Dr. Allison Jarstad joined SoCal Eye in July 2019 bringing her boundless energy, enthusiasm and passion and a staunch commitment to delivering the highest level of care for her patients. As a graduate of the University of Utah and Pacific Northwest University, Dr Allison also holds a dual fellowship in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery from the University of California, Irvine and in Global Ophthalmology from Stanford University.
As a Cornea Specialist, Dr. Jarstad is engaged with SoCal Eye patients experiencing corneal conditions such as Keratoconus and requiring procedures such as Corneal Transplants and most recently, Corneal Collagen Crosslinking. In 2020, Dr. Allison was recognized for her work by The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and was appointed to the prestigious “Young Eye Surgeon Committee” As a philanthropist, Dr. Jarstad has volunteered for many overseas missions to Africa, South America and Asia and continues to share her expertise and training with SEE International, a nonprofit humanitarian organization that provides accessible vision care services to underserved communities internationally and in the United States.
Meet Dr. Allison – In her own words:
Why did you become an Ophthalmologist?
I was fascinated by surgery and knew early on in medical school that I would choose a surgical subspecialty. When I was on a medical mission trip to South Sudan I saw many patients who were blind from extremely mature cataracts. They should have been operated on years earlier they had no access to eye care. I trained to become an eye surgeon so I could go back and help those people. Since then I’ve returned to South Sudan and have performed surgery on hundreds of people who were blind from their cataracts.
What do you enjoy most about being an ophthalmologist?
I love being able to help people regain one of their most important sense, their sight. It is truly an honor to be able to restore vision. I don’t take that responsibility lightly.
If there was one thing you want your patients to know about you, what would it be?
I have a Norwegian Elkhound named Wilson (after the Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russel Wilson)
Why should a patient go to SoCal Eye?
At SoCal Eye we truly care about our patients and put their best interests first. Every patient receives the highest level of care. Some days I get behind because of unanticipated emergencies so please be patient but when I’m in front of each patient I give them my full attention and I give them my best.
In her spare time, she enjoys jogging on the beach with her Norwegian Elkhound, skiing, water sports, mountaineering (she has summited Mt. Adams, Mt. Kenya and Mt. Kilimanjaro), taking barre and yoga classes through Zoom, and spending time with her loved ones (virtually until the COVID-19 pandemic subsides).
Ocular Conditions and Procedures:
- LASIK and PRK surgery
- Cataract Surgery
- Pterygium excision
- Ocular surface tumors
- Keratoconus and Corneal Cross Linking
- Corneal transplants (PKP, DALK, DMEK, DSAEK)
- Iris repair
- Intraocular lens exchange and sutured lenses
- Dry eye
Education and Training:
7/2018 – 7/2019 Fellowship: Global Ophthalmology (Dr. Geoff Tabin) Stanford University Byers Eye Institute Himalayan Cataract Project, Palo Alto, CA
7/2017 – 7/2018 Fellowship: Cornea and Refractive Surgery (Dr. Marjan Farid, Dr. Sumit (Sam) Garg, Dr. Matthew Wade, Dr. Sanjay Kedhar) University of California Irvine Irvine, CA
7/2014 – 6/2017 Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University Syracuse, NY
7/2013 – 6/2014 Internship: St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center Syracuse, NY
8/2009 – 5/2013 Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine Yakima, WA
8/2002 – 5/2006 Undergraduate Degree: University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
Dr Jarstad – Publications