Dr. Robert Epstein 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.
Dr. Epstein 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.
Dr. Epstein 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.
Dr. Epstein 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.
1980 Dr. Epstein was the First Midwest Surgeon performing surgery for eye glass freedom.
1983 Three years later Dr. Epstein 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.