Dr. Stephen Lichtenstein, MD

Dr. Stephen Lichtenstein, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Male  |  
Age 69
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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

100 Presidential Blvd Ste 200

Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

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Cataract Removal Surgery
more than 90% of peers
Senile Cataracts
more than 84% of peers
more than 79% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Lichtenstein "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."


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  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Physician Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Astigmatism
  • Cataract
  • Drusen
  • Floaters
  • Hypertropia
  • Hypotropia
  • Nearsightedness
  • Senile Cataracts


  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Eye Surgery
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy

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  • Albright College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1970
  • Jefferson Medical College Of Thomas Jefferson University, Thomas Jefferson University
    Medical School | Graduated 1974
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1975
  • Wills Eye Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1978
  • Ohio State University Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1979

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Lichtenstein has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Lichtenstein's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Lichtenstein to family and friends
based on 41 total reviews (7 with comments)
Dr. Lichtenstein's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (7)
Dayton, OH |
Dr. Lichtenstein sets the standard for how doctors should be. He is pleasant, informative, happy to answer questions, and, oh yeah, he is also a great opthamologist! He is also on time for his appointments, including surgery. As someone who is quite busy, I greatly appreciated his respect for my time. All doctors should learn this!
in Broomall, PA |
When my Optometrist suggested I see Dr. Lichtenstein for my cataracts I asked she recommended him and she replied: "Because he's the doctor that other doctors go to when they have problems.". What a great answer. During my examination visit Dr. Lichtenstein spent time reviewing my numerous complications and his approach to counter these issues. I extremely confident in his approach. I've now had both surgeries completed and I'm seeing 20:20 in both eyes. It's a miracle!
Havertown, PA |
Does not like to spend time to alleviate fears. Surgery is impersonal and factory like. Money maker. Recommends upgraded procedures like laser but guess he uses it whether you pay the extra or not. Staff does most of the screening and not sure of their qualifications.
in Cherry Hill, NJ |
Dr. Lichenstein is one of the warmest, kindest doctors I have ever met. After having eye surgery when I was younger, I was terrified to have cataract surgery. He could not have been more understanding of my anxiety and put me completely at ease. It was also clear that he was extremely competent. When you are a patient this is exactly the type of physician you hope and pray you have. I am grateful for this man and his amazing staff. My surgery went perfectly and my vision improved drastically.
in Huntingdon Valley, PA |
Dr Lichtenstein is at the top of his profession. As a Dentist that practices full time I picked one of the best specialists in the Delaware valley maybe even the east coast. My procedure with Laser assisted Cataract surgery was effortless and after a weekend I was able to go back to treating my patients the following Monday morning. The results were amazing: my vision is 20/20,it is crisp and the healing was quick and uneventful. The skill level of Dr.Lichtenstein is unsurpassed .Thank you again
in Philadelphia pa |
Never less than 1 hour wait. Usually more ... And they don't care about it at all. Appointment times are meaningless Maybe a good doctor but they sure dont know how to run an efficient office Find someone who cares about the patoents time
in Wayne, PA |
Totally satisfactory
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Hospitals where Dr. Lichtenstein has admitting privileges

Lankenau Medical Center
100 E Lancaster Ave
Wynnewood, PA 19096
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