Wallace Eye Associates: One of Louisiana’s Best Kept Secrets
Wallace Eye Associates is staffed by a team of eyecare professionals dedicated to providing patients with excellent care to ensure the best possible outcomes. All technical personnel undergo extensive training and continued education including certification by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Professionals in Ophthalmology requiring rigorous written and practical testing. From the front desk to the business office, every member of our team will work hard to make you their priority throughout every step of your care.
Our Experienced Surgeons
Dr. R. Bruce Wallace III
R. Bruce Wallace, III, MD, F.A.C.S., is a third-generation physician and a native of Central Louisiana. Dr. Wallace is regarded as one of the most experienced and innovative eye surgeons in the entire country. He has performed tens of thousands of vision correction procedures and is board-certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Eye Surgery. Dr. Wallace also is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.) and past president of the American College of Eye Surgeons.
Over 30 years ago, Dr. Wallace founded Wallace Eye Associates to provide the people of Central Louisiana access to the latest breakthroughs in cataract and refractive care. Dr. Wallace’s efforts have led to Wallace Eye Associates being recognized as a “Center of Excellence” by other eye care professionals as well as major pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. Many of the most important innovations in cataract and refractive surgery were developed and refined at Wallace Eye Associates.
Teaching has been a hallmark of Dr. Wallace’s practice. He has participated in meetings across the globe; including presenting lectures in China, India and Scotland. Dr. Wallace also has worked to help train the next generation of eye surgeons – he has the rare distinction of serving as a Clinical Professor at both Tulane University Medical School and Louisiana State University (LSU) Medical School. In 2001, Dr. Wallace curated and edited a textbook on cataract surgery titled “Refractive Cataract Surgery and Multifocal IOLs”. Considered a key opinion leader in ophthalmology, Dr. Wallace has served on the editorial board of many eye care publications and published numerous articles in medical journals.
At the 2018 international meeting of the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), which drew 20,000 attendees, Dr. Wallace was recognized as a “Special Honored Guest”. Dr. Wallace was the only surgeon from the United States to be honored with this recognition – essentially a lifetime achievement award for his significant contribution to the field of eye surgery.
Dr. Russ Van Norman
Fellowship-trained Cornea & Refractive surgeon, Russ Van Norman, MD is a Louisiana native and one of the state’s most experienced anterior segment surgeons. During his career – spent entirely practicing in Louisiana – Dr. Van Norman has successfully performed over 10,000 ophthalmic procedures, including cataract removal, laser cataract surgery, premium IOL’s, LASIK, Advanced Surface Ablations and sophisticated anterior segment procedures.
Dr. Van Norman is a Louisiana native who completed his medical school training, internship and ophthalmology residency at LSUHSC in nearby Shreveport. Wanting to further his training after his ophthalmic residency, Dr. Van Norman embarked on a two-year fellowship in Cornea/External Disease and Refractive surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, TX. This extra education was critical in learning and implementing advanced techniques in corneal transplantation, cataract surgery, refractive procedures (LASIK). It also makes Dr. Van Norman one of the most highly trained Corneal specialists in the greater CENLA area.
Dr. Van Norman is a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Academy of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Cornea Society and the Shreveport Medical Society. Dr. Van Norman has held many roles in the medical community, including being a past President of the Shreveport Medical Society in 2016. In addition, he has previously served as the medical Director of the Northwest Lions Eye Bank.
A Center of Excellence
Wallace Eye Associates is recognized as a center of excellence by major pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. We are continuously sought out by manufacturers to conduct clinical trials on new medications and technologies.