Pediatric ophthalmologist Alan Richards, M.D., possesses over 3 decades of experience in the treatment of vision concerns in people under 18, as well as eye muscle problems in adults. Seasoned in his specialized area of practice, he provides treatment for a number of common issues, among them amblyopia, or lazy eye; strabismus, which causes crossed eyes; and ptosis, also known as droopy eyelids. Dr. Richards also treats glaucoma, cataracts, blocked tear ducts, and ocular tumors. He also sees many patients with a wide variety of genetic disorders affecting the eye and patients with complex strabismus or eye muscle disorders. In addition, Alan Richards, M.D., conducts routine exams in which he assesses ocular movement and alignment, visual acuity, and the health of the retina. He offers these services as a partner in Richards & Hinrichsen Pediatric Eye Specialists, a respected private practice in Shreveport, Louisiana. The practice also offers services at locations in West Monroe and Alexandria, Louisiana, and Texarkana, Texas. Outside of treating patients, Dr. Alan Richards shares his knowledge as an educator and public speaker. He actively teaches ophthalmology residents at Louisiana State University Health Science Center in Shreveport, where he lectures, operates with residents, delivers a series of lectures on pediatric ophthalmology, and attends patients unable to pay for their eye care. Dr. Richards also presents to numerous professional symposiums. His past appearances include events hosted by the National Association of Vision Professionals, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and the American Academy of Ophthamology. Prior to establishing his practice, Alan Richards, M.D. pursued a rigorous education in his field. After completing pre-medical and social science studies at Rice University and Southern Methodist University, he earned his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Over the next five years, he secured a series of post-graduate appointments that afforded him a keen understanding of his niche, including an internship with Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, a residency with the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital and University of Alabama Medical Center, and a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital, the oldest eye hospital in the United States and consistently ranked among the top three ophthalmology training centers in the country. He belongs to numerous groups, including the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, which recently gave him an Honor Award for his service, and the Children's Eye Foundation. He also serves as Chairman of the State Vision Advisory Board and Chairman of Shreveport Sees Russia, an organization that works to eradicate blindness in Russia and Eastern Europe.
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