Carl Outen, M.D.

Dr. Outen specializes in ophthalmology. He is board certified by The American Board of Ophthalmology.


Dr. Outen graduated with a B.S. from the University of Richmond with a major in biology. He received his medical degree at The Medical College of Virginia. Upon finishing his internal medicine internship at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. Outen did his residency in ophthalmology at The Medical College of Virginia where he was chief resident. He is board-certified by The American Board of Ophthalmology.


Dr. Outen has practiced ophthalmology in Richmond since 1984. He is a fellow of The American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of The Virginia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.


Dr. Outen provides family eye care including routine eye examinations, cataract surgery, and medical and laser treatment of glaucoma and other eye conditions.

Personal Profile

Richmond has been Dr. Outen’s home since third grade. Hiking, gardening, and travel are his hobbies. He also enjoys Virginia history and architecture


2019 MEDARVA Patient Choice Award

2019 Patient Choice Award


The following procedures are performed by this doctor.

Cataract surgery

Your eye works like a camera, with a transparent lens located behind your iris (the colored part of the eye) to help focus light onto your retina. With age or trauma, the lens can change, becoming less transparent. When the cornea is abnormal, misshaped, damaged or no longer clear, transplanting a donor cornea is a well-known and time-tested treatment.

Dry eye/tear solutions

Tears lubricate and protect your eyes and help maintain clear vision. When too few or poor quality tears are produced, dry eye occurs, causing a gritty, uncomfortable feeling, with blurriness and a feeling of something lodged in the eye.


Iridotomy is the formation of a small hole in the iris (the colored portion of your eye) to allow excess fluid to drain behind the iris, where it can be more easily absorbed.

Removal of cyst/pimple on or in eyelid

Cysts, pimples, or sties are caused by bacteria that get into the oil glands in the eyelids.

Removal of growth on conjunctiva

These growths are thought to be caused by UV light exposure, such as sunlight. The growth typically occurs from the nasal side of the sclera, or the white part of your eye.

Repair of non-functioning or blocked tear duct

A blocked tear duct results in your tears not being able to drain normally. This often leaves you with a watery and irritated eye. Blocked tear ducts are the result of a partial or complete obstruction in the tear drainage system.