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.


"I was very nervous before my LASIK surgery this morning. My vision was nearly -9 in both eyes which means I was pushing the upper limitations of the surgery. I have had glasses for 27 years. After surgery I sat up, read the clock and burst into tears. I can't begin to explain the gratitude I feel for what Dr. Doug Wallin and Dr. Vance Thompson did for me today. I may not get to the 20/20 vision that so many others have due to my extremely high level of correction but the correction I have already experienced just hours after the procedure is truly amazing. I know it will only get better. I recommended Vance Thompson vision to anyone because they are the best."



"It is easy to see why Vance Thompson Vision gets such accolades. Parking access=A+, Reception staff= A+, Nurse Cassie=A+, Intern Spencer =A+, Dr. Doug Wallin =A++ and Dr. Vance Thompson =A++. Thanks for all of your help everyone!"



"I honestly can't say enough great things about the level of care, kindness, and expertise the staff at Vance Thompson have shown me. Every single person I interacted with was beyond helpful and informative. Thank you to Dr's. Wallin & Thompson!"



"Thank you!!! My life is now changed for the better! Dr. Thompson and Dr. Wallin were wonderful to work with. So nice and personable. It was all around a wonderful experience!"



"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!"



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