An estimated 61 million adults in the United States are at risk for serious vision loss, but only half visited an eye doctor in the last 12 months.
– Centers for Disease Control
Meet Our Doctors
“Look” No Further! You’ve Found Tucson’s Finest Optometrists
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.
Dr. Robert Mulgrew
Dr. Robert Mulgrew has practiced in Tucson for over 30 years. He opened Affinity Eye Care in 2009. Prior to Affinity Eye Care, Dr. Mulgrew was the independent leasehold doctor at Lenscrafters. Dr. Mulgrew is pleased to announce as of August 1, 2018 Dr. John Murphy is returning to Affinity Eye Care as a partner.
Dr. Mulgrew is originally from the Bronx, New York. He moved to New Jersey where he attended high school. He later moved to Indiana and graduated from Indiana University in 1980 with a degree in Biology. He moved to Tucson after graduation and worked as a research assistant for The University of Arizona and the Pima County Health Department.
Dr. Mulgrew completed his four years of Optometry School at the Southern California School of Optometry and he received his doctorate in 1985. He did his internships at the Los Angeles and Tucson Veterans Association Medical Centers and he was senior class president.
Dr. Mulgrew returned to Tucson in 1985 and became very interested in fitting all types of contact lenses, including bifocal contact lenses, specialty lenses for astigmatism and new innovative Daily lens designs. In 1996 he accepted a one year sabbatical clinical instructor position in the contact lens clinic at the University of Aukland School of Optometry in New Zealand. He has also been a lifetime member of the American Optometric Association and Southern Arizona Optometric Society, having served as both president and vice president, for the latter.
Dr. Mulgrew has participated in many international Gift of Sight missions. He has helped thousands of people in such countries as Bolivia, Ecuador, China, Panama, Bulgaria, Peru, and Tanzania. He is a member of the VOSH and has done many missions in Mexico. In addition, our office has provided free exams and glasses for local school children and needy individuals.
Dr. Mulgrew has one son, who is a dentist in Austin, Texas. He enjoys hiking, scuba, traveling, and most recently, Pickleball.
“I started Affinity Eye Care to provide state of the art technology with personalized care and service to all of our patients. We are dedicated to providing you with the best eye care experience and to answer any questions you may have about your vision. I have assembled a team that can take care of all your vision needs, from infants to treating diseases such as glaucoma, diabetes, dry eye and all types of contact lenses.
Dr. John Murphy
Dr. Murphy has over 26 years of experience in Optometry, including 13 years of practice in Tucson. Dr. Murphy originally hails from Michigan, where he attended Central Michigan University prior to attending the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now known as Salus University) in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Murphy received his Doctorate in Optometry in 1991 and moved to Colorado to begin his career.
While in Colorado he met his wife Caroline, a Tucson native and U of A graduate. They moved to Tucson in 2005 and now have two wonderful daughters.
Dr. Murphy enjoys spending time with his family and recreating in the White Mountains. He also enjoys playing the bagpipes, which he first learned in Colorado. He has played locally with the Hugh O’Conor Memorial Pipe band, and currently plays with the Tucson and District Pipe Band.
Dr. Murphy has worked with Dr. Mulgrew since 2006 and is proud to be a partner at Affinity Eyecare.
Dr. Laura Gudenkauf
Dr. Laura Gudenkauf grew up in Tucson and received her undergraduate degree in physiology from the University of Arizona in 2010. She and her husband then moved to Columbus, where they both attended graduate programs at the Ohio State University. Upon receiving her optometry degree from OSU in 2014, she and her husband were happy to return to their hometown.
Dr. Gudenkauf has completed internships at the Huntington VA Medical Center, and practices specializing in cataract surgery and refractive eye surgery, and in several specialty clinics at OSU including: contact lens, ocular disease, low vision rehabilitation, binocular vision and pediatrics. She received top academic honors from both the U of A and OSU, and has received numerous awards for academic achievement and leadership in her community and profession. Dr. Gudenkauf was her class secretary, a member of SVOSH (a humanitarian organization that travels abroad to provide eye care to those with limited health care access), and an officer in two honor societies: Gold Key and Beta Sigma Kappa.
Dr. Gudenkauf is passionate about eye care and is a member of the American Optometric Association, Arizona Optometric Association, and Southern Arizona Optometric Society. Her eye care focuses include diagnosing and managing ocular diseases, particularly dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and contact lens complications. Dr. Gudenkauf also enjoys working with specialty contact lenses, and had the honor to receive the 2014 GP Contact Lens Clinical Excellence Award from OSU for her work fitting patients with keratoconus in corneal GP lenses and scleral lenses. Other interests include horseback riding, dog agility, archery, board games, scuba diving, and travelling.
I am passionate about getting to know you and working to address your individualized eye care needs. Whether it’s providing urgent eye care, using our state-of-the-art instrumentation to help diagnose and treat ocular diseases (particularly dry eye), or working meticulously to fine-tune glasses and contact lens prescriptions, I am happy to help. I am particularly passionate about providing specialty contact lens fittings if you’re struggling with comfort, vision, or fit due to unusual prescription, dry eye, or a corneal condition like keratoconus or scarring. I look forward to meeting you.