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Doctors For Visual Freedom
Richard Foulkes

Richard Foulkes, MD


About Dr. Foulkes

Dr. Richard Foulkes is a highly skilled ophthalmologist at the top of his field. He performs cataract and refractive surgery at Doctors for Visual Freedom, and patients love him for his thorough consultations, straightforward delivery, and meticulous care—before, during, and after procedures.

During his ophthalmology training, Dr. Foulkes met the founder of the LASIK procedure, Dr. Lucio Burato, and was quickly convinced that this revolutionary treatment would change the world. He was fascinated by the laser’s incredible precision and versatility in treatment, helping patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

Today, Dr. Foulkes continues to be fascinated by LASIK surgery. He has performed more than 48,000 LASIK procedures and 20,000 cataract procedures. His research, writing, and lectures have influenced doctors around the world for nearly two decades. Always learning and improving his practice, Dr. Foulkes is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

I love seeing the improvements in my patients’ quality of life through the innovative treatments we’re able to provide.

Personal Interests

Dr. Foulkes grew up in Washington State, and he honorably served in both the Navy and the Marines during the Vietnam War. Outside of the office, he enjoys reading, researching, and spending time with family.

Dr. FOulkes offers a full suite of comprehensive VISION services

LASIK surgery

Freeing patients from contact lenses and glasses is something that Dr. Golden and Dr. Foulkes truly love.

Cosmetic Treatments

We are all interested in improving and maintaining an attractive appearance.

Routine Eye Care

Patients come to Doctors For Visual Freedom for routine eye care as well as specialized care.

Dry Eye

The most common complaint of patients in an eye doctor’s practice is that of dry eyes.

What People Are saying About Dr. FOulkes

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    I was seen immediately, and the entire office staff was friendly and professional. I would highly recommend. Easy to get to also.

    Joshua D.

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    One of the most knowledgeable and caring eye specialists I've encountered in my life. I highly recommend. I usually do not write reviews. This one I had to do.

    Timothy C.

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    The entire staff is extremely friendly and very good with children and adults. My entire family comes here.

    Amanda S.

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    The doctors and staff at Doctors For Visual Freedom are amazing and very professional… I felt very safe in their competent hands.

    Blake G.

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    The staff members are professional, the office looks impeccable and the service was outstanding.

    Christine B.

Education and Experience

Dr. Foulkes graduated cum laude from Tufts University in Boston and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class at Rush Medical College in Chicago. He attended the prestigious Cornell Medical College in New York for residency training in ophthalmology, studying under the well-known and highly regarded Dr. David Patton. During his third year there, he was named Chief Resident.

  • Undergraduate

    Tufts University

  • Medical School

    Rush Medical College

  • Residency

    Cornell Medical College

Doctors for Visual Freedom

875 North Michigan Avenue The John Hancock Center Suite 1820
Chicago, IL 60611
Monday 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 9am – 5pm
Thursday 9am – 5pm
Friday 9am – 2pm
Saturday 9am – 12pm
Sunday Emergencies by appointment only

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American Board of Ophthalmology
Board Certified

Chicago Medical Society

International College of Surgeons

American Medical Association

American College of Surgeons

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery