Chester County Eye Care Associates
West Chester, PA, office
Fern Hill Medical Campus
915 Old Fern Hill Road
Bldg. B, Ste. 200
West Chester, PA 19380
Exton, PA, office
Commons at Oaklands
740 West Lincoln Hwy
Exton, PA 19341
West Grove, PA, office
Penn Medicine Southern Chester County
455 Woodview Road
1st Floor, Suite 125
West Grove, PA 19390
The eye doctors at Chester County Eye Care Associates (CCEC) are board-certified and specially trained to perform cataract surgery using the latest and most advanced techniques available, including laser-assisted cataract surgery. They have performed over 15,000 cataract procedures, many of which have involved the replacement of the cloudy eye lenses (caused by the cataracts) with premium intraocular lenses (IOLs) that correct common refractive errors like myopia and hyperopia, providing the patient with sharper near and distance vision so that they no longer need to rely on glasses or contact lenses.
As specialists in their field, some of the doctors of Chester County Eye Care Associates lecture internationally on ocular surgery and disease, teaching other surgeons how to effectively incorporate the latest surgical techniques. In addition, some CCEC surgeons have also been voted "Top Docs" by Main Line Today Magazine. All of the surgeons at CCEC use the most leading-edge technology available in ophthalmology, operating out of a state-of-the-art facility to provide the highest quality eye treatments and comprehensive follow-up care in a friendly and approachable environment.
In addition to cataract surgery, Chester County Eye Care Associates also offers diagnosis and effective treatments for eye conditions including macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and corneal diseases. They also offer blade-free LASIK surgery, a quick, safe vision correction procedure that often produces 20/20 or better vision. To schedule a consultation with one of their experienced eye surgeons, contact Chester Eye Care Associates by calling (610) 696-1230.
At Chester County Eye Care Associates in Pennsylvania, patients can choose to have the cataract procedure with either conventional IOLs or premium IOLs. In both cases the eye lens that has become clouded over due to the cataract is replaced with a clear lens implant; the conventional implants are standard, monofocal IOLs, while premium IOLs clear up the patient's near or distance vision (or both) for 20/20 vision or better. The latest premium IOLs are used, including ReStor, Tecnis and Crystalens.
Both cataract procedures begin with the patient's eye being numbed using anesthetic eye drops; this ensures that the patient is completely comfortable throughout the short procedure. The procedure is performed in less than 20 minutes, during which time the eye surgeon will create a small incision in the cornea, which is the clear top layer on the eye's surface. The surgeon will then use a small ultrasound probe to break the lens into small pieces, and then suction them out of the eye. This procedure is quick and painless, and it requires no stitches since the corneal incision closes up naturally. Cataract surgery patients can resume normal daily activities immediately, and driving as early as the day after surgery. Vision improves quickly, as most patients report clearer vision within a day or two of surgery.
“I would highly recommend Chester County Eye Care. From the initial consultation through surgery and follow-up, the staff has been knowledgeable, caring and thorough. I have taken to calling Dr. Arena an "angel." She is caring and knows how to comfort and ease a patient's anxiety.” – Janet R.
“The first time I stepped into the office I was treated with friendly smiles and light chit-chat. I felt very comfortable with the staff and other patients as well. I am so touched by the care I'm given as well as the care others have received. I thank God for all those who unselfishly take time and show concern for the patients. Overall, I give this practice an A+.” – Sandra M.
“I visited Chester County Eye Care for cataract surgery. My sister recommended their services and was very satisfied. My surgery was successful and the follow-up visits have been great. Everyone has been very helpful in explaining the procedures I needed to follow. I would definitely recommend CCEC.” – T.J.F.
John J. DeStafeno, MD, is an eye surgeon specializing in advanced cataract, cornea and LASIK surgery. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Albany Medical College and completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Long Island Jewish Hospital. Dr. DeStafeno continued his education with fellowship training in cornea, refractive and external disease at the prestigious Eye Center of Duke College of Medicine. He has served as Attending Surgeon at the Chester County Hospital and is certified in the latest laser technologies used in vision laser correction. Dr. DeStafeno has been published in numerous journals and textbooks in his field, and has lectured nationally and internationally. He has received an honorable recognition for his work from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and has received many awards throughout his career, including being named "Top Doc" by Main Line Today Magazine and being listed as one of Premier Surgeon magazine's "Top 250 Premium IOL Surgeons."
Robert P. Liss, MD, is a fellowship-trained ophthalmologist who also serves as Senior Instructor and Course Director for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He received his medical degree and completed his ophthalmology residency at the State University of New York in Buffalo before going on to complete a fellowship program at the University of Utah. Dr. Liss has held teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, the Philadelphia VA Hospital and the Scheie Eye Institute. He has been honored with the "Top Doc" designation from Main Line Today Magazine and is a recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Achievement Award as well as the Silver Apple Award for teaching from the Scheie Eye Institute. As a specially trained surgeon, Dr. Liss is one of only 350 surgeons worldwide who are performing canaloplasty, the latest and most advanced treatment for glaucoma.
Cristan M. Arena, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in glaucoma and cataract treatment. After receiving her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, she completed a preliminary medicine internship at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Pennsylvania and completed an ophthalmology residency at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Arena rounded out her education with the completion of a fellowship program at the University of South Florida. She has held the position of attending surgeon at the Chester County Hospital and has been published in the most respected journals and textbooks of her field. A knowledgeable eye doctor, Dr. Arena received the George Frick Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology and frequently gives peer lectures on the latest ophthalmological research and techniques.
Gregory W. Oldham, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist who diagnoses and treats a variety of eye diseases, with a specialty in glaucoma and cataract treatment. A glaucoma fellow at the Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Oldham has experience treating the most complex glaucoma and cataract cases. His education includes receiving his medical degree from the Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and the completion of an Internal Medicine internship at the Albert Einstein Medical Center. Dr. Oldham finished a residency program at Baltimore's Krieger Eye Institute at Sinai Hospital and was fellowship-trained in glaucoma by the Cullen Eye Institute at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He has acted as attending surgeon at both Chester County Hospital and Jennersville Regional Hospital, and has used his experience and research when writing for numerous peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Oldham also holds memberships at several renowned organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Glaucoma Society and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
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