Since the inception in 2003 of Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Doctors issues, Dr. Martinez’s peers have consistently elected him as a ‘Top Doc’ for ophthalmology. Dr. Martinez participated in the initial studies that led to the FDA approval of LASIK. He has previously been honored as ‘Teacher of the Year’ unanimously by the residents at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC.
Always ahead of the curve, Dr. Martinez is often one of the first to offer new techniques and treatments to his patients. LenSx® femtosecond laser, one of the greatest technological advances in laser cataract surgery in the past 20 years, became available in 2011, and Dr. Martinez was one of the very few surgeons in the mid-Atlantic region who had access to this technology and made it available to his patients. In addition, he is one of even fewer surgeons who have used more than one laser platform for cataract surgery. Recently, based on largescale evidence-based clinical findings of his own patients, he changed to the CATALYS® femtosecond laser for laser-assisted cataract surgery.
After 20 years in practice, Dr. Martinez has performed more than 30,000 procedures including cataract, pterygium removal surgery, cornea transplant, complex reconstruction of the eye and LASIK. He has performed over 1,000 laser-assisted cataract surgeries with a success rate of approximately 99%, resulting in a more accurate, gentler and safer surgery.
Additionally, Dr. Martinez has performed more than 12,000 pterygiectomies with an amazingly low recurrence rate of 0.6%, one of the lowest rates of the pterygium growing back in the world by using specialized and progressive surgical techniques he continues to hone and improve. Other ophthalmic surgeons may have up to a 15 to 20% recurrence rate with similar, but not identical, techniques. His impressive low recurrence rates have been studied and recognized internationally, positioning Dr. Martinez as a pterygium ‘Top Surgeon,’ receiving referrals and patients from all over the country.
Dr. Martinez maintains a research fellow focused on Pterygium. In 2014, Dr. Martinez established a clinical research program for Pterygium, the EyeWhite Pterygium|Pinguecula Institute and has published and presented numerous clinical studies both nationally and internationally.