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Qualifications and Experience
Dr. Helen Tzanetakos wants the world to see you as clearly as you'll see the world. Her best tip for your eyes? Computers cause most contact lens wearers dryness and discomfort. Get your eyes checked every year to make sure you have the best contacts or glasses for the job.
Dr. Helen has been at Vision Boutique since the spring of 2009. She is a specialist in the management of ocular disease and hard-to-fit contact lenses, and continues to be praised by patients and peers alike for her caring demeanor and compassion.
Dr. Helen is a lifelong Chicago area resident and graduate of Loyola University of Chicago. There she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and minor degrees in Biology and Chemistry. She went on to attain her Doctorate of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry after diverse training at externships across the country and abroad. At the prestigious Gordon/Binder Vision Institute in San Diego, CA, Dr. Helen was involved in the co-management of LASIK and PRK patients as well as advanced contact lens fitting. She also participated in a working exchange program to practice primary care optometry at the Victorian College of Optometry in Melbourne, Australia.
From advanced surgical management to complete primary vision correction, Dr. Helen has provided eye care in a variety of settings. Her ability to utilize all facets of her expertise remains to be the reason patients seek out her care for themselves and their family. It's her ability to connect with patients and to form lasting relationships that she finds most rewarding as a Doctor of Optometry. Dr. Helen welcomes all new and returning patients to Vision Boutique and cherishes caring for their vision now and in the future.
Verified Patient Reviews
I am a new patient to the office in for my annual exam so I could get a prescription renewal on my contacts. The office staff and Dr where thorough and helpful throughout the entire process. I would 100% recommend her to others and will be back next year!
Dr. Tzanetakos saw me promptly upon arrival. She took time to make sure my contacts fit my eyes correctly. The office administration staff were extremely helpful and friendly! They helped me to find rebates and I wasn't pressured to purchase and update my glasses lenses since I don't wear them often. I also have very difficult insurance to figure out and they took a ton of time making sure they got it correct. I really appreciate it!
My visit was great, there was a little wait time between steps such as the pre-testing and after the exam but not too bad. Everyone there was very helpful and answered my questions, and bonus helped me find a great new pair of frames at a great deal!
One of the nicest eye doctors I've been to.
Dr. Tzanetakos answered all of my questions and was very helpful! She's very knowledgeable and walked me through the tests. Would definitely recommend her.
Loved the office and how nice every person you come in contact is in general. Very professional, quick, courteous, and most of all thorough.
The whole staff too great care in ensuring not only my new lenses were best, but in that I was comfortable and happy with my new frames as well. Very happy, highly recommend.
The staff was very welcoming and friendly. Dr. Tzanetakos was very attentive and explained everything she was doing or testing for clearly. I will definitely be returning to for my annual exams!
The facility and staff were excellent! Thanks!
I had a great experience here. I admittedly get a little nervous about the machines used for looking at my eyes, but they were great about explaining to me what they were doing and what was going to happen. Bonus that there's no air puff machine. Everything about my eye health and prescription was very clearly conveyed to me -- moreso than any other eye doctor I've visited. Not to mention Dr. Helen was so nice. Checking out and paying was very easy, and Z walked me through insurance and how everything was applied. So happy to have stumbled upon this gem!
Tzanetakos was very professional, talked me through her recommendation for glasses prescription and we looked at my eye photos together while she talked through them. Very thorough and the office was beautiful.
My visit was delightful. The staff was extremely nice and very helpful as was Dr. Tzanetakos. Dr. Tzanetakos made sure that my updated contacts were right before I left her office which was great and the checkout process was super easy.
Fantastic! Super friendly and knowledgable! Highly recommend!
Dr. Helen and her entire staff were awesome and incredibly helpful. At one point, I asked if anyone had an iPhone charger I could borrow, and the person helping me find my glasses basically tore the office apart to try to find one for me :) Dr. Helen and her staff also appeared to be incredible well-informed and knowledgeable and were able to answer all of my questions --- I'll definitely be returning next time I have need for an optometrist!
Dr. Helen and the rest of the staff at Vision Boutique were great. The exam was quick but thorough, and Dr. Helen recommended an awesome new brand of contacts for me to address specific problems with my dry eyes. I didn't feel pressured to buy glasses at the boutique, even though my prescription changed, which I appreciated. The staff was so knowledgable about my insurance and really broke down costs for me so I understood what I was paying for. All in all a great experience!
This was my second time seeing Dr. Helen, and I enjoyed her as much as I did at my first appointment. She's very kind and easy to speak to. She does a great job of explaining things as she does them, so unlike with any other eye doctor I've seen, I feel like I actually understand what's going on with my eye health. Highly recommended! Office staff is also very nice, and I waited less than five minutes to be seen.
Dr. Tzanetakos was very personable and really took the time to explain things to me even in a basic eye exam. Her entire staff was very friendly and helpful. A good find in Chicago!
Dr. Tzanetakos and her staff are all kind, caring professionals. The location and physical office of the practice are wonderful, and we are very happy to have found this group to take care of our eye care needs.
Easily the most pleasant eye doctor visit I've ever had. The whole staff was extremely nice and accommodating. Office was super clean and modern. Dr. Tzanetakos was great and answered all my questions. Will be back and would recommend!
Dr. Helen and her entire staff were great. Went over everything step by step. Very happy with my experience.
Dr. Tzanetakos is great. Happy to say I've found a new optometrist.
She was great! She was very knowledgeable and seemed very concerned. The best part was they seen me right away. My eye feels so much better!
Very friendly & kind. Made me feel comfortable and was very thorough in explaining things. She seems to truly care! Definitely will be back.
It was my first visit with Dr. Tzanetakos and it couldn't have gone better. I went in for an annual eye exam because I needed more contact lenses and turned out my vision got worse since my last visit. I ordered new contacts, which they shipped to my house in less than a week for no additional charge. The staff was courteous and it was a very comfortable environment. Would recommend her to anyone!
Very personable and explained every step of exam and explanation for prescription changes
On a lazy Saturday afternoon, I looked into setting up an eye doctor appointment and was pleased that there was an opening in 2 hours at this office about a mile away from me. Very convenient and friendly staff who explained the process, insurance and payment along the way. Very hospitable in my brief time waiting as well.
Prior to seeing Dr. Helen, I had the same optometrist since I was 5 years old, so this was a new experience for me to say the least. She's a great doctor. Very accommodating, polite, and explained what she was looking for during the whole visit. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for an optometrist.
Dr. Helen is very professionally but also makes you feel right at home and comfortable. The office is very stylish and modern and the manager and associates are all very nice and will work with you every step of the way to explain benefits, purchase glasses, sunglasses, etc. The location is in the city so you'll have to find street parking or just walk to the location. They have late appointments if you need it; a great plus.
Everyone was super nice and helpful. Dr. Helen was great and answered all my questions. I would definitely recommend Dr. Helen to friends and family
Dr. Helen was great - very pleasant and professional:
Great! Dr. Tzanetakos went over all my questions to my satisfaction and even game me a quick lesson on retina anatomy.
Dr. Tzanetakos was really nice, and explained everything fully. I really like that they have new equipment and don't have to dilate your eyes or do that puff of air. They even had a machine that took a picture of your eye, and from it she could see if you had any issues with diabetes, high blood pressure, or if you were dehydrated. Everything was clean, tidy, and modern. I will definitely go back again.
I arrived very early to my appointment (almost 35 minutes beforehand), and was seen within 20 minutes. The office staff was incredibly friendly and really made me feel taken care of - almost like I was at a spa. The office uses pretty advanced techniques. For example, instead of having your pupils dilated, they are able to use a high res camera - huge plus! The only reason I am not giving Dr. Helen 5 stars is because of a pretty embarrassing mistake (for both of us). Less than a minute into my appointment she asked how far along I was. Now, I'm no size 2, but please don't mistake a woman's bloating for pregnancy! Dr. Helen was very apologetic for the mistake and spent the rest of the appointment woo-ing me. I just wish that moment hadn't happened.
I felt really comfortable the whole time. Dr. Helen was very thorough and nice. I think I'm definitely going to make her my regular eye doctor in Chicago. Highly recommended.
This office was very friendly! I ordered contacts for the first time and they made sure I was comfortable putting them in and removing them before I went home. Thanks for the special care.:)
Very attentive. Dr. T took her time making sure my contact and glasses perscription was correct and made sure everything fit appropriately. This was the best contact fitting I've ever had. The staff was also wonderful - very helpful in helping me choose my new glasses, which took a whole 1.5 hours! They just opened up an Old Town location as well, so next time I will go there since it is closer to my place! With 3 locations and great doctors, I will be going back.
Great, but the wait time was boarding 45 min between my initial tests and when I saw the Doctor. Good thing there's complimentary drinks!
Great doctor. Very professional. I was initially concerned since another doctor didn't do their due diligence (and this is why you go to a professional eye doctor vs your local CVS) but she treated me and prescribed medication that put my eyes on an impressive path recovery. Thank you Doctor Helen!
Great! Very professional and knowledgable and the staff was kind and patient and personable.
She explained everything very thoroughly and was super polite! Her staff is also very knowledgeable and friendly!
Awesome staff! Great visit and super informative!
Waited about 15 minutes for my appointment, but the doctor was great! Explained everything and even showed me what my old prescription was vs. the newest one. Their glasses prices are expensive, so be prepared. I wasn't ready to get new ones yet, but am glad I found out what my new prescription is.
Dr. Helen was warm and very knowledgeable. She explained everything so clearly, and I came away feeling like I actually understood my eye health and what risks I am more susceptible to given my family health history. The staff was similarly kind and accommodating, and the boutique is very stylish. I will be back next year and would highly recommend Dr. Helen to anyone!
My visit was great! Dr. Tzanetakos and her staff are welcoming and friendly. The appointment itself was quick but not rushed. They provided a well rounded eye exam. They have a nice office with a big selection of glasses. I also liked how they broke down how much the insurance paid for and how much I saved.
Dr. Tzanetakos was very informative, quick, and helpful during my visit. I would definitely recommend her and will be visiting her again next year!
Incredibly wonderful experience! Great doctor :)
Helen and the team were excellent and very professional.
Dr. Helen and those that work with her were great!
This was my first visit, and I am very happy that I chose to go here! Dr. Tzanetakos was very friendly, thorough, and helpful - she answered all my questions, explained everything she did, and make helpful recommendations that I could tell were really for my benefit, not just so her office could make money. I also loved the lady working in the front - she was super nice and did a great job of explaining what my health insurance would cover, and she also helped me do a bit of research online to ensure I was really getting the best prices for my contacts!
Really loved this optometrist! I was a few minutes late, but they still saw me right away. She was very thorough and precise. And she answered all my questions in great detail! Would definitely recommend.
Fantastic experience! Not only was the doctor great, but the front staff was really friendly, accommodating, and delivered great customer service.
The staff and doctor were very nice and professional. I would definitely come back again.
Everyone was professional and friendly. Great experience.
Very nice and professional
Awesome to have the option of a 6pm appointment time given that I work full time and have a commute. No wait and very good service :)
Love this place; I will keep coming back :)
I had dr. Margaret and she was fantastic. Staff was great-I'd recommend.
Very professional and quick. Great visit
This place was great! I would recommend to anyone. The Dr listened to my situation, and provided the best options for me. Prescription has been great. Didn't try to sell me on anything I didn't need. The lab tech, Z, was amazing as well. Very helpful and provided a lot of options. I will continue to use this place
She was great. Very personable.
I can't say enough good things about Dr. Tzanetakos. I've visited Vision Boutique at their Madison and Sheffield locations, and have found everything about my visits - from my interactions with the doctor, friendliness of the staff, selection of glasses, and atmosphere of the office - to be top notch. I'm the type of person that gets very nervous when it comes to having anything done with my eyes, but Dr. Tzanetakos has made me feel very comfortable during my visits.
Doc is efficient and was thorough with the eye examination. She has a cheerful disposition. I recommend her. Tiffany Lorek, optician at the vision boutique, helped us pick the right glasses and was very warm and friendly. Thank you, vision boutique!
She and her associate, Z, were extremely helpful and friendly. Picking out eye glasses is a very daunting task- so many to choose from! Dr. Helen and Z went around the store picking out glasses for us to try that not only fit our face, but also fit our personality and style. They were wonderful.
Very professional Very patient in allowing vision choices/correction Very thurough
Dr. Tzanetakos was very extremely knowledgable and took time to answer all my questions and explain everything to me in detail. The rest of the staff was great as well -- friendly, prompt, and help me pick out a great pair of glasses. GREAT OFFICE!
Dr. Tzanetakos was incredibly helpful during my visit. She listened to the problems I was experiencing, examined my vision and outlined the my options clearly. I would recommend her to anyone.
She was very easy to talk to and also very helpful. Nice, fast, and easy. A++
Very nice and very helpful... she even spent time giving me feedback on which glasses look good on me since I'm so indecisive! Great, warm personality.
She was professional but approachable. She does have a great bedside manner. Her prescription is spot on! Never got any headaches once I got my glasses. Good to know she did not over prescribed. She also did not offer me unnecessary things (i.e. computer glasses, nifty add-ons to glasses that I can live without, etc.) -- she's there to help you and not to sell.
Excellent visit, first time at this office. Was able to see me, and gave me an excellent solution to my eye issue and scheduled a follow up visit right away.
She was great!
She was great! So helpful in explaining the diagnosis and even helped me pick out the prefect frames.
Great experience. She was very thorough and extremely frienly which was nice. I would highly suggest anyone needing eyecare to go see her!
So friendly and professional!
The Doctor and front office staff were very helpful in a time-constrained situation. You should definitely stop by!
Never having glasses before, I didn't know what to expect. Dr. Helen and Z were very patient and explained everything as it was happening. Both took time to help pick out frames (we amassed a pile). Felt very comfortable and was not rushed. Would recommend.
I appreciated the quantity of information shared with me by both Dr. T and Z (I think he's the owner who runs the front of house). After being with over 3 optometrists in the last 7 years, I hope to keep this one.
Thorough, friendly, explained procedures well.
I had an excellent experience with Vision Boutique. Staff is very friendly and professional. My exam was thorough and I now have a new prescription and a different type of contact lenses that I have never tried before (been wearing lenses for 20+ years) that I'm extremely happy with. Highly recommend the doctor and this place!
Dr. Tzanetakos is one of the best eye doctors I have ever been to! She was very professional and thorough.
Dr. Tzanetakos was extremely upbeat, patient, and helpful. She explained everything she was doing thoroughly and was more than happy to answer any questions. This includes contact fit, my astigmatism, what worked with my budget, etc. The man working the counter, "Z", was exactly the same way. I went for a contact exam, and ended up purchasing new frames as well just because I felt so comfortable there. I'd also like to add that this was without any pressure from the doctor. ("New frames" was never mentioned once until I brought it up.) Z explained what I was paying for and what my eye insurance covered in detail. When I was still had questions, he was glad to take his time. As someone who has gone in and out of chain eye offices my whole life, I can say that this experience was so different than the norm. I can't wait to pick up my new glasses and see Dr. Tzanetakos next year!