Dr. Randy Epstein, MD

Dr. Randy Epstein, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Male  |  
62 y/o

Accepting new patients

Randy Epstein, M.D., is the Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Cornea Consultants. A Chicago native, Dr. Epstein grew up in West Rogers Park and earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana. He received his Medical Degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago and completed his ophthalmology residency at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center. Following his residency, Dr. Epstein completed fellowships in both ocular immunology and cornea-external diseases and refractive surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, where he was the recipient of the highly-regarded National Research Service Award. In 1986, Dr. Epstein returned to his Chicago roots to join Dr. Richard Dennis in practice and was soon appointed to the faculty of Rush Medical College. His areas of medical specialty include refractive lens and corneal surgery and the management of complications resulting from these procedures. In addition, Dr. Randy Epstein is actively involved in teaching medical students, residents, and numerous ophthalmologists, both nationally and internationally. In addition to being listed numerous times as one of Chicago’s “top doctors” by Chicago Magazine, he has received the Honor Award and, in 2004, the Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Emory University Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Randy Epstein is a Professor of ophthalmology at Rush University and is a prominent member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, Illinois State Medical Society (Ophthalmology Risk Management Sub-Committee Chairman), Chicago Medical Society, Lake County Medical Society, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, International Society of Refractive Surgery (former Committee Chairman), and Illinois Association of Ophthalmology/Chicago Ophthalmological Society (former Annual Program Director). Dr. Randy Epstein also serves as a consultant to numerous corporations and medical advisory boards, committing his time and efforts to helping shape the evolving world of refractive surgery. Dr. Epstein also serves on the Midwest Eye-Bank's "Illinois Advisory Council", which raises funds for eye research, and for patients needing corneal transplants.

Chicago Cornea Consultants

806 Central Ave Ste 300

Highland Park, IL 60035
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Health Care of Missouri
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • National Elevator
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Care Philosophy

Chicago Cornea Consultants, Ltd. is one of the Midwest's leading practices dedicated to surgical vision correction procedures (laser surgery), as well as cornea and external disease consultation. Our goal is to provide our patients with the highest quality, state-of-the-art eye care. Whether it is LASIK laser surgery or a general eye exam, you can count on our doctors to provide the best care available.
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Dr. Epstein's Experience

Dr. Epstein's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Ophthalmology
  • Board certified in Ophthalmology
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Ophthalmology
  • Cornea & Refractive Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

Conditions Treated

  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Corneal Abrasion
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Scar
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Eye Infections
  • Farsightedness
  • Hypertropia
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Myopia, Type 6
  • Nearsightedness
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Strabismus
  • Stye
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease


  • Canthoplasty and Canthopexy
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Clear Lens Surgery With Multifocal Implants
  • Coreoplasty
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking (CXL)
  • Eye Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Implantable Contact Lens
  • Iridotomy
  • KAMRA™ Inlay Procedure
  • Photo Therapeutic Keratectomy
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
  • Refractive Lens Exchange
  • Relaxing Incisions, Corneal
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Illinois.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1976
  • Rush University
    Medical School | Graduated 1980
  • Rush Presby/St Lukes
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1981
  • Rush Presbyterian St Luke's Med Center Chicago Il
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1984
  • Emory University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1986

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Epstein has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Epstein's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Epstein to family and friends
based on 25 total reviews (10 with comments)
Dr. Epstein's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    31 to 45 minutes
Patient Comments (10)
Dr.Epstein did RK surgery for me in 1996. Over 20 years later I am still happy with the results. I have recommended him to several friends over the years and they were just as happy with him.
Chicago, IL |
Terrible heartless dr ever. Long waiting time. It took me average of 3 hours waiting every time I came, just to be seen by him for 15m. Then he does not care what your problem is, just want to get you out as quick as he can so he can start another patient (making more money but giving no treatment). This made me feel like only I need dr, and he does not need patient, all he cares is money. So i just want to give a heads-up: please think TWICE before choosing him!!!
Chicago, IL |
I never write review before, but I really need to write this. He is terrible to be honest, discrimination, careless! Never ever choose him if you have another choice, if you dont, i feel so sorry for that. The reason I said that is because, whenever I let him know what happened to me, he said its normal and I will be fine. Another thing is, the medicine is too expensive so I asked to see if there is another affordable one, he said 'then dont use it'. Long story short, WORST & HORRIBLE DR EVER!
in Melrose Park, IL |
Dr. Epstein is a doctor who cares about his patient's well being. I recently had the LASIK procedure done and it was honestly life changing. Dr. Epstein explained the procedure & everything else so well and helps you understand. He was also checking up on me after the procedure. I'm beyond happy with my results. The office staff is also very friendly and helpful. They helped my family feel at home while they waited for me to finish with the surgery. I highly recommend this doctor and practice.
in Lake Zurich, IL |
Wow, I can see again and my trust level with Dr Epstein was off the charts. Sometimes you need to wait a long time to see him, but well worth it. So proud of myself for being smart enough to have Dr Epstein work out my sight surgery I would not trust my eyes to anyone else
I had Lasik performed by Dr. Epstein approximately 19 years ago. What an absolute gift and wonderful job he did. I am now just 62 and still do not have reading classes, which they thought I would need. I am now looking at the possibility of Dr. Epstein performing Lasik for m 20 year old daughter. Cost is a consideration.
in Highland Park, IL |
I received LASIK in Nov 2015. Dr Epstein performed the procedure and I have been thrilled with the results. The whole team is thorough. You will have to wait and it may be a bit pricey, but totally worth it. Take a book or a friend with you; you will not be disappointed with the gift of vision the Chicago Cornea Consultants can give you.
in Vernon Hills, IL |
I waited for 2 1/2 hours for an appointment with my 88 year-old mother. They proceeded to take 2 people that came in after us before he saw my mother. He spent 10 minutes with her and said there was nothing he could do. He is very arrogant to think that allowing people to wait that long is ok. I don't know how anyone could possibly go back to him his practice is terrible.
in Highland Park, IL |
Never stepped foot in the room during my cross-linking procedure, after wrongfully assuring me my recovery would be complete within a day. Also was specifically misled by his office to believe the epithelium would be removed, rather than the trans-epithelial procedure I received.
in Chicago, IL |
Dr Epstein exudes a positive attitude and is somewhat cocky. If there is any attitude I want with a surgeon, that is sockiness.
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Dr. Epstein accepts 15 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
    Open Access
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
    Blue Choice
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
    Platinum PPO
  • Coventry Health Care of Missouri
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • National Elevator
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Epstein has admitting privileges

Highland Park Hospital
777 Park Ave W
Highland Park, IL 60035
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Rush University Medical Center
1653 W Congress Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60612
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