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Dr. Stephen Cohen graduated with clinical honors from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1985. He is in private practice in Scottsdale Arizona, and is married with three children. Dr. Cohen is a past-president of the Arizona Optometric Association (AzOA), and currently serves as co-chair of the legislative committee. He is also a founding board member of the “Arizona Optometric Charitable Foundation,” the philanthropic arm of the AzOA. In 2003, he received the VSP “People First” Award for the Mountain West States, recognizing his contribution to his profession, his patients, and his community. In 2005, he was chosen as the recipient of the “Arizona Optometrist of the Year Award” by the Arizona Optometric Association, and the following year, he received the similar honor for the eleven western US states (Great Western Council of Optometry). Also in 2006, Dr. Cohen was named “Father of the Year” by the Arizona Diabetes Association and the Father’s Day Council. He is also a past-president of both the Scottsdale-North Rotary Club, and the Desert Foothills Community Theater (where he had lead roles and award winning roles in over a dozen theater productions, including “The Odd Couple,” “Same Time, Next Year,” “The King and I,” and “Dial ‘M’ for Murder”).

Dr. Cohen has been frequently published in professional journals for optometry and ophthalmology, has had numerous posters selected for presentation at the AOA Congress, AAO, and CLAO. He has lectured throughout the United States (as well as internationally at the European Contact Lens Society of Ophthalmologists [ECLSO] in Geneva, Switzerland) on topics related to contact lenses, ocular surface disease, corneal refractive therapy, advances in treatment of eye diseases, Ultraviolet Radiation and the eyes, and practice management. He has served as a national spokesperson for Johnson & Johnson about Ultraviolet and the eyes. Dr. Cohen is on the national advisory panel for several pharmaceutical and contact lens companies, and was a founding faculty member of “The Vision Care Institute” at Vistakon headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida. He helped to develop their training program for optometry students and practicing doctors that has since been duplicating at other locations in the US and internationally. Dr. Cohen is also a founding board member and education chairman of the “American Society of Corneal and Refractive Technologies (ASCRT).” He has served as a principal investigator on more than a dozen FDA clinical studies involving ocular surface disease, contact lens solutions, and contact lenses, and has participated in the launch of various new contact lenses, and is a “contributing editor” to “Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses.” Dr. Cohen is also the first optometrist to serve on the “Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation” National Board of Directors (2011), has written articles for their patient newsletter, and has lectured at numerous local, regional, and national patient care conferences.

Dr. Stephen Cohen is a paid adviser for VISTAKON® Division Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
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Protecting Your Eyes from UV Exposure, Even in Winter

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 10:00am 0 Comments

You might think it's OK to skip the hat or sunscreen on a cloudy day, but did you know that up to 80 percent of the sun's rays can pass through thin clouds, exposing your eyes to harmful radiation?

Whether skiing, snowboarding, mountain climbing, shoveling snow or just strolling outside this winter, it's important you take steps to protect your eyes. In winter, you not only have to worry about light that comes from above, but you have to think about the light that reflects off…


Do You Take Good Care to Wear Your Contact Lenses Properly?

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 10:00am 0 Comments

Soft contact lenses prescribed by licensed eye care professionals are worn safely and comfortably by millions of people around the world. I fit patients of all ages in my practice. My staff and I take the time, as do most eye care professionals, to instruct contact lenses wearers on how to properly wear and care for their contacts. So, when we hear about research which shows that many contact lens wearers are significantly non-compliant in virtually all active steps involved in soft contact…


More Is Better When It Comes to Protecting Your Eyes

Posted on June 10, 2013 at 10:00am 0 Comments

One of the things I love most about Arizona is the weather—well, maybe not in July or August, but most of the year. When I am not seeing patients, I spend a lot of time outdoors. Wherever you live, if you spend time outdoors during the day, you are being exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. I am passionate about protecting my eyes from the sun and making sure that my patients do the same.

When it comes to UV rays, the old adage "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"…


The Sun & Your Eyes: What You Need to Know

Posted on June 3, 2013 at 10:00am 0 Comments

Most people know that exposure to the sun can damage their skin. But, did you know that extended exposure to the same harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays that harm skin can also affect the health of your eyes and your vision? And, it can affect the appearance of your beautiful, vibrant looking eyes. In this, the first of…


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