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Stephen E. Orlin, MD

Stephen E. Orlin, MD Physician

Chief, Cornea Service
Co-Director, Refractive Surgery Service
Director, Cornea Department
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia

Dr. Orlin is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. Stephen E. Orlin

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014

Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine's annual Top Docs issue; 2002, 2010, and 2012 - 2016

Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Ophthalmology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Ophthalmology, 1987

Clinical Expertise:

  • Cataract Implant Surgery
  • Cataracts
  • Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye)
  • Contact Lens Prescriptions
  • Cornea and External Eye Disorders
  • Corneal Disorders
  • Corneal Graft Rejections
  • Corneal Transplant (Keratoplasty)
  • Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK)
  • Dry Eyes
  • Eye Corneal Injuries
  • Eye Emergencies
  • Eye Inflammation
  • Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)
  • Keratoprosthesis
  • Laser Vision Surgery
  • Refractive Disorders
  • Refractive Lens Implants
  • Routine Eye Exam
  • Vision Loss

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Orlin has been at the cutting edge of refractive surgery since the early 1990’s. He has had extensive experience using excimer laser technology in treating the full spectrum of refractive eye disorders and is one of the few cornea trained refractive surgeons in the tri-state area, giving him a unique perspective on the many challenges of this exciting and rapidly advancing technology. He is a senior anterior segment surgeon at the Scheie Eye Institute and has been actively involved in the training over 100 residents. He has been honored an unprecedented four times as the Best Teacher by the Ophthalmology Residents at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Orlin has been listed in Philadelphia Magazine’s “Top Docs” and in Best Doctors in America for his expertise as a corneal specialist.

Keywords
Cornea, cataracts, laser vision correction, Lasik, refractive surgery

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Superior Vision Benefit Mgmt, Inc (Block Vision)
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Cape Town
Residency: Woodstock Hospital
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Memberships

American Academy of Ophthalmology, National American College of Surgeons, National Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, National Castroviejo Corneal Society, International Delaware Valley Ophthalmic Society Ophthalmic Club of Philadelphia, Local Ophthalmic Club of Philadelphia, Local Ophthalmic Microbiology and Immunology Group, National Philadelphia College of Physicians, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Orlin is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.

Research

Selected Publications:

Orlin SE.: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Your Eyes Arthritis Self-Management : 2007.

Vivino FB, Minerva P, Huang CH, Orlin SE.: Corneal melt as the initial presentation of primary Sjögren's syndrome. J Rheumatol. 28 (2): 379-82,2001.

Ibarra MS, Orlin SE, Saran BR, Liss RP, Maguire AM.: Intraocular caterpillar setae without subsequent vitritis or iridocyclitis. Am J Ophthalmol. 134 (1): 118-20,2002.

Kim SK, Ibarra MS, Syed NA, Sulewski ME, Orlin SE.: Development of epithelial downgrowth several decades after intraocular surgery. Cornea. 24 (1): 108-9,2005.

Kim SK, Quinn GE, Zaidman GW, Orlin SE: Congenital hyperplastic persistent pupillary membranes: a conservative approach in management. J AAPOS. 9 (4): 391-3,2005.

Orlin SE.: Graduate Education Foundation Treatment of the Red Eye. : 2004.

Orlin SE.: PIER Physician's Information Education Resource- American College of Phsician's Conjuctivitis. : 2002.

Orlin SE.: PIER Physician's Information and Education Resource- American College of Physicians. Cataract : 2000.

Udell IJ, Kotlus BD, Mandelbaun S, Zaidman GW, Orlin SE, Sulewski ME, Weyne JS, Cykiert RC, Serle JB, Rothman RF: Complications of the phakic 6 angle-supported phakic anterior chamber intraocular lens. Presented at World V Cornea Congress - Washington,DC : 2005.

Western AC, Edwards MG, Orlin SE, Sulewski ME.: Opical Mitomycin for postoperative hyperopic photofractive keratectomy. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 42 : 491,2002.

Goldstein SM, Orlin SE, Maguire MG, Trattler WB, Levy S, Sulewski ME.: Long term survival of penetrating keratoplasty. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 41 : 914,2000.

Glazer-Hockestein C, Orlin SE.: Ocular manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis. J Musculoskeletal Med : 2002.

Herpetic Eye Disease Group: Psychological stress and other porential triggers for recurrences of herpes simplex virus eye infections. Arch Ophthalmol 118 (12): 1617-25,2000.

Lee MS, Orlin SE, Brucker AJ.: Visual recovery from macular phototoxic injury following cataract surgery. Retina. 21 (1): 71-3,2001.

Hepetic Eye Disease Study Group.: Predictors of recurrent herpes simplex virus keraitus. Cornea. 20 (2): 123-8,2001.

Vivino FB, Orlin SE.: Sjogren's Syndrome: Giving dry mouth and dry eye the full treatment. J. Musc. Med. 17 : 350-367,2000.

Herpetic eye disease group: Oral Acyclovir for herpes simplex virus eye disease. Effect of prevention of epithelial keratitus andstromal keratitus. Arch. Ophhalmol. 118 (8): 1030-36,2000.

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Academic Contact Info

Scheie Eye Institute
51 N. 39th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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