MISSION

We are dedicated to providing the best possible eye health evaluation and vision correction needs to allow for a clearer tomorrow for all of our patients!

OUR PRACTICE

At Wallerich Eye Care, our staff and providers work together to ensure your visit is comfortable, efficient and completed in a timely manner. During your visit, we look forward to providing the best possible vision correction while also detecting and assessing eye and systemic conditions during the comprehensive eye examination.
Our evaluations/examinations length varies depending on services/tests completed in office. A comprehensive eye examination will last approximately one hour or less depending on several factors (dilation, purchasing contacts/glasses). There are other specialized services that take longer given the complexity of those evaluations.

OUR COMMITMENT

At Wallerich Eye Care, our providers complete at least 40 hours of education annually with a high focus on ocular disease, neuro-optometry, binocular vision, pediatric eye care, and many other areas, to ensure we are the best at what we do!
Wallerich Eye Care staff routinely advance their skill sets by completing education modules, in-office educational seminars or other local/state initiatives to ensure a thorough, confident visit each and every time to our office.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Our office participates in the following programs to support our local community:

  • InfantSEE: A program dedicated to providing no-cost comprehensive eye assessments for infants from the age of 6 months of age to one year.
  • OneSight: A program dedicated to providing comprehensive eye care services at no-cost to vulernable individuals within our communities.

Our providers, also engage within the local communities. Dr. Wallerich is an active members in a number of organizations that include:

  • Advisory Board of Health – City Council Selected Advisory Member
  • Minnesota Optometric Association – Co-Chair of the Third-Party Committee

Meet Our Doctor

Dr. Michael Wallerich is a native of La Crosse, Wisconsin. In high school, he completed an apprentice optician program at his local eye doctor’s office. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology and studied Spanish at the University of Minnesota of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He then attended the Doctor of Optometry program at the State University of New York in New York City. For his residency program, he attended the University of California – Berkeley College of Optometry’s primary care/brain injury vision rehabilitation residency program at the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System.

Directly after his residency, Dr. Wallerich became a traveling optometrist within skilled nursing facilities, assisted living centers, rehabilitation clinics and regional hospitals throughout the state of Minnesota. Now, Dr. Wallerich practices the majority of his clinical hours at Wallerich Eye Care inside Target Optical – St. Paul. He enjoys providing necessary medical and vision eye care to all patients from the age of 6 months to his wisest patient at age 110!

Why optometry?

From a young age, Dr. Wallerich was unable to see well far away along with other diagnosed medical eye conditions. With the help of his optometrist, he was prescribed glasses that allowed him to see the board clearly!

Why a residency in brain injury vision rehabilitation?

Dr. Wallerich translated in Spanish in the neuro-optometric rehabilitation and neuro-ophthalmology clinics at the State University of New York during his first year for several patients. After each visit, he witnessed the patient’s vision dysfunctions improving, which consequentially improved the patient’s symptoms. The treatments were reducing each patient’s symptoms (headaches, eye fatigue, double vision, etc.), which was empowering for both the provider and patient. Patient’s would explain how they planned to return to work, continue with college courses or other aspirations that seemed unlikely before. To impact someone so profoundly was important to Dr. Wallerich, which made it an easy decision to complete a residency in brain injury vision rehabilitation.

What is your educational background?

  • University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
    • Biology (B.S.); Minor – Spanish
  • State University of New York College of Optometry
    • Doctor of Optometry (O.D.)
  • Empire State College
    • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  • University of California – Berkeley College of Optometry @ VA Palo Alto Health Care System
    • Residency: Primary Care/Brain Injury Vision Rehabilitation

What are Dr. Wallerich’s clinical interests?

  • Neuro-Optometric Evaluations
    • Vision dysfunctions from traumatic (concussions, head traumas, etc.) or acquired (strokes, Parkinson’s disease, etc.) brain injuries
  • Contact Lens Evaluations
    • Soft Contact Lenses: distance, astigmatism correction, multi-focal contact lenses
    • Hard Contact Lenses: Rigid gas permeable contacts for single vision, multi-focal options, and for corneal conditions (keratoconus, corneal ectasia, other diseases)
  • Pediatric Eye Care
  • Geriatric Eye Care (inpatient care within nursing facilities)
    • Provide medical eye examinations for vulnerable adults within inpatient facilities throughout the metropolitan area

Outside of Optometry

  • Hobbies: piano, downhill skiing, exercising, reading non-fiction, volunteering, kayaking, hiking, gardening, board games


Meet Our Staff

Mr. Abraham Yang

Mr. Yang was born in Wausau, Wisconsin, but grew up living in the Twin Cities. He started his career in the eye care industry working at a retail chain optical, where he was the manager for both the eyeglass and contact lens departments.

When Abraham is not at work, he enjoys spending time in the outdoors during the summer, hanging out with friends & family, and road trip adventures. Some of his favorite outdoor activities include: exploring new hiking trails, cycling, and exercising (running).