Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet our doctors:
Dr. Prayag Shah has been providing Rockford with quality eye care since 2007. After graduating second in his class at Elgin High School, he was accepted directly into a seven year optometry program at Gannon University.
Dr. Shah received his O.D. degree in 2002 at Illinois College of Optometry. After completing a residency in ocular disease at Illinois Eye Institute, he served as clinical professor at the College of Optometry for two years. In 2008, he started Shah Vision Consultants and has enjoyed building a loyal and extensive patient base. In 2015 Shah Vision Consultants was given a patient choice award winner for optometry by Opencare. Dr. Shah still resides in his hometown of Elgin where he enjoys his time with his wife and three wonderful children. He also enjoys rooting for the Bears, Cubs and Bulls!
Dr. Sylvia Thoman received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Northern Illinois University. She practiced as a registered nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago for six years but felt she could do more for her patients as a doctor.
Dr. Thoman was drawn to the field of Optometry by her own experiences as a patient. The most memorable was putting on glasses for the first time as a child and seeing all the leaves on the tree. This made a lasting impression on the importance of clear vision. She earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry in 2004. She has practiced both private & corporate optometry. She enjoys seeing patients of all ages, specializes in soft, toric and rigid gas permeable fits, and treats/manages various eye diseases and condition.
Dr. Thoman lives in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago with her husband and two wonderful boys. In her spare time, she keeps busy with her boys travel soccer teams, volunteering at their school and local charitable organizations. She also enjoys running races and being active outdoors.