Stephen B. Lichtenstein, MD

Subspecialty: Cataract, Primary Eye Care

Areas of Interest

Complicated cataract surgery and management of intraocular implant complications.


Stephen B. Lichtenstein, MD is a board certified ophthalmologist and an Attending Surgeon on the Cataract and Primary Eye Care Service of Wills Eye Hospital. He is also on the staff of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Lankenau Hospital. His practice involves cataract surgery, high-risk cataract surgery, and the management of complications of cataract surgery. 

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.

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 30,000 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.

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Board Certification
American Board of Ophthalmology – 1979

Academic Affiliation
Assistant Professor, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University


  • Fellowship:  Ohio State University Cornea Fellowship – 1979
  • Residency:  Wills Eye Hospital – 1975-78
  • Medical School:  Jefferson Medical College – 1974


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Wills Eye Hospital
840 Walnut Street, Suite 1230
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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