Dr. Richard Lee is a Board-certified ophthalmologist with long experience in cataract surgery and other procedures of the eyes and eyelids. He is an expert in diagnosing and treating all forms of glaucoma and has a special interest in neuro-ophthalmic disorders. He has been honored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology with the Senior Achievement Award for his important service to the organization over many years. Dr. Lee is the founding Medical Director of the Eye MD Laser and Surgery Center in Oakland, California, an accredited ambulatory surgery center exclusively for advanced surgical eye care.
As a comprehensive ophthalmologist, Dr. Lee takes care of patients with cataract, glaucoma, diabetes, and other disorders of the eyes. He is a skilled refractionist, and helps patients who need to see more clearly with glasses. Additionally, Dr. Lee is asked to lecture on a variety of topics in Ophthalmology to medical students, residents in Ophthalmology and other doctors locally in the East Bay and in San Francisco and at national meetings of ophthalmologists around the country. With his special interest in practice management, Dr. Lee has been instrumental in assisting young ophthalmologists starting their practices in Oakland, Berkeley and surrounding East Bay communities.
Dr. Lee completed medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles and finished his residency training in Ophthalmology at the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco. He lives in Berkeley.
What is a comprehensive ophthalmologist?
A comprehensive ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (a physician) who specializes in treating patients with a wide variety of eye disorders and vision problems. A comprehensive ophthalmologist is an eye specialist. In years past, we were called “general ophthalmologists”. Eye specialists like us are both eye physicians and eye surgeons, hence the name “comprehenisive” ophthalmologist.
What does a comprehensive ophthalmologist or eye specialist do?
Common problems of aging eyes are dealt with by the eye specialist, like cataract, glaucoma and many diseases which affect the retina, including macular degeneration. Younger patients are more prone to ocular trauma, dry eye, strabismus (eye crossing) and refractive errors. These, also, are problems the comprehensive ophthalmologist takes care of. Our patients come to us for care from all parts of the life cycle. Once he makes the diagnosis that a patient needs a corneal transplant or a retinal detachment repair, a comprehensive ophthalmologist like Dr. Lee will often refer a patient who needs those services to sub-specialist ophthalmologists who focus their practice exclusively on just one segment of the eye. In that way, patients can get the best care from eye doctors who have most experience with their particular problem.