Meet the Ophthalmologist

  • Robert L. Epstein, M.D.
    Robert L. Epstein
    M.D.

    Robert L. Epstein, M.D. completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering. He worked as a research scientist at Bell Laboratories before obtaining his medical degree from the New Jersey Medical School. 

    Robert L. Epstein, M.D. completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Illinois School of Medicine. He also completed a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Chicago. 

    Robert L. Epstein, M.D. is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a former vice-chief of medical staff and chairman of medical staff quality assessment. 

    Robert L. Epstein, M.D. has done pioneering work related to the treatment of presbyopia, an age-related condition that requires patients to use glasses for reading and other tasks requiring close vision. He was the first surgeon in the Chicagoland area to perform “presbyopia reversal” surgery in 1997 and has developed a “multifocal” LASIK procedure to reverse presbyopia. 

Did you know?

1980 - Robert L. Epstein, M.D. was the First Midwest Surgeon performing surgery for eye glass freedom.   

1983 - Three years later  Robert L. Epstein, M.D.  went on to be one of the five americans who brought keratomileusis to the U.S. and successfully practiced the procedure.

1991 - First Midwest surgeon and third American performing Lasik.  

1997 - First Midwest Surgeon performing surgery to reverse presbyopia.  

2002 - Creator and Manager of the general medical column in the suburban Northwest Herald.   

2003 - First Midwest Surgeon to perform and co-develop Multifocal Lasik procedure.  

2003-2005 - Originator of several U.S. patents in Ophthalmic equipment technology including two for increasing lasik laser safety.  

2010 - First FDA monitored clinical study within 200 mile region on the cross-linking treatment of the blinding disease of keratoconus. 

2015 - Development of Laser-assisted Bowman Layer Transplant for the treatment of keratoconus.  

2017 - Introduction of rapid healing corneal cross-linking treatment of keratoconus using ultraviolet light, riboflavin and vitamin E application.


-Developer of the surgical procedure femtosecond laser-assisted Bowman layer transplant for the treatment of advanced keratoconus. Discovered that keratoconus is associated with optic nerve atrophy. Developed a surgical procedure to mitigate visual loss from ectasia occurring long after radial keratotomy (treatment for myopia). Co -developer of techniques in corneal cross-linking avoiding corneal epithelium removal. Developer of topomask topography-guided system for keratoconus ( patent Pending) epithelium removal.

- Third United States surgeon performing Lasik and co-author of first U.S. article on results. U.S. developer of presbyLASIK for elimination of need for glasses in bifocal age patient.

-First Chicago are surgeon performing no-stitch cataract surgery.

-Editorial board member of Review of Ophthalmology , AllAboutVision.com; Reviewer for Cornea and for the Journal of Refractive Surgery.