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Stephen B. Lichtenstein, M.D.

Stephen B. Lichtenstein, MD

Laser Cataract Surgery
Advanced Technology Implants


Patient Care Philosophy

“I have performed more than 30,000 cataract operations.  I treat you as an individual!  I listen carefully to your visual and lifestyle issues.  I then explain whether or not cataract surgery is appropriate for you at this time within the context of your life.  If I believe you are a good candidate and you feel comfortable proceeding, we spend as much time as necessary developing a plan that is best for you with regard to the most advanced cataract and intraocular lens implant technology.  It is very important to me that you understand all the issues and I will do everything I can to meet your expectations.”


Dr. Lichtenstein received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital serving as Chief Resident from 1977-1978. In 1979, he completed a Clinical Fellowship in Cornea, Anterior Segment Surgery, and Complications of Cataract Surgery at Ohio State University. He was certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1979.

Dr. Lichtenstein is an Attending Surgeon on the Cataract and Primary EyeCare Service of Wills Eye Hospital. He is also on the staff of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Lankenau Hospital. Since 1983, he has limited his practice to cataract surgery, high-risk cataract surgery, and the management of complications of cataract surgery. He has been a clinical investigator in multiple FDA-monitored intraocular implant studies, and has lectured extensively regarding cataract surgery technique and technology and the management of complications. He has been awarded the Honor Award for Teaching by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has personally performed more than 25,000 cataract operations over the past 30 years.

Dr. Lichtenstein has served on the Scientific Advisory Board for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He has been a scientific reviewer for the journal Ophthalmology and is the “Cataract Surgery” Section editor for Duane’s Textbook on Clinical Ophthalmology. He has been frequently listed as one of the Top Doctors for cataract surgery in the region and was listed as a Top Doctor in Ophthalmology in 2009 and 2010 in Main Line Today. He was also featured in the March/April 2011 Issue of Premier Surgeon




Albright College

Reading, Pennsylvania



Medical Degree

Jefferson Medical College

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Residency in Ophthalmology

Wills Eye Hospital

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Chief Resident                 1977-1978



Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio

External Disease and Surgery of the Anterior Segment – Cornea Service, under the direction of Richard H. Keates, MD.




Service Locations

Dr. Lichtenstein sees patients at the following locations:


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