Dr. C. Richard Bowers
C. Richard Bowers, M.D.

C. Richard Bowers, Jr., M.D., a board certified ophthalmologist, is one of the founding members of Bluegrass Eyecare Center and has been in private practice in Lexington since completing his ophthalmology residency at Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana. He specializes in cataract surgery and LASIK surgery and has a large general ophthalmology practice where he treats glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, cataracts, ocular injuries and infections. Besides doing eye surgery, he also does comprehensive medical eye examinations.

Born in Texas and raised in Indiana, Dr. Bowers studied at Princeton University and DePauw University and received an undergraduate BA degree, Cum Laude, from DePauw University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. While at DePauw University, he was selected to the Academic All-American Basketball Team. He received his medical degree (M.D.) from Indiana University, completed a surgical internship at the University of New Mexico, and completed his ophthalmology residency at Indiana University in Indianapolis. Dr. Bowers has preformed thousands of cataract surgeries since arriving in Lexington and began LASIK surgery in 1996.

Providing total eye care and specializing in eye surgery, Dr. Bowers is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He has served as president of both the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and the Lexington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. He is also a member of the Lexington Medical Society.


  • Princeton University, 1968-1969
    Princeton, New Jersey
  • Depauw University, 1969-1972, Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude
    Greencastle, Indiana
  • Indiana University Medical School, 1972-1976, Doctor of Medicine
    Indianapolis, Indiana


  • University of New Mexico, Department of Surgery, 1976-1977
    Albuquerque, New Mexico


  • Indiana University Medical School, Ophthalmology Department, 1977-1980
    Indianapolis, Indiana

Certifications & Licensure:

  • Fellow, American Board of Ophthalmology, 1981
  • Medical License, State of Indiana, 1976
  • Medical License, State of Kentucky, 1980
  • Medical License, State of North Carolina, 1993


  • Phi Beta Kappa, Depauw University, 1972
  • Academic All-American Basketball Team, 1972, Depauw University


  • Health South Surgery Center, Active Staff
  • Samaritan Hospital, Active Staff, 1980 to present
  • Central Baptist Hospital, Courtesy Staff, 1980 to present
  • St. Joseph Hospital, Courtesy Staff, 1980 to present
  • St. Joseph East Hospital, Courtesy Staff, 1980 to present
  • Clinical Instructor, University of Kentucky, 1987

Work History:

  • Private Practice in General Ophthalmology, July 1, 1980 to the present


  • Lexington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, President, 1995 to 1996
  • Kentucky Academy of Eye Surgeons, President, 1996 to 1998
  • American Academy Ophthalmology, Councilor for Kentucky, 1990-1993
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • American Society of Contemporary Ophthalmology
  • Fayette County Medical Society
  • Kentucky Medical Society