The best part of my job is seeing the smile on the faces of my patients the morning after their cataract surgery. Restoring people’s sight is a wonderful privilege!

Dr. John Kinder, MD, FACS

– John Kinder, MD, FACS

cataract and laser surgeon

Dr. John Kinder, MD, FACS

The best part of my job is seeing the smile on the faces of my patients the morning after their cataract surgery. Restoring people’s sight is a wonderful privilege!

– Dr. John Kinder

cataract and laser surgeon

Get to know Dr. John Kinder

John Kinder, MD, FACS was born and raised in Cape Girardeau, graduating from Cape Central High in 1987. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee, School of Medicine. Following his internship at Methodist Hospitals of Memphis, he completed his residency at the University of Iowa.
In 2000, Dr. John Kinder began his career in private practice when he joined Eye Consultants, Inc in Cape Girardeau. In 2018 he, became a partner at Eye Care Specialists, LLC.
Dr. John Kinder sees patients at our Cape Girardeau Doctors’ Park and Dexter locations. He is typically available for appointments at our Cape Girardeau office Mondays, Tuesdays, every other Thursday, and Fridays, and in Dexter the fourth Thursday of each month. He performs surgery every Wednesday and one Monday a month at Physicians Alliance Surgery Center.
In his leisure time, Dr. John Kinder enjoys the challenges of mountain climbing and golf. He loves spending time with his family and he and his wife are very active in the Cape Girardeau Young Life ministry.




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Board Certified

Board certification indicates that beyond his or her basic medical license, an entity recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties has certified the surgeon to practice within his or her specialty. For ophthalmology, this entity is the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO). The ABO certifies the surgeon has completed specific training and continuing education related to the specialty. Click here for an informative video explaining ABO certification.

The American Colleges of Surgeons

The suffix FACS indicates that a surgeon is a "fellow" of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The ACS was established in 1913 with the mission to improve the quality of care for surgical patients. The organization sets high standards for surgical education and practice. A fellow of the ACS has passed rigorous evaluation and his or her education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct meet the high standards required by the College.


The following affiliations help Dr. John Kinder stay abreast of technological advancements in ophthalmology and surgery.

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The mission of the AAO is to advance the lifelong learning and professional interests of ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.s) to ensure that the public can obtain the best possible eye care. The AAO provides information and tools we utilize to educate our patients.

Missouri State Medical Society

The mission of the MSMA is to serve its members through the promotion of the science and art of medicine, protection of the health of the public, and betterment of the medical profession in Missouri. The organization advocates for health care at the state and national levels of legislation.

Missouri Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons

The mission of MoSEPS is to represent Missouri ophthalmology by providing educational opportunities, legislative advocacy, and practice enhancement to members such that quality medical and surgical eye care is promoted for the citizens of Missouri.

Cape County Area Medical Society

The mission of CGCAMS is to serve the people of the Cape Girardeau County in matters of medical care, prevention, and improve public health.


Residency: Ophthalmology

University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa


Methodist Hospitals of Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee

Medical School

University of Tennessee School of Medicine
Memphis or Knoxville, Tennessee

Doctor of Medicine


Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee


Serves on the Board of Directors at Physicians Alliance Surgery Center

A member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society

“Just wanted to give Dr. Kinder and his staff, a sincere thank you for my recent two cataract surgeries, from the friendliness of the staff to the professionalism shown by all. I thank you for my much-improved vision.”


“Dr. Kinder and staff have always been kind and compassionate. I highly recommend them for your eye care.”

-Cape Girardeau Retired Christian Minister

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