Stephanie Fromstein, OD, FAAO

Associate Professor of Optometry; Cornea and Contact Lens Residency Coordinator





Why ICO?

ICO provides a unique clinical experience, exposing students to patient care early on in their careers. They help to manage the complex clinical cases that are a mainstay of the Illinois Eye Institute, and graduate ready to take on the same. Combined with a solid didactic program and based in the wonderful city of Chicago, the ICO experience is a rich and rewarding one.


Dr. Fromstein completed her undergraduate education at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, earning her Bachelor of Science. She completed her Doctor of Optometry degree at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida and pursued a residency in Cornea and Contact Lens at the Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. Fromstein spends much of her time in clinical education. She serves as the coordinator of the Cornea and Contact Lens Residency program and is an attending optometrist in the Cornea and Contact Lens, Primary Care, and Urgent Care services. She is also involved in laboratory (basic and specialty contact lenses) and didactic education (Ocular Disease 1). Her areas of interest include specialty contact lens fits, anterior segment disease and emergency services.

Special Interests

Cornea and contact lens, primary eye care, urgent eye care


2014 Illinois College of Optometry, Cornea and Contact Lens
2013 Nova Southeastern University, Doctor of Optometry
2009 McGill University, Bachelor of Science


2014-Present Illinois College of Optometry

Awards & Honors

Primary Care Clinical Achievement Award recipient for excellence in primary care
American Optometric Association Contact Lens and Cornea Section resident writing competition winner
Merit-based scholarship, Nova Southeastern University

Professional Organizations

Fellow, American Academy of Optometry
American Optometric Association – Staff Writer
American Academy of Optometry
Canadian Association of Optometry


Tear break-up time: practical or passé? Fromstein SR. American Optometric Association Contact Lens and Cornea Section Newsletter. Electronically Published February 2014.


Microbial keratitis with extended wear: a multifactorial mechanism. American Optometric Association Contact Lens and Cornea Section Newsletter. Electronically Published September 2013.