Richard F. Spaide, MD


Dr. Spaide specializes in diseases of the retina and vitreous.  His particular interests include retinal surgery, macular degeneration, macular holes, macular pucker, diabetic retinopathy, and intraocular inflammation.  He has published more than 250 articles and book chapters and 7 books about the diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases.  He has given lectures around the world. 

He has a remarkable number of “firsts” in retinal diseases including the development of autofluorescence imaging using a fundus camera and the first practical method to image deeper structures in the eye with optical coherence tomography.  These imaging methods now are used around the world.  He has described many new findings and diseases of the eye and helped develop many novel treatments.  He has developed numerous surgical instruments that were named after him and holds patents for ophthalmic inventions. 

He is the recipient of the Richard and Hilda Rosenthal Foundation Award in the Visual Sciences, the Senior Honor Award from the American Society of Retinal Surgeons, and the Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Prix Soubrane de la Recherche en Ophthalmologie.  Dr. Spaide is on medical boards of a number of institutions and has been mentioned in multiple Who’s Who and Best Doctors lists.  He is a past executive editor of the American Journal of Ophthalmology and is currently associate editor of the journal Retina.  He is on the editorial board of numerous journals.