Dry Eye Center of Arizona
3805 E Bell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85032
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Our office is open during the following hours:
Mon-Friday: 9AM - 6PM
Doctor's Hours: By Appointment Only
Get to know our great team and learn more about their background and areas of special expertise.
Dr. Arthur B. Epstein is a native New Yorker who grew up in the Bronx, NY; later moving to Great Neck on Long Island, NY. He now resides in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr.
Epstein graduated from the City College of New York, CUNY, with a B.S. in psychology and received an O.D. degree from the State University of New York, State College of Optometry where he also served
as the college's first resident in ocular disease.
Dr. Epstein co-founded Phoenix Eye Care, PLLC with Dr. Shannon Steinhäuser. Dr. Epstein heads the practice’s Dry Eye - Ocular Surface Disease Center and serves as its Director of Clinical Research. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry, a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association, a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice, a Fellow of the American and New York Academies of Optometry and a Full Member of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists. He is also a member of the American Optometric Association, the AOA Contact Lens & Cornea Section, the Arizona Optometric Association, and served as a founding Board member of the American Optometric Society and founded and currently serves as President of the American Board of Clinical Optometry.
Dr. Epstein is a sought after speaker, having presented more than 1000 invited lectures on a variety of eye care topic in the US and throughout the world. He is also a prolific author with many hundreds of articles, scientific papers and book chapters published. He is a Contributing Editor for Review of Optometry and Executive Editor of Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses. He founded, and serves as Chief Medical Editor of Optometric Physician™, the first E-Journal in optometry. Dr. Epstein is a reviewer for numerous clinical and scientific journals in the eye care field.
Active in the profession, Dr. Epstein is a Past Chair of the Contact Lens & Cornea Section of the American Optometric Association and a founder and past President of the Optometric Dry Eye Society. He led and was a primary strategist of the American Optometric Association’s response to the international Fusarium keratitis outbreak and was frequently quoted in news media throughout the world including an appearance on Good Morning America. As Chair of the CLCS he spoke before the US Congress regarding contact lens safety.
Dr. Epstein was ranked first in the US in Newsweek's America's Best Eyedoctors 2021.
Dr. Shannon Steinhäuser completed her undergraduate work at the University of Nebraska-Kearney as a pre-optometry major and California State University-Fresno
majoring in molecular cellular biology. She earned her bachelors of visual science and doctor of optometry degrees from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1997 and 1999,
respectively. She has resided in Phoenix since 1998.
In 2000 she completed a residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital in Sacaton, AZ, on the Gila River Indian Reservation. She earned the distinction of Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry that same year.
Dr. Steinhäuser currently teaches at the Midwestern University Eye Institute in Glendale, AZ, with focus in primary & geriatric eye care and ocular disease. She has participated in multiple clinical studies, has been published, has lectured on the topics of glaucoma and retinal disease and serves as journal reviews editor for Optometric Physician e-journal.
Dr. Steinhäuser is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Optometric Glaucoma Society, the American Optometric Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry. She has been an active member of the Arizona Optometric Association serving as membership chair 2003-07, Board of Directors 2006-07, Secretary/Treasurer 2007-08, Vice President 2008-09, President-Elect 2009-10, continuing education chair 2007-present and the AzOA's President from 2010-11. She was awarded the AzOA's Young Optometrist of the Year in 2009. She completed her Masterss degree from Nova Southeastern Univerity in Clinical Vision Research in 2021. She was also ranked 9th in the US in Newsweek's America's Best Eyedoctors 2021.
Dr. Cory J. Lappin was raised in New Philadelphia, Ohio and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Miami University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with Honors with Distinction. He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University College of Optometry, where he concurrently completed his Master of Science degree in Vision Science. At the college he served as Class President and was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society.
Dr. Lappin has been recognized for his clinical performance, receiving the American Academy of Optometry Foundation Practice Excellence award. He has also been actively engaged in research, being selected to take part in the National Institutes of Health/National Eye Institute (NIH/NEI) T35 Research Fellowship program and receiving the Vincent J. Ellerbrock Memorial Award in recognition of accomplishments in vision science research.
Following graduation, Dr. Lappin continued his training by completing a residency in Ocular Disease at the renowned Cincinnati Eye Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has given several continuing education lectures, presented scientific posters at numerous academic conferences nationwide, and has authored an article on the evolving field of dry eye care. Dr. Lappin has a special interest in ocular surface and dry eye disease and is dedicated to implementing the most up-to-date treatments and cutting-edge research as part of the practice’s Dry Eye Center.
Dr. Lappin is a member of the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric Association, the Arizona Optometric Association, and the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS). Dr. Lappin currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Optometric Association. He also volunteers with the Special Olympics Opening Eyes program. He currently resides in North Phoenix.