Sharon Richens, MDSharon Richens, MD, FACS, FAAO, Ophthalmologist  “ F A  C  S ” “F A A O” What do those letters really mean?  “Fellow of the American College of Surgeons” “Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology”      Dr. Sharon Richens, one of only ten Ophthalmologist’s in the State of Utah and the only Ophthalmologist in Southern Utah who has earned Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.* Members of the American College of Surgeons are referred to as “Fellows.” The letters FACS  after a surgeon’s name mean that the surgeon’s education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College. The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. “ F A A O “Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Dr. Richens met the requirements to be called “Fellow of The American Academy of Ophthalmology.  The academy is an association of Eye Medical Doctors (M.D.) dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for every individual they treat by helping each to see his or her best and by protecting their patients’ vision and eye health throughout life. Academy members are committed to responding compassionately to their patients’ individual needs and to advancing the highest standards of comprehensive eye care. To learn more about Dr. Richens or the qualifications for the American College of Surgeons or the American Academy of Ophthalmology visit our Professionals page, or You may also call Richens Eye Center at 435-986-2020 to schedule an appointment. *report based on surgeon search on as of 7-14-2010.