Why Choose Us

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide patients with the highest quality eye care available. At the Arrowhead Eye Center, Dr. Kootman has created a venue like no other. He has utilized his expertise, dedication, enthusiasm and compassion to build a medical practice that emanates excellence and proficiency. Dr. Kootman believes in a personalized approach to medicine, providing their patients with an amiable, individualized and well-informed experience at the Arrowhead Eye Center. According to Dr. Kootman, "Our goal is always to put the patient first and to make the patient feel that he or she has had the best possible care in every possible way." Dr. Kootman firmly believes that they have created an atmosphere that supports patients as individuals, not numbers. Using this personalized approach to eye care, Dr. Kootman performs only the best procedures using the latest technology. His altruistic views encourage him to continually advance his education and to consistently reside on the cutting edge of technology in order to provide the most effective and innovative services for his patients. Please, take a moment and view our site.

Our Doctors

Richard Kootman, M.D.

Richard Kootman, M.D., founder and Medical Director of the Arrowhead Eye Center, is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, Corneal Specialist, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Kootman graduated from Tulane University, and went on to receive his Medical Degree from LSU School of Medicine. He did his residency in Ophthalmology at the Tulane Medical Center, and furthered his experience with fellowship training in corneal disease, corneal transplantation, and refractive surgery at the St. Louis University Medical Center. He is member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Phoenix Ophthalmologic Society and Arizona Ophthalmologic Society. As an experienced anterior segment surgeon, Dr. Kootman was the first in Arizona to perform a newer technique in corneal transplantation called, DSEK. He specializes in complex cataract surgeries, corneal transplants, as well as, LASIK Vision Correction. He is a clinical instructor at the Midwestern School of Medicine in Phoenix, Arizona, and frequently lectures on cataract and refractive surgery.

Dr. Kootman and his wife, Jettie, have three children, Brooke, Drew, and Michael. He enjoys golf, magic, running, and stock trading.