Doctor & General Info

Dr. Michael J. Weitz

Optometrist, Orthokeratologist, FIAO

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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.

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Marc Levy

OD
Dr. Levy is a 1989 graduate of Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, Maryland Optometric Association and the Central Maryland Optometric Association. His background includes specialty contact lenses, Lasik co-management and Neuro optometry. He is certified to fit Paragon CRT and Emerald Design Orthokeratology lenses. He is currently working on furthering his ortho-k skills with Wave Design (Night Lenses) and other ortho-k modalities. He loves being in private practice and his favorite part of that is watching families grow through the years and getting to know and genuinely care for them.
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Gregory Katchuk

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Dr. Gregory Katchuk joined Bethesda Vision Care in May, 2001. He is residency-trained in ocular disease, an achievement fewer than 5% of optometrists nationwide have completed. His skills span primary eye care, specialty contact lenses, pre- and post-operative LASIK care, management of surgical patients, as well as co-management of glaucoma and retinal vascular diseases such as diabetic retinopathy. In addition, Dr. Katchuk is certified in prescribing scleral lenses and lenses for keratoconus. Dr. Katchuk attended the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and is originally from Elmira, New York. He is applying his expertise in specialty contact lenses to the orthokeratology field and working with Dr. Weitz and Dr. Levy in managing orthokeratology patients including Wave Design (Night Lenses), Paragon CRT, Emerald Lenses and other modalities.

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.

What are the Disadvantages of Ortho-K?

  • You must be  prepared to allow at least  4-6 visits over 3-6 month
  • Continued lens wear is essential or the cornea will revert to its original shape
  • The speed of vision correction varies from one person to the next
  • It may be necessary to wear soft lenses during the day until vision improves sufficiently for  distance
  • When you sleep in any contact lens, be it a rigid or soft lens there is a slightly increased risk of an eye infection
  • Individuals with large pupils may experience halos and glare (this is also true with Lasik surgery)