Perfecting Vision in the North Shore Since 1994

We provide our patients with superior care and advanced treatment to assure optimal eye health. Our team of board-certified physicians at NSGC are the only glaucoma specialists in Lake and McHenry counties, and bring vast knowledge to the treatment and management all types of eye diseases.With the latest technologies to make the most accurate diagnosis and treatment, we assure that patients have a clear explanation of your diagnosis and remedies so you can make a fully informed decision with your doctor’s guidance.

At NSGC, we offer the most current and cutting-edge procedures to assure the eye health of all our patients. We are always seeking the latest advancements in our field and was the first practice in Illinois to bring to our patients Trabectome treatment as an option to decrease pressure within the eye and stabilize vision to manage glaucoma. 

Our doctors are also teaching professors at Northwestern, Rush and other area medical institutions, bringing the most current research to patient care on a daily basis. We have three convenient locations – Libertyville, Skokie and Chicago – to serve all your medical eye care needs.


Michael Savitt, M.D.

Dr. Savitt chose the field of Ophthalmology to take care of people and one of their most cherished senses: their eyesight. What makes him most grateful is when he’s able to use his expertise to improve the quality of life for that patient who is experiencing vision problems

Following his graduation from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Dr. Michael Savitt completed a residency at the University of Pittsburgh and a glaucoma fellowship at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago. A member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr. Savitt is a former president of the Chicago Glaucoma Society. He currently service as an associate professor at Rush University Medical Center and clinical instructor at Pritzker School of Medicine.

Dr. Savitt specializes in the treatment and management of glaucoma as well as issues affecting the retina, macular degeneration and impact of diabetes. He is skilled in using medical, surgical and laser treatments.



Brian J. Jacobs, M.D.

Having a long-term relationship with patients and helping guide them through their eye health has always been important to Dr. Jacobs. He was attracted to ophthalmology because he can provide a continuum of care, diagnosing and treating patients both medically and surgically. This type of connection to patients enables him to help catch any problems early, allowing him to slow or stop progression of a disease.   

A graduate of Rush Medical College, Dr. Jacobs completed his residency at Rush University Medical Center and a glaucoma fellowship in the medical and surgical management of glaucoma at the University of Illinois. Previously, he was a Clinical Instructor at Loyola Medical Center. Today, Dr. Jacobs also serves as an Assistant Professor at the Rush University Medical Center and is a Clinical Educator with the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He is also a board certified diplomat of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Among his honors, Dr. Jacobs is a recipient of the Patient Care Improvement Project Award from the American Glaucoma Society. His work is published widely in book chapters and numerous articles in the field of ophthalmology.

In addition to general eye care, Dr. Jacobs specializes in the treatment and medical, laser and surgical management of glaucoma, cataracts, corneal disease and related anterior segment disorders.


Yana Kiesau, M.D.

Early in her medical training, Dr. Kiesau was struck by how invaluable ophthalmology can be in deciphering clues to understand a patient’s systemic issues. Furthermore, she was also fascinated by the intricacies of the eyes and expanse of possible diagnoses which are centered in the optic part of the central nervous system. She specializes in pediatric care and surgery.

A graduate of Northwestern University, Dr. Kiesau completed her residency at Northwestern followed by a Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital, now known as Lurie Children’s Hospital. Today, she is a Faculty Instructor at Northwestern University.

Dr. Kiesau is trained in the treatment of strabismus for children as well as adults. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Her areas of expertise include treatment of tear duct obstructions, amblyopia management, and diagnosis and surgical treatment of strabismus. Dr. Kiesau is fluent in Russian.


Julie B. Pearlman, M.D.

For Dr. Pearlman, the field of ophthalmology runs in the family, as her father and brother also serving as board-certified physicians in other areas of Chicago. She finds real joy in the work she does, especially when a patient is blind one day with a cataract and the next day they can see. “It’s the most fun thing!” she says.

A graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Pearlman completed her residency at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where she currently serves as a Clinical Instructor. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the Chicago Ophthalmologic Society, the IL Association of Ophthalmology and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Pearlman’s specialty in ophthalmology focuses on the treatment of cataracts, corneal disease, ocular allergies, dry eyes and the impact of diabetes and hypertension on the eye. She is skilled in using medical, surgical and laser treatments. Dr. Pearlman is fluent in Spanish and Hebrew.