Doug Wallin, O.D.
Doug Wallin, OD, grew up in the northwest Iowa town of Spirit Lake. He attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where he was a member of the Men's Volleyball team and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology in 1987. He was accepted at the University of Houston College of Optometry, where he received numerous clinical excellence awards. He was awarded the Overall Clinical Excellence Award of his graduating class when receiving his Doctor of Optometry in 1991. Dr. Wallin then completed a one-year post-doctoral Advanced Clinical Residency in Refractive and Corneal Surgery Care at Houston Eye Clinic in Houston, Texas, under the direction of Steven Slade, MD, and Richard Baker, OD.
Dr. Wallin then began a private practice in Marshall, MN., where he specialized in refractive and cataract clinical care and contact lenses. Early in 1995, he joined in practice with Vance Thompson, MD. Their practice focused on refractive and corneal surgery care. He was Clinical Director of Refractive Surgery for the practice and was responsible for coordinating the optometric and ophthalmological co-management network. After a brief departure from Vance Thompson Vision in 2002 and 2003 as Clinical Director of The Laser Vision Center at Black Hills Regional Eye Institute in Rapid City, SD, Dr. Wallin returned to Sioux Falls and rejoined Dr. Thompson in August of 2004 at Vance Thompson Vision.
Dr. Wallin has been involved in the advanced clinical care of refractive, corneal and cataract surgery patients since 1991. He has participated as an associate investigator with Dr. Vance Thompson in numerous refractive surgery-related clinical trials and FDA investigative research. He continues to publish, teach and lecture on refractive surgery clinical care and surgical co-management.
Doug and Missy Wallin reside in Sioux Falls, SD, with their son, Sam, and daughter, Grace. Doug enjoys golf, volleyball and running. As a family, they enjoy camping, hiking and spending time outdoors.
The LASIK procedure is the right answer for most patients who are considering refractive surgery to improve their vision. However, in patients with higher degrees of nearsightedness or farsightedness, the cornea may be too thin to allow full refractive correction.
In these cases, surgical implants may be the best alternative. These special devices are placed in the eyes to improve their focusing ability.