Meet Jonathan Primack, MD

Jonathan D. Primack, MD

As a cornea, cataract and refractive surgery specialist, Dr. Primack has devoted his professional life to helping patients improve their vision through LASIK, PRK, cornea transplants, cataract removal, lens implants and other refractive surgery methods. His patients are amazed at the miracle of improved vision that occurs with the use of these modern surgical techniques.

When he is not in the operating room or examining patients, Dr. Primack spends a significant amount of his time reading, writing, and talking about issues affecting the cornea. Dr. Primack ensures he provides the most up-to-date, effective LASIK and refractive surgical care to patients by regularly:

  • lecturing and participating at major ophthalmologic conventions
  • publishing and reading articles in the most highly-respected ophthalmology journals
  • participating in online medical forums, and
  • handling complex LASIK cases referred to him by other ophthalmologists

Prior to joining the Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania, Dr. Primack served for five years as the Director of Refractive Surgery and a member of the Cornea Faculty for the North Shore – LIJ Hospital System, a major academic medical center in Long Island, New York. While there, Dr. Primack specialized in LASIK, PRK and other refractive techniques, delicate cornea transplant surgery, and especially difficult corneal problems. He held the academic rank of Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

Dr. Primack is a respected member of the Reading Hospital Medical Center. He takes a great interest in teaching and often gives lectures and Grand Rounds presentations. He has taught many young ophthalmologists how to perform complex eye surgery.

Dr. Primack is a native of Long Island. He attended college at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri, where he graduated magna cum laude. He continued on at the Washington University School of Medicine, which consistently ranks in the top 5 medical schools in the United States. After completing an ophthalmology residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, Dr. Primack was named a recipient of the national Heed Foundation Fellowship, a top distinction among ophthalmologists pursuing advanced fellowship training. He received his Cornea and Refractive Surgery fellowship training at the prestigious Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Primack is board certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

For more detailed information about Dr. Primack’s background and credentials, including his recent publications and presentations, please see the attached Curriculum Vitae.


Diplomat, American Board of Ophthalmology, 2001

Fellowship Training

Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
Clinical Fellow, Cornea & Refractive Surgery (1999-2000)
Chief Clinical Fellow, Cornea & Refractive Surgery (2000-2001)


Mount Sinai Medical Center
Department of Ophthalmology
New York, NY


Lenox Hill Hospital
Department of Internal Medicine
New York, NY


Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Doctor of Medicine, 1995

Washington University College of Arts & Sciences
Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, 1991

Hospital Appointments

The Reading Hospital – Tower Health
Attending Physician, Department of Ophthalmology

Physician’s Care Surgical Hospital
Attending Physician, Department of Ophthalmology

Professional Society Memberships

Heed Ophthalmic Society
The Cornea Society
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
International Society of Refractive Surgery
Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology
Pennsylvania Medical Society
Berks County Medical Society

Awards & Honors

Best Presentation, Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania Optometric Teaching Day, 2006 & 2007

Teaching Award for Excellence in Clinical and Surgical Instruction, North Shore – LIJ Medical Center, 2004

Fellow, Heed Ophthalmic Foundation
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 1999

Jacques J. Bronfenbrenner Award for Meritorious Work in the Field of Infectious Disease
Washington University School of Medicine, 1995

Recent Publications

“Refractive Surgery For Hyperopia,” International Ophthalmology Clinics, 2000. Primack J and Azar DT.

“Theoretical Analysis Of Ablation Depths And Profiles In Laser In Situ Keratomileusis For Compound Hyperopic And Mixed Astigmatism,” Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, 2000. Azar DT and Primack J.

“Pediatric Refractive Surgery,” International Ophthalmology Clinics, 2001. Primack J, Azar DT, Azar N.

“LASIK After or Combined with Intrastromal Corneal Ring Segments”. In: Azar DT & Koch DD, ed. LASIK – Fundamentals, Surgical Techniques, and Complications (Chapter 25). Marcel Dekker Publishing, 2002. Primack J, Farah SG, Azar DT.

“Laser In Situ Keratomileusis and Intrastromal Corneal Ring Segments for High Myopia – Three Step Procedure”. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 2003. Primack J, Azar DT.

“LASIK Combined with Other Procedures” In: Azar DT, Dohlman CH, and Foster CS, ed. Smolin and Thoft’s Textbook of Cornea (Chapter 80). Lippincott Williams Publishing, 2004. Primack J and Azar DT.

“Successful Application Of Cyanoacrylate Glue To The Cornea” 101 Pearls in Refractive, Cataract & Corneal Surgery , 2nd Edition (Chapter 21 by Primack J) 2006 Editors: Melki S & Azar DT.

“Clinical Results of DSAEK Surgery,” (work in progress) Primack J.

Recent Presentations

“Corneal Haze Formation Under Unlifted IntraLase LASIK Flaps”. Presented at the 2005 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Meeting, Washington, DC. Primack J, Jain S, Azar DT.

“Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis in Refractive Surgery Patients”. Presented at the 2007 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Meeting, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Ryan TA, Udell IJ, Primack J.

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