Dr. Doug Wallin – Optometrist

Meet Dr. Doug Wallin

Before joining the team at Vance Thompson Vision in the early 1990s, Dr. Wallin had his own private practice in Marshall, MN. Early in his career, Dr. Wallin specialized in refractive and cataract clinical care and contact lenses. Then, he joined forces with Dr. Vance Thompson in refractive and corneal surgery care as the clinical director of refractive surgery. From 2002-2003, Dr. Wallin served as the clinical director of The Laser Vision Center at the Black Hills Regional Eye Institute in Rapid City, SD and returned to Sioux Falls, SD to work with Dr. Thompson again in 2004.

After extensive studies and many years devoted to optometry, Dr. Wallin developed special skills in providing advanced clinical care of refractive, corneal, and cataract surgery. He has also participated in refractive surgery clinical care, surgical co-management clinical trials, and FDA investigative research as an associate investigator.

Education & Training

During his undergraduate education, Dr. Wallin attended Iowa State University in Ames, IA. While Dr. Wallin attended the University of Houston College of Optometry, he earned the Overall Clinical Excellence Award for his graduating class. He was awarded his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1991, continuing on to study under the direction of Dr. Steven Slade and Dr. Richard Baker at a one-year advanced clinical residency in refractive and corneal surgery care at the Houston Eye Clinic in Houston, TX.

Hobbies & Personal Interests

Dr. Wallin and wife Missy have enjoyed living in Sioux Falls and raising their loving family. They have two children together, Sam and Grace. As a family, they love exploring the great outdoors by camping, hiking, kayaking, and golfing. Living a healthy lifestyle is very important to the Wallin family. You may even catch Dr. Wallin training for his next marathon. He also is an avid antique collector of home furnishings (from clocks to chairs) of the 1950s and 1960s. This hobby has outfitted their 1969 home in Sioux Falls. Dr. Wallin loves to restore objects and projects back to their original state. At work and home, Dr. Wallin is always striving to make things better, and finds fulfillment in his career restoring or helping to maintain a patient's eyesight.

Reviews

"From the moment I walked into the doors of Vance Thompson Vision to the minute I walked out, the experience was top-notch! Every staff from the secretaries, nurses, eye doctor, and Vance Thompson himself was very friendly, knowledgeable, and made sure my experience was phenomenal. Both doctors I met with, Dr. Wallin and Dr. Thompson were very personable, honest, and guaranteed me they were going to give me the best possible outcome. My procedure went perfect and a day after the surgery I came out of it with 20/15 vision. I couldn't be happier and am so grateful for the opportunity to have put my trust in Vance Thompson Vision!"

Z.M.

Google

"From the moment I walked into the doors of Vance Thompson Vision to the minute I walked out, the experience was top-notch! Every staff from the secretaries, nurses, eye doctor, and Vance Thompson himself was very friendly, knowledgeable, and made sure my experience was phenomenal. Both doctors I met with, Dr. Wallin and Dr. Thompson were very personable, honest, and guaranteed me they were going to give me the best possible outcome. My procedure went perfect and a day after the surgery I came out of it with 20/15 vision. I couldn't be happier and am so grateful for the opportunity to have put my trust in Vance Thompson Vision!"

Google User

Google

"Professional, knowledgeable, caring - I have been a patient at Vance Thompson Vision for 10 years. Dr. Wallen has treated me over the last 5 years. He is professional, knowledgeable, caring, carefully explains my condition so I understand and thoroughly answers every question. He makes you feel that you are his only patient and I never feel that he is in a hurry."

Anonymous

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"Cataract/multi focal lens implant - The difference between night and day. I first met Dr. Thompson in 1996 when he performed Lasik surgery on my right eye giving me the ability with mono vision to see without glasses for the first time in 20 plus years. In 2016 I noticed that my vision was changing for the worse. I contacted my optometrist Dr. Jeff Sayler and he confirmed that I had cataracts forming in both eyes. We discussed and agreed on a referral to Dr. Thompson. From the moment you walk in to Dr. Thompson's clinic things move like clockwork. Each person you deal with makes sure they are focused on you. Each person you deal with makes sure you understand each and every procedure you are going through. Dr. Wallin and Dr. Thompson then walk you through what they think is the best ultimate procedure for you. The surgery on each eye was scheduled one week apart and everything that happened to me through the procedure and afterwards had been explained to me and I felt well informed and prepared for everything. What a great team. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Vance Thompson to anyone."

Anonymous

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"Caring, professional - Dr. Wallin is an excellent professional. I have had cataract surgeries and Lasik. His care has been excellent and his obvious concern that everything is proceeding correctly is very comforting."

Anonymous

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