Capital Eye Consultants, Fairfax, VA

3025 Hamaker Ct, Suite 101
Fairfax, VA 22031
Capital Eye Consultants

Phone: (703) 876-9630
Fax: (703) 876-0163

Externship Supervisor
James W. Mattern, OD

Additional Faculty
James E. Powers, OD, Center Director
James W. Mattern, OD, Staff Optometrist
John Baldinger, MD, Cataract and Refractive Surgeon
Randall Wong, MD, Vitreoretinal Specialist
Soheila Rostami, MD, Oculoplastic Specialist

Program Description
Capital Eye Consultants is an optometric referral center specializing in medical and surgical eye care.  We accept 2 interns per quarter from 3 colleges of optometry.  We are located in Fairfax, Virginia 12 miles west of Washington, DC.  There is easy access to the attractions of Washington, DC from the Dunn Loring Metro station located a mile from the Center.  The museums, monuments and night life in Georgetown may be enjoyed during any season.  Capital Eye Consultants is owned by Dr. James Powers and Dr. John Baldinger.  The practice was established to serve the local optometric community with medical and surgical care for referred patients.  Primary care services including refractions, contact lens care and optical services are provided by the referring optometrists and are not part of the services of Capital Eye Consultants.

The rotation stresses advanced clinical and diagnostic techniques.  Each student will be expected to learn to operate all specialty testing equipment accurately.  Binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy, fundus lens evaluation and 4-mirror gonioscopy will also be stressed.  There is extensive exposure to management of glaucoma, diabetes, uveitis, and pre- and postoperative cataract care.  The patient volume is approximately 45 to 60 patients per day.  Capital Eye Consultants technical staff will help students by orienting them to patient care procedures.  Students will receive direct teaching and instruction from both the optometrists and ophthalmologists at the Center.

Most patients are referred by local optometrists, however there are also patient-to-patient referrals and a number of referrals from general medicine in the community.  Most patients are younger and older adults, although some children are seen over the age of 6.  Approximately 1/3 of all patient visits are glaucoma-related;  another 1/3 of patients are in some stage of cataract care;  the final 1/3 are a mix of anterior and posterior segment disease evaluations who are treated for a specific problem and then referred back to their optometrists for ongoing eye care services.


Not provided (see below)

Equipment Required

Condensing lens for use with slit lamp, a lab coat

External Rotations

No (see below)

No housing is provided by Capital Eye Consultants, however, we would be happy to provide information and some resources for finding local housing.  Because of the transient nature of Government workers, there are often rooms to rent in the vicinity of the Center.

Facility Overview
The office is designed to accommodate 2 clinic operations simultaneously.  The larger portion of the office includes 6 exam rooms and serves as the cataract, glaucoma and general eye disease clinic.  A smaller section of the office includes 3 exam rooms and houses our retina and oculoplastic clinics.  Currently, retina operates 4 days a week and oculoplastics 1 day a week.   Each clinic has some specialty equipment specific to its needs and also shares specialty equipment located conveniently between the 2 areas.  This equipment includes 2 visual field machines, a digital posterior segment camera, fluorescein angiography, B-scan, corneal topography, pachymetry, Stratus OCT, IOLMaster biometer and GDx glaucoma nerve fiber layer analyzer.  The Center is also equipped with YAG laser, argon laser and cryotherapy unit.  Students will have the opportunity to observe in-office treatment as well as cataract surgery and retinal surgery off-site. 

Extern Responsibilities
Externs who select this rotation are expected to be highly motivated to acquire knowledge in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease.  Students will be expected to perform complete evaluations and present patients to staff doctors for final disposition.  Because of the private nature of the practice, students will not directly communicate diagnosis and plans to patients, however the intern’s diagnosis and plan will be reviewed by staff doctors for teaching purposes.  Students may be required to give an informal presentation during the rotation. A packet of information regarding ocular disease will be given to each student during the first week of the rotation.  Students will be expected to learn the information contained in the packet.

Site Hours
Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, approximately 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., depending on the season.  Students are provided a lunch hour.  There are a number of local restaurants, however, there are occasionally lunches provided at the office.  There is a break room with refrigerator, toaster oven and microwave for meal preparation.


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