Richard L. Kies, MD, FACS

cataract and laser surgeon

Dr. Richard Kies
Dr. Richard Kies

Richard L. Kies, MD, FACS

cataract and laser surgeon

Get to know Dr. Richard Kies

Richard L. Kies, MD, FACS is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Columbia and their School of Medicine. Following an internship at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, he completed his residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He has been practicing in the Cape Girardeau area since 1982 when he established Kies Eye Center and Cape Girardeau Outpatient Surgery Center.
In April 2008, Dr. Richard Kies and his staff merged with Eye Consultants, Inc. Most recently, he has joined the Eye Care Specialists, LLC. team of surgeons.
Dr. Richard Kies sees patients at our Cape Girardeau Doctors’ Park office every other Monday and Wednesday and Tuesday afternoons for pre-operative exams. He performs surgery Tuesday mornings at Physicians Alliance Surgery Center.
Outside of the office, Dr. Richard Kies is an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoys spending time with his family and friends at wine tasting events.




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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.

American Board of Eye Surgeons (ABES)

The ABES promotes the highest possible quality ophthalmic surgical care through a certification program which includes a process through which the surgeon’s surgical skills and judgment are tested and observed by his or her peers.

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. Richard Kies 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.

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)

The mission of ASCRS is to advance the art and science of ophthalmic surgery and the knowledge and skills of ophthalmic surgeons. ASCRS is a primary resource for up-to-date clinical information for surgery, published research, and regulatory information affecting the practice of medicine.

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 Missouri – Truman Medical Cener
Kansas City, Missouri


St. John’s Mercy Medical Center
St. Louis, Missouri

Medical School

University of Missouri School of Medicine
Columbia, Missouri

Doctor of Medicine


University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri

Bachelor of Arts – Zoology


Founded Kies Eye Center in 1982

Participated in the EyeCare America program through the AAO providing vision care to older Americans in need

Has served as Chief of Ophthalmology at both Southeast Missouri Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Recipient of the Ophthalmic Surgery Society, Inc. President’s Council Leadership Award

Named Consumers’ Research Council of America “America’s Top Ophthalmologists: Cataract and Refractive Surgery”

Performed the first phacoemulsification cataract surgery through Jagiellonian University on a humanitarian trip to Krakow, Poland.

Presented “Cataract Surgery in the United States/1995” lecture through Fyodorov Eye Institute in Moscow, Russia

Presented “Cataract Surgery in my Practice” lecture on a humanitarian trip to Lowicz, Poland

Performed cataract surgery on a mission trip to Kutno/Torun, Poland.

“Dr. Kies and his staff provided me with excellent service. After cataract surgery with a multi-focal implant, I was able to see clearly without glasses for the first time in 30 years.”


“It was unbelievable how organized and fast everyone was. Dr. Kies and the staff were kind and reassured me that I would be happy that I had chosen to have cataract surgery!”


Ophthalmic Services

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Eye Care Specialists

Caring for the needs of your SPECIAL EYES!