Hylton Mayer, M.D.

MayerHylton R. Mayer, M.D. 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. Dr. Mayer has been recognized as a “Rising Star” and “SuperDoctor” by the Washington Post.

Dr. Mayer is an expert in the medical and surgical management of glaucoma and complex cataracts. 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 also performs CATALYS®, laser-assisted cataract surgery, and a variety of customizable cataract surgery options including toric lenses for astigmatism correction, multifocal lenses, and Crystalens.

While at Yale, Dr. Mayer was one of the first surgeons in Connecticut to perform a new minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, the Trabectome. Dr. Mayer was also the first surgeon in Washington DC to perform the iStent minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, and the first surgeon in the DC area to combine the use of the iStent and Endocyclophotocoagulation in a novel procedure known as the ICE procedure (iStent Cataract surgery and Endocyclophotocoagulation).

Dr. Mayer graduated cum laude from Centre College, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Societies. While at Centre College, Dr. Mayer was a Division III collegiate soccer player, for which he was recognized as Centre College’s Male Scholar Athlete of the Year and selected to the GTE Academic All-American District Team. Dr. Mayer was inducted into Centre College’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

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.

After his glaucoma fellowship, Dr. Mayer joined the faculty at Yale, where he was dedicated to the education of resident physicians and medical students as the Director of the Glaucoma Fellowship Program and Assistant Director of Ophthalmologic Medical Studies. He was also a clinical leader as the Director of the Yale Cataract Surgery Section and Yale Glaucoma Screening Program. Dr. Mayer served the Yale community on numerous other academic and clinical committees.

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 in Virginia with his wife, a pediatric nephrologist, and three children. He enjoys spending time with his family, coaching soccer, playing sports of all kinds, and puttering around on the guitar.

Dr. Mayer sees patients at our Chevy Chase, MD and Tysons Corner, VA locations.

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