Dr. Richard Bessent, MD

Dr. Richard Bessent, MD

OphthalmologyMaleAge 69

Ophthalmology

Dr. Richard Bessent, MD is a Ophthalmology Specialist in Covington, LA. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as St. Tammany Health System and Avala Hospital. His office accepts new patients.

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Surgical Eye Associates

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Surgical Eye Associates1120 N Highway 190 Covington, LA 70433
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  • Explains Conditions Well Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
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Dr. Bessent's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Bessent

4.1

Based on 13 ratings

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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1 Star
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Wonderful physician!
Dr Bessent is thorough and I have the utmost trust in him to take care of my vision! I drive 400 miles to see Dr Bessent!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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DMA – May 19, 2022
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Dr. Bessent saw me after I requested an urgent visit. The staff accommodated me with promptness and efficiency in scheduling an appt. shortly before the regular hours. Everyone I encountered displayed kindness and caring with great knowledge of their positions. The visit tremendously relieved my anxiety about my problem, & I can’t thank all of them enough!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Cynthia Peltier – Dec 04, 2021
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Dr. Besssent is an outstanding dr and goes the extra mile for his patients!! I highly recommend him. The staff at Surgical Eye are exceptional too!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Ann Moores in Covington , LA – Sep 20, 2018
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Wonderful Doctors; Great staff!! Lousy wait times.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
2 people found this helpful
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Jul 20, 2018
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Very impersonal. Dr. Bessent didn’t even introduce himself. He began looking at his iPad. This office treats its patients as if they were on an assembly line. Not impressed.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
What could be improved
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
13 people found this helpful
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Hammond, LA – Apr 05, 2018
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Dr. Bessent's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Blindness
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bessent treats Blindness more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Bessent treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Visual Field Defects
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bessent treats Visual Field Defects more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Bessent treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Scotoma
Cataract Removal Surgery
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bessent performs Cataract Removal Surgery more than 96% of his peers

Dr. Bessent performs this procedure more than 96% of his peers

Dr. Bessent's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • B-Scan Ultrasound
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Blind Hypotensive Eye
  • Blindness
  • Cataract
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Contact Lens Fitting Services
  • Contusion of the Eyeball
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetic Cataracts
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drainage of Conjunctival Cyst
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Entropion
  • Esophoria
  • Esotropia
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Exophoria
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Farnsworth Lantern Test
  • Floaters
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Headache
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Heterophoria
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Malignant Neoplasm of Eye
  • Migraine
  • Nearsightedness
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Ocular Prosthetics
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Pigment Dispersion Syndrome
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Pterygium
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Stye
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Trichiasis
  • Ultrasound, Eye
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vision Screening
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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About Me

Biography

Dr. Richard Bessent, MD is a Ophthalmology Specialist in Covington, LA. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as St. Tammany Health System and Avala Hospital. His office accepts new patients.

Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

Education

1983
Tulane University Hospital and Clinics
Residency Hospital
1980
Baylor College Of Medicine
Internship Hospital

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

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Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients can also call (985) 273-5158, and for other questions, call (985) 893-5777.

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What are Dr. Richard Bessent, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Bessent frequently treats Blindness, Visual Field Defects, and Cataract Removal Surgery. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Bessent treats.

Where is Dr. Richard Bessent, MD's office located?

Dr. Bessent's office is located at 1120 N Highway 190, Covington, LA 70433. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Bessent is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

St. Tammany Health System

Covington, LA

83% Patients that would definitely recommend, 13% higher than the national average

5 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)

Avala Hospital

Covington, LA

85% Patients that would definitely recommend, 15% higher than the national average

Cypress Pointe Surgical Hospital

Hammond, LA

88% Patients that would definitely recommend, 18% higher than the national average

5 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2022)

Riverside Medical Center

Franklinton, LA

75% Patients that would definitely recommend, 5% higher than the national average