John Berdahl, M.D.
Dr. John Berdahl specializes in advanced Cataract, Corneal and Glaucoma Surgery, in addition to Refractive Surgery to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. He earned his medical doctorate, graduating with honors from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN and finished his internship at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. He completed ophthalmology residency at Duke University where his published work, research, teaching and care of patients brought him many honors including best resident and national recognition as first place winner of the Resident Writers Award. Dr. Berdahl pursued additional advanced surgical training at the most coveted cornea and glaucoma fellowship in the country at Minnesota Eye Consultants. As a fellow he received the Claes Dohlman Award from Harvard University, which is given to the top cornea fellow in the country.
Originally from Hills, MN, Dr. Berdahl graduated from Augustana College and taught and coached at Hills-Beaver Creek prior to entering medical school. Dr. Berdahl has published numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles and his extensive research has been presented nationally and internationally. His commitment to those in need is demonstrated by his leadership role in EyeCare America (which provides free eye care to underserved) and the numerous surgical mission trips he continues to participate in worldwide.
Dr. Berdahl lives in Sioux Falls with his wife Tamme and young son Tommy, and daughter Anabel. His main interests include outdoor activities, reading, SCUBA diving, community involvement, and spending time with family.
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.