Dr. Eric J. Wiessner, OD
Now living in Colorado, Dr. Eric is a graduate of Pacific University’s College of Optometry and one of the latest to join Vision Source Walla Walla.
Dr. Eric has worked with the Lexington VA Medical Center, the Wind River Indian Health Service, with optometric specialists in St. Louis and Topeka, and with the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center and Pacific Eye Clinics near Portland, OR.
Optometry doesn’t just interest Dr. Eric for its diagnostic challenges, Dr. Eric also loves it for the day-to-day interactions he has with patients. He is a proponent of optometry’s usefulness as a medical screening for diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, & neurological disorders, and believes that visual health is essential for any student’s confidence, education, workflow, and comfort.
Before he was an optometrist, Dr. Eric pursued research in chemical synthesis with an emphasis in instrument automation and drug discovery. He maintained a place on the University of Portland’s Dean’s List while double-majoring in biology and biochemistry and graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Dr. Eric worked as an intern of Dr. Edward Valente to develop and test environmentally-safe pipe cleaning chemicals for use in industry. Dr. Eric was later awarded a top-tier NSF-REU grant (the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program) to work with Dr. Angela K. Wilson and her theoretical chemical physics lab at UNT CASCaM, where he helped test the Multireference Correlation Consistent Composite Approach (MR-ccCA) for calculating the electronic structures and properties of small molecules and atoms.
On weekends in the winter, Dr. Eric works as a nationally certified AASI Level I snowboard instructor at Bluewood. During the rest of the season, he enjoys dancing East Coast Swing and West Coast Swing in Walla Walla and the Tri-Cities. He holds an amateur radio technician license (callsign, KI7POL) and enjoys working with open-source home automation projects, making homemade sensors and writing code. In highschool, Dr. Eric was a drumline snare captain for three years and won several Battle Of The Bands competitions in Esther & Samuel Martinez’s band, which has since become the worship team at LIFE Church. He enjoys playing guitar at bluegrass jams in Walla Walla, Dayton, and Waitsburg, singing in the Walla Walla Choral Society, and ‘comping’ with drumset & hand percussion wherever he can find musicians or open mic nights.