Dr. Thomas Clinch, MD

Dr. Thomas Clinch, MD

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60 y/o
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Dr. Thomas Clinch, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Chevy Chase, MD and has been practicing for 30 years. He specializes in ophthalmology.Read his story

Eye Doctors Of Washington

2 Wisconsin Cir Ste 230

Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Alliance Health Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Clinch performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Dry Eyes
very high
more than 98% of peers
Retinal Dystrophy
very high
more than 94% of peers
Cataract Removal Surgery
high
more than 83% of peers

Dr. Clinch's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Clinch's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Clinch "Dr. Thomas E. Clinch is the managing partner of Eye Doctors of Washington. Having practiced for 30 years, he has performed over 30,000 LASIK and 10,000 cataract procedures. Dr. Clinch is dedicated to research and has served as an investigator in numerous clinical studies pertaining to LASIK, PRK, phakic and multifocal IOLs, the intraoperative miniature telescope for macular degeneration, collagen crosslinking and intacs for treatment of keratoconus, dry eyes, and infectious corneal diseases. Dr. Clinch has authored over 40 scientific articles and 100 professional presentations. He has been honored with an Achievement Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has been named to Best Doctors and Top Ophthalmologists in America as well as to Washingtonian’s Top Docs and Washington Post’s Super Doctors. Dr. Clinch is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology as well as a member of numerous professional societies. He has served as President of the Metropolitan Ophthalmology Society and is a team ophthalmologist for the Washington Capitals and Wizards. Dr. Clinch graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University and earned his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College with honors. Afterward, he completed an ophthalmology residency at Wills Eye Hospital as well as a fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the LSU Eye Center. At the beginning of his career, Dr. Clinch served in the U.S. Navy as the head of the Department of Ophthalmology, Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune. Afterward, he became an Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Utah, where he was the Director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Services. He moved to Washington DC in 1999 to be closer to family and friends. Dr. Clinch and his wife enjoy boating, cooking, and fitness. He is a member of the International Wine and Food Society. He also takes frequent scuba vacations with his sons and hopes to dive on all 7 continents."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Clinch "For over 50 years, we have provided the DC metropolitan area with state-of-the-art eye care. Founded by a group of professors from the Center for Sight at Georgetown University, our practice has always focused on the core values of academically oriented care, keeping abreast of the latest advancements in the field of ophthalmology, and providing an efficient yet comfortable environment for our patients.

Since we are an academically oriented practice, we have the unique advantage of being able to offer the newest procedures and techniques with the benefit of the most advanced diagnostic and surgical equipment. Even our routine eye exams take advantage of recent technological innovations. We realize that selecting a physician can be a challenging process, and we believe that our practice’s compassionate experts are uniquely positioned to provide you with the best possible care in the field."

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1  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

44  Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Astigmatism
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Black Eye
  • Blurred Vision
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cataract
  • Chalazion
  • Color Blindness
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Disease
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma - Iridogoniodysgenesia
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Migraine
  • Nearsightedness
  • Night Blindness
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Pterygium
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Stye
  • Vision Impairment
  • Vision Loss
  • Visual Field Defects
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21  Procedures

  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Contact Lens Exams
  • Contact Lens Fitting Services
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Diabetic Eye Exam
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Procedure
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyeglasses
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Glaucoma Treatment
  • Laser Cataract Surgery
  • LASIK
  • Ocular Prosthetics
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
  • Physical Examination
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Retinal Testing
  • Soft Contact Lenses

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Jefferson Medical College Of Thomas Jefferson University, Thomas Jefferson University
    Medical School | Graduated 1983
  • Naval Regl Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1984
  • Wills Eye Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1988

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Clinch has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Clinch's Reviews

3.9
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Clinch to family and friends
20 total reviews (1 has a comment)

Likelihood to Recommend (20)

  • 5
    (13)
  • 4
    (1)
  • 3
    (1)
  • 2
    (1)
  • 1
    (4)

Dr. Clinch's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well

    VERY GOOD
  • Answers questions

    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent

    VERY GOOD

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment

    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness

    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (1)

Words are inadequate to describe how elated I am at the gift of sight given back to me by the extraordinary team at Eye Doctors of Washington, specifically my surgeon, Dr. Thomas Clinch. Some background: At least 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with early cataracts in my mid-50s by my...more
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