Eyecare Practice in the DC Region at Cutting Edge

October 21, 2013 Updated: December 13, 2013

WASHINGTON—When Dr. Thomas Azman isn’t peering into the eyes of one of his elderly patients in Baltimore, one might find him caring for a colorblind patient in Bangkok. Dr. Azman, an optometrist and low-vision specialist, not only treats patients in his office in Baltimore and throughout the Washington metropolitan area, but he also makes “house calls” to treat colorblind patients around the world. 

Azman is one of a few doctors in the U.S. who specializes in low vision care, and the sole inventor of the ColorCorrection System to treat colorblindness.

Dr. Thomas Azman and his brother Dr. Irwin Azman have treated patients in the Washington metropolitan region for the past 38 years. Dr. Irwin Azman specializes in laser vision and Precision Otho-K patients (POK). As an alternative to laser vision surgery, POK patients wear custom made contact lenses that reshape the cornea, usually at night. During the day their vision is corrected without wearing eye glasses or contact lenses. 

Dr. Thomas Azman prescribes specialty microscopic and prismatic eyeglasses for people that with age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts and other eye diseases. These lenses enable individuals to see more clearly than with regular prescription eyeglasses.

“They said to me you really can’t drive. Well, that’s a death sentence for somebody that’s very independent,” said Betsy Richardson, one of Dr. Thomas Azman’s patients in an ABC news special posted on Azman’s website. “My retinologist suggested to me that I really should see a low vision specialist,” Richardson said.

Although a range of conditions can cause vision loss, macular degeneration is a condition that often affects people as they age, Azman said. Age related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss for older adults, according to the National Eye Institute. The macula is the part of the eye that affects sharp central vision.

Although there are a few patients whom Azman brothers are unable to treat, such as patients with acute cataracts, the Azmans are eager to help most people to see better.

“Every patient has a unique story,“ said Dr. Thomas Azman. 

Azman once treated a patient on a Saturday night after the patient drove ten hours to Baltimore from Toronto with his father. The patient needed to pass a color vision test for a job opportunity. Azman examined the patient through the night, and prescribed contact lenses, which were ready for the patient just in time before his test examination on Monday. 

Azman’s patented ColorCorrection examination normally takes 5 to 6 hours to complete. The doctor’s ColorCorrection system has a 100 percent success rate in correcting vision so that patients can pass the Ishihara Color Palette Test, Azman says. The test is the most commonly used for testing colorblindness throughout the world, according to Dr. Azman’s website, colormax.org. 

Azman is so confident in his ColorCorrection System, he offers a 100 percent guarantee that he can correct colorblindness. 

Colorblindness is defined as a problem with the color sensing granules of the nerve cells of the eye, according to the Library of Medicine. One in ten men has a form of color blindness according to the National Library of Medicine. 

Azman’s often treats men who need to pass vision exams to become pilots, rail employees and maritime workers. Athletes and people seeking to enjoy the “color of life,” as Azman puts it, also make up Azman’s patients. 

Making vision care services accessible to their clients is a priority for the Azmans. Dr. Thomas Azman is would like to be able to treat low-vision patients five days a week. He plans to be able to see low-vision patients five days a week once his son, who is currently attending medical school, joins the family eye care practice.