Cristan M. Arena, MD Glaucoma, Cataract, Comprehensive Ophthalmolgy

arena-white coatCristan M. Arena, MD specializes in the surgical and medical management of glaucoma and cataracts. Board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, she obtained a glaucoma fellowship at the University of South Florida where she gained extensive experience with various glaucoma treatments and surgeries including lasers and trabeculectomies. On top of her expertise in traditional techniques, Dr. Arena also performs a wide variety of advanced surgeries such as micro-invasive glaucoma surgery, and was one of the first surgeons nationally to implant the latest innovation in tube shunt surgery, the Ahmed Clear Path. In addition, she is a skilled cataract surgeon—performing both routine and complex cataract cases.

Dr. Arena has published a chapter in the esteemed Chandler & Grant’s Glaucoma book on her research with Laser Peripheral Iridoplasty. She also has participated in clinical research including the Effects of Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty on Intraocular Pressure. Additionally, her knowledge and experience earned her a role as a physician reviewer of the book The Pocket Guide to Glaucoma.

Through her personable approach to care, Dr. Arena places great importance on actively listening to her patients, taking the time to comprehend your needs and worries. Building trust with her patients is essential to her, as she ensures that you feel confident in the medical attention you receive, and are able to achieve your desired outcome.


  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Franklin & Marshall College
  • Graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Preliminary Medicine internship at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center
  • Ophthalmology residency at Temple University Hospital
  • Glaucoma fellowship at the University of South Florida

Positions And Distinctions

  • Attending surgeon at Chester County Hospital
  • Member of American Glaucoma Society


  • George Frick Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Personal Snippet

Dr. Arena is an avid sports fan and a supporter of local Philadelphia teams, including the Eagles, Phillies, and Sixers. In addition to rooting for her favorite teams, she leads an active lifestyle through cycling and running. When she is not at the office or participating in her favorite activities, Dr. Arena cherishes time spent with her family.

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