Dr. Mark Whitten

Whitten Laser Eye
(877) 736-5798

5454 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

37767 Market Drive, Suite 103
Charlotte Hall, MD 20622

2301 North Parham Road, Suite 3
Richmond, VA 23229

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LASIK Virginia – Serving patients seeking LASIK eye surgery in Richmond, VA and the surrounding area

For over 30 years, Dr. Mark Whitten has provided vision correction surgery to residents of the Richmond area, including LASIK, Cataract and Reading Vision correction with the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay. During those years of experience, Dr. Whitten has stayed abreast of the latest technology involved with the LASIK, Cataract and Raindrop procedures. His personal patient care and customized treatment plans have provided the best in vision care for his patients, performing over 150,000 LASIK procedures in his long career…among the top surgeons in the nation. Dr. Whitten, considered in his field as a leader in laser vision correction, has performed LASIK surgery on many high-profile patients that include golf champions, foreign dignitaries and celebrities.

Specializing in LASIK, Cataract and Raindrop reading vision surgery, Dr. Whitten was one of the first surgeons to perform LASIK surgery in this country. He was also the very first surgeon in the Washington, DC area to perform the Raindrop procedure. His extensive experience with LASIK has given him advanced knowledge of the procedure. He currently provides customized LASIK, a procedure that uses state-of-the-art wavefront technology to map the eye and create a personalized treatment, for precise vision correction. Recognized by VISX as one of the top ten surgeons in laser vision correction, Dr. Whitten has a long history of providing the highest quality of care using advanced technology. In addition, his experience has led him to pioneer reading vision correction in his 3 office locations, using the groundbreaking Raindrop Near Vision Inlay. And in his Richmond location, state-of-the-art treatment for Dry Eye conditions is available with Dr Shilpa Rose. This is the only speciality Dry Eye clinic of its kind in the Richmond and Southern Maryland areas.

As the Medical Director at his practice, Whitten Laser Eye, Dr. Whitten provides patients LASIK, Cataract and Reading Vision correction surgery to patients in the greater Washington DC, Southern Maryland and Richmond, VA. His 3 vision centers use state-of-the-art equipment and the latest in LASIK advancements to provide world-class vision correction close to home!

You will always meet with Dr. Whitten personally, before your surgery, to plan your personalized treatment needs….unlike many vision correction centers where you may only meet your surgeon on the day of surgery. For your initial consultation, you will meet with either Dr. Whitten or Dr. Shilpa Rose. Dr. Rose supports Dr. Whitten in the Richmond area. She is also an expert in treatment of Dry Eye conditions. which can often be very beneficial for some LASIK and Raindrop patients.

To schedule a FREE one-on-one consultation and learn more about LASIK, Cataract and Raindrop surgery, please contact Whitten Laser Eye at (800) 924-0923.l

More about Vision Correction at Whitten Laser Ey

Dr. Whitten’s individualized treatments for patients include the use of the latest in LASIK, Cataract and Reading Vision technology. Because of his reputation and experience, he often has access to new technology before other doctors in his 3 office locations.

Before LASIK surgery, Dr. Whitten conducts an initial consultation with his patients to assess their vision concerns and answer any questions. At this time, he will also perform diagnostic tests on the eyes in order to measure the prescription and other eye measurements. From this information, Dr. Whitten creates a procedure that is “customized” to each patient.

Customized LASIK, using groundbreaking wavefront technology, addresses not only lower-order aberrations (factors that lead to nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism), but also higher-order aberrations that contribute to poor night vision and light sensitivity.

To begin the LASIK procedure Dr. Whitten creates a small flap in the eye’s cornea. He then gently lifts the flap away from the eye and uses an excimer laser to reshape the cornea so that it focuses light on the retina with accuracy, for clearer vision. Once the cornea is reshaped, Dr. Whitten replaces the corneal flap, which immediately begins the eye’s natural healing process as it re-adheres itself to the eye.

The vast majority of Dr. Whitten’s patients have reported an immediate improvement in vison after having LASIK surgery. They are usually able to see the very next day without the use of glasses or contacts.

For the Raindrop reading vision correction procedure, Dr. Whitten also creates a small flap in the eye’s cornea. Again, he gently lifts the flap and places the Raindrop inlay , then replaces the flap for the healing to begin immediately. Smaller and thinner than a contact lens, the inlay is a mini-ring with an opening in the center. By using this pinhole effect, the inlay focuses light coming into your eye. This restores near vision while maintaining your distance vision. The corneal inlay is an in-office procedure and generally performed on one eye. It takes about 15 minutes and most people can read better within a day.

Celebrities Treated at Whitten Laser Eye

Tiger WoodsProfessional Golfer
As a professional golfer, Tiger depended heavily on his eyesight to move him through his unbelievable career. He came to Dr. Whitten hoping for better than 20/20 vision. Years later, Tiger is still satisfied with his results.



Brad JohnsonNFL Quarterback
After his last season with the Washington Redskins, Johnson decided to step his game up by improving his blurry vision. He considered many options, but finally opted to undergo LASIK surgery with Dr. Whitten.



Fred FunkProfessional Golfer
When Funk’s vision impaired his golf game, he came to Dr. Whitten for a solution. Four days after his LASIK procedure, Fred Funk set a 36-hole tournament record at the Kemper Open with the help of his 20/20 vision.



Dottie PepperProfessional Golfer
Dottie began considering LASIK after hearing the success stories of her playing partners. She came to Dr. Whitten hoping for the same great results. Her new 20/20 vision won’t improve her golf swing, but she won’t miss a thing as she watches her golf ball sail across the green.



Bill CowherStudio Analyst & Former Steelers Head Coach
“I was tired of having several pairs of sunglasses at home and on the football field. This was a huge nuisance to me,” Cowher says. “I kept hearing success stories of some of my players who went to Dr. Whitten, they were thrilled by their results. So, I scheduled my LASIK procedure. I was amazed that one day after my surgery I was 20/15 in both eyes.”

More about Mark Whitten, MD

Dr. Mark Whitten is a board-certified ophthalmologist who received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. At Washington National Eye Center at Washington Hospital Center, he completed his residency and then completed a rotating internship at Riverside Hospital in Newport News, VA. From there, Dr. Whitten took a teaching position at Georgetown University and Washington Hospital Center, training doctors for their residency programs. He spent over 10 years serving as Regional Medical Director at TLC Laser Eye Center in Rockville, MD, Tyson’s Corner, VA, Reston, VA, Richmond, VA, and Pittsburg, PA.

By remaining at the forefront of technological advances, Dr. Whitten is able to achieve the very best vision results for his patients. He is proud to bring advanced vision care to all of his patients, in his 3 locations. This in Southern Maryland, where he lives. In Richmond, VA, where he was raised and educated. And in the Washington, DC area, where he built a world class reputation. The greatest compliment that Dr. Whitten receives is when his patients refer their families and friends to experience the same high quality and caring approach.

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