Richard S. Witlin, M.D., F.A.C.S., has been one of the pioneers in refractive surgery in the New Jersey area since 1981. In 1981, Dr. Witlin performed the first radial keratotomy procedure in central New Jersey. Following the FDA approval of excimer laser vision surgery in 1996, Dr. Witlin became actively involved in performing both photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and LASIK surgery. He is one of the most experienced LASIK surgeons in the New Jersey area, 6000 LASIK procedures and 25,000 cataract procedures since 1997. The surgical results have been outstanding, with over 98% of his patients achieving 20/40 or better visual acuities.
Dr. Witlin's confidence in the success of excimer laser surgery was borne out by his personal decision to have LASIK surgery performed on himself. On January 10, 1997 he underwent bilateral LASIK surgery. He had an excellent surgical result and has not worn corrective lenses at all since his surgery. He can provide a unique personal insight to his patients on what it is like to be a leading refractive surgeon, as well as a successful laser vision correction patient. In keeping with his status as a comprehensive refractive surgeon, Dr. Witlin became one of the first American surgeons to be certified to implant the Verisyes phakic lens implant.
Dr. Witlin is an enthusiastic refractive surgical educator, sharing his expertise with numerous professional and civic groups. He has personally helped to train and supervise many eye doctors in the surgical and medical management of refractive surgical patients. He has lectured throughout the United States and internationally to educate other eye health professionals about refractive surgery. He maintains faculty appointments at several prestigious teaching hospitals, including Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia and the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York City.
A Board Certified Ophthalmic Microsurgeon, Dr. Witlin received his medical degree form the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, where he graduated with honors at the top of his class and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Medical Honor Society. He completed his internship and residency at the Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, New York, where he served as chief resident in ophthalmology.
Dr. Witlin entered clinical practice in New Jersey in 1979 and became a partner in Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.A., in Freehold, N.J. In 1989, he became the medical director and chief surgeon for Omni Eye Services, a specialty ophthalmic referral practice for the advanced treatment of eye diseases. In 1998, he established his own private practice, THE WITLIN CENTER FOR ADVANCED EYE CARE, dedicated to the performance of refractive eye surgery and small incision, sutureless cataract microsurgery. Dr. Witlin has performed a total of over 15,000 cataract surgeries.
Dr. Witlin has received numerous awards for academic and professional achievements. He is a fellow of both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons; and a member of many professional societies including the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Dr. Witlin enjoys many other activities, besides ophthalmology. He is an avid theater-goer, world traveler, wine-collector, and family man who enjoys spending time with his 3 children.
- Co-Medical Director, N.J. Eye Laser Centers
- Somerset, N.J.
- Medical Director of the Witlin Center for Advanced Eyecare