Richard S. Casden, M.D. is the founder and senior surgeon of ReFocus (formerly as Acuity Eye Care), a multi-specialty ophthalmology group practice with offices in Danbury and Southbury, Connecticut.
Dr. Casden specializes in microsurgery and laser for cataracts and intraocular lens implantation.
- Received his B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from Williams College where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa
- Earned his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1975
- Internship at the University of Virginia Hospital
- Residency in ophthalmology at Yale University School of Medicine. During his final three months of training, he was chosen to be Chief Resident in ophthalmology
Early in his residency, Dr. Casden became involved with the first intraocular lens implant performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was among the first surgeons at Yale to successfully implant artificial lenses as replacements for cataracts. In addition, he developed expertise in corneal transplantation and the argon laser.
Dr. Casden began his ophthalmology practice in Danbury in 1980, at which time he introduced these microsurgical and laser techniques to the medical community. He performed the first YAG laser for post-cataract surgery at Danbury Hospital where he was also instrumental in offering the first foldable intraocular lenses. Although he has performed over 10,000 cataract operations, Dr. Casden has had particularly extensive experience with advanced technology intraocular lenses (ATIOL’S). These specially designed implants can permanently correct vision affording patients the freedom from daily dependence on eyeglasses. He was one of only seven ophthalmologists in Connecticut to successfully implant the first multi focal intraocular lenses following FDA approval in 1998.
Dr. Casden maintains active membership in many professional societies including:
- Fairfield County Medical Association
- Connecticut State Medical Society
- Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. In addition, he is a past President of the Yale Alumni in Ophthalmology.
Dr. Casden’s involvement with charity dates back to 1979 when he spent several months offering ophthalmic care to indigent Haitians at the Hospital Albert Schweitzer. He has served on the Advisory Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and has been active in the United Way. The Lions Club International has recognized his commitment to the underserved by awarding him the Connecticut Knight of the Blind Award for dedicated humanitarian service.
As past President of the Danbury Medical Society, Dr. Casden has been a leader of numerous community organizations and has served on various Boards of Directors, including Danbury Hospital. He served as Physician Chairman of the Development Fund Project that culminated in the construction of the Duracell Ambulatory Surgical Unit at Danbury Hospital.
Dr. Casden currently serves as the Medical Director of the Wilton Ambulatory Surgical Center in Wilton, Connecticut.