Dr. Richard Bessent, MD

Dr. Richard Bessent, MD

OphthalmologyMaleAge 68

Accepting new patients

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. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Bessent to book an appointment.

Locations

Surgical Eye Associates

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(985) 273-5158
Surgical Eye Associates1120 N Highway 190 Covington, LA 70433
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At a Glance

  • 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

3.9

Based on 11 ratings

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4 Stars
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What went well
  • Appointment scheduling (9)
  • Explained conditions well (9)
  • Appointment wasn't rushed (8)
What could be improved
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions (3)
  • Appointment was rushed (2)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (2)
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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
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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
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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
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Hammond, LA – Apr 05, 2018
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Dr. Bessent's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
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
Blindness
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bessent treats Blindness more than 98% of his peers

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

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
  • 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
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Diabetic Cataracts
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drainage of Conjunctival Cyst
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Entropion
  • Esotropia
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Floaters
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Headache
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • 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
  • Pterygium
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Stye
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Trichiasis
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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(985) 273-5158

Dr. Bessent accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO

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...Read more

Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

Education

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

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Richard Bessent, MD?

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 Visual Field Defects, Blindness, 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.

Does Dr. Richard Bessent, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Bessent has not yet indicated whether they offer telehealth services. Please contact the office to check for availability/eligibility.

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

79% Patient experience rating, 10% higher than the national average

8 Awards Received

Avala Hospital

Covington, LA

85% Patient experience rating, 16% higher than the national average

Riverside Medical Center

Franklinton, LA

82% Patient experience rating, 13% higher than the national average