August L. Reader, III, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. August Reader was born in Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with honors. After obtaining his medical degree from UT San Antonio, he served his internship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. After two weeks as an intern, he was asked to become a Neurology resident, which he did to complete his intern year. This was followed by an Ophthalmology residency at the same institution and a Neuroophthalmolgy and Orbital Surgery fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. He next headed the neuroophthalmology and ocular trauma unit at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego, finishing his tour their as Assistant Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and director of the resident training program.
In 1983, he joined practice with Julian Gunzberg, M.D. and James J. Salz, M.D. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. There he has developed a very large surgical practice and has written numerous articles for medical journals on radial keratotomy, cataract surgery and lens implantation, neuroophthalmology, and on the physiology and psychology of near-death experiences. He served on the staff of Cedars-Sinai where he is Director of the Visual Electrophysiology Laboratory and Chairman of the Credentials Committee. He still saw patients two days a week in Los Angeles with the remainder of his time in the East Bay. He also served as a Chaplain at Cedars-Sinai and does work with the terminally ill to help them understand the death process and what to expect at the time of death.
In addition to his work at Cedars-Sinai, he has served as the Chief of the Neuroophthalmology Units at Childrens’ Hospital of Los Angeles and White Memorial Medical Center. He has been actively teaching residents at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center and at the Doheny Eye Institute where he is an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology. He served as Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Midway Hospital Medical Center for two years and has served on numerous other hospital committees. He was the first person to serve as Vice-President for Peer Review for the California Association of Ophthalmology and now serves as their Vice-President for Ophthalmic Practice and Managed Care, a position created for him because of his nationally known reputation in health-care reform and managed care. He also serves as Chairman of the Managed Care Committee for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. However, he began splitting his time between LA and San Francisco in 1994.
Neuroophthalmology is that area of medicine that deals with those neurological diseases that have effects on the eyes, the vision and the movement of the eyes as seen in patients with strokes or multiple sclerosis. In addition, those conditions which affect the tissues surrounding the eyes, such as thyroid eye disease, tumors, or inflammation, are conditions seen and treated by Dr. Reader. He also performs cataract surgeries, strabismus surgery for double vision and glaucoma laser surgeries.