About Our Doctors:

Eugene DiMarco, D.O., M.S.
Eugene M. DiMarco, D.O., M.S.

Eugene M. DiMarco, D.O., M.S. is a board certified ophthalmologist. He received his undergraduate degree from LaSalle University in Philadelphia. He then attended graduate school at Drexel University in Philadelphia where he earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering/Science and Toxicology. After completing graduate school, Dr. DiMarco continued on to medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where he became a doctor of medicine. He completed his internship and residency at the Metropolitan Hospital System in Springfield, Pennsylvania.

Dr. DiMarco is an attending surgeon in the department of Ophthalmology at Atlantic City Medical Center and Atlanticare Surgery Center. In his efforts to maintain a high level of proficiency, Dr. DiMarco serves as Clinical Instructor of the Ophthalmology Clinic and is an active member of the Peri-Operative and Laser Committee at the Atlantic City Medical Center.

Dr. DiMarco has lectured nationally and is the inventor of the "DiMarco Forceps". He is a member of numerous professional societies including the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and Co-Chairman for the Committee on Ophthalmology for the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association.

Local Doc Invents Instrument for Cataract Surgery

Last year the FDA approved a new intraocular lens for the surgical treatment of cataracts. The Mentor MemoryLens® is unique because it is rolled into a tight cylinder and chilled before surgery. It gently unfolds once it is implanted into the warmth of the eye. This is the only lens in the world with this thermodynamic property, which makes small-insurance cataract surgery faster and safer.

The first MemoryLens implantation in New Jersey was performed on an Atlantic City resident at the AtlantiCare Surgery Center by Dr. Eugene M. DiMarco in January 1998. DiMarco also designed an instrument specifically for the implantation of the MemoryLens. The DiMarco forceps makes insertion safer and faster than with other forceps and requires only a 3 mm incision.

DiMarco demonstrated his surgical technique at last year's American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in New Orleans.  More than 1,000 ophthalmologists from all over the world were in attendance.

Cataracts, caused by a clouding of the lens in the eye, can be treated by surgically removing the clouded lens and implanting an artificial one.  Cataract surgery is the most common surgery performed in the U.S.   Cataract surgery is 97 percent successful, and in cases where no other eye disease is present, vision can be 100 percent restored. The first MemoryLens recipient now has 20/20 vision in one eye and 20/25 in the other, according to DiMarco.

The MemoryLens currently accounts for about five percent of the intraocular lens market in the U.S., but is gaining in popularity.

"I've done a couple hundred MemoryLens implantations in the past year," DiMarco says.  "It is the number one intraocular lens in Europe, and I believe it will soon be one of the most popular in the U.S."

 Curriculum Vitae:

Professional Experience:

 1990 to Present 

  • Private Practice in Ophthalmology (Pennsylvania and New Jersey)
  • Attending Surgeon, Department of Ophthalmology, Atlantic City Medical Center (City and Pomona Divisions)
  • Attending Surgeon, Department of Ophthalmology,   Hospital of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (City and Parkview Campuses)
  • Attending Surgeon (Courtesy Staff), Department of Ophthalmology, Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia
  • Clinical Instructor, Ophthalmology Clinic, Atlantic City Medical Center

Education:
  • 1986 to 1989  Residency in Ophthalmology -- Metropolitan Hospital System,  Springfield, PA
  • 1986  Pre-Residency Course -- Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1985 to 1984  Internship -- Metropolitan Health System,  Springfield, PA
  • 1980 to 1984  Medical School -- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine,  Philadelphia, PA
  • 1978 to 1980  Graduate School (Master of Science, Environmental Engineering/Science of Toxicology) -- Drexel University,  Philadelphia,   PA
  • 1974 to 1978  Undergraduate School (Bachelors of Science in Biology) --  LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Affiliations:
  • Member -- Peri-operative and Laser Committee, Atlantic City Medical Center
  • Co-Chairman, Committee on Ophthalmology for the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Editorial Consultant on Ophthalmology for the Journal of Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Clinical Instructor, on Ophthalmology (Phacoemulsification and Anterior Segment Surgery, Web Lab Sessions); Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Diplomate of the National Board of Examiners in Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery
  • Member (Board Certified): American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology
  • Member: American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery