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Dr. Merry Gindorf graduated from Indiana University with bachelors in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics . She then went on to a Masters in Visual Sciences from Illinois College of Optometry and completed her Doctorate in Optometry, graduating with honors. Dr. Gindorf was recognized for her exceptional research and clinical work at the College and was given the Faculty Memorial Award to honor an outstanding student clinician and researcher. After a residency at the University of Houston, Dr. Gindorf started her practice in Cicero, IL. Dr. Gindorf operates one of the last full service Optical laboratories in Chicagoland. Dr. Gindorf has held board positions in her community with the La Grange AYSO, PTA Board and District 101 Foresight Committee. She resides in Western Springs and has two children.
Verified Patient Reviews
This is a really good eye doctor!
She is really the best, most thorough eye doctor I've ever had. Intuitive, smart and kind. Looking forward to my next check-up.
Dr. Gindorf is absolutely wonderful!
Our experience was truly “eye opening” pun intended. Via a n empassioned referral Dr Gindorf was able to uncover that my 17 year old has a condition that had never been previously detected that causes double vision. He had been struggling in reading, test taking and baseball along with headaches from eye fatigue. This is a game changer for him as he is entering the time where ACT/SAT tests are upon us, scouts are looking for top pics. The longer term view is how much better life will be for him as a student in college and in his career. Corrections in type of contacts and glasses with prisms along with working with the school to find different ways to take tests are going to serve him well. We are deeply grateful and will remain life long patients.
This is the second time I've seen Dr Gindorf and once again she helped me solve some long standing problems that have been a mystery to me. She does such a great job of explaining the "why" behind the problem and doesn't shame me for any less than stellar habits I might have. She armed me with a bunch of tools to help identify a new routine that works for me and I left feeling confident and pleased! I'd HIGHLY recommend her!
Awesome and inviting!!
Dr. Gindorf treats you like family!
It was an informative visit. Dr. Gindorf takes her time to explain everything and is approachable for any questions that need to be asked.
Outstanding experience from start to finish! Thank you for your outstanding care and service! C.M.
Always professional. Always thorough. Always positive. Genuinely cares about the patient even when they go on about issues in their life. A very unique doctor. And awesome staff!!!
After seeing several chain store optometrists, Merry was a breath of fresh air. My husband and I went in for our first visit and she explained everything in great detail and was very patient with us. She sort of feels like an aunt that happens to be an optometrist. We're happy to have found her and plan to be her patients for a very long time.
Dr Gindorf is very easy to talk with and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Gindorf is patient and thorough. I highly recommend her.
Dr. Gindorf provided a thorough vision examination. She was professional and corteous and she took the time to explain her assessments and recomendations for the vision needs of all members of my family. I especially appreciated how she addressed my teenage children, speaking directly to them and answering their questions. I highly recommend this provider.
Dr. Gindorf is compassionate and wants to make sure your vision is the best it can be.
Dr. Gindorf is great. She always explains things in terms that I can understand.
Dr. Gindorf was excellent - very refreshing experience compared to retail vision care providers.
Dr. Gindorf is the BEST. She explains things in terms you can understand and gets to know you as a person, not just a patient.
Always love the friendliness in the office. Dr. took the time to talk about the upcoming eclipse and the dangers of using homemade devices. The harm to your eye is permanent. I will be sharing my new knowledge with everyone!!
Dr. Gindorf was outstanding in every way. She's professional but not stuffy; she was easy to talk with and her exam was extremely thorough. I could not be happier with my choice for eye care!
Merry is personable, knowledgeable far beyond her title, helpful and professional. I highly recommend!
Dr. Gindorf was great!
I've been a patient of Dr. Gindorf's for 18 years because she is THAT GOOD. She is personable but professional, considerate on listening to patient's concerns and questions, conducts thorough examinations and as I have a complex prescription, I wouldn't go anywhere else unless she referred me. I would recommend her for kids, and adults of all ages as these are the patient's I see on her office!
As always, Dr. Merry was extremely professional and personable, and her office assistant was super helpful. I always have fun picking out new frames here!
Excellent visit. Learned why I have had so much difficulty wearing bifocal glasses. Dr. Gindorf made adjustments and I am looking forward to my new glasses and not having to wear contacts every day, all day.
Dr Gindorf does a great job examining and telling you what she is doing what she is finding out about your health. I highly recommend her services.
I love that Dr. Gindorf takes her time with each patient and treats us as individuals, not just clients. She is thorough and just amazing!
Professional but friendly. Thorough and concerned. She has a great chairside manner and was wonderful when explaining the situation with my eyes in a way I could truly understand. I look forward to working with her to getting my contacts and glasses back to a place where I am comfortable again.
Excellent! Always knows the right treatment and explains diagnosis that I can clearly understand. Always shows genuine concern. She is the best eye doctor!
all good! everything went well. Thank U!
Very thorough examination. I got a very good explanation of her findings and recommendations.
We were the first time patient and she made sure we are comfortable. She took sufficient time citing all the possible reasons for the problem that we went with. I would totally recommend her.
Dr. Gindorf is awesome! My 7 year old had a prescription that she felt was off, and therefore, refused to wear them. Dr. Gindorf was amazing working with my reluctant girl and had her smiling by the end with the correct prescription and awesome new glasses she is excited to wear! I could have hugged her for her accomplishments this evening- I will be seeing Dr. Gindorf for my next visit and highly recommend her to anyone looking for an intelligent and thoughtful eye doctor.
It was awesome, right on schedule and doctor Gindorf was very friendly and professional. Thank you doctor.
She's fantastic. Dr. Gindorf is knowledgeable, personable, and compassionate.
Very professional, knows what's she doing And Thorough. Great doctor
I highly recommend Dr. Gindorf. She and her entire staff was extremely helpful from checking me in to a thorough exam to helping me pick out frames. I'm looking forward to getting my new glasses.
Awesome medical professional who provide outstanding guidance and care. BEST there is from my experience.
Best eye doctor on the planet! Professional, knowledgeable, friendly, and customer service focused. If you're looking for an eye doctor, you can't go wrong with Dr. Gindorf.
Had an eye emergency and was able to get in same day. She is really personable and will definitely go back.
I love her. She's really smart and informative and takes her time with patients helping them understand
I've been struggling to understand some weird things i have been experiencing with my vision in the last few years and not only was Dr Gindorf able to pinpoint the problem, she suggested multiple ways to treat it and gave me a thorough explanation of the science behind it (I work in science/healthcare so I love that kind of information), all while being positive and enthusiastic. I'd highly recommend her!
Dr. Gindorf is fantastic. She spends as much time as you need to get a correct prescription.
This is the most thorough exam I have ever been given. What a smart, kind ,professional experience. I'll never go anywhere else. She is great!
Dr Gindorf is the best! Highly recommended.
Dr. Gindorf and her staff are phenomenal. They were able to take my appointment on relatively short notice, and were incredibly professional and accommodating. Dr. Gindorf was very informative throughout the examination, and her staff was able to process the information very quickly. I highly recommend them.
Dr Gindorf is great you can tell she loves her work!
Merry was very personable and easy going. She made great conversation that helped make me comfortable. She also helped make suggestions regarding eye ware choices.
Has been my doctor for 36 years. Very caring and easy to talk to. Every patient never gets rushed.
I have been a patient of Dr Gindorf for years and she's wonderful. She takes her time with your exam, is very thorough and makes you feel comfortable every step of the way. She and her staff are also great at helping pick out new frames!
Very thorough and efficient. She is personable and pleasant.
She is a fantastic doctor. Been going to her for over 35 years. Will follow her where she goes. Has my complete confidence.
Love her! Professional caring and always a pleasant visit. Takes the time to genuinely care for her patients.
She takes her time with you and listens to your concerns. She doesn't just look at your previous prescription and ask if that is good then rush you out like so many eye doctors do today. And she didn't push LASEK, she provided options and let me make the decisions.
Very interesting, pleasant and knowledgeable Doctor.
The Doctor was fabulous, the office staff was not. I did not feel welcomed and they were not friendly.
Dr. Gindorf is thorough and explains things well. The staff is always polite and very helpful.
You won't find a better eye doctor anywhere! She is thorough, patient, knowledgable, and takes time to explain issues and treatments. She genuinely cares about her patients. Also very nice staff
Dr. Gindorf is great. She takes the time to explain everything that's going on with your eyes in a way you can understand.
Dr. Gindorf is a brilliant, compassionate Optometrist!
Great visit! Dr. Gindorf was able to diagnose an issue with me left eye that had previously been missed. Very relieved to finally understand why my vision was deteriorating.
She was wonderful! She made me feel very welcome and extremely confident that she knew what she was doing. It was worth the drive from Orlando Park.
I have been wearing glasses for 20 years and this is the first time the doctor took the time to explain to me (in clear language) what my vision problem is and, why glasses can not totally correct it. I was impressed. Very knowledgeable and professional.
5 stars plus! This was my first time to use ZocDoc. Going through the profiles of Optometrists, I came across Dr. Gindorf's profile and I immediately felt at home with the glowing reviews she received as well as the fact that she is a full service Dr. (aka, can handle everything in-office). My direct experience though, exceeded any expectation I could have imagined. I'm in my 40's; never needed glasses; and have been getting by on "readers". Dr. Gindorf gave me a comprehensive exam which touched upon my super adventurous days traveling overseas. Things that I never thought were related, in fact, were... and they presented themselves through my vision analysis. Dr. Gindorf took her time to fully explain the results of my exam; showed, through her questioning/listening, how my vision up until then was an underlying stress factor for me, and presented me with a few options ranging from "bare minimum necessity" to "this will make your life a whole lot easier". I came in for glasses and I walked out being understood in ways deeper than just my eyesight. I highly recommend Dr. Merry Gindorf.
Very professional and knows what she's doing, not like the target optometrist where they don't get very involved
It has been years since I had my eyes checked but things are starting to get a little fuzzy so I figured it was time to go. I did my research for local optometrists and after reading various reviews, decided on Dr. Gindorf. It was a very good decision, she makes you feel very comfortable and is very professional in her treatments. I would definitely recommend her!
Dr. Gindorf has been my family's Optometrist for many years and she has always provided us with superior care. I recommend her without hesitation to anyone who wants the best available eye care.
Always 100 satisfied!
Dr. Gindorf was just as amazing as my husband described. She explained everything very thoroughly and was very professional. I truly felt like this doctors appointment was a real update on my health. And most of all, I think she really cared about me.
Highly knowledgeable pro.
She is the best! She finds solutions to the toughest eye problems!!
I highly recommend Dr. Gindorf for all your eyewear needs! I had a thorough eye exam as usual and had great assistance selecting a frame and lens options. She's been our family optometrist for over three years and we will remain loyal to her practice. We live 30 minutes away and it's worth the drive!
Very professional and honest assessment of my vision. She explained to me why I didn't need contacts, after a previous optometrist had prescribed them for me. I highly recommend Merry Gindorf!
She's is excellent.. do not schedule on Zocdoc though.. I did and Zocdoc overbooked.. so I couldnt be seen on that day.
I've been going with Dr. Gindorf for some time and I absolutely love her. Always gives you the best advice.
Absolutely fabulous! Prompt, professional, and pleasant. Explained exam process and findings like no other. Merry and the office personal are the best.
Very competent and professional. Very thorough and painless eye exam. As always, a stress-free visit. Treats patients like family. Great conversation. Wouldn't even think of going elsewhere. Highly recommended. Thank you, Dr. G.
She's great to work with and wants to make sure you're satisfied.
Merry makes you feel very comfortable and has a great personality with adults and children. I would recommend her if your looking for an eye doctor. She corrected a problem with my daughters glasses from target and found that they put the wrong rx in her glass and forget the astigmatisms.
She is a wonderful doctor . Very thorough and honest. Great with kids and new contact wearers.
Merry was very personable and made me feel comfortable for my first visit to an eye doctor within the last ten years. She made great small talk and gave great advice too. She was also quite knowledgable and genuinely concerned about my eyes. I am very glad I came to this office and would recommend her to anyone.
Very pleasant, knowledgeable, and thorough. I did not feel rushed. I will definitely return for my next eye exam.
I Love Dr. Gindorf and office staff! Lily is the best!! Nancy
She's an excellent doctor. She explains things thoroughly and listens to what you have to say. This is my second time seeing her and I've taken my daughter and also recommended her to my husband (who also saw her) and family members.
Once again Dr. Gindorf explained things in terms I can understand.
Dr. Merry Gindorf, OD has been our family optometrist for the past 15 years and I highly recommend her services. Dr. Merry Gindorf is very experienced skilled professional and extremely attentive to her clients’ needs. In times of optical emergencies she is the first doctor I seek medical advice from. Last year during the Christmas holiday when my son got a terrible and serious eye infection, Dr. Gindorf opened her practice to attend to his urgent medical needs. She closely monitor his progress by following up with scheduled appointments and/or by phone when everyone else was close for the holiday. Dr. Gindorf’s caring actions demonstrates the passion she has for her patients’ wellbeing. Also, Dr. Gindorf’s staff is friendly and always very helpful in explaining insurance benefits and in helping select eyeglasses. In addition, she offers a wide array of fashionable eyeglasses for all ages. Again, I highly recommend Dr. Merry Gindorf, OD! Sincerely, The Andrade Family
This was a follow up visit for new contact lenses (which are wonderful.) I had a concern about my vision in one eye and Dr. Gindorf, as usual, did a great job of explaining what was going on and eliminated all concerns.
First visit for me, and Dr. Gindorf took her time, was very professional and personal, and totally respected and understood my needs.
Always pleasant and very thorough with the exam. Highly recommend Dr. Merry...
I've been going to Dr. Gindorf since I was a child. She is always open and honest with any issues.
She was excellent!! I will go back.
very thorough and knowledgeable.
Excellent visit, Awesome OD, Great Staff
She is always very thorough and explains everything in detail
She is very knowledgeable and friendly.
I had a lot of fun-----both the "good doctor" and office staff are a joy to work with!
She was great! Great communication skills. Had a great experience with her and her assistant. Explained everything in detail and answered all my questions. Very professional and friendly. Made me feel very comfortable. Her assistant was very nice and helpful as well. Helped me pick out frames and made it a very pleasant experience. I highly recommend her!
Awesome!!!! Loved her! Dr. Gindorf knowes her stuff, I have never been through such a detailed eye exam! If you are going to the eye doctor this is how you do it! Dr. Merry Gindorf was smart, witty knew what she was doing and explained everything as she went along. Very informative and I left feeling confident and determined to go every year just to follow up!
She truly cares about you!
Great Dr. very concern with overall eye health. Would highly recommend her.
She is awesome but not very talkative.:)
I love Dr. Gindorf. I've been seeing her for years! She is great and very thorough and knowledgeable! I've never had any problems up until my appointment. The receptionist/secretary came off very rude and stuck up. While waiting there were patients looking for glasses and normally Carmen who used to be work there before was very friendly and willing to help and answer questions. There was also another man who came in with an insurance problem and she was very rude and her demeanor was cold. She could've been friendlier helping him with his problem. I love everything about Dr. Gindorf except this, she needs to find new help!
Dr. Gunfire treated my teenage son with the exact right combination of professionalism and friendliness to make him comfortable. He is actually looking forward to getting reading glasses as she explained the benefits of having them. She was also very patient answering my questions about insurance as well as our options for sports glasses. Her office staff was very accommodating with my scheduling requests too.
She's great. Dr. Gindorf takes time to really understand what's going on with your eyes and explains the situation in layman's terms. She answers all your questions.
Dr. Ginford is an exceptional optometrist. She diagnosed a condition in my eyes that others had missed and was able to prescribe me some drops to take care of the irritation right away! I highly recommend her services.
Very thorough - obviously very experienced and knowledgeable - I would definitely recommend to others
I absolutely loved her! She was informative and knowledgable in her field. She answered all my questions and was very thorough. I would recommend her to anyone I know!
Dr. Gindorf is a very thorough and has a very caring manner. We waited before seeing her, but used that time to pick out frames. She does not rush you thru an appt. and makes sure you understand what is happening with your eye health.
I love her! I can't say enough good stuff about her! Her staff is wonderful too! It's a shame I don't have to go more than annually :)
Excellent physician. However, I do have to go back to the office as I was given the incorrect sample contact lenses....the two samples I received were different powers and different base curvatures. Otherwise, great experience.
Dr. Gindorf spent a great deal of time examining my eyes and identified problems with my current contact lens and eyeglass prescriptions. In addition, she discovered that a nagging discomfort in my right eye while wearing contact lenses was due to an eye infection. I am confident that under Dr. Gindorf's continued care I will have the ability to see better in the near future. I plan to recommend Dr. Gindorf to my family and friends.
I have known Dr. Gindorf for many years now. I stopped going to her for a couple years because it was closer for me to go to a different eye doctor, but soon enough I realized that the amount of knowledge Dr. Gindorf has does not compare to any other eye doctor I have been to. She has been able to identify other medical issues with me before my doctor has. She's amazing!
Dr. Gindorf has taken care of myself and several family members for over 30 years. Her warm demeanor, sense of humor and professionalism is like no other. She has gone out her way to take care of my vision issues, offered free sample contact lenses and accommodated me on walk in visits. Kudos to Dr. Gindorf!
Dr Gindorf is fantastic - knowledgable, professional, and innovative in her treatment approach. Always providing stellar customer service. Carmen is wonderful as well! I highly recommend Dr. Gindorf and her office for all your optical needs.
I am so happy! I always walk away confident I've been given the best care!!! Thank you!
Very thorough exam. All of my questions were answered in a thoughtful and informative manner. I was clearly educated on my options and was confident in the decisions I made. I walked out incredibly satisfied! I can see!!!!!!!
Dr. Gindorf is an amazing doctor! She takes time to explain what is going on with my eyes and makes sure I understand. I highly recommend her!
She's a great Doctor
Mary was professional,personal,and very informative.I felt very safe in her hands.I will recommend her to all of my friends.
Highly professional; great with my child; succinct and efficient without making us feel rushed. Finest kind.
Merry was very informative and friendly.
Dr. Gindorf is amazing! I've tried going to other places and I am never satisfied with the service or the lenses. With Dr. Gindorf I always feel like she listens and really does a thorough job of examining my eyes! She is the best ever!
It couldn't have been better. The appointment was right on time. Everyone there was very friendly. Dr. Gindorf explained everything well.
I've been a patient of Dr. Gindorf for many years. I credit her professionalism and personal attention to my eye care for the loyalty that I have for her and her staff. Thank you, and "Merry" Christmas!
It was great! Merry is an awesome doctor. Her staff is very kind and helpful. I would recommend her to everyone.
Great eye doctor! Really took the time to explain everything and didn't try to sell me on anything I didn't need. Highly recommend.
All good. Friendly staff. Confident and capable doctor.