David A. DeRose, MD 

Board-certified Ophthalmologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (FAAO), Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology, and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Cataract, Cornea, and Refractive Surgery

Dr. DeRose received his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry at the University of Rochester. He obtained his medical degree from Drexel University (formerly Hahnemann University) School of Medicine.  His internship was conducted at Harbor UCLA Medical Center and his ophthalmology residency at Hahnemann University. Subsequently, Dr. DeRose completed a research and anterior segment fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital. He has been board-certified in ophthalmology since 1998.  Dr. DeRose is an active Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (FAAO), Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology, and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. DeRose is co-medical director of SightLife, the region’s eye bank, which provides ocular tissue for transplantation and is a consultant/speaker for Alcon Laboratories, a leading eye care specialty products company. Dr. DeRose has provided his surgical expertise to veterans at the Wilkes-Barre VAMC since 1998 and serves on the medical staff at Lehigh Valley Health Network. He is a recipient of multiple resident appreciation awards from Drexel University, where he served as an associate professor teaching ophthalmology residents from 1998-2020. Dr. DeRose is an avid yoga practitioner and teacher. 

​Dr. DeRose specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of anterior segment abnormalities, including refractive disorders, corneal edema and scarring, and complicated cataracts. He has extensive experience in the latest innovations in this complex specialty. Dr. DeRose performs penetrating keratoplasty, DSEK, DMEK, LASIK, PRK, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS), “drop-less” small-incision cataract surgery and femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS), treatment for anterior segment complications of cataract surgery, and YAG-laser capsulotomy. Using specialized diagnostic equipment, such as the Argos, Pentacam, immersion biometry, anterior segment OCT, OPD scanning for corneal topography, and intraoperative ultrasound (ORA), Dr. DeRose provides his patients with the highest level of anterior segment care and customization. 

When considering cataract surgery with Dr. DeRose, patients have a wide range of choices regarding intraocular lens implants and their target vision. He and his specialized staff will work with you to determine the ideal lens implant for your lifestyle. Lehigh Eye Specialists is the only practice in the region offering the Light-Adjustable Lens (LAL), which enables Dr. DeRose to adjust the power of the lens implant after cataract surgery to attain the most desirable visual outcome. Dr. DeRose also offers multifocal, toric, and enhanced depth of focus, as well as traditional monofocal intraocular lens options.  

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