Seeing the Light
Dr. Steven Siepser excels at restoring patients’ vision, without the aid of corrective lenses
by Jocelyn Murray

Despite its role in helping us enjoy life to the fullest, many of us take the gift of vision for granted. But when the computer screen, highway sign or golf ball that used to look crystal clear become difficult to see—whether in our teens or our 60s—we are often left feeling self-conscious, less than whole and, in some cases, even helpless.

Luckily, eye care has benefited from vastly improved technology designed to restore vision for people of all ages, without the crutch of traditional eyeglasses or contact lenses. But such technology is useful only in the hands of a true expert, and patients willing to take the extra steps to achieve this goal.

Whether it is LASIK surgery, cataract removal or other corrective procedures, Steven B. Siepser, M.D., F.A.C.S., has made 20/20 vision without eyewear within easy grasp. Having earned his reputation as a regional trailblazer in innovative eye procedures that are done worldwide, Dr. Siepser strives to give patients the very best in every facet of eye surgery—“premium services, premium eye care with a premium experience”—at his two offices in King of Prussia and Plymouth Meeting. 

“My specialty,” he says, “is helping people perform at their maximum visual performance level.”

After completing his undergrad at Tufts University in Boston, having already spent countless hours behind a biomicroscope, Dr. Siepser began to reconsider his plans of becoming a pediatrician and orthopedic surgeon. So when a colleague offered him an opportunity to pursue a rotation in ophthalmology, Dr. Siepser put his natural skills to the test and was immediately hooked. He later turned down an acceptance offer at Yale and instead chose to begin his ophthalmologic residency at Temple University.

In the time since, Dr. Siepser has built a flourishing surgical practice that has continually expanded to include every effective corrective procedure known to visual science; he is not only a cataract and corneal surgeon but a refractive one as well, correcting patients’ vision so they are no longer dependent on corrective lenses. Each case is treated to suit an individual’s specific needs; Dr. Siepser and his team carefully evaluate each patient to determine a treatment plan that will suit his or her lifestyle.

“Are you a golfer who needs to see distance or are you an architect?” he says. “We test extensively—every parameter—to see how you can see and what your visual handicap might be. Then we determine what would work best for you to reach your maximum visual performance.”

The most frequently performed procedure would be refractive LASIK eye surgery with which he uses the VISX laser he helped to pioneer. He is not only the first LASIK doctor to use the Food and Drug Administration-approved VISX laser in the Delaware Valley for LASIK but also the most experienced, with a zero percent infection rate. The VISX S4 tracking CustomVue enhanced Excimer laser, which is the specific laser Dr. Siepser uses, allows for individualized vision correction.

During the 15-minute procedure, the laser analyzes the surface of the eye, and Dr. Siepser then uses a customized laser program   to treat the eye so the patient can achieve the best visual potential. By the procedure’s end the laser will have changed the focusing power of the eye—similar to a contact lens but with permanent results.  

For extremely near-sighted patients or others who do not qualify as candidates for LASIK, Dr. Siepser is also a seasoned expert at phakic intraocular lens implants (Visian ICL) that are placed inside the eye over the existing natural lens to enhance its optical power.

Dr. Siepser also uses a variety of other techniques to treat cataracts. The Crystalens procedure is one of the most successful and popular eye operations for cataract patients. Unlike the standard intraocular lens used in cataract treatments and correction, the Crystalens treats both the clouding of the cataract and the presbyopia—the diminished ability to focus on nearby objects—to help the eye focus at all distances. Other procedures include the Rezoom Multifocal Lens and Restor procedures, both of which treat varying cataract and vision problems, with the same end result: for the vast majority, no post-op use of glasses or contact lenses.

In addition to vision correction and cataract procedures, Dr. Siepser performs reconstructive and corrective surgeries and treats glaucoma, astigmatism and dry eye. His experience and expertise in all matters of the eye are virtually unrivaled. And although most insurance policies do not cover extensive eye care and treatment, the exceptional service and success enjoyed by Dr. Siepser’s patients help to offset the cost of such procedures.

“It’s not good enough to take people in their 60s and give them some of their vision back,” he says. “They want to be able to see their iPhone and play golf. … If you want to see your very best and have the best opportunity for an outstanding visual outcome, think about experience and skill, nothing beats it. That’s my game.”

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Two Area Locations:
860 E. Swedesford Road in King of Prussia | 633 W. Germantown Pike in Plymouth Meeting