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Qualifications and Experience
***Please note that our office only submits to medical insurances for medical eye exams. We do not submit to vision insurance or for vision services (refraction, contact lens fittings, LASIK). *** Dr. Rajiv Luthra is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and Cornea & External Diseases Specialist treating patients in the Washington DC area and surrounding neighborhoods. Dr. Luthra attended Christian Medical College, Ludhiana and completed his Internship and Residency in Ophthalmology at Henry Ford Hospital. He completed a Fellowship at Louisiana State University Eye Center and a Fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at Johns Hopkins University, Wilmer Eye Institute. Dr. Luthra treats patients for eye infection, lasik surgery, retina surgery consultation, allergic eye problems and much more.
Verified Patient Reviews
Well, I was not that satisfy with the service I have been provided and should be my last time visit. I filled online all my documents and insurance information to avoid excessive delay. still I have to go through it again. They take me to a room, wait there 20 mints still doctor did not show up. I clearly wrote in the notes that I am looking for glass prescription, since I lost my glass, but the Dr. Check my eyes health and asked me to pay for it they said I sign to pay for it and when they show me the paper there was no signature. Then they said oh sorry but we wrote it in the glass of the reception desk. I was not there to read every glass and door that what you wrote on, and then they took my prescription from me. It was totally an awful visit and waist of my time and many.
Very reassuring in being thorough.
This office is super efficient -- I was in to see Dr. Luthra within five minutes of arrival (thanks, ZocDoc for helping me take care of all the paperwork ahead of time!!!), and he himself was an absolute delight. Fantastic rapport with patients, and excellent explanation of your course of treatment. I feel like my eyes are in great hands!
Great, personable, thoughtful physician. Takes time to analyze and explain. I’ve been struggling with blepharitis for years and feel like I’m finally in good hands.
Dr Luthra was very personable and knowledgeable. I would recommend him to friends.
Dr. Luthra and his staff are excellent. He is very knowledgeable and listens to you. His staff are competent, efficient and helpful.
Exceptional, professional and highly competent. One visit and I know he's my eye doctor for life.
I was having a bit of an eye emergency and the office was very accommodating getting me in for a same day appointment. Dr. Luthra was very good at listening to my symptoms and explaining everything he was doing. I am very satisfied with this practice and Dr. Luthra.
Great Doctor! takes his time to understand your concerns and more!
Efficient, pleasant, nice staff. So happy they could take me at the last minute!
Loved him. Very intelligent man with great bedside manner. Thoroughly explained everything he was doing. Outlined all my options. I will be back!
Dr. Luthra was kind, quick, and authoritative. He was a great diagnostician, and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is having eye trouble.
Dr. Luthra is a supreme professional and personable. His assistant is the same. The reception room is another matter, about as friendly as entering a deep freezer. No one smiles; no one says hello; the response to any question is given with an attitude of 'Why are you bothering me?'
Dr. Luthra was lovely and caring, with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that I was able to get a last minute appointment. The technician was also very pleasant and professional. Reception staff seemed a bit indifferent, but certainly not rude.
Dr Luthra is top-notch. Excellent bedside manor with a sense of humor and attention to most up to date evidence-based practices in the field.
Dr. Luthra is not only extremely competent but he is also a caring and compassionate physician.
Very professional, informative and friendly. Dr. Luthra took the time to make me feel comfortable and answered all of my questions. Highly Recommended.
Wonderful Dr. - had a great appointment that was not too long but very insightful.
I had a prescription hicycup that the eye glasses provider made which Dr. Luthra immediately took care of and even called the store to make sure. I'm so glad he did this rather than have me explain because everyone is always trying to not get blamed rather than fix the problem.
I didn't like my experience because: 1. I didn't get the full attention which I felt warranted my appointment - he kept going back and forth between a different patient and I, I was also on time so it was not like I had overlapped with another patient's time. 2. He kept on interjecting whenever I tried to speak about my condition. I understand that he's the specialist which is why I opted for his expertise in the first place, but it's rude to keep interrupting your patient when they're trying to get their condition across.
Professional, friendly, competent.
Dr. Luthra is simply amazing! He has the best bedside manner of any doctor I have ever had and is very thorough and makes sure he does everything possible to help you!
Very professional and told me what I needed to know to fix my eye infection! Would highly recommend.
Dr. Luthra was kind, professional, and very helpful. The appointment was quick and he answered all my questions and eased my concerns. I look forward to seeing Dr. Luthra for my future appointments.
Dr. Luthra was very informative and efficient and took time to answer my questions. He saw me very quickly after meeting with the nurse. I was in and out in 45 mins. Great experience.
I asked specific questions about what would be covered by my insurance, and how much I was being charged, but the staff did not seem to know what they were doing. That being said, Dr. Luthra was awesome. As long as you are clear about your insurance, I highly recommend him.
I came in to check my blurry visions. It turned out to be the issue of putting in contact lenses wrong. Having seen the few reviews about unwanted charges and tests. I said no to his offer to write me a new glasses and contact lenses prescription, and dilation test because I had to go back to work. He started to raise his voice saying how it's important to have accurate prescription and I'm "short-changing" myself by not taking it although my last prescription is only 6 months ago. When he put the yellow dye in, I hesitated because it doesn't look like they used a different dropper or attempt to clean it. He told me "you must have never got your eyes tested in America because everyone uses it here." When the exam is over he almost pushed me out of the room in a very hasty manner. My eyes were still full of the dye and I can't see anything because he told me not to put contacts in until 10' later. I sat in the office for a few minutes and asked for eye drops when the nurse offered to washed out the dye for me. She's the only good thing that came from this appointment. Needless to say, I won't come back again and I can't wait to see what they'll charge me for.
Very attentive to me my over all medical health and in particular my eye exam as to current and future issues
Dr. Luthra is kind, courteous, and both professional and personable. Highly recommend.
He is great!
Great doctor -- explained things very clearly and answered all questions I had clearly. He does speak quickly, but overall very good.
Very professional and certainly has a wealth of experience. My appointment was for medical services (not lens or LASIK), and I was very pleased and impressed by Dr. Luthra. He is a rare breed of professional and patient-focused doctors in DC. THANK YOU!
Dr. Luthra is very knowledgeable and has an excellent way of listening to you and providing information. He was also very helpful in explaining alternate insurance options.
He is professional, warm, and reassuring.
Very good visit. Dr Luthra was personable, professional, and attentive. Office was clean, easy to find, and professional. Staff was great.
Dr. Luthra was great and quickly explained my condition to me and the treatment options.
Very pleasant, rather sophisticated but in a manner that is helpful. Very comfortable environment with a great staff of professionals. The feeling overall is that of being well taken care of given how important the potential for eye disease is scary and wanting someone that will do everything possible to preserve my good eye health.
I went to see Dr. Luthra for the first time for some issues with my eye. Doctor was very friendly and patient. He listened to my concerns and showed that he cares his patient. I didn't have to wait long before I see him and the staff were friendly. Overall, it was a good experience.
Dr. Luthra, his partner Dr. Stopak, and their staff are the best. I came to see them because I had conjunctivitis / pink eye - but will now use them as my Ophthalmologists going forward. I highly recommend them!
Great experience, in and out within 30 minutes.
It's a lovely office- clean and well lit. The assistant who got me situated was very friendly. Dr. Luthra had a great bedside manner and seemed very good-natured; he was also knowledgeable and helped me resolve the issue I was having in a timely manner. At the end he seemed to want to get me out in a hurry, but I respect that he has other patients to attend to. I'm glad I went!
Visiting Dr. Luthra has been one of the best physician interactions I've ever had. He sets patients at ease and he himself called me with results of a medical imaging test. I give him my highest possible recommendation.
Great ophthalmologist who is knowledgeable.
Overal I've had good experience. Some of the minor issues were not addressed like dryness of he eyes, since primarily I was there for blurry vision and the doctor jumped into picking lenses right away. What I was shocked by was the fact that I had to pay $60 for glasses prescription, although my annual eye exam is covered by insurance 100%.
Long wait time, but it was ok since I wasn't rushing anywhere. Dr. Luthra was very professional and kind. Made me feel completely at ease as it was my first time at an eye consultation and had never had my pupils dilated. Was not pushy at all and was incredibly frank about his opinions on prescriptions for my situation.
Dr. Luthra was kind and thorough. I will continue to see him.
This was my first visit with Dr. Luthra. He was very professional and knowledgeable and I felt comfortable under his care. I would certainly recommend him.
Dr. Luthra was helpful, informative, understanding, and professional. It was a joy to be his patient. His assistant (I wish I remembered her name) was kind and friendly. I'm actually looking forward to my 6 month followup.
I thought I had a serious condition, but did not. Visit was reassuring and my condition thoroughly explained.
His office welcomed me and fit me in within 5 minutes of my arriving very late to my appointment. Dr. Luthra provided a very thorough exam, explained the procedure and his findings very clearly and thoroughly. I never felt rushed and had all of my questions answered clearly.
Very very good.
Dr. Luthra is such a wonderful person and most importantly for this review an extremely talented physician. If you are considering Epi-LASIK with him please read this review as I hope it will help you to know what to expect and to truly trust Dr. Luthra through the recovery process. I can't imagine trusting anyone with your eyes other than Dr. Luthra. I came to him the first time about 3 years after I had LASIK performed by a surgeon in a different state in 2010. I had bad halos following my surgery and came for a consultation on whether or not I was a candidate for an enhancement. At that time he was honest with me and said a surgery was not indicated at the time. He treated my dry eye which did help with the halos. 2 years later my halos became worse and I was having trouble reading powerpoint presentations in lecture. I felt very unsafe driving at night and so I stopped completely. I am in my last year of medical school and am training to be a surgeon so I went to Dr. Luthra again for advice about whether or not a procedure would help. Given that my astigmatism had become worse, he said I was now a candidate for Epi-LASIK. This is a much safer procedure to perform on someone who had LASIK before and he also thought it would help to address some of the blurriness and halos that were bothering me. Given the great rapport he had built with me and his excellent credentials, I immediately trusted him to have this procedure. He warned me that Epi-LASIK is had a longer recovery time and that your vision would be blurred for 7-10 days. I knew the risks going into the procedure. The scheduling of the procedure, getting measurements done, etc. was very smooth. I showed up for the procedure and he reviewed my case with me again, checked my vision one last time, reviewed the plan for recovery, and made sure I was appropriately relaxed for the procedure. The procedure was painless - there was just some significant pressure which I was warned about prior to and during the procedure. He walked me through the procedure as he performed it which for me was nice. Post op day #1 he saw me promptly and said everything was looking great. Post op day #3 my vision became worse and it was a bit scary. I also had a bit of pain. He immediately saw me in the office and assured me this is part of the recovery process because the old epithelium must naturally fall off and the new epithelium must grow in which can take as many as 25 cycles. The one eye also had a significant abrasion over my field of vision which is a normal, but unfortunate, short-term outcome from the procedure itself. He put bandage contact lenses on both of the eyes which helped immensely with the pain. I was reassured and told to come in the following week. I had to get back to work and noticed my vision was getting even worse. It was so bad I could barely read my computer screen. Post op day #5 on a Sunday I texted Dr. Luthra because I was feeling very anxious. He offered to meet me in the office and just wanted to make sure everything was fine. Deep down I knew this was part of the process, but it was just scary not having your vision that you are used to. He was so kind in the office, even early on a Sunday morning, took a look and said that he could see where the new epithelium was growing back and that my vision was worse because the old epithelium was still there and right over my field of vision. I was reassured that there was not a problem and that only time was going to be the solution. I again went to see him Post op day #7 because I was about to go on vacation. My vision was stable, but still very bad. There was no way I could drive and I could barely read the computer. Miraculously on the evening of Post op day #8 I could tell my vision was starting to improve. I felt comfortable enough to go on my trip. By Post op day #10 my vision was back to normal. I am now #24 days out from my surgery and extremely pleased with my result. My halos have vastly improved and I no longer need a prescription (I have 20/20). Everything is much more crisp and I think that every day it will continue to get even a little bit better. Even being a medical person, it's scary when your vision is not there. Despite being told it will take time, you will still panic. Dr. Luthra's continued reassurance helped me get through the recovery period without losing my sanity. If I were to have the procedure again I would make sure I had a full 7 days recovery away from work in the case that you don't heal rapidly in the first 3 days - which I know some people do. Surgeons can't predict how your body will respond, but they can continue to reassure you that there are not any major problems and that this is part of the normal healing process. If you listen to Dr. Luthra, take your drops as prescribed and attend your follow-up appointments I know that he can get you to an outcome you will be pleased with - just be patient! He trained with the best and now is the best!
Dr. Luthra was very thorough, knowledgeable and efficient. His bedside manner was excellent.
Great and speedy service with full explanation !
Kind, informative, helpful.
I really liked Dr. Luthra! I am a new patient and feel like I made the right choice when scheduling my annual eye appointment with him/his office. He is really knowledgeable and easy to talk to.
Very professional, knowledgeable, and helpful. Not pushy when it came to selling glasses and contacts - just gave the facts and offered once. Highly recommended!
Dr. Luther had to deal with an emergency which made my wait time a little longer than what it would usually have, but still the best wye doctor I've ever been to. Very professional and knows what he's talking about. Love him!
I've had a series of ok visits to optometrists over the years. I'm so glad I decided to try Dr. Luthra! He was extremely efficient, personable, and knowledgeable. You could tell he had a lot going on, but did probably the best job I've ever seen of not seeming rushed, being very engaged and focused when in the room, ensuring that you understand what's going on, and really loving what he does. He talked through several, relevant aspects of my eye health that I haven't heard from any other eye doctors. I also didn't feel in the least pushed to order certain contacts or have to beg for a copy of the prescription - pressures I've disliked in past eye exams. Everyone in his office was wonderful, and they seemed to work really well together as a team. I had no issues with getting paper work done before or after. Will definitely recommend him to my friends!
informative with respect to my concerns; Dr. Luthra evidenced a personal concerns for my issues; spoke readily about possible solutions and evidenced throughout both excellent technical competence and interest in ensuring that he had dealt with all areas that were in question.
He's great. He takes time to answer questions and will tell you where to find more information. He and his staff are great at helping you think about cost.
The doctor was highly professional but unfortunately I waited long after finishing my registration info. In general, the visit was good.
Very warm and professional doctor and staff. Would definitely recommend.
Very good visit, quick wait time and professional staff. Doctor was very kind and explained things well
Dr. Luthra is so attentive and caring!
Very informative, went through every step of the exam, and he was very thorough!
Doctor Luthra and his staff were friendly, knowledgeable and efficient.
Really nice professional staff, they really nice and convivial; Doctor was nice and understood my problems and prescribed some meds. First visit to this practice and so far, so good.
Dr. Luthra is a wonderful and considerate physician. His office is very accessible and staff is outstanding as well. I would definitely recommend him to others.
Dr. Luthra was very kind- he didn't give off the impression of being rushed at all and took the time to talk with me and explain what he was doing. The two people in the front were also great and explained billing and insurance fairly clearly.
Fantastic doctor. Very, very knowledgeable. Loved his office as it is conveniently located and also paper-less for a smoother experience for the patient
A talented and wonderful Doctor; wish they were all like this.
Dr. Luthra was clear, concise, and personable. I was in for a routine eye exam and should I require further care I wouldn't hesitate. The only negative would be that the wait time was a tad over 30 minutes from the scheduled time, but once they got me in the back there was very little waiting.
Great service and office. Definitely recommend, read previous reviews and they did not disappoint!
Dr. Luthra was extremely personable and seems to know what he is talking about. However, much of the visit was spent trying to sell me Lasik surgery.
This was my first visit and the entire office is excellent!!! All levels in the office had great customer service skills and were very informative!!
I had never been to a ophthalmologist before, he was very smart, solved my problem quickly and had a great beside manner!
Very thorough and attentive.
Great experience. Office staff was friendly and accommodating and Dr. Luthra was very approachable and thorough. Highly recommend!
Dr. Luthra is the most exceptional physician I have ever had. He is always warm and professional and takes the time to explain and answer every question. I cannot recommend him enough.
Very friendly office staff upon my arrival. Dr. Luthra was extremely thorough in his examination and addressed all my questions/concerns with sincere compassion and professionalism. I'm so glad I found his practice and plan to return for my next scheduled visit!
What a nice guy -- super friendly, knowledgable and helpful. Highly recommend.
Office staff was extremely welcoming. Dr. Luthra was a great listener and advisor. Highly recommend.
Dr. Luthra is great. He did my Lasik surgery and it was a tremendous success! I had a great recovery, no scratchiness, no discomfort, no floaters. Dr. Luthra was very calming and relaxing during the procedure and kept me relaxed during all of the strange whirring and buzzing sounds that you hear. I would highly recommend him for this procedure.
It's been a long time since I've had such a positive experience with a compassionate Doctor who throughly explained my eye issues. Am also impressed with his capable staff.
so far so good, have an infection so I have to go back once inflammation is down to have more thorough exam.
I don't look forward to having to go to the doctor... of any kind. Dr. Luthra was very polite, listened to my concerns and did a thorough eye exam. I was a little thrown off when i checked in that they charge for prescriptions (if you need a new eye glasses/contact prescription) but that wasn't the reason i was going, but would have been good to know in advance. Dr Luthra was very professional and I would recommend him to friends.
Very professional and attentive!
Dr. Luthra was wonderful - - smart, professional, nice, caring. I highly recommend him. Everything about the experience was lovely and my eyes feel so much better.
Best experience I've ever had getting my eyes examined. Dr. Luthra really listened to understand what problems I was experiencing to help solve them. He went into detail about how the problem occurs and what to expect in the future. I've already referred some co-workers to him. Also the reception staff was very welcoming and explained the mechanics of the insurance submission process for the type of exam that I had.
Dr. Luthra is an excellent doctor and in particular fantastic at listening to you. He really wants to understand what is going on and get to the bottom of your issue. I have odd episodes with my eyes and his is the third opinion--and the one that actually makes sense. He thinks holistically and I highly recommend him.
Dr. Luthra was kind, and had the best bedside manner of any doctor I've seen regardless of specialty in a long time. I highly recommend this practice!
My experience was great! Efficient, fast with great bedside manner.
Very professional, very efficient. Highly recommended.
Doctor was pleasant and reassuring, very clear about instructions for care and when to come back for reevaluation.
One of the better providers I've seen in a long time. Friendly, knowledgeable, explained everything in great detail and answered all my questions.
I went to Columbia Eye Associates for a general eye exam. The front office staff was very friendly, I didn't have to wait long, and Dr. Luthra was incredibly nice and helpful in explaining my options. Would definitely recommend!
He was very quick and professional.
Professional,friendly demeanor. Thorough without delay, and efficient.
Excellent doctor. attentive, warm and effecient
Dr. Luthra was extremely personable and an obvious master of his craft. I scheduled my appointment on the same day that I was seen, and I was seen on time. I would highly reccomend him to others.
Very professional experience. Great bedside manner. Left appointment knowing what problem was and how it would be treated.
I made an appointment for an eye exam. There was no wait time either in the waiting room or for the Dr. Great staff, great Dr. Would recommend
Wonderful visit! Dr. Luthra has a wonderful bedside manner and saw me right away even though his receptionist was running late. He is very knowledgable, thorough with his exams and takes the time to explain what is going on with my eyes. I didn't feel that I was rushed at all. Would highly recommend.
My appointment was at 1:00 and I was out of the office by 1:30 - quick to see me, great bedside manner, and effective!
Awesome smart scholarly doc with a good bedside manner
Great doctor, with an excellent bedside manner!
Skilled and very caring doctor, and professional office staff.