About James Lewis, MD

Dr. Lewis performed Pennsylvania’s first Visian ICL (intraocular collamer lens) soon after FDA approval in 2003. He was the first to perform same day bilateral surgery enhancing both recovery time and convenience. Dr. Lewis trained for this procedure under fellow Duke Eye Center alumnus, Juan Batlle Pichardo, MD. As a longstanding key opinion leader for Staar, Dr. Lewis has decades of experience with Staar’s other collamer implant, the nanoFLEX. He has performed more than 25,000 cataract surgical cases using the collamer lens. He was closely involved with the development and launch of Staar’s intraocular cataract implant for astigmatism.

Dr. Lewis is a fellowship trained corneal surgeon highly experienced in several different refractive procedures, including premium intraocular lenses,. He developed double transscleral suture sulcus fixation for intraocular lens implantation without capsular support.

Dr. Lewis lectures internationally in these areas and has been the Director of Cornea, Refractive, and Cataract Surgery at Salus University (formerly, The Pennsylvania College of Optometry) since 1991. Our practice specializes in providing the optimal refractive technology for our patients. We have always provided free and complete refractive surgical consultations.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Certification and Association

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • International Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Wills Eye Surgical Network
  • Salus University, Adjunct Professor


  • Director of Cornea and External Disease: Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA, 1987-1990
  • Director of Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Surgery, Salus University, 1989-present
  • Cornea and Anterior Segment Surgery Fellowship: Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, South Australia, 1986-1987
  • Ophthalmology Residency: Duke University Eye Center, Durham, North Carolina, 1983-1986
  • Internship: St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center, San Francisco, California, 1982-1983
  • Medical School: Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, 1978-1982
  • Undergraduate: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1974-1978
2 Locations
Fab Eye Care Center
286 Griffen Street Phoenixville, PA 19460
tel:(610) 933-1144
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LewisLASIK - James S. Lewis, MD
8380 Old York Road Ste 110 Elkins Park, PA 19027
tel:(215) 886-9090
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Important Safety Information

The Visian ICL is designed for the correction of moderate to high nearsightedness. Visian ICL and Visian TICL surgery is intended to safely and effectively correct nearsightedness between -3.0 D to -15.0 D, the reduction in nearsightedness up to -20.0 D and treatment of astigmatism from 1.0 D to 4.0 D. If you have nearsightedness within these ranges, Visian ICL surgery may improve your distance vision without eyeglasses or contact lenses. Because the Visian ICL corrects for distance vision, it does not eliminate the need for reading glasses, you may require them at some point, even if you have never worn them before. 

Implantation of the Visian ICL is a surgical procedure, and as such, carries potentially serious risks. Please discuss the risks with your eye care professional. Complications, although rare, may include need for additional surgical procedures, inflammation, loss of cells from the back surface of the cornea, increase in eye pressure, and cataracts.

You should NOT have Visian ICL surgery if:

  • Your doctor determines that the shape of your eye is not an appropriate fit for the Visian ICL
  • You are pregnant or nursing
  • You do not meet the minimum endothelial cell density for your age at the time of implantation as determined by your eye doctor
  • Your vision is not stable as determined by your eye doctor

Before considering Visian ICL surgery you should have a complete eye examination and talk with your eye care professional about Visian ICL surgery, especially the potential benefits, risks, and complications. You should discuss the time needed for healing after surgery. For additional information with potential benefits, risks and complications please visit DiscoverICL.com