Robert L. Epstein, MD



Mercy Center for Corrective Eye Surgery
(888) 838-1353

5400 West Elm Street
Suite 120
McHenry, Illinois 60050

8780 West Golf Road
Suite 304
Niles, Illinois 60714


Dr. Robert L. Epstein



LASIK surgery and PresbyLASIK in Chicago, Des Plaines and McHenry, Illinois


LASIK Eye Surgery, explained by Dr. Robert L. Epstein, M.D. of
Mercy Center of Corrective Eye Surgery.

Robert L. Epstein, MD, is a well-respected vision correction expert and board-certified ophthalmologist who has been serving patients throughout the Chicagoland area, as well as other areas of the U.S. and throughout the world, since 1980. Dr. Epstein was the first surgeon in the Midwest and one of the first in the United States to perform LASIK surgery. He holds several patents, including one for an ophthalmic instrument designed to increase the safety and accuracy of LASIK and other laser vision correction procedures. Dr. Epstein also co-developed a multifocal LASIK procedure to free people from reading glasses and bifocals. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Refractive Surgery, the author of three influential books and is on the editorial advisory board of Review of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Epstein is committed to optimizing each patient's visual outcome.

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Dr. Epstein serves as Medical Director and Chief Surgeon at the Mercy Center for Corrective Eye Surgery, where he personally selects and trains each staff member to ensure quality patient care. To determine the best course of action for vision correction, each patient at the Mercy Center for Corrective Eye Surgery undergoes a comprehensive examination prior to surgery. Dr. Epstein utilizes the latest custom wavefront technology — the VISX STAR S4 excimer laser system — when performing LASIK. This state-of-the-art system takes extremely precise measurements of the cornea's curvature, producing a unique map which is then used to program the excimer. When combined with Dr. Epstein's skill and experience, the STAR S4 provides for some of the safest and most precise LASIK outcomes.

Dr. Epstein also offers the following treatments:

  • Epi-LASIK
  • PRK
  • Implantable contact lenses, or ICLs (for patients who are not good candidates for LASIK)
  • Advanced cataract surgery with Crystalens (an intraocular lens that corrects for both distance and near vision)

In addition, Dr. Epstein specializes in "PresbyLASIK," also called multifocal LASIK. This revolutionary procedure meticulously reshapes the surface of the cornea to improve near, intermediate and distance vision. Unlike traditional LASIK, which corrects for either near or distance vision, PresbyLASIK helps patients with presbyopia see objects at all distances. Many patients no longer need bifocal eye glasses or contact lenses following this treatment.

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More About Dr. Epstein

Dr. Robert Epstein earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering. Prior to attending medical school at the New Jersey Medical School he worked as a research scientist at Bell Laboratories. He completed a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Illinois School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Epstein received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Epstein is recognized as a pioneer in ophthalmology for his work in the area of presbyopia (age-related farsightedness) treatment. He performed "presbyopia reversal" in 1997 (the first surgeon in the Chicagoland area to do so). He is also one of the few surgeons in the U.S. who performs scleral reinforcement, a procedure that helps patients who are extremely nearsighted and at risk of going blind.

Patient Testimonials


Hear what one of Dr. Epstein's patients has to say about her
LASIK experience.

"Hi, I live in Antioch, Illinois, and I had glasses for 30 years until I had LASIK surgery with Dr. Epstein. My husband had the surgery with Dr. Epstein before I decided to do it. It is the best thing I have ever done! I now wake up and see my kids and can go swimming with them without getting splashed and getting spots on my glasses. I recommend LASIK to everybody!"

"I work in the Woodstock area and I have been wanting to have LASIK for 15 years. I learned about Dr. Epstein from several friends and 1-800-I-CAN-SEE. I decided to have the surgery right before I turned 50. I am about to turn 52 and I'm so pleased with the surgery. I came in and had both eyes done, and that day I could see perfectly. The next day I came in for a check-up and all was great. Dr. Epstein called me later that night to make sure everything was fine, and it was. I am pleased that I had LASIK. I no longer reach over to shut off the alarm clock and look for my glasses. What an amazing feeling!"

"I am from Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. I struggled with glasses and contacts for a long time before I decided to have LASIK with Dr. Epstein. I now take for granted how good I feel and how easy everything is. I truly appreciate Dr. Epstein and the LASIK he performed."

"I am from Chicago. I had LASIK with Dr. Epstein around three years ago. I had glasses since I was in about fifth grade. The LASIK procedure was amazing and life-changing. Being able to reach over to the night stand and without having to reach for my glasses is great. I wish I had LASIK sooner!"

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