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NOTE: DR. CLINCH DOES NOT FIT CONTACT LENSES, however there are other physicians at EDOW that specialize in the selection and fitting of contacts. If you need contacts, please schedule your appointment with Dr. Jennifer Luckie or Dr. Barbor. Dr. Thomas E. 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 in the National Registry of Who’s Who and Best Doctors and Top Ophthalmologists in America. Dr. Clinch is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology as well as a member of numerous professional societies. As a LASIK surgeon, 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, DC, area selected to participate in FDA trials to correct high levels of nearsightedness with intraocular lenses. 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 15,000 LASIK procedures and has been selected as a VISX® STAR surgeon, ranking him among the top LASIK surgeons in the country.
Verified Patient Reviews
Really funny guy, very personable.
The office is very thorough and friendly.
Inspired confidence and made me feel very comfortable. Prescription for glasses was very good, and his exam was thorough and complete. Very pleased!
A bit apprehensive initially but felt confident the doctor will be able to resolve the situation.
Dr. Clinch is super incredible and friendly. On this day I went to see him however they were short staffed in the office so it took a long time before I was called in.
This was my first visit and it was the most efficient doctor's office I've ever seen. Completely on time, efficient intake, prompt tests, and Dr. consultation and follow up. At the same time, everyone was personable, engaged and focused on my health and providing all the information needed for me to make treatment decisions. Outstanding!
very pleased with the care I received from everyone, especially from Dr. Clinch.
Very happy with all aspects of visit.
I love that the office has all of the newest equipment to test your eyes. Dr. Clinch is very nice and straightforward. He does not do unnecessary tests or prescribe unnecessary treatments.
I have been seeing Dr. Clinch for years and he is always giving me great suggestions. He is treating his patients with respect and warmth. Highly recommend him to anyone!
I enjoyed by visit with Dr. Clinch! Everyone from the front desk receptionists to Dr. Clinch himself was very welcoming. The woman who did my refraction took the time to examine my eyes twice, as I was having trouble with the exam. She was both patient and understanding. Dr. Clinch gave me GREAT advice on how to take better care of my eyes and wasn't in a rush to simply give me a new vision prescription. I would definitely recommend!!
He was kind and professional as well as the other staff there. The only downside was the waiting time... around 40 minutes
Finally, I found an eye doctor who could properly diagnose my eye issues and get me started on a treatment plan! It's clear he knows what he is doing. He is quick and efficient but still very willing to discuss options and answer any questions one might have. I am very confident in the treatment I have received here and glad I have found an eye doctor I can stick with!
My visit was very professional and relaxing.
I did not like that they never forwarded the findings of my eye exam results to my rheumatologist despite my request at the time of the appointment to do so. The doctor even said that he will personally write a letter to my rheumatologist to let her know the results - this never happened. He just gave me another opthalmologist to go to. I am disappointed that it was just a waste of my time since it was my rheumatologist who even asked for this appointment in the first place!
I appreciate when I have an appointment and the doctor is ready to see you on time. The professionalism of the office is a warming environment. Great patient care from all those that I encountered during my appointment.
Thomas Clinch, MD is very professional. He was very friendly, very polite and make me feel better.
Thomas Clinch, MD and his staff were professional and very informative. I appreciate their ability to be specific about all considerations for the contacts.
Expert, friendly, informative, all-around nice guy and a darn good surgeon
First rate, very professional, excellent staff and clear instructions!
My visit with Dr. Clinch was so pleasant , he makes you feel so comfortable and he is the best Doctor for the experience I have had with him for removing the cataract from the eye. He so exceptional I cannot put into words. He is the best !!!!!
Visit was good, and technician was extremely patient and kind
Dr. Clinch is the best ophthalmologist I ever had! He demonstrates being at speed with last findings in the field and he is experienced and confident in what he does. Dr. Clinch always shows excellent bedside manner and a positive mood every time I visit his office. So glad he is my doctor!
Dr. Clinch provided excellent and thoughtful service- Just got my first eye corrected yesterday and I am working at my computer without glasses! - cant wait for second eye lens..
Could not have been better. I have been seeing him for 15 years and will continue to do so.
Though this was my first visit, I was very impressed with the professionalism, courtesy, and professional knowledge/skill demonstrated by the supporting staff of Dr. Clinch; the level of technology used to evaluate my eyes, diagnose problems, and evaluate my overall and specific level of vision. Dr. Clinch was very warm and personable, professional, and clearly outstanding in his field. I am very glad my Optometrist referred me to Dr. Clinch and have every confidence that my medical outcomes will be great.
It was OK... could've been better. He didn't explain to me what happened after my eye surgery.
I always have a great experience when I see Dr. Clinch. He is very nice and he cares about his patients and their eyes.
Dr. Clinch satisfactorily answered my questions concerning my eye problems. He did not pressure me in any way to have any procedures that I probably will eventually need, but instead urged caution. I appreciated his let's wait and see attitude, and prescribed glasses as an interim step. Thank you, Dr. Clinch.
Dr. Clinch and the staff are extremely professional with a dose of compassion . The evening after my surgery, Dr. Clinch personally called me ensure everything went well. His caring really touched me. I haven't experienced this level of care in quite awhile . I highly recommend Dr. Clinch and his Staff. Thank you for your care!
The Doctor was great. He accepted an appointment within 2 hours to deal with an emergency situation and was completely professional and great at handling the situation. I will be recommending him to anyone i know who asks for an ophthalmologist.
Dr. Clinch is an expert in his field of medicine. It's important to have confidence and trust in the Doctor. He has taken excellent care of me for 20+ years and I have only had positive experiences with him.
I've been seeing Dr. Clinch for some years now. Both he and his office are terrific. Wait times usually very short, techs start you off with various tests and then I end up with him. He always takes time to explain and talk to you, very pleasing manner.
Absolutely Top Notch. His team is very helpful, accommodating, very professional and knows their stuff. Dr. Clinch is the best and he called me personally the night after my surgery to check up on me. I was basically legally blind in one eye and the procedure he did on me gave me back nearly perfect vision. I more than recommend him to anyone who is looking for the best in the business. He was very reassuring and calm and I was very much at ease. I am overwhelmed with the results. More like Blown Away!!
Dr Clinch is the best eye doctor I ever had. He takes time to explain everything and makes sure that you understand. Lets you know some one will always be there to answer and question you may have later. Give you options and explains which you be best for you, but the decision is left up to you. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!
Was very pleased with my appointment. It is so easy to become very nervous at the beginning of any medical procedure. The group of Eye Doctors, very much including Dr Clinch makes it very reassuring.
Dr.Clinch's assistant failed to write up my specific reasons for the visit, so when he reviewed my record, much of the already too-brief time he allots to each patient was wasted. He was further distracted by have to deal with another patient during my allotted time. This is my 2nd experience of feeling rushed on an assembly line in this office. I'm an efficient person myself, but left the office feeling quite frustrated.
Staff and doctor - all professional. Everyone did their job, friendly.
Pros: Thorough examination and good communication. Cons: Long wait time
I was impressed from the moment I walked into the office. The front office staff was professional and pleasant. I loved completing my application online, especially the ability to scan your medical card and identification. The eye technician was professionally friendly and move the exam process/flow with easy and tact. Dr. Clinch provided clear explanations and answered questions willingly.
Dr. Clinch is a top-notch professional who is thorough, and takes the time to answer any questions I might have.
Excellent doctor and professional staff.
I felt very comfortable with Dr Clinch, this was my first visit.I am so happy ,that someone else rec this great Doctor to me!!
Love Dr. Clinch and his staff. Puts me at ease with their knowledge and professionalism. Never a long wait and I love how I receive my appointment reminders via call, email and text.
As usual a pleasant and professional visit. Very happy
The entire staff was magnificent!
The tech who did all the "prep" work, imaging, testing, etc., was fantastic. Cassie has a great personality and sense of humor. Dr. Clinch is always courteous, even when his schedule is packed. He's a top-notch doctor, and I've been his patient for 16 years now.
The medical evaluation was very good. Just a long wait well beyond my appointment time and the visit took longer than expected.
I was greeted promptly, led to an exam room at the exact time of my appointment, and treated incredibly well by every staff person I saw.
I am very pleased with the fact that they were able to get an interpreter without my asking for one. They were quick and willing to work with me, a deaf client! I had always come up with issues with other doctors but not this place! Will definitely come back again.
Very nice office and personnel. A little bit of a wait but not too long. Dr. Clinch was professional and very informative about my options. Very pleased with the visit.
I do not think I ever had such great service from check-in to check-out. Everyone was great. Loved Ruth the op tech, she was terrific. Dr. Tom was excellent making sure my questions were answered.
Dr. Clinch was very helpful and friendly. He takes very good care of his patient's eyes.
He rushed through my appointment, but he was very knowledgeable and thorough. I'd see him again!
Excellent, professional staff and friendly, knowledgeable doctor.
Easy, easy, easy. Great Doctor!
Dr. Clinch is the best there is in terms of bedside manner, clarity, and efficiency.
Dr. Clinch is very thorough. He writes down everything. He explains everything to the patient.
I've been a patient of Dr. Clinch for about ten years now. I completely trust his care. He is exceptional in his field, and his team is great!
It was a good visit.
The delight of no stress -- actual look forward to scheduled appointments. As one gets older, a few blips occur but they’ve been met with facts and a caring atmosphere by Dr. Clinch and his staff.
Very pleased with my visit.
doctor clinch is kind and profisnal pirson I thank him and im sory my English is not good my visit was exllent
My visit was great was seen almost immediately. I was in the office less then 1hr. Dr Clinch and his staff are very proficient.
It was very satisfactory.
Staff is excellent. Wait time this visit was not acceptable.
This was my first visit with Dr. Clinch and the visit went really well. The doc took the time to explain things and I felt like he was "actually in the room with me." Sometimes doctors can seem like they are only half listening, but I felt like he was actually interested in my case. The other staff were great too. I believe one of them was named Samantha? I'll be keeping him as my eye doctor.
Dr. Clinch evidently has everything under control, but he always seems like he's rushing to get to the next patient. I would prefer more time with time so I can get all my questions answered.
Very professional and nice. I've been seeing him and his practice for over 10 years and I'm very satisfied !
So pleased to be a patient of such an excellent and kind clinician.
Very efficiently operating clinic. I am pleased that I entrusted my eyecare to Dr. Clinch several years ago.
I found the entire staff to be very professional!
Dr. Clinch's office and staff were impressive- very efficient check in and diagnostic technology very modern and up to date. Dr. Clinch and his staff seemed very knowledgable.
The office staff is expert, quick, and efficient. Dr. Clinch is brilliant.
Knowledgeable and reassuring.
Friday, April 24, 2015, I was so terrified at first because I had heard about getting the drops in your eyes which causes everything to become blurred and thought that I would not make it back to work but I was wrong. The examination was painless, the drops made me have a slight blur but did not impair my vision for the return to work. The staff was wonderful, office was totally high-tech. Dr. Clinch and Dr. Wolf (who did the first part of the exam), were both gentle and knowledgeable. They explained every detail of the exam and both had the patience of "Jobe". My next appointment is in 6 months and I really am looking forward to it.
The doctor was kind and professional. I was surprised at the level of detail he went into with me. His staff are really caring and helpful.
He was short, terse, made it clear that he was in a hurry to go on vacation, rushed. When I went into surgery he did the wrong surgery and told me that it was my fault, blaming it on my age and memory. I found him to be argumentative, combative, defensive and overall not a good doctor. I will no longer see him.
I was very pleased with all aspects of my visit! Thank you!
Dr. Clinch has been my ophthalmology for more than 10 years now and he has been great.
First appointment. Seems excellent so far.
Dr. Clinch is a terrific combo doctor: superior surgeon combined with outstanding diagnostic abilities, and excellent patient interactions. It's having a point guard, who, in addition to dishing assists, can also score and rebound at will. That's right, he's the Magic Johnson of eye docs. His work on my eyes has resulted in an improvement of my Farnsworth Munsell 100 hue test score from 26 to 8! Getting my unaided distance down to 20/15 and my reading to "J1", (which was the smallest line of text on the card) was almost incidental. Great person, better surgeon.
Overall, my experience here was pretty bad. The appointment started promptly around the scheduled time. There was no WiFi in the lobby, but overall that's a minor complaint. Before the appointment a nurse dilated my pupils and did some preliminary exams. She was far and away the nicest person I interacted with at that office - she listened to my questions and gave full responses, as well as explaining what she was doing as she was doing it. After that preliminary session, I was sent out into another waiting room to wait for my pupils to fully dilate. After a few minutes, Dr. Clinch invited me into another room. He said that my pupils weren't dilated enough yet, so he would administer another drop or two of the dilating substance and then see another patient while he waited. This was my first experience at an eye doctor, and I don't use glasses or eye drops or contacts, so I'm not used to things poking or dripping into my eyes. The first nurse I saw was very gentle and patient about it. Dr. Clinch was the opposite: when I flinched as the eye dropper approached, he brusquely pulled my eyelid back and squirted the medicine in. It got it over with quickly but I far preferred the nurse's approach. Dr. Clinch then went to deal with another patient, and I sat in the darkened room, amusingly noting my diminishing ability to see anything closer than arm's distance as the dilation increased. I waited for a long time, seeing my chances of getting out of the appointment early enough to make it to my next meeting shrink. They left their computer with my medical records on it unlocked. I don't know if I would have been able to access other people's medical records if I had tried, and I certainly would have had a hard time reading anything on the screen given my dilation, but this doesn't seem like a security best practice. After a while, Dr. Clinch came back and apologized for forgetting about me - he had seen a couple other patients in the meantime, forgetting I was in there. He did seem sincerely apologetic, which was nice. The actual appointment itself was not unlike the feeling you get when you're going through airport security and there's a massive line of people pushing their way towards you and glaring at any delay and will you hurry up and get your belt off already? Dr. Clinch quickly went through an examine and told me to do some things at home, although it wasn't clear which of the symptoms they were supposed to address. I had a number of other questions about eye health than I had to fire off in rapid succession as his hand was on the doorknob. I don't know if because he forgot me he was then late for another appointment and trying to make up time, or if everyone gets the same treatment. After Dr. Clinch left, another nurse came in to do another procedure on me. I tried to ask him some questions as well, but he was also in a hurry to leave. They said that they would copy me on the email they'd send to my primary care physician, or send me credentials to log in to their site and see my records, but it's been several days and I've seen nothing of the sort. I still have questions about my care that I feel weren't answered. I almost want to book another appointment with someone who will actually take the time to interact with me in a caring way.
Very satisfied. It was very helpful to get an unbiased second opinion
Very professional and very friendly and personal
The staff is very friendly and professional. The eye exam was very thorough. Dr. Clinch is very nice and he did not recommend any procedure that he did not deem necessary.
It was fine.
Dr Clinch has been my opthamologist since he took over Dr Michael Lemp's practice some years ago. He has been superb in his treatment and advice, including a cataract procedure he performed more than 15 years ago.
His office is very professional and state of the art. Everyone who works there is friendly, efficient, and able to answer any of your questions. In addition, Dr. Clinch is very thorough and will sit and answer all of your questions. Great experience!
Very Professional, I think he is great at his profession.
Dr. Clinch and his staff are outstanding. My examination was very thorough and detailed, Dr. Clinch explained my condition in a most superb way what to be watchful for and what the present needs are. I was delighted to have this experience and will provide this information to my friends and family. I highly recommend Dr. Clinch.
very pleasant office, well organized...no complaints!
The whole office is professional, high-tech and efficient.
Dr. Clinch listens well, gives practical advice and always seems to be genuinely happy to see his patients. He also did my lasik procedure over a decade ago and my vision is still great!
Loved the staff and Dr. Clinch was great. I'm recommending him to everyone, several family members now going to him.
Excellent care. Very professional staff. Dr. Clinch is a great doctor.
Very professional, thorough and on time. Everyone in the office was pleasant and helpful. Highly recommend!
I have been Dr. Clinch's patient for at least a decade, and he always remembers me and knows exactly what treatments I have had in the past. He always takes time to explain and answer questions.
I think he is a good doctor and a busy professional. HE needs to focus on details with his patients b/c he tends to gloss over those!
Outstanding professtional! A very thorough examination, candid with my evaluation, and an all around straight-shooter. Will definitely be back. Thank you Dr. Clinch!
Really great reception--helpful and cheerful staff. Wonderful assistant who did the preliminary work for Dr. Clinch. Dr. Clinch, as always, was quick, thoughtful and perceptive in comments and practical in recommendations. Hard to actually enjoy an eye exam but this comes as close as it gets.
I thought he was thorough and straightforward with the diagnosis of my situation. He was likeable and professional.
Highly professional and very competent physician. Gave me the best advice for my condition which was greatly appreciated.
Outstanding and prompt service. And the best eye care around. What more can you ask for?
I found Dr. Clinch very thorough and kind. He had a reassuring manner, which is important when you're dealing with something as essential as sight. I spent more time with his assistant, who did the prep work and provided that information to Dr. Clinch. That way, Clinch was all up to date on the basic information about my eyes when he walked in the room. No need to spend 20 minutes explaining what I'd just told his assistant. Overall, the appointment took only 50 minutes and didn't sacrifice thoroughness.
Dr. Clinch did an amazing job!
Visit was great and the customer service was second to none.
We were new patients and he spends 7 minutes per patient. His staff take a thorough history and are quite accommodating for disabled patients. He did not take much time with us, the exam was short-- but he gave concise answers to questions-We will have a return visit in a month which may tell us more about how he interacts and how interested he is in helping patients.
Very nice and professional. Went for a potentially more serious eye issue and he was very understanding and honest. Did the opposite of pressure me to get a new prescription or glasses from their office since I recently got a new pair elsewhere. Felt very good about my visit and highly recommend for anyone needing more than the regular check-up/prescription update.
The office staff was cordial but not totally engaged-it really helps when one smiles and greets a patient personally
I was very pleased with everything about this appointment.
Fast, thorough, informative, great staff
What a pleasure this visit was. Informative, exciting, calming all in one. I feel much better informed about my cataract surgery and can't wait to get started.
Will book Lasik with Dr. Clinch for sure. Excellent staff- very professional.
I only had to wait a short time, and it was worth the wait for such good care.
Dr. Clinch is very professional and friendly at the same time. The staff was so helpful with my appointment. The weather was awful and traffic was a nightmare, upon calling the office to tell them that I was struggling to get to my appointment on time due to the traffic, they gave me assurance that they would be able to accommodate me and told me to drive safely. In stead of me arriving to the office stressed, I was able to arrive to the appointment relaxed in spite of my delay.
Dr. Thomas Clinch and his entire staff were wonderful. Thank you to all involved in the gentle, and excellent care of my elderly mother.
Very pleased with me experience with the staff and doctor. They were courteous, professional and crafted a treatment tailored to my needs.
The entire staff was very efficient, friendly and knowledgable. Dr. Clinch took a great deal of time explaining all the tests that were being done and also the surgery that was needed. I left feeling informed and very confident.
as always very professional and gracious
Very friendly and helpful!
Dr. Clinch was fantastic... took time to listen and lay out various options. Would definitely see him again and recommend him to all of my friends and colleagues!
This was the best experience with a Doctor. His staff was absolutely wonderful. Friendly and fast! I would recommend him to anyone!
The technician was fantastic. He explained all tests done and helped me to save money. Dr. Clinch was thorough and answered questions well. Great practice.
Dr Clinch and his staff thoroughly and patiently explain treatment plans and options. This is a patient-centered practice.
My first visit with him was great but the second visit was terrible. It seems he had a long day and two patients before me where difficult so after an hour wait when he got to me he was already irritated and unfriendly with mostly everything he said to me. His customer service was very poor and he did not seem to care what he said everything he said was in a rude manner. then at the end when he was the one that told me to bring in my old glasses he snapped at me and said that is a charge to read those old glasses but i will if money is not an issue I will if you want me to and walked out of the office. He ignored the fact that he was the one that told me to bring them in so I grabbed my stuff and left cause i will not be the one he takes his rough day on. I picked him because he was rated high in the Washingtonian as a good doctor but obviously he was not rated when he is underpressure and a rough day. I rather not go back to deal with his rudness and will look for a kinder doctor its one thing to wait for a doctor because his good its another thing to deal with his rudeness on top of the wait. The wait time would not have been so bad had someone communicated with me he had two unexpected patients he squeezed in rather than me sit there for an hour thinking maybe my on line appointment got squeezed in. His whole mannerism changes when he had a stressfull day which is when customer service should be most important wether someone comes in from loosing their vision or a simple vision check they all matter and constant rudeness is unnecessary in his line of work. In my family six people needed to go to eye doctor but I would never recommend them to him because if he has a bad day I know they would not get good service.
Confident, capable, and extremely profession--plus he's a good guy!
First visit to this practice. Staff was friendly and professional. Exam was thorough and doctor took time to explain things.
Except for the wait time, the experience was excellent. I came 15 min early because I was a new patient and still waited over 1 hour.
He was very friendly, asked a lot of questions and was very thorough. Very easy to talk to as well.
As always very satified with my appointment with Dr. Clinch. He will always answer my questions and gives you time for questions.
I liked Dr. Clinch when I met him 10+ years ago for my lasik surgery, and like him just as much when I came back to see him all these years later. He is one of the best eye doctors around, and very professional. I HIGHLY recommend him.
A highly professional and friendly practice - impressed!!
Professional Staff, very little wait despite the busy office. The office was clean, spacious and amazingly well located. Dr. Clinch himself was professional courteous, and very informative even though I saw him for only a few minutes. Gave me everything that I needed. A fantastic Doctor who really knows what he doing.
Very friendly, made me feel comfortable and i would definitely recommend him. The staff was also very efficient
The doctor was fine, but the wait was extremely long.
very nice but very busy.
the visit did exceed my expections.
He's the best!!
It was my first visit there today, and I can say nothing less than the Best EYE Physician I have ever known based on his knowledge and experience and more importantly how he had answers for every question I posed. Very jolly and lively person. I have a very complicated disease called keratoconus and I got the Best Advice.
Great first appointment.
It was quick and efficient.
I have never had a more pleasant experience at a doctor's office. Ordinarily, the Doctors are very professional, but in this instance the receptionists and support staff were also excellent and went above and beyond. Only complaint is that is it hard to get through their phone lines.
He is an experienced, professional, caring Doctor, with a wonerful sense of humor. He absolutely makes new patients feel right at home. It was a great experience. He has a wonderful staff, as well.
Great doctor and great staff!
The doctor is nice but the wait time is horrible.