Richard A Erdey, MD

About Richard A Erdey, MD

Richard A Erdey, MD is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions. He is a corneal and refractive specialist with areas of specialty training, experience, and research in both refractive surgery (including LASIK, PRK, ICL, RK, and AK), and anterior segment, corneal and lens surgery (including small incision rapid rehabilitation “Dropless” cataract surgery,intraocular lens implantation (IOL), corneal transplantation surgery (PK) and laser surgery). Dr. Erdey is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the International Society of Refractive Keratoplasty, American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology.

A New York City native, Dr Erdey completed his undergraduate degree at Hofstra University in Long Island before attending The Medical College of Virginia in Richmond for his M.D. degree. He returned to New York to complete an Internal Medicine internship followed by an Ophthalmology residency at North Shore-Cornell University Medical College where he was chief resident. Upon completion of his Ophthalmology residency in 1988, rather than practice general ophthalmology, he continued his studies at Ohio State University to become a refractive and cornea specialist. As a corneal fellow Dr. Erdey also participated in early excimer laser bench work and clinical research. This experience provided the foundation for Dr. Erdey to master techniques for refractive s urgery, corneal transplantation and “no stitch” cataract removal using approaches which permit rapid visual rehabilitation.

His commitment to ophthalmology research and teaching led him to co-direct the Cornea Research and Laser Laboratory at the University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital in New York in 1989. Ophthalmologists, both nationally and internationally, seeking additional corneal expertise became corneal clinical and research Fellows under Dr. Erdey’s direction. That same year, he became an investigator for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clinical trials of the VISX excimer laser system for PRK, which led to its subsequent approval for use in the United States.

Since relocating and establishing his practice in Columbus in 1992, Dr Erdey’s passion for advancing corrective vision surgery has led him to participate as an investigator for numerous clinical studies. These include Intacs for Keratoconus, Iris Reconstructive lenses, CRS LASIKand the Implantable Contact Lens (ICL). Dr. Erdey’s patient was the first in Ohio to receive this implant in 1998. This event was featured on local and national television coverage in over 10 major US cities. Over the years he has accumulated extensive clinical experience with four different Excimer laser systems and performed several thousand refractive surgical procedures. He is recognized as a pioneer in corrective vision surgery through his development of new surgical techniques andinstrument design.

Recently, more advanced tissue-sparing cornea transplantation techniques DALK, DSEK, DMEK have been introduced that have unique advantages over traditional full thickness cornea transplantation, PK, a procedure which has changed little over the last 100 years. As an advisor to the Central Ohio Lions Eyebank, Dr. Erdey has championed these newer procedures and helped to refine and establish them in Columbus. Dr. Erdey offers these advanced cornea transplant options to suitable patients.

In 2014, he became the first in Central Ohio to perform “Dropless” cataract surgery, a safer and more cost effective alternative to using eye drops after surgery. This has become the standard of care in his practice.

Dr. Erdey’s lectures extensively and his numerous research and clinical articles are published in multiple professional journals and textbooks.

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"I have worn contact lenses or backup glasses for twenty nine years. My vision was poor enough that sleeping was the only activity I could do without my contact lenses in. After a friend of mine had laser correction surgery done, I wondered if I would be a candidate for the procedure. I planned a two week overseas vacation for October of 2011. How wonderful it would be to go on vacation and not have the burden of contact lenses! The Erdey Searcy Eye Group is well respected by the primary care physicians I work for, so I made an appointment for a consultation. After an extensive evaluation, Dr. Erdey recommended implantable contact lenses as the best option for me. He and his staff carefully explained all the benefits and risks associated with the procedure. I liked the idea that the lenses would provide me with the highest quality vision and were completely reversible. I felt very comfortable with Dr. Erdey’s expertise with the procedure. The staff was competent and professional from start to finish. I had my eyes done a week apart. The surgery was performed each time in under thirty minutes. My eyes felt slightly “gritty” for a few hours after the surgery, but there was no pain involved. By the second day, they felt completely normal. My vision is now perfect! Everything seems clearer and brighter, almost as though I see in high definition. When I wake up in the morning, I am able to see the time on my alarm clock! My only regret is that I did not do this year’s ago. I would recommend this procedure and Dr. Erdey without hesitation."


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"How do you begin when someone gave you a new chance at life other than thank you Dr. Erdey. I met Dr. Erdey in 1994 and had several eye conditions. At that point I had been to several other Doctors with little success and my vision was much like looking through wax paper. Dr. Erdey did my first surgery in Nov. 1994. I got up in the night after that surgery and wondered what the bright light was coming from the window. It was the stars. I had not seen them in a long time and they were bright and beautiful. I stood in amazement for 20 minutes or so soaking it all in. Thank you Dr. Erdey. He did my second eye in January 1995 with the same great results. He has taken very good care of my vision for the past 17 years. No change in my 20/20 vision. We have since traveled the world and every time I see the beautiful scenery and yes the beautiful night sky I still say thank you Dr. Erdey every time."


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"I have been a diabetic for about 30 years and had developed cataracts. The Crystalens has shown me the true meaning of seeing more clearly and sharpness in my new vision. Dr. Searcy has always been very attentive with my eye care and follow up visits. The professionalism and knowledge shown by the entire staff is truly exceptional and I wish to thank everyone for their personal attention to my needs. I would highly recommend the Erdey Searcy Eye Group to anyone seeking vision care."


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"My Dear Doctor Erdey: Please accept my heartfelt thanks and deepest gratitude for the priceless gift of the restoration of my sight. My advanced cataracts had all but rendered me totally blind. Truly your surgeon's hands could belong in the Louvre as works of art! My sight was a sense that I took for granted until it slipped away. So, I have become an advocate of timely action with regard to vision problems for all those who procrastinate as I did for so long. God bless you and your staff for your wonderful work."


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"Dear Dr. Erdey and Staff: "You have put gladness in my heart". Each day I count my blessings. The restoration of the sight in both of my eyes after cataract surgery has truly been one of them. You'll never know how much you have added to my "quality of life" during this difficult time of my life. Your entire staff has exhibited not only professionalism but also a sincere caring attitude."


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