Dr. Thomas Clinch, MD

Ophthalmologist

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1016 16th Street NW, Lower Level 100, Washington, DC, 20036
2 Wisconsin Cir, Suite 230, Chevy Chase, MD, 20815

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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.

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Really funny guy, very personable.

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The office is very thorough and friendly.

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Inspired confidence and made me feel very comfortable. Prescription for glasses was very good, and his exam was thorough and complete. Very pleased!

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A bit apprehensive initially but felt confident the doctor will be able to resolve the situation.

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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.

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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!

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very pleased with the care I received from everyone, especially from Dr. Clinch.

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Very happy with all aspects of visit.

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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.

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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!

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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!!

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He was kind and professional as well as the other staff there. The only downside was the waiting time... around 40 minutes

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Great

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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!

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My visit was very professional and relaxing.

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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!

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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.

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Thomas Clinch, MD is very professional. He was very friendly, very polite and make me feel better.

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Thomas Clinch, MD and his staff were professional and very informative. I appreciate their ability to be specific about all considerations for the contacts.

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Expert, friendly, informative, all-around nice guy and a darn good surgeon

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First rate, very professional, excellent staff and clear instructions!

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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 !!!!!

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Visit was good, and technician was extremely patient and kind

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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!

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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..

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Could not have been better. I have been seeing him for 15 years and will continue to do so.

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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.

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It was OK... could've been better. He didn't explain to me what happened after my eye surgery.

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I always have a great experience when I see Dr. Clinch. He is very nice and he cares about his patients and their eyes.

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Very satisfied.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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.

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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.

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Staff and doctor - all professional. Everyone did their job, friendly.