Dr. Richard Wieder

Ophthalmology
St Louis, MO
37 years experience male

Locations

Washington University Eye Center

St Louis, MO

Address

13303 Tesson Ferry Road, Suite 100, St Louis, MO
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

3148422316

Insurances accepted

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About

Bio

I am a comprehensive ophthalmologist, practicing in the St Louis area. I am on the teaching faculty of the Washington School of Medicine, working with residents in their clinics and operating room. I specialize in refractive cataract surgery, using advanced technology intraocular lenses to provide patients with excellent postoperative results.

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Ophthalmology

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434 Answers
152 Agrees
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Giant cell arteritis: Giant cell, or temporal arteritis is an inflammatory condition which affects the lining of various blood vessels around the body. It is often associa... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Cataract surgery: Whether you wear an eye patch on the night of cataract surgery depends on the type of anesthesia your surgeon chooses to use. Those patients who rece... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
See your doctor: You probably need to see your doctor to rule out anything serious and to prescribe medication which will help your symptoms. Also if you do have migr... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Bell's Palsy: Bell's palsy is a condition which affects the nerve that controls the muscles of the face, mouth and eyelids. It usually only affects one side and of... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Blood clot: Whether a blood clot causes blurry vision depends on the location of the clot. If it's on the surface of the eye, this will not cause any problems. ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Refractive errors: Myopia means nearsightedness, with the ability to see near but not far away. Hyperopia, or farsightedness is usually not an issue for younger people ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Floaters: You symptoms sound typical of floaters, which are pieces of connective tissue that float in the vitreous jelly in the back of your eye. It's a good i... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Eye injury: If your toddler's eye is red and seems to bother him, then he should be seen by a physician, either your pediatrician of an urgent care center if he i... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Corneal dystrophies: Are conditions which are typically inherited from your parents. They cause scarring of the corneas, or front surface of your eyes. Granular dystroph... Read More
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Blurry vision: After cataract surgery may be caused by a clouding of the lens capsule which is left in place during your surgery. It may also be due to an opacity t... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Marijuana: Will not affect oil that has been injected into your eye. Usually silicone oil is used during surgery to treat retinal problems.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Congenital ptosis: Ptosis, or droopy eyelid, can occur when someone is born (congenital), with trauma, or when someone gets older. Often, congenital ptosis is associate... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Vitreous floaters: Are very common. They are due to degenerative changes in the vitreous gel which fills the back of the eye. In the large majority of cases, floaters ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Contact lenses: Are almost always very safe and effective in correcting your refractive error. Rarely, especially if you overuse your contacts, they can cause eye ir... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Iris color: Is permanent. The only way to change its appearance is to wear colored soft contact lenses. There are several brands which can enhance the green col... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Laser eye treatment: There are several different types of lasers to treat eye conditions. Those lasers which are for lasik or cataract surgery require the patient to lie ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Eye exam ASAP: Broken blood vessels on the surface of both eyes is not common. In addition, this is no usually associated with any other eye symptoms. If you are e... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Flatulence: Will not cause any kind of eye infection.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Transient blurring: Of the vision has many possible causes. There is no way to know what the cause is just by what you've told us. You should have your eyes evaluated b... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Artificial tears: There are many different brands of artificial tears. Any of them can be used to help dry eye symptoms, so you can definitely use hypotears to help yo... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Stye or chalazion: A lump in the eyelid is caused by an infection either in the eyelid skin (stye) or one of the meibomian glands inside the eyelid (chalazion). A stye ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Eye pressure: Has many possible causes. These include fatigue, eye strain, upper respiratory/sinus infection, and others. If the symptoms don't resolve, then have... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Blue sclera: The most common reason the whites of your eyes (sclera) are blue is because there are areas of the sclera that are thinner than others. In those spot... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Stye: You most likely have a stye. This is a localized infection of the eyelid skin. This will typically respond to warm compresses several times per day ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Pupil dilating drops: Usually wear off in 4-6 hours, but can last longer. This is especially true with blue eyed patients and with the use of certain dilating drops which ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Sinus headache: You can try taking an over the counter sinus medication, which combines a decongestant and pain reliever. In addition, get plenty of rest. This will ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Floaters: Typically, floaters develop as the vitreous jelly degenerates with age. They consist of connective tissue that moves around in the liquified vitreous... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Red eyes: Have many possible causes. In the absence of any other symptoms, eye redness is not really a problem. You can try reducing this by using artificial ... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Retina surgery : Can sometimes cause significant eye discomfort. Based on the type of surgery and if there were any complications, your eye surgeon can prescribe pain... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Antibiotic eye drops: Can be used to treat external ear canal infections as long as this is prescribed by your physician. On the other hand, you should not use ear drops t... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Eye strain: You definitely can develop headaches from eye strain if you don't wear glasses when you need them. If the headaches persist even after you start wear... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Eye allergies: The only way to reduce allergic eye symptoms (besides using medication) is to avoid the causes of your allergies (if you know what they are). Sometim... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
High blood pressure: Can cause vision symptoms on occasion. Typically, the BP needs to be very high in order for this to happen. There isn't one specific level of BP ele... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Cromolyn eye drops: Are used in the treatment of allergic conjunctivitis, more as a preventive medication instead of helping acute symptoms. Unlike otc antihistamine or ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Laser capsulotomy: Is a common procedure that may be needed weeks, months or years after cataract surgery. A laser is used to open the original lens capsule that is lef... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Dark circles: Under the eyes are difficult to irradicate completely. They're usually associated with eye fatigue or aging changes of the lids. There are some crea... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Contact lenses: Are a great alternative way to correct your vision if you have a need for glasses. Unfortunately, cosmetic contacts like the ones you describe are of... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Red eyes: After surgery is quite common. The blood vessels in the area tend to dilate to help with healing. There's really no way to get rid of these blood ve... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Tearing: Has many possible causes. The runny nose on that side is due to the excess tears. If time and usual treatments don't help the symptoms to improve, t... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Glaucoma OCT: As with other adjunctive tests for glaucoma management, will provide information to an ophthalmologist to help them treat you properly. In general, w... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Neurological exam: Of the eyes evaluates how the pupils react and the appearance of the back of the eyes. This may be somewhat difficult if the patient has small pupils... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Glasses and contacts: Significantly help your vision if they are fit properly. In addition, your eyes will not get weaker by wearing them on a regular basis.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Red eyes: Can be caused by either eye strain or dry eyes. Typically if the redness is due to eye strain, it will get better when you rest your eyes. Dry eyes ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Halos around lights: Can be caused by many different eye issues. This may be due to scratched glasses or a change in your glasses prescription. It could also be due to e... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Floaters: Are very common in adults. They are typically caused by aging changes of the vitreous jelly that fills the back of our eyes. When this degeneration ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Nystagmus: Is a chronic rhythmic movement of the eyes. Most commonly, the movement is horizontal and fine. If you've already had a complete evaluation to deter... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Eye ulcer: If you originally had a significant corneal ulcer, then this can also affect the tissues surrounding your eye. Even after the ulcer was treated, you ... Read More
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A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Maddox rod test: Refers to the use of red and white lenses over your eyes to determine the degree of double vision you may be having. Prisms are used over these rods ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Yes: As long as the eye itself is not affected by a stye, then it's ok to wear a contact lens. However, the stye may cause the contact to be uncomfortable... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Crying: Can temporarily cause eye irritation and blurring, but will not permanently affect your vision.
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Testimonials
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Sep 1, 2013
Very accurate and timely responses.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Wieder is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Wieder is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I was given a steroid to help my eyes. They cleared up and the symptoms are gone. Thank you!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have had glasses all my life, good to know the pattern to expect
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Thank you , I know it has to do with my sinuses , my mucus is bright green and my chest is congested

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois College of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1986MD

Residency

University of Cincinnati Medical Center

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, St. Louis Region, MO - Summer
2013
Top Ophthalmologist , First Place, Missouri - Summer
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, Missouri - Spring
2014

Affiliations

American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, American Medical Assocation
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