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At Eye Doctors of Washington, we provide comprehensive eye care services and utilize the latest technology to achieve the best possible results for our patients. Our ophthalmologists and optometrists have been providing top-quality care for the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia area for more than 40 years. If you are interested in receiving treatment from some of the most highly-respected specialists in the field of ophthalmology, contact Eye Doctors of Washington today.

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Ophthalmologists

The physicians at Eye Doctors of Washington are regarded as some of the best in the field of ophthalmology and have earned countless recognitions and top honors from their peers. Our board-certified ophthalmologists are all fellowship trained in their subspecialty and are some of the most experienced physicians in the Washington , DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia area. Learn more about our team below.

Thomas E. Clinch, M.D.

clinch Thomas E. Clinch M.D. is a widely respected member of the ophthalmology community and serves as co-chief refractive surgeon at the Eye Doctors of Washington. Dr. Clinch has administered in excess of 15,000 LASIK surgery cases and has been acknowledged as a “VISX® STAR surgeon,” classifying him amongst the premier LASIK surgeons in the nation. In fact, Dr. Clinch served in the capacity of investigator in the clinical studies that led to the FDA’s approval of: LASIK, PRK, and Intacs®. In addition to his work at Eye Doctors of Washington, He also serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at George Washington University and Washington Hospital Center.

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Paul C. Kang, M.D.

Paul C. Kang M.D. is a recognized authority in the field of ophthalmology and is co-chief refractive surgeon at Eye Doctors of Washington D.C. Growing up as a son to a blind father inspired Dr. Kang to dedicate his professional life to helping correct the vision of his patients. In addition to performing laser vision correction procedures, Dr. Kang also: serves as a scientific reviewer for the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, is part of the Visual Sciences Committee at the National Institute of Health, and serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology at Georgetown University and the Washington Hospital Center.

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Adam J. Gess, M.D.

gessDr. Adam J. Gess is an extensively trained ophthalmologist who performs cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, and laser refractive surgery at Eye Doctors of Washington. He comes from a line of eye doctors, with his father being an optometrist in Minnesota and his grandfather serving as a missionary ophthalmologist in West Africa. Dr. Gess’ passion for eye health inspires him to frequently contribute to top ophthalmologic journals. He also serves on the cataract surgery subcommittee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and writes for its ophthalmic news and education network.

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Mary Catherine Fischer, M.D.

fischerDr. Fischer graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Biochemistry. She received her medical degree from George Washington University Medical School. Dr. Fischer served for 13 years in the US Army. She spent her internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and completed her ophthalmology residency at the Brooke Army Medical Center. She left the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel and Paratrooper.

Dr Fischer is a board-certified comprehensive ophthalmologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology with 20 years of experience.

Dr Fischer has performed thousands of cataract surgeries and was the first Army ophthalmologist to perform LASIK. Her interest and vast experience eyelid plastic surgery include both cosmetic and functional surgeries.
A natural addition to eyelid plastic surgery is her training and experience in Aesthetic facial rejuvenation. Combined use of Botox and dermal fillers provides her patients with an excellent opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a younger, more refreshed look.

Dr Fischer was born and raised in Washington DC. While in the Army, she traveled to Texas and North Carolina. She lead medical missions to Honduras and Peru with a combined Army/ Air Force team of ophthalmologist providing eyelid plastic and cataract surgical care.

Dr Fischer’s love of travel and adventure provide her with opportunities to hike in the Andes, dive in the Caribbean, bike in Hawaii, ski in Aspen and photograph the people and scenery along the way.

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Hylton Mayer, M.D.

mayerHylton R. Mayer MD is a board certified ophthalmologist and a fellowship trained glaucoma specialist. Prior to joining Eye Doctors of Washington, Dr. Mayer was an Assistant Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology, where he was the Director of the Cataract Surgery Section and Glaucoma Fellowship Program Director.

While at Yale, Dr. Mayer was one of the first surgeons in Connecticut to perform a new minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, Trabectome. Dr. Mayer specializes in the consultation and management of glaucoma and complex cataracts, and he offers the latest medical, laser, and surgical options for patients, including the use of Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT), the ExPRESS shunt, traditional trabeculectomy, and glaucoma drainage implant surgery.

Dr. Mayer graduated cum laude from Centre College, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Dr. Mayer is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio (now the University of Toledo School of Medicine), where he received a Presidential Scholarship and was named to the AOA Honor Medical Society.

Dr. Mayer obtained his ophthalmology residency training at the Yale University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Mayer undertook a fellowship in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma under the mentorship of internationally renowned glaucoma specialists, Dr. M. Bruce Shields and Dr. James C. Tsai.

Dr. Mayer has published numerous book chapters, review articles, and original research papers, has been an invited lecturer at regional and national meetings, and is a reviewer for a variety of medical journals.

Dr. Mayer lives with his wife, who is a pediatric nephrologist at Inova Fairfax and Georgetown University Hospital, and his three children in Virginia. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports of all kinds, and puttering around on the guitar.

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Kenneth Schor, M.D.

schorKenneth Schor, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist. Dr. Schor graduated from the highly competitive combined baccalaureate/MD program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where he received the Steven N. Schindler award for high ethical and humane standards. Dr. Schor completed his clinical and surgical fellowship in glaucoma at the world renowned New York Eye and Ear Infirmary under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Ritch and Dr. Jeffrey Liebmann.

Dr. Schor specializes in adult glaucoma care utilizing the latest laser and surgical techniques, including Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT), Baerveldt and Ahmed Glaucoma implant surgery, traditional trabeculectomy, as well as minimally invasive glaucoma surgery such as endocyclophotocoagulation (ECP) and iStent placement. He also performs small incision, sutureless cataract surgery with the option for implantation of multifocal and astigmatic correcting intraocular lenses.

Prior to joining Eye Doctors of Washington, Dr. Schor was in private practice in New York City as well as an adjunct attending at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary where he assisted with resident training.

Dr. Schor is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Glaucoma Society. He has contributed to numerous research studies and presented at national ophthalmology conferences. Dr. Schor continues to partake in clinical research.

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G. Vike Vicente, M.D.

Strabismus and Pediatric Eye Surgery

vicenteDr. G. Vike Vicente joined Dr. John O’Neill as part of EDOW’s pediatric team. He is board certified in ophthalmology by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Vicente works at the N. Park Ave. office, where he specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. His efforts focus on strabismus surgery, eye infections, retinopathy of prematurity, congenital ptosis, pediatric cataract surgery, obstructed nasolacrimal ducts, and BOTOX® injections to treat strabismus.

Dr. Vicente received his undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary and went to medical school at Thomas Jefferson Medical College, graduating from both schools with honors. Dr. Vicente then completed an ophthalmology residency at George Washington University and Children’s National Medical Center, where he was named chief resident and trained resident doctors. He has completed a fellowship at the Harvard-Boston Children’s Hospital in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, where he developed techniques for eye muscle and pediatric cataract surgery.

In addition to his work at EDOW, Dr. Vicente is an assistant clinical professor in ophthalmology and pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital, a visiting professor at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and a volunteer physician at the Children’s National Medical Center. He has authored numerous research papers and has been asked to speak at conferences around the world, regarding his expertise in the field of pediatric ophthalmology.

Dr. Vicente is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. He lives with his wife and two sons in Chevy Chase, Maryland and enjoys running, teaching, and traveling internationally for medical mission trips

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Optometrists

The optometrists of Eye Doctors of Washington have the background and training to provide the most efficient and best care possible for every patient that walks through our doors. Learn more about the team of optometrists at Eye Doctors of Washington, serving the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia area.

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Melissa A. Barbor, O.D.

barborheadshotMelissa A. Barbor, OD has extensive experience and training in contact lens fitting, post-surgical care, and ocular disease treatment. She received her doctorate from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, where she graduated with honors. As part of her extensive training process, she completed multiple internships. Dr. Barbor trained at Omni Eye Services in Atlanta, Georgia, where she focused on ocular disease. She also completed an internship in pediatric eye care at The Eye Institute at The Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Finally, Dr. Barbor studied in a contact lens internship under the direction of Dr. William Morrison, a leader in vision correction technology.

Dr. Barbor has acted as an investigator for clinical trials for subjects ranging from pharmaceutical formulations to intraocular lens implants. Currently, she works as a trainer of professionals at research sites who are participating in clinical trials related to Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma and Dry Eye treatment. Dr. Barbor has consistently served as a Clinical Examiner since being chosen by The National Board of Examiners in Optometry in 2000. She has also held workshops at Georgetown University on the fitting of contact lenses and evaluation. Additionally, Dr. Barbor stays active in her field as a reviewer for the Council on Practitioner Education and a member of the International Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society.

She has called Chevy Chase, Maryland home for the past 10 years with her husband and daughter. They like to spend time going to the movies, riding bikes in Rock Creek Park, skiing, and enjoying the beach.

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Chantel N. Garcia, O.D.

chantel-garciaChantel N. Garcia, OD specializes in comprehensive eye care as well as preoperative and postoperative care for refractive and cataract surgery patients. She is an expert in fitting specialty contact lenses for patients with various corneal conditions including keratoconus and post-corneal transplantation.

She completed her undergraduate education at Florida International University. Dr. Garcia received her doctor of optometry from NOVA Southeastern University, where she graduated at the top of her class. Her clinical training included extensive ocular disease management, an externship at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda and ongoing research involving children and adolescents with autism. Dr. Garcia was selected for a prestigious residency at Salus University in Philadelphia. There, she received advanced training in the medical care and fitting of contact lenses for advanced corneal diseases as well as the management of complex corneal conditions.

Dr. Garcia is a well-respected expert in her field, lecturing internationally and serving as an adjunct instructor for Salus University. She is board certified in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC.
Dr. Garcia is originally from Miami, Florida. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys cooking, biking, boating, photography and exercising in her free time.

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Benjamin Teller, O. D.

tellerDr. Ben Teller graduated from University of Delaware with a baccalaureate degree in biology and geography. He earned an additional bachelor’s degree in visual sciences and his Doctor of Optometry degree with clinical honors from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He then interned with some of the nation’s top ophthalmologists at Hopewell Valley Eye Associates in New Jersey, Bethesda Naval Hospital, Katzen Eye Group in Baltimore, Maryland and Kaiser Permanente in Washington, DC.

Dr. Teller has been practicing as an optometrist in the Washington, DC, area since 1996. Recently, he became a partner of Eye Doctors of Washington. Dr. Teller specializes in comprehensive eye care and the medical management of eye disease. He has extensive experience in contact lenses and pre- and post- operative ophthalmic surgical care including the latest laser refractive procedures. Dr. Teller is currently the president of the Optometric Society of DC. Consumers’ Research Council of America recently named Dr. Teller one of ” America’s Top Optometrists”, and he is board certified in the state of Maryland, the commonwealth of Virginia, and the District of Columbia ( Washington, DC ).

Dr. Teller serves as an adjunct professor at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and is a preceptor for student externs completing their ocular disease and private practice rotations. He has presented various research posters at the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Teller continues to serve the community as an optometrist with pro-bono work at the Wellness Center for women at the N street Village.

Dr. Teller is a native of the Washington, DC, area and resides in Maryland. He has lived abroad and speaks Spanish. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer, skiing, windsurfing, and mountain biking.

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Ashley Wong, O.D.

Dr. Ashley Wong grew up in Rockville, MD. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Maryland. She then obtained her Doctor of Optometry degree at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. During her optometric training she completed her externships in the Maryland, D.C. area at the Andrews Air Force Base, Baltimore Veteran Administration, and Eye Doctors of Washington.

Following graduation from optometry school, Dr. Wong completed a residency program at the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in primary care with emphasis in pediatrics and binocular vision. Dr. Wong was one of the optometry residents chosen to train at the Bascom Palmer Eye Hospital dept. of pediatrics, one of the leading eye hospitals in the world. Dr. Wong is excited to return to the Eye Doctors of Washington. Her areas of interest include binocular vision, accommodation, amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (eye turn), pediatric primary care, and vision therapy for eye motility disorders. She sees patients at the N. Park Ave. Office.

In her spare time, Dr. Wong enjoys cooking, playing tennis, spending time with her dogs and traveling. She is fluent in Cantonese.

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