Dr. Michael J. Weitz
Optometrist, Orthokeratologist, FIAO
Dr. Weitz has a lifetime interest in alternative health care and personal experience in homeopathy, acupuncture, nutrition, ayurvedic medicine, acupressure, energy work, chiropractic and body work. He has been doing yoga and meditation for over thirty five years. He brings this holistic view to the practice of Optometry. Dr. Weitz is past president of the Central Maryland Optometric Society and past chairman of the Optometric Council of the National Capital. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio discussing the latest developments in contact lenses. He is a member of the International Academy of Orthokeratology, the American Optometric Association, the Maryland Optometric Association and the Central Maryland Optometric Society. He was named a fellow of the International Academy of Orthokeratology . He is listed in the "Guide to America's Top Optometrists."
He is certified to fit wave contact lenses, paragon CRT and VST. He also uses other designs as needed in order to best serve his patients' needs.
* Fellowship in the International Academy of Orthokeratology indicates that Dr. Weitz has passed a rigid credentialing process which includes an extensive examination of his knowledge and clinical skills in Orthokeratology. In addition, he must stay abreast of the newest techniques and information.
What to expect
The initial assessment includes a full eye examination, a computerized corneal topographical scanning (a three dimensional representation of the cornea) and an infrared measure of your pupil size in dim lighting .This gives us a chance to assess both the general condition and health of your eyes and also to determine the likely effect of the procedure. Ortho-K contact lenses, made from highly oxygen permeable rigid material are then fitted using the results of the corneal scan to gently reshape the cornea. We may either use a pair of diagnostic lenses to be worn overnight or we will order a pair. After the first pair is dispensed we will review the fit the next morning. Generally we see a significant change after one night's wear. Corneal health will be carefully evaluated to ensure that it is not compromised in any way. We will monitor the fit closely and over the course of a few weeks make any modifications to the lenses to maximize the corneal reshaping in order to achieve clear vision. Although most of the changes occur within the first few weeks we will continue to make changes and modifications if necessary throughout the year. Once good vision is achieved we suggest follow up every three to six months. Contacts generally need to be replaced after one to two years.