Nikisha Richards, M.D.

Dr. Nikisha Richards specializes in ophthalmic plastic surgery.


Dr. Richards earned her medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. She then completed her ophthalmology residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC. In addition to this training, Dr. Richards went on to complete a fellowship in ophthalmic plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.



Dr. Richards is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. She joined the VCU Department of Ophthalmology as an assistant professor in October of 2015. In addition to treating various conditions of the eye socket, eyelid, and tear ducts, she has a special interest in the vision preserving surgery called optic nerve sheath fenestration and the treatment of orbital tumors.

Personal Profile

Dr. Richards is originally from Flint, Michigan, and now resides in Richmond. She loves all things jazz, live theatre, exploring new restaurants, and hanging around town with her golden retriever, Bruce.


The following procedures are performed by this doctor.

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.

Eyelid lesions

Eyelid surgery

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.

Upper eyelid surgery

Upper Eyelid Surgery is done to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids, or to fix any defects, deformities, or disfigurations. The procedure is done to restore correct function to the eyelids. Eyelid problems can interfere with your vision.