, please call our office at 847.299.0700 and ask for the tumor coordinator.

Hereditary Retinal Disease

A primary focus at Retina Consultants is the diagnosis and management of hereditary retinal diseases like retinitis pigmentosa in adults and children. We have state-of-the-art technology which can assist in determining an accurate diagnosis and in guiding treatment. If you or your physician would like more information or need an appointment for an evaluation, please call our office at 847.299.0700.

Patients on Plaquenil

Patients currently being treated with Plaquenil for certain types of autoimmune disorders are at risk for the development of permanent damage to the retina which may cause loss of vision. Retina Consultants has diagnostic technology which may be able to detect disease in the earliest stages, possibly before permanent vision loss. These diagnostic modalities including spectral domain optical coherence tomography and multifocal electroretinogram which are available at Retina Consultants.

If your physician has determined this testing may be beneficial for you, please call our office at 847.299.0700 to schedule an appointment.

Fellowship Program


To schedule an appointment, please call 847.299.0700, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Our staff will be happy to schedule an appointment at your convenience. For your visit, please bring copies of your insurance card, physician referrals, and lists of medications. If you are a new patient you will be required to complete a new patient form.

Our physicians are on call 24 hours a day to assist our patients and referring physicians with any emergencies.


Our practice accepts all major forms of insurance. Please call the office at 847.299.0700 if you have questions regarding your specific insurance plan.

If you have an HMO, please bring a copy of your referral to your visit.

Our Specialties

Diagnostic Testing


RCL Physicians

Our physicians are fellowship-trained and board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. They are recognized experts in retina diseases and have over 80 years of combined experience in delivering superb care.

Michael J. Shapiro, M.D.

John M. Galasso, M.D., Ph.D.

Michael P. Blair, M.D.

Charles M. Vygantas, M.D.

Sanford M. Meyers, M.D.

Michael J. Paxhia, M.D.

Jose Garcia-Gonzalez, M.D.

Boleslav Kotlyar, M.D.

Veena Raiji, M.D.


RCL has five conveniently located offices.

Des Plaines Office

2454 East Dempster St.
Suite 400
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Phone: 847.299.0700
Fax: 847.390.0616

Located on the north side of Dempster St. between Potter Rd. and I-294, on the 4th floor.

Libertyville Office

755 South Milwaukee Ave.
Suite 101
Libertyville, IL 60048
Phone: 847.299.0700
Fax: 847.390.0616

Lisle Office

3100 Ogden Ave.
Lisle, IL 60532
Phone: 847.299.0700
Fax: 847.390.0616

Located on the north side of Ogden Ave. at the intersection of Karns Ave. The parking lot entrance is located on Karns.

Elgin Office

2250 Point Blvd.
Suite 120
Elgin, IL 60123
Phone: 847.299.0700
Fax: 847.390.0616

Hickory Hills Office

Hickory Square Plaza
7667 West 95th St.
Suite 103
Hickory Hills, IL 60457
Phone: 847.299.0700
Fax: 847.390.0616

Phone 847.299.0700
Fax 847.390.0616