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David I. Silbert, MD, FAAP, graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 1984 and is board certified in by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He completed his medical training at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio in 1989, with an area of concentration in clinical decision analysis.
Dr. Silbert completed an internship in internal medicine at the Washington Hospital Center in 1990, and an ophthalmology residency at Georgetown University Hospital, Center for Sight, Washington, DC in 1993. This was followed by a fellowship in oculoplastic and orbital surgery at Wills Eye Hospital in 1994, and a second fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Holy Redeemer Hospital and Wills Eye Hospital, finished in 1995.
Dr. Silbert specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric and adult strabismus, amblyopia (lazy eye), tear drain obstruction and other pediatric eye diseases. He also specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery as well as orbital surgery, minimally invasive tear drainage surgery for adults and has extensive experience using a Fractionated CO2 laser for blepharoplasty and laser resurfacing to tighten skin and remove wrinkles.
Dr. Silbert has participated in clinical research in Pediatric Ophthalmology, Eye Plastic Surgery, Dry Eye and Conjunctivitis, and Tear Drainage Surgery. Dr. Silbert has been an author on over 60 scientific papers. He was an investigator in the original trial for the Balloon Catheter Technique to improve tearing. He has published and spoken widely on tear drain obstruction and minimally invasive procedures not requiring a skin incision to repair tear drain obstruction in adults including a new in–office stenting procedure. He has been an investigator for the Amblyopia Treatment Studies, a national studies looking at lazy eye, as well as numerous studies on dry eye disease and eye allergy. He has been invited to lecture on eyelid surgery, tear drainage surgery and healthcare economics.
Dr. Silbert has been appointed or elected to numerous leadership positions in local, state and national medical organizations including the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology, The American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and has been inducted into the Leadership Development Program of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Class 2014-2015. Currently he serves on the Carrier Advisory Committee for Novitas Medicare Services.
Dr. Silbert is the Founder and Medical Director of Kindersee an integrated program to provide eye exams and treatment for disadvantaged children in Lancaster city schools. In 2009 in conjunction with the School District of Lancaster he was able to obtain a federal grant for $135,000 to set up a fully functioning eye clinic at George Washington Elementary School. Children from the city schools are seen in the Kindersee clinic with no out of pocket expense during the school year. Thus far the clinic has treated hundreds of children, placing them in glasses, treating amblyopia, and improving their quality of life and school performance. Donations to the KinderSee fund to help support the program can be made through the Lancaster Education Foundation at the following website (opens in a new tab).
Dr. Silbert is a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a full member of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS). He has also been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. With his full membership in the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) and fellowship in the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Silbert became the first pediatric ophthalmologist in Lancaster County to offer such high credentials in the care of his younger patients.