Over the years, Dr. Richard Meister has distinguished himself as both an ardent scholar and an exceptional doctor. He began his education at the University of Oklahoma at Norman, earning bachelor’s degrees in zoology and secondary education. From there, he went on to attend post-graduate courses at UC Berkeley while doing research in microsurgery at Mt. Zion Hospital and the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California at San Francisco. He received his bachelor’s degree in Medicine from the University of North Dakota in 1978, and he graduated from the University of California at Davis Medical School two years later. After finishing his internal medicine internship at UCLA’s Harbor General Hospital, he served as Chief Resident at the University of Texas at Houston's prestigious Hermann Eye Center, completing his ophthalmology residency in 1984 after having been voted “Most Outstanding Resident” by his peers.
Dr. Richard Meister established his current practice in 1984, the same year that he became the first surgeon in Northern California to perform radial keratotomy (RK) using the Russian Technique of refractive surgery. In 1993, he once again paved the way for local ophthalmologists when he performed the first automated lamellar keratoplasty (ALK) in the region. This groundbreaking procedure was soon thereafter combined with advanced laser technology, resulting in LASIK. True to form, Dr. Meister was one of the first American doctors to specialize in LASIK, performing the procedure outside of the country beginning in 1994, a full year before use of the excimer laser was even approved by the FDA. Since then, he has performed thousands of laser vision correction procedures both internationally and in the United States, including the first photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) in Sacramento in December 1995.
In recent years, Dr. Richard Meister’s peerless expertise and surpassing work ethic have been acknowledged by his peers and colleagues, culminating in 1999 in his being asked to chair the Quality Assurance Committee of the Council for Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance (CRSQA), an organization that establishes the standards to which other refractive surgeons are held. He was likewise honored with the VISX Star Award for ranking in the top 50 for number of laser eye surgery procedures performed in the United States. After receiving the reward in both 1997 and 1998, he was requested by VISX to become one of the first teaching mentors of their excimer laser. He has also served as an investigator for the CRS LASIK Study (1995) and the Hyperopia and Astigmatism Treatment Study (1999-2002). He is currently an investigator for the LADARWave™ study, as well as an adjunct faculty member at the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton. Dr. Meister is passionate about the advancement of refractive surgery technology. Because of his quest to provide his patients with only the best and most up-to-date care, he has been asked to speak about refractive surgery both by local media and at institutions around the world.
Dr. Meister receiving VISX Star Award from Dr. Steven Trokel who patented the excimer laser for vision correction.
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