Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet our doctors:
Dr. Stegen has been practicing in the Upper Valley since 1992. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Optometry, one of very few Board Certified optometrists in the Upper Valley. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Stegen attended Rutgers University, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He then attended Rutgers’ Graduate School at New Brunswick (N.J.) where he worked on a Master’s Degree in zoology and physiology while teaching undergraduate students in Comparative Anatomy and other courses. Dr. Stegen received his doctorate in optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1990, where he also instructed optometry students in Gross Anatomy. After graduation, he performed a residency in hospital-based optometry in the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Lyons, New Jersey. He moved to New Hampshire and began practicing in Keene and West Lebanon in 1992. On January 1, 2011, Dr. Stegen assumed ownership of the optometry practice of Pro Optical, forming North Country Eye Care Associates.
Currently, Dr. Stegen practices general optometry, with special interests in contact lenses and laser vision correction. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Optometric Association and a current member of the Canaan Lions Club. In his spare time, Dr. Stegen enjoys playing hockey, skiing, hiking, cycling and woodworking.
Originally from Morehead, Kentucky, Dr. Jessica Robinson first became interested in optometry when her grandmother was diagnosed with glaucoma. She spent years watching her grandmother receive incredible care from her optometrist, and it inspired Dr. Robinson to want to do the same for others.
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology at the University of Louisville, Dr. Robinson attended the University of Houston College of Optometry where she received multiple Clinical Letters of Excellence. While there, she worked as a teaching assistant to first and second year students. She graduated with honors in May 2015, and then completed a residency in Ocular Disease and Ocular and Refractive Surgery at the Oklahoma Medical Eye Group and nJoy Vision in Tulsa.
Dr. Robinson is trained to treat a wide variety of ocular disease, and is especially interested in glaucoma, dry eye disease, diabetic eye disease and surgical post-operative care. She also particularly enjoys pediatric eye exams. In her free time, Dr. Robinson loves to be outdoors; running, hiking, reading and spending time with family and friends.