In 1978, Phil Becker opened the doors to Shelle Optical with a vision to provide the best eye care in the area. He always strived to make sure that when you walked through the door you felt like more than a patient, but part of our family.
Now almost 40 years later, Phil’s vision is still going strong. Family owned and operated by his daughter and son-in- law, Dr. Julie & Chris Beard, Shelle Optical continues to provide the best eye care in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana area. Our doctors provide comprehensive eye, pediatric and low vision exams. With access to an on-site lab, many times we are able to cut your lenses while you wait, so you have your glasses sooner. Our professional staff is always there to help, whether it’s choosing the best frame for you, assisting with a repair or answering your eye care questions.
With three locations to better serve you, South Chicago Heights, Frankfort and Chicago, the front door is always open.
Dr. Beard provides comprehensive eye exams for all ages, including special needs, from toddlers to seniors, treats ocular disease, and specializes in fitting multi focal and gas permeable contact lenses. She is an active member of the Illinois Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association and AOA-PAC. Julie Beard, O.D., graduated from Illinois College of Optometry with her Doctorate. Prior to, she received her Bachelors degree from Augustana College. While at the College of Optometry, she received her clinical training in contact lenses and pediatrics at the Illinois Eye Institute, ocular disease at Advocate Health Care with Dr. Richard Multack, and low vision at Hines VA Central Blind Rehabiltation Center, Adam Benjamin, Jr.- Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, and the Chicago Lighthouse. Beyond Dr. Beard's passion for optometry is her love of cooking, spending time with her 12 year old twins and music. (She has been to Lollapalooza every year since 1994)