Dr. James S. Lewis
Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, 1989
Affiliation: Wills Eye Surgical Network
Subspecialty: LASIK and Corneal Surgery
Date of Birth: May 3, 1956
Member of the Wills Eye Surgical Network since 1996.
Dr. James Lewis is a graduate of Princeton University and Thomas Jefferson Medical College where he won awards in Ophthalmology and Research. He served as chief resident during his third year at Duke University Eye Center where he was offered a faculty position. Instead he travelled to South Australia for subspecialty training in Corneal and Refractive Surgery. He returned in 1990 and became Director of Cornea and Anterior Segment Surgery at Hahnemann University, in Philadelphia. He also served as Corneal Consultant to the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
Dr. Lewis published the landmark article on Intraocular Lens Insertion without capsular support and has lectured and published extensively on this topic. He also developed instruments for suture management in corneal transplantation.
In 2004 Dr. Lewis became the Director of Cornea, Cataract, and Refracive Surgery for what is now Salus University. He teaches LASIK, Corneal Surgery, and Cataract diagnosis and management to hundreds of eye doctors each year. With Nicholas Gidosh, OD, he supports the prestigious Cornea and Contact Lens Residency at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry training the top Optometry students in the country. In 2014, the College dedicated a module in their new building as the James S. Lewis, MD Subspecialty Clinic.
Dr. Lewis has participated in FDA clinical trials for Avedro, Alcon, Ivantis, AMO, Morcher, Moria, and Staar. He is the first surgeon in the Delaware Valley to implant Staar’s Visian ICL (Intraocular Contact Lens) and is one of 7 surgeons in the country selected for Staar’s Collamer Accommodation Study Team. He is also the primary surgeon in MyVision, a philanthropic effort to bring the EVO Visian to underserved communities.
Dr. Lewis was the first LASIK surgeon to investigate the Moria SBK microkeratome. His findings led to the approval and release of this device. He lectures on microkeratome flap creation at the American Academy of Ophthalmology, America Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgeons, The World Ophthalmology Congress, and the European Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.
Finally, Dr. Lewis contributes extensively to Eyetube, an Eye Doctor Only Video Sharing website for teaching surgical techniques and disease management. He also contributes to Dr. Robert Osher’s Video Journal of Ophthalmology (VJO).
Over the course of his career, the highly regarded Philadelphia LASIK eye surgery specialist Dr. Lewis has treated numerous patients from throughout greater Philadelphia, including Elkins Park, Phoenixville and Bucks County. In addition to being renowned for his LASIK expertise, Dr. Lewis enjoys a reputation as a leading Philadelphia Epi-LASIK specialist. For patients who desire to achieve freedom from glasses but cannot undergo laser eye surgery, he offers Visian ICLs in Philadelphia.