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SoLo Eye Care & Eyewear Gallery

Optometrist & Founder

SoLo Eye Care & Eyewear Gallery

Optometrist & Founder


Dr. Robert J. Steinmetz, OD, FAAO

SoLo Eye Care & Eyewear Gallery

Optometrist & Founder

iCare Advisors, LLC

Principle & Co-Founder

UnionEyes, LLC

Chief Operating Officer 

A Letter from Dr. Bob

Dear Valued SoLo Eye Care Patients,


Thank you for allowing me to be part of your lives over the last eighteen years.  I have greatly appreciated the confidence and trust you have placed in my care and in the SoLo Eye Care brand.  I have been so blessed to have been surrounded by talented doctors, caring staff, and loyal patients throughout my career.  I enjoyed spending time with each of you and am forever grateful for your kind referrals.


Due to recent personal and professional responsibilities, I will be stepping away from patient care in 2024.  I leave you in talented, caring hands.  Dr. Greg Pappas has been operating in the role of managing partner at SoLo Eye Care for many years now.  During his tenure we have expanded our footprint, improved patient accessibility with multiple locations, brought on new independent frame lines and expanded insurance coverage at our satellite offices to meet the unique mission in the communities they serve.  Our doctors all have access to your HIPPA compliant files with my detailed notes regarding your care and will be happy to continue providing for you and your family. 


We are invested in the future.  We were honored to be chosen as one of the main sites for a four-year longitudinal FDA study on myopia management headed by Dr. Greg Pappas, Dr. Kasia Aleszczyk, and Dr. Val Smolyansky.  We have invested heavily in high-end, state-of-the art equipment and upgraded all of our facilities to better meet the needs of our patients.  As part of our ongoing mission, we will continue to support local community events, schools, churches, and charities that have helped shape our identity and strengthen our ties to the community.


I have cherished my time with you and will forever be grateful for your loyalty and trust in SoLo Eye Care.  Thank you again for the memories.


Be well,



Dr. Bob


A Career of Excellence 

May 2003

May 2005

September 2006

April 2015

September 2015

April 2019

January 2021 to January 2022

December 2023

Graduated from Illinois College of Optometry

Cum Laude 

Class of 2003, President 

Grand Opening of SoLo Eye Care & Eyewear Gallery 

Founding member of the first optometric practice located in the emerging South Loop community of Chicago

Awarded Illinois Young Optometrist of the Year

A prestigious award bestowed by fellow colleagues in the state's optometric association to a distinguished individual within their first 10 years of practice 

Founding of iCare Advisors, LLC

iCare Advisors personally designs and nurtures successful full-scope optometric practices from inception, through initial development, and into lasting profitability

Awarded Illinois Optometrist of the Year

A prestigious award bestowed by fellow colleagues in the state's optometric association to a distinguished individual committed to the advancement of the profession 

Founding of UnionEyes, LLC

UnionEyes' mission is to provides the highest-quality, comprehensive ophthalmic care to America’s hard-working union men and women and their families.

Expansion of SoLo Eye Care & Eyewear Gallery

SoLo Eye Care brings care to the Bridgeport, Bucktown, Gold Coast, and University Village neighborhoods 

Last Day Providing Optometric Care

Dr. Bob concludes his 20 year clinical career of providing patients the latest in state-of-the-art technology and peer-reviewed therapeutics 

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