Des Moines Eye Surgeons has partnered with Ringgold County Hospital to offer cornea and comprehensive ophthalmology with a focus on treating cataracts. Matthew Raecker, MD will be available at Ringgold County Hospital the first Wednesday of every month.
A native of Cedar Falls, IA, Dr. Raecker, his wife, and three young children currently live in Des Moines. He travels monthly to Ringgold County Hospital to care for patients here. “It’s nice to get away from Des Moines and see a different part of the state,” he said. “But mostly, I enjoy helping patients get their care close to home. It’s great that they can stay local for their care if possible.”
Medicine is definitely the career he was meant to have. His father was a doctor and his father-in-law is also an ophthalmologist. Dr. Raecker studied biology and earned his BA at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and went on to earn his medical degree at the University of Iowa in 2010. “I became interested in ophthalmology specifically after doing research with my father-in-law,” he said. He completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR in 2014. After returning to Iowa, he attended the University of Iowa where he completed his fellowship in Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery in 2015. Dr. Raecker is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He likes to have continuity of care with his patients in clinic and enjoys the challenges that come with having a surgical practice as well. When he’s not caring for patients or commuting between clinics, Dr. Raecker looks for opportunities to spend time with his family, golf, bike, and be outdoors.
A referral from your eye doctor is encouraged. To schedule an appointment, call the RCH Visiting Physician Clinic at 641-464-4409.