Trent Richards, MD

Dr. Trent Richards, trained at the renowned John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah, brings his ophthalmology skills to Tanner Clinic.

He joins Dr. Lance Nelson in Tanner Clinic’s ophthalmology center, specializing in diagnosis and treatment of medical and surgical eye problems.

Dr. Richards graduated summa cum laude from the University of Utah, earning a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science. He completed his M.D. at Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio, to undertake a year-long “prelim” in internal medicine. His residency followed at the Moran Eye Center, where he became proficient in such specialties as macular degeneration, laser assisted cataract surgery, refractive surgery,  and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). He served as chief resident during his final year.

While at medical school in Ohio, Dr. Richards earned the Dr. Eli G. Alcorn and John B. Alcorn Prize for outstanding vision research in ophthalmology.

Dr. Richards is fluent in Spanish and has often served as an interpreter in medicine-related situations. Among his other community activities was a 10-day mission to Cambodia where he delivered eyeglasses he had collected in a drive.

Dr. Richards, a native of Salt Lake City, is married and the father of three children. He counts anything outdoors as among his favorite activities, but especially enjoys wakeboarding, mountain biking, golfing, basketball and snowboarding.

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What Patients Say About Dr. Richards

“5/5 Would recommend Dr. Richards to anyone! He did my PRK corrective eye surgery. He is excellent at what he does while making the patient feel safe and comfortable.” – Taylor Meek, Google, September 2017

“I am very happy with my experience at Tanner Clinic with Dr. Trent Richards. He is positive, attentive and answered all my questions. I was treated with professionalism and care. Best part is, I can see better than I ever did with glasses.” – Sydney Horman, Google, September 2017

“Dr. Trent Richards did an awesome job correcting my vision, I was seeing 20/20 3 hours after my LASIK surgery. He was very professional and I felt he went the extra mile to make sure everything when smoothly. I would highly recommend him.” – Mark Leppard, Google, August 2017

“Dr. Richards is an excellent MD. He is very knowledgeable, thorough, and patient! Plus, I can see!!!”- Anonymous on RateMDs, January 2015

“Dr. Richards was on-time, professional, and knowledgeable. He took the time to ask questions and consider my history. He was the 4th doctor I saw regarding a chronic eye inflammation. The others diagnosed pink eye and recommended I stay away from people. After a year and a half of flare-ups and alternative treatments, Dr. Richards correctly diagnosed my condition. I am so appreciative and it was really simple. The doctor just needed to slow down, listen to my history, and think outside the doctor-box. Thanks Dr. Richards! I highly recommend him.”- Anonymous on RateMDs, December 2015

“He was great. Came in spent time getting to know me. Very through on what’s going on with my eyes. Made the time to still see me and go over and above the allotted time for my appointment. Great staff. Wonderful personality. Highly recommend” – Anonymous on RateMD, October 2015

“Dr. Richards was hands-down the best choice we could have made for my wife’s surgery. Throughout the process he was there to answer questions and resolve concerns no matter the hour of day. My wife called him several times, each time he answered and was able to help with the small things. Her recovery was quick, painless, and easy, and I believe that that was in large part due to the mindful care of Dr. Richards. I’m not one to write reviews, but good doctors and good people deserve recognition.” – Alexander on Google+, August 2015

“Does amazing eye surgery. Highly recommend.” – Jason on Instagram, July 20, 2015.

“I cannot believe I waited so long to get PRK Refractive Eye Surgery, because it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Dr. Richards was so professional and made me feel so comfortable about the procedure. I had the worst vision, everything was blurry when I didn’t wear glasses and contacts, now I see 20/15 in both eyes after the PRK surgery. I wasn’t even nervous for the surgery! It took under 10 minutes and I could see again without glasses or contacts! He was always available for any questions before and after the surgery. Best Dr. ever! If you are looking for an eye doctor, look no further. This guy is awesome!” – Emily on Google+, August 2015

“I got PRK Refractive Eye Surgery from Dr. Richards, and it has completely changed my life! Dr. Richards was the perfect doctor for me, very professional and always available to answer all the many questions that I had through the entirety of the process, including recovery. And trust me, I asked A LOT of questions! We discussed my surgical options, and I decided to get the PRK eye surgery as quickly as possible. The surgery was quick and painless, and Dr. Richards made me feel very comfortable. The recovery for me was also very quick, I had my surgery on a Thursday morning, was driving on Monday, and back at work on Tuesday. I’ll never forget the car ride home the Thursday that I got the surgery, because I was reading signs that I would never have been able to read before, even with my contacts in! Dr. Richard’s team was really helpful and good with finding appointment times that would work for my busy work schedule. I had to wear contacts or glasses from a very young age, and having naturally slightly dry eyes, the contacts would regularly irritate my eyes, which wasn’t only painful, but would also inevitably make my eyes red, watery, and eye makeup smear down my face! I also was spending more on Contacts than I would like, because I was prescribed a special brand for astigmatism. So the decision to get corrective eye surgery was really an easy one. I am now at 20/15 vision, loving every minute of it, and telling anyone and everyone that I know that wears glasses or contacts to get this done with Dr. Richards!” – Jenny on Google+, August 2015

Eyes Are The Windows To Many Systemic Diseases

By Tanner Clinic Staff

Early on in his medical training, Dr. Trent Richards learned that the eyes are not only the windows to the soul, but to many systemic diseases.

“You can look at the eye and you can see exactly what’s going on,” he said. This is the case for ocular diseases like macular degeneration or glaucoma, but also for some systemic diseases as well.

“It’s not uncommon for us to look in the back of the eye and say, ‘I think you have diabetes’, or ‘It looks like your blood pressure is too high’,” he said. “We can diagnose some cancers by looking in the eye. We can diagnose different inflammatory autoimmune diseases like sarcoidosis.”

This is where his training as a medical doctor comes in. “Now that I’m in the field of ophthalmology,” he said, “I’m able to correlate that experience with what I can see in my eye exams, and I’m able to help patients get to the proper doctor sooner because I know how a certain disease can manifest itself in the eye.”

Dr. Richards performs refractive surgery — think Lasik or PRK — on patients of all ages. However, many of his patients fall in the post-50 group, making macular degeneration or cataracts some of the most common ailments he sees.


Selected Research
In The News

As a board certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Richards stays on the leading edge of eye and vision health with the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Below are resource links he recommends for more information on a variety of topics and conditions.

Eye Exams




Droopy Eyelids

Macular Degeneration


Dry Eye

Diabetic Eye Care