For more than two decades, Dr. John A. Stefano has been known by his patients and colleagues for offering quality eye care throughout Northern Shenandoah Valley. Since 1979 he has established himself as a skilled eye surgeon, performing over 1200 major surgical cases each year. In 1986, Dr. Stefano was the first surgeon in his area to perform RK (radial keratotomy) to correct nearsightedness and astigmatism. Ten years later, in 1996, when the FDA first approved the use of the excimer laser to correct visual problems using the technique known as PRK, Dr. Stefano underwent training to learn the procedure. He soon became part of the first group of doctors in the country to receive certification to perform laser vision correction, and also became the first eye surgeon in the Winchester area to perform this surgery. The technology for laser vision correction advanced again in 1997, and Dr. Stefano then received further certification to correct vision by performing LASIK with the VISX excimer laser.
As a pioneer in the adoption of new vision correction technology, in April 2005, Dr. Stefano was in the first group of ophthalmologists in the USA to be approved to implant the ReStor® Lens, a diffractive IOL, restoring natural distance and near vision to patients with cataracts.
Dr. Stefano has committed himself to offering his patients the most advanced type of surgical vision correction available, having performed over 8,000 refractive surgical procedures surgeries and over 13,000 cataract procedures.
In addition to refractive surgery, Dr. Stefano's surgical experience also includes clear corneal no-stitch no-patch phaco-emulsification of cataracts with insertion of foldable lens implants including the ReStor® Lens for enhanced reading vision after cataract surgery and the AcrySof® Toric for correction of astigmatism associated with cataracts. Dr. Stefano also sees patients in his office for regular eye examinations and has comprehensive advanced testing devices such as the Zeiss Cirrus HD-OCT, the Humphrey® Field Analyzer/HFA, the Zeiss IOLmaster, the Konan Cellchek XL, and the Bausch and Lomb ORBSCAN II corneal topography device. These high tech devices allow for advanced testing for macula disease, glaucoma and corneal disease.
Dr. Stefano received his undergraduate degree in biophysics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971. He then went on to complete his medical degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo - School of Medicine in 1975. From 1975-78, he served as an intern and later as a resident at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. From 1978-79 he was Chief Resident in Ophthalmology at Beth Israel.
Dr. Stefano is a Board-certified ophthalmologist, a Fellow of the American College for Surgeons, a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and a member of the International Society of Refractive Surgery.
He is also one of the founders of the Eye Surgery Center of Winchester, an ambulatory surgery center dedicated exclusively to the provision of high quality, state-of-the-art eye surgery. Dr. Stefano currently performs his cataract, refractive implant surgery and intraocular contact lens surgery at this new center.
In addition to his private practice, Dr. Stefano is on the attending staff at the Surgi-Center of Winchester, and on the consulting staff at Winchester Medical Center.