Alan Richards, MD | Ophthalmologist

About Alan Richards, MD

The first practitioner of pediatric ophthalmology in Louisiana, Alan Richards, MD, has provided comprehensive eye care to children in the state for over 30 years. Today, Alan Richards, MD, serves pediatric patients as well as adult patients with eye muscle disorders at the Shreveport-based practice Richards & Hinrichsen and the multi-specialty group practice Highland Clinic.

An expert in eye muscle disorders affecting children and adults, Dr. Alan Richards is qualified to diagnose and treat the full range of conditions, including complex strabismus (misaligned eyes), amblyopia (often referred to as “lazy eye”), ptosis (drooping eyelid), ocular and orbital tumors, and progressive diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. He is especially interested is in low vision and aids for children with limited vision, even those who already wear glasses, and he has spoken nationally on the subject. Dr. Richards has extensive experience in the treatment of genetic disorders affecting the eyes of children.

In addition to his practice, Dr. Richards serves as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. As such, Dr. Richards imparts his expertise to medical students, neonatal nursing students, and pediatric residents, and also provides care to premature infants and indigent patients at LSU’s clinical facilities.

Dr. Richards earned a Doctor of Medicine from the highly regarded University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He obtained residency training in ophthalmology at the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and he completed a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.

Alan Richards, MD, holds board certification from the American Board of Ophthalmology and maintains a medical license from the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. He belongs to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Children’s Eye Foundation, and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.