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Dr. Richard Bessent, MD

Ophthalmology*
4.1 (13)
Map Pin Small Covington, LA
Accepting new patients
45 years of experience

Overview of Dr. Richard Bessent, MD

Dr. Richard Bessent, MD is an Ophthalmology Specialist in Covington, LA. They specialize in Ophthalmology, has 45 years of experience, and is board certified in Ophthalmology. They graduated from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Bessent, completed a residency at Tulane University Hospital and Clinics. Patients rated Dr. Bessent an average 4.1 star rating.

Dr. Bessent works at Surgical Eye Associates in Covington, LA. They frequently treat conditions like Visual Field Defects along with other conditions at varying frequencies. They are accepting new patients and accept Aetna, Anthem and Blue Cross Blue Shield as well as other major insurance plans. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment and to confirm all accepted insurance plans.

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Dr. Bessent's Office Locations

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    Surgical Eye Associates
    1120 N Highway 190, Covington, LA 70433 Icon Directions Right Arrow Directions Phone Icon (985) 893-5777

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Visual Field Defects
Cataract Removal Surgery
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Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Astigmatism
Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
Benign Neoplasm of Eye
Blepharitis
Blindness
Cataract
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Chalazion
Corneal Diseases
Diabetic Cataracts
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Drusen
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Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Dry Eyes
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Entropion
Eye Infections
Eyelid Disorders
Glaucoma
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Keratitis
Lacrimal Gland Disorder
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Nystagmus
Senile Cataracts
Squamous Blepharitis
Stye
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Tear Duct Disorders
Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
Allergic Conjunctivitis
Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
Bell's Palsy
Blind Hypotensive Eye
Brow Ptosis
Chorioretinal Scars
Choroidal Dystrophy
Choroidal Hemorrhage Rupture
Chronic Conjunctivitis
Conjunctival Hemorrhage
Contusion of the Eyeball
Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
Corneal Erosion
Corneal Ulcer
Degenerative Disorders of Globe
Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
Diabetic Retinopathy
Diplopia
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Disorder of Choroid
Ectropion of Eyelid
Esophoria
Esotropia
Exophoria
Exotropia
Eye Cancer
Eyeball Contusion
Floaters
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Foreign Body in Eye
Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
Headache
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Herpetic Keratitis
Heterophoria
Hypertensive Retinopathy
Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
Iridocyclitis
Macular or Retinal Edema
Malignant Neoplasm of Eye
Migraine
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Nearsightedness
Ocular Hypertension
Paralytic Strabismus
Pigment Dispersion Syndrome
Pinguecula
Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
Presbyopia
Progressive High Myopia
Pterygium
Retinal Dystrophy
Retinal Hemorrhage
Retinal Vascular Occlusion
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
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Strabismus
Trichiasis
Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
Vitreous Hemorrhage
Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
Anterior Vitrectomy
B-Scan Ultrasound
Contact Lens Fitting Services
Cornea Surgery
Drainage of Conjunctival Cyst
Excision of Chalazion
Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
Eye Test
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Eyelid Surgery
Farnsworth Lantern Test
Foreign Body Removal from Eye
Glaucoma Surgery
Ocular Prosthetics
Ocular Surface Reconstruction
Pterygium Surgery
Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
Tear Duct Surgery
Ultrasound
Vision Screening
Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
Vitreoretinal Surgery
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    Specialties*
    • Ophthalmology

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    Years of Experience
    • 45 years of experience
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    Languages Spoken
    • English
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    NPI Number
    • 1396822953
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    Education & Certifications

    Residency
    • Tulane University Hospital and Clinics
    Residency
    Internship
    • Baylor College of Medicine
    Internship
    Medical Education
    • Vanderbilt University
    Medical Education
    Board Certifications
    • Ophthalmology
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    Dr. Richard Bessent, MD is accepting new patients on Healthline FindCare. You can check to see if Dr. Bessent is offering online scheduling or call the provider’s office for more information.

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    Dr. Bessent works at Surgical Eye Associates in Covington, LA. View the full address on Dr. Bessent’s profile.

    Dr. Bessent has seen patients for Visual Field Defects, and more. You can see other conditions treated by Dr. Bessent on their profile. Please call the provider’s office to confirm all visit reasons.

    13 patients have reviewed Dr. Bessent. The overall rating for this provider is 4.1. You can read verified reviews and ratings and leave your own review based on your experience with Dr. Bessent.

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