Patient Rating:

4.6 out of 5

340 Patient Ratings
294 Patient Comments

Paul S. Bernstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Patient Rating:

4.6 out of 5

340 Patient Ratings
294 Patient Comments



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Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 581-2352
John A. Moran Eye Center
65 N Mario Capecchi
Salt Lake City, UT 84132


Paul S. Bernstein, MD, PhD, has expertise in age-related macular degeneration with special emphasis on the role of nutrition and environment in its treatment and prevention, inherited retinal and macular dystrophies, and surgical treatment of vitreoretinal disorders such as diabetic retinopathy and retinal detachments. He practices at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Dr. Bernstein is also dedicated to bringing modern vitreo-retinal services to the developing world in a sustainable manner. Currently, access to retinal care is extremely limited in many parts of the world, and Dr. Bernstein provides hands-on specialty training to help expand the availability and quality of care. For the past seven years, Dr. Bernstein has worked with the John A. Moran Eye Center’s Outreach Division and the Himalayan Cataract Project to train aspiring retina specialists from Nepal, Ghana, Ethiopia, and Bhutan.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Ophthalmology/Visual Sciences - Professor
Neurobiology and Anatomy - Adjunct Professor
Pharmacology and Toxicology - Adjunct Professor
Board Certification National Board of Medical Examiners
American Board of Ophthalmology

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending care provider
My confidence in care provider
Time care provider spent with me
Care provider spoke using clear language
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
Wait time at clinic
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

January 31, 2017

Dr. Bernstein recommended vitamins (specific vitamins) to assuage my slowly progressing macular degernation. That is great but I wish he would have prescribed them as they then become tax deductible.

January 27, 2017

very disappointed and concerned about having to reschedule and go through the ENTIRE process AGAIN!

January 22, 2017

Very polite and friendly as well as professional.

January 18, 2017

The metal contraption that was placed in my eye was there too long. Syringe should be ready; al meds for numbness should be applied prior. I was in pain for three days because of the length that device was in my eye before the actual injection.

January 09, 2017

Very good experience, friendly and courteous.

January 07, 2017

Answered all questions

December 30, 2016


December 29, 2016

He had a student watching everthing he was doing and he wasn't very cordial to me. But, since everything looked good--he didn't need to see me for a year.

December 11, 2016


October 31, 2016

I'm very comfortable with Dr. Bernstein and know how blessed I am to have him caring for my eyes.

October 25, 2016

Dr. Bernstein always takes time to make sure all my concerns are addressed and never rushes through my exams. He is very thorough, patient and an outstanding specialist.

October 22, 2016

I came in for a repeat injection, so knew somewhat to expect. Caregiver explained how many injections are required in a series before next detailed exam.

October 21, 2016

Doctor Bernstein is the best

September 29, 2016


September 28, 2016

great care from the care provider and nurses

September 12, 2016

I like how the providers tell you as you go along that you are doing a good job dealing with the discomfort. it gives one hope

September 10, 2016

Dr. Bernstein made me feel at ease and less worried about what is going on with my eye.

September 05, 2016

Honestly Dr. Bernstein never asked my name, never really looked me in the eye and just talked about me to his assistant while I was in the room. He didn't have all the test results when I saw him and after I got the results instead of talking to me about it he had his assistant tell me everything was fine while she literally walked me out the door. The empirical results of the tests showed no change which was great for me, but Dr. Berstein's care was shoddy. How can you trust a doctor who doesn't know your name and won't even speak to you? I'm glad I'm laid back and was able to let the appointment run off my back because had I been stressed or gotten bad news it would have been terrible. Unfortunate lack of patient care

August 30, 2016

although I had to wait almost 4 hrs, I was extremely impressed that they took ,e in for cryosurgery that evening, finishing after 7 pm- thanks!!!!!

August 17, 2016

great doctor. listens and explains in detail

August 09, 2016

everyone was very caring and polite

August 09, 2016

Dr B dictated to the scribe a change in the frequency/continuation of my two eye drops. Those instructions were overheard by us, but only casually because we were in the room. The meds change never made it on to my chart. Stephanie went back into the clinic to try to find the correct answer but came up short when she couldn't find instructions on the chart and couldn't interrupt Dr B.

August 02, 2016

Dr Bernstein is an excellent physician!!

August 02, 2016

I have been a patient of the Moran Eye Center for years. I called to see if I could been seen a.s.a.p. due to some difficulties I was experiencing with my vision. I was able to see Dr. Bernstein very quickly and I appreciate having that happen.

July 31, 2016

always good experience at the Moran!!

July 29, 2016

Dr. Bernstein is terrific

July 27, 2016

I have recommended Dr. Bernstein to others

July 23, 2016

I saw Dr. Shick and Dr. Bernstein. I felt both of them were very professional and spent as much time as I needed explaining my questions and concerns.

July 05, 2016

I felt that everyone, especially the anaesthesiologist Tatania, explained what I would experience during surgery as much as possible without adding too many things patients don't want to hear. To say I was apprehensive about being alert during eye surgery would a be a bit of an understatement.

July 02, 2016

The person who did the initial exam was quite rough with the spoon-like apparatus that moved my eye around. The Doctor was much more gentle and used his fingers to manipulate my eye.

July 01, 2016

I am a regular outpatient here. I always get kind efficient attention.

June 06, 2016

Did not receive an answer to my question re: cause of bright light flickering in the macula of left eye after coming in to a building from outside bright day. I think he was going to answer the question after looking at the retina but both of us forgot to follow up on my question. I think he was trying to catch up on his schedule since so far behind.

June 06, 2016

I am always delighted to see Dr. Bernstein. I have the utmost confidence in him and I trust his care is the BEST!! I would recommend him to anyone needing his expertise.

May 25, 2016

I had never received laser treatments from this provider before. He was kind enough to stop the treatments when I couldn't handle the pain any longer, but this is the first time I've had a laser treatment and called to speak to the on-call ophthalmologist after hours.

May 24, 2016

Again, I suggest that patients be addressed by name. Not to do so is discourteous

May 20, 2016

Dr Bernstein is in my opinion a very good doctor. There was a large backlog of people and everyone was pressed and were working late by the time I got in. I was offered to come another day buy had made the drive from Tooele to keep the appointment so stayed late.

May 14, 2016

Dr. Bernstein is an outstanding physician and scholar. I am very grateful that I am able to have him as my specialist for my particular eye problem. Because of him my sight has improved significantly.

April 26, 2016

felt like my anxiety was overlooked and that I was expexted to bring my own after surgery meds bothers me

April 26, 2016

He had a lot of knowledge since he teaches in the field which made me feel for secure in the answers I was receiving.

April 26, 2016

I would have liked to have a more precise explanation of who I should call after I found out about my dental scheduling to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bernstein to put gas in my eyeball. My Space message to inform Dr. Bernstein of this on 4/22 has not been returned as of 4/26.

April 23, 2016

I would like some information about the clinical trials and studies that are currently going on concerning macular degeneration. The usual clinic visit is updating my chart and telling me to come back in a year. I don't get much information about myself, my progress or future expectations. This is potential blindness I am dealing with and I need to know more about my current status and the future course of the disease. I need both hope as well as ways to cope with the eventualities.

April 19, 2016

i think Dr. Bernstein is a very good retina doctor.

April 18, 2016

I'm very pleased to have found Dr. Bernstein for the retina surgery!

April 14, 2016


April 13, 2016

Dr. Bernstein never really talked to me. He and the other doctor just talked about me while I was there without talking to me. No diagnosis or helpful hints were given.

April 05, 2016

Dr Bernstein and his staff are the best!

March 25, 2016

he did very good at his job but I wish he could have explained the new chip thing.

March 22, 2016

I really like Dr. Bernstein. He gets straight to the point about what needs to happen and let's you decide what you want to do to correct it.

March 18, 2016

Dr. Bernstein is a very caring and kind provider. He's the best

March 09, 2016

I know this is over the top but... Dr. Bernstein is literally my hero and I am grateful for his care and attention.

February 27, 2016

Dr Bernstein is the most caring doctor you have. He is almost as concerned about my daughters eyes as I am.

February 18, 2016

All good

February 12, 2016

rush in give a shot run out on conversation. No word on condition of the eye

February 12, 2016

We feel very fortunate to have the good care that we get from the Doctors at the Moran.

February 11, 2016

Dr. Bernstein was excellent. And I also want to express appreciation to fellow Dr. Jim Bell who did a good, comprehensive exam and who talked and explained to me throughout. Great job, Jim!

February 08, 2016


January 31, 2016


January 20, 2016

Have already referred

January 15, 2016

Paul is outstanding.

January 12, 2016

Very helpful.

January 12, 2016

Very very painful injections in my eyes. I am apprehensive about my next apt

January 12, 2016

Dr. Bernstein has a great reputation. I have confidence in him. I wish he were not so rushed. I believe that he is forced to see far too many patients in a day.

January 09, 2016

I had 3 scans done. I saw him look at them but, he never explained them to me. I didn't feel comfortable asking him. I felt like they knew I couldn't qualify for treatment so he wasn't that interested. He was nice and knowledgeable but, I just wanted more.

January 08, 2016

Dr. Bernstein has been very informative, willing to wait and calmly explain any and all questions I have had. On days that I know he is busy, he never behaves in a rushed manner. Very impressed with his caring manner and "bed side manor"

January 07, 2016

Very pleased

December 17, 2015

The doctor came in, gave me a shot in my eye, and left. That's it.

December 15, 2015

Everything fine EXCEPT that I was not told of the possibility of air bubbles. I was very frightened by the black "things" I saw upon arriving home. Called for information and was reassured. Would have appreciated having been told about this phenomenon before leaving the clinic. (True, there is a reference in written material, but that's not adequate for a person under stress.)

December 15, 2015

I have been a patient of Dr. Bernstein"s for a number of years, and he is very kind and understanding. He is an outstanding caregiver.!

December 11, 2015


December 05, 2015


December 01, 2015

I could use more explanation on current status.

November 20, 2015

The Doctor(s) here are very caring and always provide excellent service as do all of the staff.

November 04, 2015

The entire staff was exceptional as usual.

November 01, 2015

Dr. Berstein is brilliant, competent, and confident. His confidence in the ability of the team to restore my vision made me so comfortable and confident myself.

October 22, 2015

Excellent as always

October 21, 2015

It was a new experience to go to the Fashion Place center (which I really appreciate) which is much closer to where I live. It seemed the staff and Dr. Bernstein were all very comfortable there.

October 20, 2015

My surgery went long but my Dr. was very courteous. I felt he went an extra mile to provide the BEST care. A+

October 18, 2015

good experience.

October 16, 2015


October 13, 2015

Doctor was thorough and fast, but I didn't feel rushed as a patient.

October 10, 2015

I was made to feel like a unit in a manufacturing facility, being moved from point to point with no consideration for my state of mind.

October 09, 2015

I like Dr. Bernstein

October 08, 2015

Dr. Ambati is both knowledgeable and compassionate.

September 23, 2015

My situation is such that I do not understand exactly what it is. I'm following up with my opthamologist at home and, if he has heard from Dr Bernstein, maybe he can help me. Dr B did say I could contact Dr Fornarotto, in Pocatello, and go from there. I do have another appointment with Dr B in November, the two months he recommended for keeping up with what's going on with my vision. I also do have an appointment with Dr F in October.

September 11, 2015

Have referrred already

September 07, 2015

I have already and will continue to recommend Moran Eye Institute and Dr. Bernstein to family, friends and acquaintances.

September 07, 2015

I am delighted with my treatment and prgress.

August 28, 2015

Great experience.

August 12, 2015

I was very scared coming into this appointment. I had been told very off handedly in an eye exam that I had macular degeneration so I googled it (always a bad idea) and was terrified by what I found. I appreciated greatly the time all the staff took to examine my eyes and explain to me what was going on and put some of my concerns to rest!

August 08, 2015

Doctors knowdge of my condition is top rated

August 04, 2015

I have come to have extreme confidence in the Moran center. I can't imagine how it could be better in all reality.

July 26, 2015

Based on the inordinately long wait to see the doc and the rushed sense I had of the exam, perhaps patients were over-booked on this occasion? Based on reputation, I feel confidence in this doc, which is the most important piece of the picture. But "bed-side" manner is increasingly important in this day and age (or so it seems, from stuff I read and naturally intuit); if he is too busy to carefully address questions/concerns, a competent, trained staff member needs to be available to discuss issues.

July 21, 2015

I have absolute confidence in Dr. Bernstein due to his through assessment and treatment of my eye problems.

July 21, 2015

Lots of TLC and concern for my comfort and response

July 20, 2015

I still have follow up care to do but so far the care and communication with providers and staff at Moran Eye Care Center has been excellent easy for me to understand and I'll certainly recommend Moran to anyone that I hear may need this type of care

July 05, 2015

Great experience

June 30, 2015

I have the greatest respect for Dr. Bernstein.

June 21, 2015

Dr. Bernstein is the best in the West

June 17, 2015

All caregivers were very professional and well trained.

May 26, 2015

Dr Bernstein sometimes provides kind of brief answers. A man of few words.

May 23, 2015

I felt like Dr. Bernstein could have been a little more patient to answer my questions. Whilst he wasn't rude or anything, I felt like he was in a hurry to get me outta there, and maybe didn't really care if I understood what was going on with my eye, when I very much wanted to completely understand it

May 22, 2015

Compliments only :)

May 20, 2015

Dr. Bernstein is fantastic.I felt very comfortable with him and appreciate his expertise.

April 24, 2015

Dr. Bernstein is top notch and I have complete confidence in him and his abilities.

April 11, 2015

I think I have the best retinal specialist available.

April 10, 2015


April 07, 2015

Dr. Bernstein was very good about explaining what would happen. Even though I had been through laser treatments before, I appreciated him taking the time to review the procedure with me.

April 06, 2015

I am so pleased with every aspect of my visit. I learned more about my condition in one visit there than I had in four years worth of visits to my optometrist and local retina center.

April 03, 2015

As Dr. Bernstein and I have become better acquainted, he seems to understand the rigors of my life and is working with me to lead my normal schedule while still providing for the treatment of my eyes.

April 01, 2015


March 30, 2015

Excellent experience all around.

March 28, 2015

Good experience.

March 25, 2015

I first time was examined by Dr. Batra. He was very good- made the tests and gave the explanations. Then Dr. Bernstein evaluated all information and explain me the conditions I have. I fill that with Dr. Bernstein I am in very good hands- he is very professional, knowledgeable and kind person. I am very impressed also with his credentials. He is the best. I trust him very much.

March 21, 2015

All excellant

March 20, 2015


March 18, 2015

Dr. Bernstine and Staff made me feel comfortable, explained the procedure, and I think took extra care to try and reduce potential damage to my sight. I made one phone call to schedule an appointment and I was scheduled the next day at 0815. I think the Dr. realized the necessity to move quickly to minimize the potential damage to my sight.

March 01, 2015

I have always been very impressed with the care provided by Dr Bernstein. I also appreciate the way the resident and intern provide care. Well done!

February 27, 2015


February 21, 2015


February 19, 2015


February 19, 2015

I like a doctor very much and know that he is very professional and knowledgeable doctor- the best in his field and I trust him. I did not want any additional test which would be used for the research purpose. I am sorry but my eye still hurts after the last test with video for the scientific purpose. I also have some questions about my condition.

February 17, 2015

I don't think I was sufficiently tested before I was given the shot in my eye.

February 15, 2015

I felt that the doctor was concerned about my condition which I appreciated. I did not appreciate the doctor talking to the resident doctor more than he talked to me. When discussing treatment options the doctor was consulting more with the resident doctor than he was with me.

February 05, 2015

Very complete and kind

February 02, 2015

he provides the best care possible. he is awesome!!

January 27, 2015

I came back to Colorado raving about this clinic as well as Dr. Bernstein.

January 02, 2015

Although no one wants to have problems with their vision, I left feeling much comforted.

December 24, 2014

good experience

December 18, 2014

I have already suggested to others about going to your clinic if they have eye problems, It is excellent and your doctors are very knowledgeable.

December 18, 2014

I'm very impressed and pleased with Dr. Bernstein.

December 05, 2014

I receive the best care at Moran.

November 11, 2014

I'm very grateful for modern medicine and my access to Moran Eye Center.

November 07, 2014

The fellow was great at explaining what he thought was happening, tests to make a definitive diagnosis, and then explaination of further treatment. Dr. Bernstein didn't actually spend that much time with me and spent most of his time criticizing the fellow.

November 04, 2014

Again, excellent staff! I was well taken care of.

November 03, 2014

i was well-satisfied with the way Dr. Bernstein examined me and explained my problem so that I could understand it.

October 28, 2014

We are always treated with the utmost respect at your center.

October 13, 2014

Dr. Bernstein is the best.

October 08, 2014

I often do recommend Dr. Bernstein

October 06, 2014

I felt that Dr. Bernstein and all the other medical professionals we dealt with during this visit were wonderful at helping us understand every part of our visit.

October 03, 2014

I feel like I am very good hands with Dr Bernstein.. He just does not talk!!! If I want to know anything, I have to ask the questions. My first surgery was over a year ago, and I just found out that the surgery was complicated??? I just thought it was a random Retina surgery.. I still don't know why I still have swelling? I asked Dr Bernstein why and he said it was due to the complications of the surgery.. My last surgery was 6 months ago?? I left the office very down and still scared..

September 26, 2014

Dr. Bernstein was caring and careful to explain any symptoms I could experience and what to do if they occur

September 08, 2014

The doctor who administered the laser treatments was very patient, kind and understanding when I had to have him stop several times due to the severe pain I was experiencing.

September 02, 2014

I have no doubt about Dr. Bernsteins capability. I just wish he were a little friendlier and talkative. This experience is frightening for me. I am on the younger end of macular degeneration scale. The experience when I am there is rigidly clinical. I just need a little more reassurance.

September 02, 2014

I have no complaints, only good things to say about the care I receive at Moran from the entire staff.

September 01, 2014

I have had to go on the internet to learn about Avastin. Neither the retinologist or his resident explained anything.

August 20, 2014

Awesome caring Doctor. Willing to go the extra mile.

August 04, 2014

I have recommended Dr. Bernstein and his staff to two of our friends and they were very happy with their experiences.

August 03, 2014

I really don't know what to say

August 02, 2014

I thought you could have deadened my eyes a little more. The difference between your office and the office in Alaska, Here I felt the needle and Alaska I didn't.

July 31, 2014

I honestly feel like family with some of the nurses. everyone takes great care of me. the physians take extra time to carefully clean my eyes before and after injections since I wear lash extensions. I really appreciate it.

July 21, 2014

I started with Dr Zhang, he referred me to Dr Berenstein when he left. all of the docs I have seen are amazing.

July 20, 2014

Paul Bernstein and his staff are excellent caregivers and are very professional and caring

July 18, 2014

I was very surprised when Dr. Bernstein said that I really didn't have Age-related Macular-degeneration. I am very happy with my improved vision though.

July 17, 2014

It was a wonderful experience. The staff were excellent.

July 14, 2014

Covered a lot information in a short period of time.

July 04, 2014

I would recommend Dr Bernstein... I have a lot of confidence in him, he knows what he is doing.. At first I wasn't sure he was very quite and reserved... But being his patience for the last 9 months he has become a lot friendlier, I feel very good about asking him questions.. He is a very good doctor!!!

June 19, 2014

Good experience. Dr. Bernstein is an excellent physician. He is very knowledgeable and was willing to answer all questions I had.

June 12, 2014

a very great place to go. very caring and professional

June 09, 2014

I have every confidence in Dr. Bernstein.

June 08, 2014

Great people.

May 31, 2014

Dr. Bernstein is a very good physician. His professional abilities are excellent and he is willing to listen. His interaction at times is somewhat distant/aloof, though he will discuss things with you if you initiate questions.

May 20, 2014

but I would not be fair myself unless I told them how overbooked and as a result we have ti sit and wait and wait.

May 06, 2014

Thanks to Dr Bernstein and his fellow for all they do!!!!

May 03, 2014

Before giving me my injection, the doctor put on gloves and then proceeded to do the computer work. I was worried that the gloves would get dirty and infect my eyes.

April 26, 2014

I had a very pleasant experience. Everyone was so kind and friendly. No one made me feel stupid for coming in.

April 25, 2014

I feel Dr Bernstein is one of the best in his field..

April 23, 2014

So much better!!!!

April 21, 2014

Dr. Bernstein is always warm, thorough, and informative.

March 26, 2014

After having 4 surgeries in a small amount of time I have gotten to know the Doctor.. I have a lot of trust in him, I would recommend him to others..

March 20, 2014

excellent experience and friendly and professional atmosphere

March 17, 2014

good experience

March 17, 2014

The end result with improvement shown when comparing the scans from last Dec. until now were encouraging. It was good to know the most of the fluid behind my left eye is gone. The vision problem now may be with the scar tissue and hopefully that will also improve.

March 10, 2014

I'm totally satisfied with the care provider.

February 14, 2014

I would definitely recommend him.

February 10, 2014

All Very Good!

February 07, 2014


February 05, 2014

Dr Bernstein wanted the joint appointment with Dr. Creel so that he could go over the results of the test by Dr. Creel. He didn't provide time for questions during his visit. I thought there would be time after the tests to discuss the findings. When I finished the tests with Dr. Creel, I was told that I was finished and needed to come back in six months. I had no opportunity for questions.

January 31, 2014

This was the first time I felt like the doctor saw me like a person and not just another folder. I was scared about what was happening to me and I was crying. He actually took some time to reassure me that everything was okay.

January 24, 2014

I have shared my excellent experiences at the Moran with numerous friends back home in Chicago .

January 12, 2014

Of the variety of care providers I have seen, I was most comfortable in all respects with Dr. Bernstein.

December 26, 2013

Great people who work there, and they go out of there way to make your visit a pleasant one.

December 20, 2013

I was only with Dr. Bernstein for about five to ten minutes out of the four hours I was there, but I have tremendous confidence in him.

December 16, 2013

great place and people

December 16, 2013

The condition that I had was not explained to me though I was assured it did not threaten my vision. I had to rely on researching the diagnosis myself on line to find out what it was exactly and what to expect in the future.

December 16, 2013

The first time I did this survey I gave all 5's.. This is going to be my 3rd surgery in 3 months and I still don't know what is going on with my eye.. I don't even know what part the retina plays in my vision?? For his friendliness I believe he is probably as friendly as Surgeons get, they way of thinking is way above the normal person.. He told me my condition and I don't have a clue what letter it starts with.. I ask him why the 2 surgeries have not worked and he said just bad luck..

December 12, 2013


November 28, 2013

Dr. Berstein just awesome. The previous intern (Dr. Batar) was great as well.

November 19, 2013

Dr Bernsttien is fantastic and I have and will continue to recommend others to see him.

October 30, 2013


October 28, 2013

good experience

October 23, 2013

Seriously I can't say enough good things about Moran and Dr. Bernstein's surgical and follow-up care. I was very, very fortunate to have him 'on-call' that weekend and will be forever grateful for his care and help.

October 21, 2013

No bad experience with the care providers. I suggest that an n/a column be added here. My visit was a follow-up for an injection. A number of the above questions did not apply. Explanations of my condition, treatment, etc., were clearly given by Dr. Bernstein on my initial visit.

October 21, 2013

I did not feel rushed and appreciated the explanation given to me.

October 20, 2013

All good

October 17, 2013

Actual exam was rushed and perfuntory.

October 15, 2013

best care anywhere!

October 09, 2013

Dr. B is my hero... I would totally recommend him. He is always so friendly, remembers me and treats me with respect. Please tell him thank you AGAIN for all he has done for my eye care... and I will look forward to my yearly check up... unless something comes up sooner.

October 03, 2013

The nurses and assiants were great.. I also want to make sure the anesthesia doctor was very comforting.. Great personality!!

October 02, 2013

The PA was great. Dr. Bernstein however gave me a name of what was wrong and why what had happened so far had happened but didn't tell me anything I could do to help with the situation or what to watch for. The person who showed me the way back out of the clinic told me more of what to watch for then he did. I realized what was really going on when I got home and researched it. I would have asked some questions if he had been more clear,

September 30, 2013

Dr Bernstein is excellent in all aspects!

September 30, 2013

I was disappointed with Dr. Bernstein's care. Dr. Crum had recommended him. It seemed he never had looked into my records and didn't know a thing about me. The only "test" he did was to have pictures taken of my macula. Previous tests had shown there wasn't a problem there. He never commented on Dr. Crum's recommendation for treatment. I had to bring it up, and then all he had to say was that I could do the treatment "if I wanted to." I basically was at the Moran for 3 hours and all he had to say was that he would turn me back over to Dr. Crum. He had suggested re-doing one test that had come back abnormally, but suggested doing it in a year. He showed no concern that my eyesight has been diminishing quite quickly.

September 30, 2013

am very glad things worked out the way they did and Dr. Bernstein was on call the day came into Moran. He provided excellent care and I had complete confidence in him.

September 27, 2013

I have seen retinitis pigmentosa specialist all over the country. I stick with Dr. Bernstein for a reason.

September 23, 2013

For my first appointment I had Dr. Bernstein. Totally excellent in all respects. For my second appointment I had a different Doctor. Not nearly as informative.

September 11, 2013

still had eye pain I felt it wasn't address at my visit. Just passed me to another doctor.

September 02, 2013

I love efficient and quick, but I also like to be kept informed. My needs are always met at the Moran. I have recommended the Center to friends who have WMD.

August 21, 2013


August 19, 2013

Its just so busy and so many people

August 19, 2013

No gloves worn during exam, When touching my eye or face.

August 18, 2013

My situation was of the critical nature and all who were involved were outstanding - even those who worked in the pharmacy had to stay late to take care of me

August 17, 2013

I was very disappointed in my appointment and my daughter who is a nurse agreed with me. Yes, I wood like for them to find a cure for retinitis but I would also like to know if there is anything that can help save my vision.

August 12, 2013

I am very fortunate to have whatever eyesight I have remaining in my old age in the hands of Dr. Bernstein. I mentioned, as I was through with my initial treatment, that I felt that I was in "Good Hands". I should have said Excellent Hands.

August 09, 2013


August 08, 2013

PA asked me a question that he should have known. End of day visit and it became rushed. I had to ask if I needed to keep using the eye drops.

August 05, 2013

The long wait to finally see Dr. Bernstein for a total of maybe five minutes was not acceptable--I had made my appointment several months in advance.

August 05, 2013

I wouldn't see anyone other than Dr. Bernstein.

August 05, 2013

He has too many patients. Given the importance of the research done there and the clinic itself, I will stay with this provider. But the "bedside manner" is not great.

August 05, 2013

I have the highest confidence in Dr. Bernstein. None of these questions relate to how I perceive his skill level nor my level of confidence in the care he provides. For these he would have a 5+ every time!

August 03, 2013

wait time inexcusably long

August 02, 2013

All were good

June 18, 2013

Dr. Bernstein was outstanding.

June 17, 2013

Dr Ambati did an excellent job. I had no pain and my vision is greatly improved.

June 17, 2013

Competency: Good. Manners: Not so good. 1) The final procedure was to have taken 45 min beginning at 1:00pm. The Dr. didn't show until about 3:00pm. We finished at 3:15pm. Things happen. But, no explanation was given or apology offered. Nothing was said. The patient will almost always accept the reason given, but say something. Saying nothing confirms that to the Dr. the delay meant nothing, and infers that to the Dr. the patient also means nothing. 2) When the patient's spouse is introduced, shake his/her hand.

June 07, 2013

Maybe he was just having a bad day but Dr. Berstien seemed to be a little more aloof and indifferent than usual. I wish he was a little more engaging. I don't know what questions to ask. Sometimes I feel like cattle being shuffled through.

May 20, 2013

only thing I found wrong was I had to ask questions to get all the information of what I needed to do and not do after the procedure. I am the type that needs it said clearly what ineed to do and not do.

May 08, 2013

Paul is a very good doctor and I have recomended his services to others.

May 03, 2013

I will definitely continue to visit and recommend others as well.

May 03, 2013

Dr. Bernstein and staff are very friendly and proficient, recommend them highly.

April 19, 2013

I feel like my doctor is a good doctor, however, I feel like he didn't spend too much time with me. He just wanted to move on to the next person. Also, I had to have a resident dilate my eyes and then the doctor came in right after and did the same thing. My eyes are very sensitive and it hurt to have that exam done twice in a row.

April 15, 2013

Good experience

April 11, 2013

No response concerning my comments about further loss of peripheral vision. It's an old problem, so I had to assume nothing can be done for this. It concerns me though and would like to know what the future will bring. MD did say all is stable and that is what he is looking for, regarding retinopathy.

April 08, 2013

The Doctor and support Staff were outstanding.

April 01, 2013

Dr. Bernstein is the very best!

March 30, 2013

High quality service!

March 23, 2013

I didn't get an explanation of the results of the dye test and nothing was said about medications. It was "as usual". I have great confidence in Dr. Bernstein and know if there is something I need to know he will tell me. I don't always know the right questions to ask.

March 21, 2013

I have already recommended Dr. Bernstein to others and they have visited and have had good experiences.

March 21, 2013

I have recommended your clinic to other folks. I was very impressed with the professional treatment by all contacted.

March 19, 2013

I have told people about your care and about how good all the people are.

March 15, 2013

I would give 4's to the resident and 5's to the doctor.

March 15, 2013

I would like to have heard more about the plans the doctor has for my eye or what he thinks are the chances I will see again. (or maybe it's best I don't know at this time?)

March 06, 2013


February 14, 2013

Dr Bernstein is the best. I thank him and the Moran every day for restoring my vision.

February 14, 2013

I will certainly recommend Moran to any and all patients that I come in contact with that may need to be seen in this capacity.

February 12, 2013

He knows his stuff but is not a very sympathetic person. For example, "you will never regain vision in that part of your eye" ... very matter-of-fact, no sympathy. Oh well ...

February 12, 2013


February 08, 2013

Always Great, new students are better than last year.

February 05, 2013

Doctor B did not do a terrific job of explaining how many treatments and time would/could be involved in returning my vision to normal.

February 03, 2013


February 01, 2013


January 28, 2013

perhaps the backup of patients had an impact. The physician may feel the outcome of treatment may depend on the next step. I left feeling this was my last choice to fix my sight problem whether or not it worked. I don't want false hope but reality.

January 28, 2013

Would highly recommend this facility as a referral.

January 25, 2013

Dr. Bernstein was perfect. He answered all our concerns and gave excellent directions. Could have not been better in all aspects. The entire staff were very professional and organized.

January 21, 2013

I am so grateful for the care I have received from the doctors at the Moran. Especially from Dr Bernstein. He has explained anything and everything I have asked. ( and often times that was a tall order) But I have never felt less than "important" when in his care.

January 18, 2013

A very informative and courteous staff. The wait to see the Dr.was excessive without explanation for delay.

December 18, 2012

The Dr. is always busy and does take the time to answer questions and talk you through the events. I tend to actually get more info from the other staff members during procedures that help shape my conversation with the Dr. so time with him is minimized, which in my opinion is a good thing. Having a staff who is willing to talk to you about there observations and theories and then using those in dialog with the Dr. is helpful and likely saves time on both parties.

December 10, 2012

very good

December 07, 2012


November 19, 2012

This visit was a follow-up primarily to address additional questions that have arisen since a previous visit. I felt that Dr. Bernstein was much friendlier and willing to listen that he had been on previous visits. I left this visit feeling much better informed and more like a person than I had previously felt. As a result of the general good care and information I have received from all my visits to the Moran Eye Center, I have urged a friend to consider visiting this facility for attention to a long-standing problem with his vision and that of his wife.

November 08, 2012

Dr. Bernstein is very business-like. Although, he seemed very knowledgeable, there is a wish on my part for more warmth in his interactions with patients. There were instances when I felt like an object rather than a person. I suppose that is simply his personality. Humanism is a quality that is much needed and highly desirable in the medical world. I missed it in my visit with Dr. Bernstein.

October 22, 2012

excellent experience

October 15, 2012

He doesn't say much. But others do.

September 29, 2012

Apart from the long wait to see Dr Bernstein, everything else was fine. He is a great Doctor

September 28, 2012

Dr. Bernstein is a fantastic doctor, he has helped me through a lot of eye problems. He is very personable, concerned, and has always given me the best of care. I realize he is in great demand, but I do hope that he will be at that clinic for a long time. I give my thanks for all he has done for me

September 03, 2012

I have already recommended several people to both Dr. Ambati and Dr. Bernstein.

August 31, 2012

Care provider asked a lot of detailed questions and really got specific. I was asked questions that I had never been asked before which I really appreciated. Care provider also gave me feedback about my situation that I have never received before. Care provider was wonderful.

August 22, 2012

He expedited the process for him to see my daughter

August 18, 2012

Dr. Bernstein isn't the most personal Dr. When it came to a particular problem I never fully understood what was going on, but I trusted the Doctor.

August 09, 2012

The Dr and others were great. Although a painful experience and through much double checking I feel they were very thorough and feel positive about the results.

August 03, 2012

Very good.

July 30, 2012

Well done; professional during the visit

July 25, 2012

I waish he could provide more answers regarding my symptoms. But he is an excellent provider.

July 21, 2012

We were impressed with the provider

July 15, 2012

Dr Bernstein is the best!

July 03, 2012

Very business like, dose the injection and little interaction. That's okay because I know his work is top.

June 18, 2012

A bit concerned that more informaton wasn't shared - only gave information that was specifically asked for.

June 14, 2012


June 01, 2012

I always have had a good experience with Dr. Bernstein and the med students.

May 04, 2012

I felt the provider was a little rushed. However, it was explained to me that he had been out of the clinic and was trying to catch up with his patients. I would have like a little more time with him.

May 01, 2012

I have confidence in Dr. Bernstein and I'm quite certain it wasn't his fault that I had to wait 2 1/2 hours. However, a mention of concern by him about that fact would have impressed me. I don't really care that much about the personality of the doctors I see, but I've been to other doctors who expressed concern about how long I waited whether it was their fault or not. Also, when he finally came into the examination room he had no idea why I was there and thought I was a new patient even though it was he who examined me on my previous appointment and told me to come back in a month.

April 30, 2012

Dr Bernstein care was excellent

April 23, 2012

I have always had wonderful communication, reassurance, and concern over my condition. , I have left feeling much better than when I arrived for my appointment.

April 17, 2012

i would have like to have received more information on my current statis and a review of what I can continue to do to help my situation.

April 16, 2012

Thank you! Your concern....your patience, your sincerity ...... we cannot thank you enough!

April 06, 2012


April 06, 2012

Dr. Bernstein may have been too busy for any discussion of my problem.

March 26, 2012

very good

March 23, 2012

I would never go to another Eye Doctor unless it was something that either Dr. Zabriskie or Dr. Berstein could not take care of.

March 23, 2012

As mentioned, the people are great, but I get the feeling that they are being really pushed to see as many patients as possible (not their fault - maybe an executive decision?).

March 20, 2012

very good

March 20, 2012

Dr. Bernstein inspires confidence. I actually look forward to my appointments.

March 20, 2012

I am disappointed that I have to go back for a third visit because the doctor still isn't sure if there is a tear in the retina. Because of the limited choice of appointment times and the distance from my home, transportation is especially time consuming. The expense of the visits is adding up, and it is quite an uncomfortable exam. However, I have confidence in this care provider and feel that he is giving me the best treatment possible.

March 16, 2012

I was treated very well

January 30, 2012

Sorry, but I would never subject anyone to what I experienced. It's not just one bad day. It's two previously appointed dates.

January 23, 2012


Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Ophthalmology/Visual Sciences - Professor
Neurobiology and Anatomy - Adjunct Professor
Pharmacology and Toxicology - Adjunct Professor
Board Certification National Board of Medical Examiners
American Board of Ophthalmology

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-6078 John A. Moran Eye Center
65 N Mario Capecchi
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Paul S. Bernstein, MD, PhD, divides his time equally between basic science retina research and a clinical practice devoted to medical and surgical treatment of diseases of the retina at the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah, where he has been a faculty member since 1995. He was promoted to Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in 2007 and since 2008 has held the Mary H. Boesche Endowed Professorship in Ophthalmology. He has adjunct appointments in the University of Utah Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, and Division of Neurosciences.

Dr. Bernstein did his undergraduate, MD, and PhD training at Harvard University. Highlights of his training at Harvard included a summa cum laude undergraduate degree in chemistry and a PhD thesis entitled the “Biochemistry and Pharmacology of Rhodopsin Regeneration in the Vertebrate Eye” with Dr. Robert Rando of the Department of Pharmacology. His medical degree was from the Division of Health Sciences and Technology, a special joint program between Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After completing 12 years at Harvard, he moved to UCLA where he did a post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Dean Bok in retinal cell biology and a residency in Ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute. He then returned to Harvard for two more years for a fellowship in vitreoretinal research and surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Bernstein has authored well over 100 peer-reviewed research articles and reviews as well as six book chapters, and has served as a reviewer for numerous journals, foundations, and institutes. Dr. Bernstein’s current research interests are focused on the biochemistry and biophysics of nutritional interventions against inherited and acquired ocular disorders.


Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Vitreoretinal Surgery
Residency UCLA Medical Center, Jules Stein Eye Institute
Postdoctoral Fellowship UCLA Medical Center, Jules Stein Eye Institute
Cell Biology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Internship New England Deaconess Hospital
Internal Medicine
Doctoral Training Harvard University
Professional Medical Harvard Medical School/MIT - Division of Health Sciences & Technology
Undergraduate Harvard University
Chemistry, summa cum laude


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