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Cataract Surgeon in Southern California

Dr. David Richardson, One of the Top Eye Surgeons in California

Serving the areas of San Marino, San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena, Alhambra, Temple City, Rosemead, Aracdia, Sierra Madre, La Canada Flintridge, Duarte, El Monte, Monterey Park and nearby cities

STUDIO CITY (KCAL9) — Dr. Richardson visited the KCAL9 studios to talk about Glaucoma and a new surgery he is offering to patients. The FDA recently approved a procedure called “Canaloplasty,” which is a sight-saving, breakthrough surgery for those who suffer from the disease.

Dr. Richardson is an Adjunct Assistant Professor Of Clinical Ophthalmology at the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California. He is currently the Medical Director and Chief Surgeon of San Marino Eye and serves as Vice-Chief of Surgery at San Gabriel Valley Medical Center

He has authored a patient-centered book on Cataract, “So, You’ve Got A Cataract?” and has written many articles about glaucoma and cataract surgery on his blogs, and, respectively.

Dr. Richardson completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and received many academic awards. He earned his medical degree at the prestigous Harvard Medical School with scholarships from Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. He was also awarded the Harvard Medical Linnane Scholarship and Harvard National Scholarship. After medical school he completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Southern California, Doheny Eye Institute, one of the top eye surgery programs in the US.

An accomplished board-certified eye surgeon in Southern California, Dr. Richardson has performed thousands of advanced glaucoma and cataract procedures with excellent results.

Multi-awarded Cataract and Glaucoma Eye Surgeon in California

Dr. Richardson’s patient-focused approach and commitment to providing impeccable personalized care to his patients at all times earned him many awards from both patient-rated and peer-rated award-giving bodies. In a survey of physicians he was voted a Pasadena Magazine “Top Doctor” from 2008 to 2015. He has been named by his peers to the Super Doctors® list, published on Los Angeles magazine for six consecutive years. He has also been the recipient of the Patient’s Choice award as well as the Most Compassionate Doctor award.

Patients’ Choice Award (2009-2013)
Pasadena Magazine’s Top Doctor Honors (2008-2016)
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2010-2014)
SoCal Super Doctors® Honors (2010 – 2017)
Healthgrades Honor Roll (2013)
GLA+ Excellence in Patient Centered Care (2016)

Harvard Linnane Scholar, 1995
Harvard National Scholar, 1995
USC Magna Cum Laude, 1990

Thousands of Cataract Procedures Done. Thousands of Happy Patients.

Don’t just take our word for it. Here are some of Dr. Richardson’s patients. Hear what they have to say about the quality of care they have experienced. There’s over a hundred of them on our YouTube Page: Cataract Surgery Patient Stories on YouTube. But here are some for your viewing pleasure…

Cataract Surgery with Toric IOLs

My name is Steven, I like to get around I like to try and exercise…I have both of my eyes worked on to remove the cataracts seven or eight years ago…I have always wanted to be able to wake up in the morning without having to put contacts or glasses on and I chose the Toric lens…I’m very happy about how everything has gone. And my vision, its been great! I would recommend him in a heartbeat…

Cataract surgery with Alcon ReSTOR Multifocal IOLs

My name’s Pam. And I’m a former school administrator. I came to Doctor Richardson because I went to four other doctors and they said they would not operate on me because I had LASIK surgery…I feel like he listens to me. And I feel like he cares and I feel like the staff is very receptive to my needs. So, I couldn’t be happier. Not only that he’s the only surgeon I could find who knew what he was doing and could do what I needed done!

Cataract Surgery with Crystalens IOLs

I’m retired now. I was a college professor. Reading was always so important to me so that’s why it’s important that I have good eyesight now in my retirement because that’s my main hobby – it’s to continue my reading and my studies…So, here I am in my 70’s and I’m seeing better than when I was a small child so that that’s been a real plus. I mean, my vision is so much better now.

Finally, a doctor that actually makes eye contact with you. He explains things in plain English. Stays in room until he has answered all of your questions. I’ve recommended him to my family and friends. The staff is very friendly and knowledgable. I love the little fridge with cool water for patients.

G C.

(Rowland Heights, CA | 03/13/2014)

Cataract Book Author. Educator.

Throughout his professional life, Dr. Richardson has engaged in the tireless pursuit of excellence, learning, and educating his patients and the public about eye health, particularly blindness prevention.

Authored: So You’ve Got A Cataract?: What You Need to Know About Cataract Surgery: A Patient’s Guide to Modern Eye Surgery, Advanced Intraocular Lenses & Choosing Your Surgeon.

A book about cataracts for people with cataracts. No medical jargon!

Read before you have cataract surgery | This book will be of great help to those contemplating cataract surgery. It helps the patient understand the process, what to look for in their surgeon and what questions to ask. I recommend it. I was not aware of this book until after my cataract surgery, but that experience enables me to judge the book from a unique perspective. Been there, done that! You might wonder why someone who has had the surgery would read the book, well, one can never know too much and I needed to understand something that occurred during my surgery. This book gave me the answer

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In addition to authoring this book, Dr. Richardson shares his thoughts about advances in cataract surgery at and glaucoma at Morever, as one of the most skilled glaucoma and cataract surgeons Dr. Richardson has also given talks about surgical techniques and modern surgeries in the field of cataract and glaucoma at several national meetings of eye surgeons.

There is no Ophthalmologist like Dr Richardson. I constantly think of the wonderful care that my mother received and there is just no equal. He is caring, compassionate, listens to what patients say, answers patients questions fully plus he is an excellent surgeon. He doesn’t make you feel like you’re just a number in a queue. Just to see him is a strong reason to move to Pasadena.


(Ontario, Canada | 01/18/2014)

OPDSCANIII_SMALLThe Latest Technology for Cataract Surgery in California

Dr. David Richardson is the Medical Director and Surgeon at San Marino Eye – a state of the art eye care facility offering the most comprehensive and advanced treatment available. This modern practice and advanced technology enhances the excellent care Dr. David Richardson provides to his patients.

  • Exam rooms are equipped with LCD touch screens that allow for immediate viewing of test results and interactive patient education videos.
  • Uses “Nidek OPD III Wavefront analyzer”. This is the most advanced diagnostic equipment available allowing Dr. Richardson to customize IOL choice to the individual patient
  • Uses the most advanced cataract surgery techniques

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