Dr. Robert Epstein, MD

Dr. Robert Epstein, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 72
Dr. Robert Epstein, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in McHenry, IL and has been practicing for 22 years. He graduated from New England Eye Ctr Tufts U in 1996 and specializes in ophthalmology, anterior segment ophthalmology, and more.Read his story

5400 W Elm St Ste 120

McHenry, IL 60050

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Centene
  • Cigna
  • Cofinity
  • CorVel
  • Coventry Health Care
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Top Care Areas

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more than 75% of peers
Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
more than 75% of peers
more than 74% of peers

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Dr. Epstein's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Epstein "*First Midwest surgeon and third American performing LASIK. (1991) *One of only five Americans who brought keratomileusis (LASIK) to the U.S. and successfully practiced the procedure. (1983) *First Midwest surgeon performing surgery for eyeglass freedom. (1980) *First Chicago-land area surgeon performing "no-stitch" cataract surgery. *First Midwest surgeon performing surgery to reverse presbyopia. (the middle-age loss of ability to change focus) (1997) *Third U.S. surgeon performing scleral expansion procedure for presybopia reversal. *First Midwest surgeon to perform and co-develop Multifocal LASIK procedure. (freedom from bifocals and reading glasses) (2003) *Originator of several U.S. patents in eye surgical machine technology including two for increasing LASIK laser safety. (Awarded in 2003 and 2005) *Longest active U.S. experience in scleral reinforcement for the prevention of blindness due to extreme myopia. (If your prescription is worse than -10, you don't qualify) *Creator, manager of general medical column in the suburban Northwest Herald since 2002. *Performed 100,000 procedures including but not limited to LASIK, Other Refractive Surgeries, Crosslinking, and Cataract Surgery. *Author of three books involving treatments to attain freedom from glasses, contacts, bifocals."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Epstein ""I want to improve the quality of life by improving the quality of vision." Robert L. Epstein MD

Dr. Epstein is a board certified, nationally recognized, expert in vision corrective procedures for freedom from glasses and contact lenses."

8  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology
  • Anterior Segment Ophthalmology
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Cornea & External Diseases
  • Cornea & Refractive Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Reconstructive Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Vitreous Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

46  Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Astigmatism
  • Blepharitis
  • Blindness
  • Cataract
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Entropion
  • Esotropia
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Migraine
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Strabismus
  • Stye
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
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25  Procedures

  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Clear Lens Surgery With Multifocal Implants
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking (CXL)
  • Epi-LASIK Eye Surgery
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Glaucoma Treatment
  • Implantable Contact Lens
  • Intacs
  • Keratoconus Treatment With Contact Lenses
  • No-Stitch Corneal Transplantation (DLEK)
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
  • Punctal Plug Insertion
  • Punctal Plug Removal
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

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 Maryland
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1968
  • New England Eye Ctr Tufts U
    Medical School | Graduated 1996
  • University Of Chicago
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • University Of Illinois At Chicago Medical Center
    Medical School | Graduated 1979
  • University Of Medicine and Dentistry Of New Jersey
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • Veterans Administration Hosp
    Medical School | Graduated 1976
  • Institute Of Clinical Ophthalmology
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1990
  • Instituto Barraquer De America
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1983

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
16 total reviews (2 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (16)

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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

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (2)

Dr. Epstein is an excellent doctor. He is knowledgable, informative, and more than willing to explain any questions you may have regarding diagnosis or procedures. Both he and his staff are very friendly, helpful and courteous. I have a lot of confidence in his many years of experience, and feel...more
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I have keratoconis and he is one of the few and best specialists in this area in Illinois. He did cross-linking with me and was amazingly helpful. I was just told he left his practice at Mercy and am devastated. In my experience, there is a big difference between a doctor who treats cornea...more
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