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Stephen E. Orlin, MD

Stephen E. Orlin, MD Physician

Chief, Cornea Service Co-Director, Refractive Surgery Service Director, Cornea Department Instructor A of Medicine

Languages spoken:

  • Afrikaans
  • English

Dr. Orlin is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Stephen E. Orlin

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2015 – 2018

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2003 - 2018

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues; 2002, 2010, and 2012 - 2019

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Ophthalmology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Ophthalmology, 1987

Clinical Expertise:

  • Accommodating Lens Implant
  • Acute Orbital Inflammation
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
  • Anterior Segment Diseases
  • Anterior Segment Surgery
  • Anterior Uveitis in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Aphakia
  • Aphakic Bullous Keratopathy
  • Astigmatism
  • Astigmatism Lenses
  • Bacterial Conjunctivitis
  • Blind in One Eye
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Blood Clot in Eye
  • Blood in Eye
  • Blurred Vision
  • Cataract Implant Surgery
  • Cataract Removal
  • Cataract Screening
  • Cataracts
  • Complications of Lasik
  • Computer Vision Syndrome
  • Congenital Cataract
  • Conjunctival Burn
  • Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye)
  • Contact Lens Infections
  • Contact Lenses
  • Contact Lens-Induced Corneal Edema
  • Contact Lens-Related Problems
  • Cornea Injury
  • Corneal Abrasion
  • Corneal and Conjunctival Tumors
  • Corneal Cross-Linking
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Foreign Body
  • Corneal Transplant
  • Corneal Ulcers
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectopia Lentis
  • Examination of Eyes
  • Eye Complications of Wegener'S
  • Eye Conditions
  • Eye Emergencies
  • Eye Inflammation
  • Eye Pain
  • Farsightedness
  • Fuchs' Dystrophy
  • Herpes Simplex Eye Infections
  • Herpes Simplex With Ophthalmic Complication
  • Herpes Zoster Eye Infections
  • Iridoplasty
  • Iritis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Keratoprosthesis
  • Keratotomy
  • Laceration of Eye
  • Laser Vision Correction
  • LASIK Eye Surgery
  • Multifocal Lens Implant
  • Myopia (Nearsightedness)
  • No Stitch Cataract Surgery
  • Ocular Allergies
  • Ocular Inflammatory Diseases
  • Ocular Surface Diseases
  • Optic Pathway Glioma
  • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy
  • Presbyopia
  • Pseudoexfoliation Glaucoma
  • Pseudophakia
  • Pterygium
  • Punctal Plugs for Dry Eyes
  • Red Eye
  • Refractive Errors
  • Refractive Lens Exchange
  • Replacement of Contact Lens
  • Scleritis
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
  • Viral Conjunctivitis
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Superior Vision Benefit Mgmt, Inc (Block Vision)
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

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


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 employed by Penn Medicine.

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.


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

Department of Ophthalmology
University of Pennsylvania
Scheie Eye Institute
51 N. 39th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366

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