Dr. Richard Kao received his degree in Biology and Psychology from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He then received his Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Science and his Doctor of Optometry degree from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2001. During his attendance at Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Dr. Kao was active in such organizations as the American Optometric Association and the National Optometric Association. He was also awarded the E.F. Wildermuth Foundation Scholarship for academic excellence and finished in the top ten percent of his graduating class.
Following his education at Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Dr. Kao trained at The Veterans Administration Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, where he developed a strong interest in the treatment and management of ocular disease. This continued as Dr. Kao continued his training at Omni Eye Services in Iselin, New Jersey, where he worked with some of the most prestigious eye specialists in the NJ/NY area, including specialists in retina, cornea, cataract, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastic surgery, and laser eye surgery. Dr. Kao continued to build on his experience while working in various private practice settings.