Meet Dr. Wallace
Dr. David Wallace is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in LASIK, PRK, lens implants and other methods of vision correction. A graduate of the UC San Diego School of Medicine, he completed his internship at UCLA and his ophthalmology residency at USC Medical Center's Doheny Eye Foundation. In private practice since 1983, he has performed over 17,000 LASIK treatments and over 10,000 lens implant procedures.
Dr. Wallace was named by Los Angeles Magazine as one of “LA’s Best Doctors” , and has been quoted in the New York Times , Los Angeles Times , and Business Week magazine, among others. He has authored numerous scientific papers in professional journals and several articles about laser eye care in the lay press including LASIK For Pilots in Plane & Pilot magazine.
Dr. Wallace is also recognized as an innovator in the field of high-tech medical instrumentation. He co-invented and developed three computer-based diagnostic instruments now used by eye-care professionals worldwide. The instruments are known as the Tono-Pen Tonometer (measures eye pressure, important in diagnosis and management of glaucoma), the Pach-Pen Pachymeter (measures corneal thickness, critical in many refractive surgery procedures and in monitoring certain corneal disease states), and the Bio-Pen A-scan (ultrasonically measures internal dimensions of the eye to help calculate lens implant strength before cataract surgery). He holds several patents pertaining to microelectronic computerized instruments, and founded Oculab Inc., to manufacture these products. They were recognized by the Industrial Designers Society of America and received the Industrial Design Excellence Award. The Tono-Pen tonometer has since been used in experiments aboard NASA's Space Shuttle, and had a cameo appearance in an episode of NBC TV's "ER". Dr. Wallace remains active in research and development of products for the eye care profession.
Dr. Wallace is a firm believer in and advocate for public accountability of professionals including doctors and surgeons. "Medicine is at its core a service profession, not unlike the hotel and restaurant business. Yet the consumer of medical care has no tools to help guide medical care decisions like a Michelin hotel guide, a Zagat restaurant survey, or the statistical equivalent of a baseball player's batting average." He has helped implement surgical outcome tracking and reporting systems within his private practice and for other LASIK providers, to both monitor and improve results for recipients of laser care, and provide the public with accurate statistics about safety, efficacy, stability and accuracy of laser vision care.
Dr. Wallace has provided consulting and teaching services for many ophthalmic companies including Chiron Vision, IOLAB, Medtronic/Solan Ophthalmic, Mentor O&O, Pharmacia, Synemed, Bio-Rad Ophthalmic, and Carl Zeiss. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Beginning in college, Dr. Wallace worked part-time as a freelance photographer and photojournalist. He has had several shows of his work and has won a few photography awards. Though you shouldn't choose a LASIK surgeon because he or she has won a few photo contests, Dr. Wallace does feel that his awareness of light, vision, imaging and optics acquired through his photography background has definitely enhanced his abilities as a vision-correction specialist.
Dr. Wallace will be pleased and honored to consult with you regarding vision correction.