I have located 5 top LASIK surgeons in the Metropolitan
Baltimore-Washington corridor (and one a bit beyond) for you. They
have been selected as top rated surgeons by various groups, have won
awards, are recognized in their field, and have teaching experience.
Thomas E. Clinch, MD
1750 K. Street
Washington, DC 20006
?Thomas E. Clinch, MD, is a board certified ophthalmologist who is an
acknowledged leader in ophthalmology. He has performed more than 9,000
LASIK procedures and has been selected as a VISX STAR Surgeon, ranking
him among the top surgeons in the nation. Dr. Clinch has published
widely and speaks about his advances in laser vision correction. He
serves as an investigator in the FDA clinical trials where new
refractive surgery technology is developed and perfected. He was the
only surgeon in the Washington region invited to participate in the
recent FDA clinical trial investigating the correction of high levels
of nearsightedness with a new intraocular lens.?
?Dr. Clinch is the medical director and chief surgeon for the
University Ophthalmic Consultants Refractive Surgery Center. For LASIK
surgery, custom wavefront LASIK is used with the VISX Star S4 laser
system. Each patient's cornea is precisely measured. This unique
"corneal map" is then programmed into the excimer laser so that the
corneal curvature can be re-shaped in a customized and precise way for
?Dr. Clinch is an acknowledged leader in ophthalmology. He has
authored over 100 scientific articles and presentations. He was
recently honored with an Achievement Award by the American Academy of
Ophthalmology and has been named to the National Registry of Who?s Who
and Best Doctors and top ophthalmologists in America. Dr. Clinch is a
Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology as well as a member of
numerous professional societies. Dr. Clinch served as an investigator
in the clinical studies that led to FDA approval of LASIK, PRK, and
INTACS. He is proud to be the only physician in the Washington area
selected to participate in FDA trials to correct high levels of
near-sightedness with intraocular lenses for farsightedness. Recently,
he was also the first surgeon in the region to implant an intraocular
miniature telescopic lens for treatment of macular degeneration. He
has appeared on television network news programs as a pioneer in
refractive surgery. He was listed in Washingtonian magazine as a ?top
LASIK surgeon.? Dr. Clinch has performed over 9000 LASIK procedures
and has been selected as a VISX STAR surgeon, ranking him among the
top surgeons in the country.?
?Dr. Thomas E. Clinch is the director of UOCW Vision Centers. He was a
principal investigator in the clinical trials that culminated in FDA
approval of PRK, LASIK, and INTACS. He has been performing vision
correction surgery for over a decade and has performed thousands of
procedures. Dr. Clinch was the only surgeon in the Washington region
to be selected to participate in FDA clinical trials for Phakic IOLs
and Intracorneal Inlays. He routinely lectures and teaches courses at
major ophthalmology meetings.
We are excited to announce the latest procedures including the
Intralase (bladeless LASIK ). Please see our News and Updates sections
about these technologies.?
You can email Dr. Clinch with your concerns and questions here:
News story on Dr. Clinch
Dr. Andrew Holzman
Located in Tyson?s Corner, a bit further for you than DC.
1750 Tysons Blvd - Suite 120
Mclean, Virginia (VA) 22102
PH (703) 761-4999
TF (888) 56L-ASER
?Andrew Holzman, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has
dedicated his career to refractive surgery and vision correction. He
is a highly experienced surgeon in all areas of laser vision
correction who has performed more than 25,000 refractive procedures.
Dr. Holzman has been named a "Star Surgeon," an honor received by only
5 percent of the refractive surgeons nationwide.?
?Dr. Andrew Holzman is the medical director and chief surgeon of
Millennium Laser Eye Centers. Each member of the Millennium team is a
dedicated professional who is committed to the highest quality patient
care. The Millennium centers were designed and constructed
specifically for vision correction. The surgical suite has special
environmental controls through a special air filtration system,
ensuring accurate and consistent results.
For LASIK surgery, the VISX STAR S4 wavefront guided excimer laser
system is used. This newest technology system provides a measurement
of the corneal curvature in minute detail. This "corneal map" is
programmed into the laser so that each eye is corrected with a
customized laser profile. To create the corneal flap, the "bladeless"
Intralase procedure is offered. The combination of Dr. Holzman's
extensive experience, the wavefront guided STAR S4 system, and the
IntraLASE system provides for the safest and most precise LASIK
In addition to LASIK, Dr. Holzman is also an expert in other
refractive procedures: PRK, Intacs, ALK, RK, and AK. He has also been
performing CK surgery (conductive keratoplasty) for near vision
correction since 2003 (FDA approval for farsightedness), and was the
first surgeon to offer CK surgery in the Washington, D.C. area. Each
patient is meticulously examined to determine the best option of
vision correction surgery. A full suite of the newest diagnostic
technology is used to evaluate each patient, including WaveScan for
custom procedures and Orbscan. This device provides a full
3-Dimensional image of the eye for viewing by Dr. Holzman so that he
can more accurately recommend the most appropriate treatment option.
More about Dr. Holzman
Dr. Andrew Holzman graduated with Honors from Emory University and
received his medical degree from the University of Miami, School of
Medicine. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at George
Washington University. Dr. Holzman also completed specific training in
cornea and refractive surgery. This intensive training includes a
fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at University of
Pittsburgh Eye and Ear Institute, fellowship training in AK and RK at
the world-renowned Casebeer Education Center, Scottsdale, AZ, and
fellowship training in ALK at Hermann Eye Center in Houston, TX. He is
an active member of numerous medical and ophthalmology organizations,
including the American Medical Association, American Academy of
Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery,
International Society of Refractive Surgery. Patients enjoy Dr.
Holzman's lively and caring personality.?
You can also email Dr. Holzman on this page:
?Dr. Holzman is an expert in the field of Refractive Surgery, and has
performed well over 20,000 refractive procedures. He has been named a
"Star Surgeon" by VISX for his performance as a refractive surgeon.
This honor is given each year to the highest-volume surgeons in the
U.S. and is based on procedure volume attained during that year.
Ranking as a VISX Star Surgeon places Dr. Holzman in the top 5% of
refractive surgeons nationwide.
Dr Holzman has also served as a National Trainer and Regional
Instructor for the laser procedure known as LTK. LTK is technology for
people who are over 40 years of age, and who have low degrees of
farsightedness (hyperopia) and who need reading glasses.
He was also the first doctor in the Metro DC area to offer CK
(Conductive Keratoplasty), and is currently the exclusive provider of
this non-laser, radio-frequency procedure in Northern Virginia. CK is
the only non-laser procedure designed for far-sightedness, and is
especially useful for those patients over the age of 40 who would like
to eliminate their dependency on reading glasses.?
J. Alberto Martinez, MD
6410 Rockledge Drive, Suite 610
Bethesda, Maryland (MD) 20817
PH (301) 896-0890
?Dr. Martinez participated in clinical trials which culminated in the
development of the excimer laser, and was also a principal
investigator in the research and development of Conductive
Dr. Martinez has been performing vision correction for over a decade
and has become both nationally and internationally renowned for his
work. He routinely lectures and teaches as an Assistant Professor of
Ophthalmology at both Georgetown University and George Washington
University in Washington, DC. Over the years, he has also been a
prolific contributor to many different publications on a variety of
different topics. He has been honored with the titles of "Teacher of
the Year" and "Clinician of the Year". Since 1999, he has been
consistently voted a "Top Physician" in the metro area by
?Dr. Martinez is a board-certified ophthalmologist with special
training in diseases of the cornea and the external eye. After six
years of service in the United States Navy, he graduated summa cum
laude from The American University in Washington, D.C. He received his
medical degree at Georgetown University. After one year of internship
at the Washington Hospital Center, he completed his ophthalmology
residency at the University of Texas, San Antonio. He then returned
for advanced cornea training at Georgetown University Medical Center.
He then served for two years on the faculty of Georgetown University
as an assistant professor of ophthalmology. While at Georgetown, he
was a consultant, teacher, investigator and was elected "teacher of
the year." Dr. Martinez was also a guest researcher at the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) investigating the dry eye.
Dr. Martinez continues to be an active health educator at local
academic institutions, hospitals, and for the community. He was
recently named one of Washington's "Top Physicians" by the
Washingtonian magazine in the April 1999 issue.?
Marwa A. Adi, M.D., F.A.C.S.
454 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase MD 20815
Dr. Marwa A. Adi was listed in Washingtonian Magazine as a Top LASIK Surgeons
?Dr. Adi is a skilled cataract and corneal surgeon with multiple
publications. She has proven herself as a specialist in the
Crystalens? procedure. She has made contributions to major
ophthalmology meetings. Her efforts training young surgeons in eye
surgery have garnered her the prestigious Teacher of the Year award
from the Georgetown University Ophthalmology Residents.
· University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, fellowship in cornea
and external diseases
· George Washington University, Washington, DC, ophthalmology residency
· George Washington University, Washington, DC, research fellow in ophthalmology
· University of Damascus School of Medicine, M.D.
Academic appointments and affiliations
· Georgetown University Medical Center, assistant clinical professor
· George Washington University, assistant clinical professor
· American Academy of Ophthalmology, fellow
· American College of Surgeons, fellow
· American Cataract and Refractive Surgery, member
· American Board of Ophthalmology, board certified in ophthalmology 1990
· University of Florida, fellowship in cornea and external diseases
· George Washington University Hospital, residency in ophthalmology
· George Washington University, research fellowship in ophthalmology
· Washington Hospital Center, internship in general surgery
· University of Damascus School of Medicine, doctor of medicine
· American Academy of Ophthalmology, fellow
· American College of Surgeons, fellow
· American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, member
· Georgetown University, assistant clinical professor
· George Washington University, assistant clinical professor
· Washington Hospital Center, senior attending
· Georgetown University?s Teacher of the Year, 1997-1998, ophthalmology
· Washingtonian Magazine - Top LASIK Surgeons?
Robert M. Johnston, MD
?Robert M. Johnston, MD has been practicing ophthalmology in the
metropolitan D.C. area for over 30 years. A graduate of M.I.T. and the
Johns Hopkins Medical School, Dr. Johnston served as clinical
instructor at the Yale New Haven Hospital's Department of
Ophthalmology and Visual Science prior to opening his own practice in
Leesburg, Virginia. Additionally, Dr. Johnston is the Medical Director
for Vision Quest Laser Center.
As one of the early adapters of Radial Keratotomy (RK), Dr. Johnston
has been actively involved in refractive surgery since 1983. He was
trained by Drs. Kremer, Casebeer, Slade and Fyodorov, world-renowned
leaders in the field of refractive surgery.
Dr. Johnston received national recognition when he earned the VISX
Star Award for being one of the country's top LASIK surgeons. He is a
pioneer in the industry and has developed and patented the Johnston
Flap Applanator-a medical instrument now being used by surgeons around
the globe--to reduce the incidence of striae, a common flap
complication. He has also designed four other LASIK surgery
instuments, which are currently in production. These include the Flap
Lifter, Axis Marker, Fixation Ring, and Irrigating Canula. Dr.
Johnston is a Dipolmate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a
Diplomate of the American Board of Eye Surgery, a Fellow of the
American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Colleges of Eye
Surgeons. He is also a member of the Virginia Society of
Ophthalmology, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American
Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the International
Society of Refractive Keratoplasty. He is a board-certified
ophthalmologist, who is certified in PRK and LASIK on the VISX, Nidek
and Autonomous excimer lasers. With his extensive training and years
of experience, Dr. Johnston has performed more than 6,000 LASIK
Selecting a LASIK surgeon
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FAQs on lasik surgery
Drs. Peter J. Whitted, & Jeffery J. Hottman say this about selecting a
?You should see a board certified ophthalmologist, and preferably one
who is a corneal specialist. LASIK surgeons who also provide advanced
corneal care (e.g., for corneal ulcers and corneal transplants) may
have a better understanding of which patients are good LASIK
candidates. Don?t be swayed by the credentials of doctors who claim
to be the only board-certified surgeons for LASIK; the majority of
ophthalmologists are board certified by the accredited American Board
of Ophthalmology. There is no accredited board certification just for
Before you make a decision, we recommend you (1) receive no-cost
screening evaluations from at least two surgeons, (2) give yourself at
least two weeks after the exams to consider the pros and cons, and (3)
make sure the surgeon addresses all of your questions before surgery.
You should insist on being examined by the surgeon before you commit
to surgery, since the surgeon is the most qualified person to assess
your candidacy. Chances are you?re a ?good? candidate, but not a
?perfect? one, so be wary of doctors who seem to stress quantity over
quality. Finally, the price range for LASIK in Omaha only varies by
about $200 per eye, so don?t make this important decision based
primarily on price.?
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