Richard A. Levacy, M.D. was the founding member for our Plaza 10 location and had been practicing in Beaumont for over 40 years. He worked daily serving his community in general ophthalmology which included premium cataract surgery and vision correction surgery. Along with his many credentials he held a Fellowship in External Eye Disease and Corneal Surgery from Baylor College of Medicine making him the most experienced corneal surgeon in our area. Dr. Levacy kept abreast of the newest technology in patient care. He had a very no-nonsense, hands-on approach when caring for his neighbors of Southeast Texas. He was married with five children, and is survived by eight granddaughters. Dr. Levacy served in the United States Army Medical Corps, and is an Honorary Member of the 101st Airborne Division. Dr. Levacy was an avid sportsman who always enjoyed game hunting with long time friends, in and out of the United States.
Dr. Levacy had been involved with treating the cornea since the 1970`s and was well versed in its technological advancements. He began performing precursor procedures to today`s LASIK procedure in 1982. Early procedures include: radial keratotomy, lamellar keratoplasty, epikeratophakia and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). He is certified on the Summit Excimer Laser as well as the newer VISX STAR 4 Excimer Laser System. He was one of the founding partners of the first laser center in Houston, The Eye Laser Center of Houston. Today, in our onsite facility, the highly acclaimed Custom LASIK, with blade free Ziemer technique, is combined with a consummate corneal surgeon, and a staff dedicated to the best surgical outcome possible.
Dr. Levacy had performed cataract surgeries for over 30 years, which includes a no stitch approach, and had been involved in the new Lifestyle Multifocal cataract implants since its inception. It is a very exciting technological advancement allowing patients to see near and far with reduced dependency on glasses.
Dr. Levacy was certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He graduated with Honors from the University of Texas Medical Branch and completed his residency training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. After completing an additional year of a fellowship in Corneal Surgery, he began practice in Beaumont in 1977. He was a member of the medical staff of all local hospitals and surgical centers. He was an active fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American College of Surgeons, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, as well as national and international societies.