September 12 2011The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) recently hired optometrist Richard B. McMaster, OD, to start a new eye clinic on Prince of Wales Island. Dr. McMaster comes to SEARHC from Lewistown, Mont., where he has been in private practice for 19 years. Dr. McMaster is in the process of selling his practice in Montana and SEARHC is in the process of renovating a permanent office for the new POW eye clinic. He will move to POW once he sells his practice. For now, Dr. McMaster will make one-week visits to POW about every month or two. Dr. McMaster will see his first POW patients on Sept. 19-23, when he will hold an eye clinic at the Alicia Roberts Medical Center (ARMC) in Klawock. He is in the process of scheduling additional POW clinics in November and December. “We are excited to expand our eye care services on Prince of Wales Island,” said Dr. Pamela Steffes, S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Eye Clinic Manager, which had been sending optometrists to POW about eight weeks a year. “With Dr. McMaster at ARMC full time, our patients will have improved access to eye care and optical services, including emergency eye care previously unavailable on POW.” Dr. McMaster earned a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from the University of Montana in Missoula. He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree (OD) from the Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Ore. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Montana Optometric Association. He owns All Family Vision Care in Lewistown, Mont. “I am excited to be joining the SEARHC community of providers,” Dr. McMaster said. “SEARHC’s full-time eye clinic in Klawock will be a great addition to the Prince of Wales community. I am looking forward to my role in starting and providing eye care at the new clinic.” Dr. McMaster’s medical interests include glaucoma management, retinal disease and treating ocular injuries. He also enjoys flyfishing, bowhunting, woodworking and hiking.