Dr. Steven Vold, Ophthalmologist at Vold Vision

Meet Dr. Vold

Dr. Steven Vold is an award-winning, board-certified ophthalmologist based in Northwest Arkansas with over 24 years of experience. As an innovative vision professional in the industry, he specializes in complex glaucoma and cataract diagnosis and treatment, as well as groundbreaking laser vision correction treatments. Dr. Vold is known for his passion and dedication to his patients and strives to make every patient comfortable and happy with their results. Listed in the Consumer’s Research Council of America’s Guide to America’s Top Ophthalmologists consistently since 2002, Dr. Vold is proud to be considered one of the leading professionals in the industry. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Editor of Glaucoma Today, the leading national publication for physicians, and co-founded the American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery. He also publishes distinguished journal articles, lectures on the latest techniques, and is frequently written about in the press for his groundbreaking procedures and research. Dr. Vold co-founded Ocunetics, Inc., a Silicone Valley-based medical device company. His invention was recently licensed and fully funded by IRIDEX Corporation, a well-established and reputable publicly traded ophthalmic company. He has been instrumental in the development of numerous other products that are now on the market based on his creative efforts.

Specialties and Skills

With a wide range of skills, Dr. Vold is known as an innovator in the ophthalmology field. While he focuses on complex glaucoma and small-incision cataract surgery, he is also skilled in diagnosing and treating many other eye diseases. He is an expert in laser vision correction surgery and was the first eye surgeon in the state of Arkansas to offer SMILE, advanced laser treatment. Dr. Vold is particularly skilled in laser retina surgery, refractive surgery, cataract surgery with lens replacement operations, glaucoma drainage, and filtration, and implant surgery. His practice also offers intraocular lens surgery and bladeless corneal refractive surgery. Always pushing for better, faster results, Dr. Vold was the first surgeon in the country to perform a variety of advanced procedures, including new, noninvasive glaucoma and laser correction surgeries.

Education and Training

With an academic record as illustrious as his professional one, Dr. Vold has distinguished himself at every level of his career. Graduating from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota with a major in Biology, Dr. Vold went on to the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. Here, he graduated as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, a group that recognizes the top ten percent of medical students in the nation. Afterward, he completed an ophthalmology residency and a glaucoma fellowship at the Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois. With numerous scholarships and academic awards, Dr. Vold has held himself to the highest of standards throughout his education and beyond.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Vold has memberships in many professional groups that contribute to the quality of his career. He is a Fellow with the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), and a member of the American Board of Ophthalmology, the American Glaucoma Society, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Vold also co-founded the American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery. Locally, Dr. Vold is a member of the Arkansas Medical Society and the Arkansas Ophthalmologic Society. Continuing research throughout his career, Dr. Vold takes part in the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology as well as the Society for Excellence in Eyecare. Lastly, he is a member of the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Ophthalmological Association.

Awards and Honors

American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Glaucoma Day Best Surgical Video Award

Caribbean Eye Meeting Doctor’s Choice Surgical Video Award

Castle Connolly Top Doctors, Regional Top Doctor

Charter Member of Peer Reviewed Physicians

Customers Research Council of America's Guide to America's Top Ophthalmologist

First Surgeon to Implant Ocular Therapeutix Travatan-impregnated Dissolvable Punctal Plug in U.S.

First Surgeon to Perform AqueSys XEN Microstent Surgery in U.S.

First Surgeon to Perform Glaukos iStent Supra Microstent Surgery in U.S.

First Surgeon to Perform InnFocus MicroShunt Surgery in U.S.

First Surgeon to Perform IRIDEX Micro-pulse Diode Cyclophotocoagulation in North America

First Surgeon to Perform Ivantis Hydrus Microstent Surgery in U.S.

Honored VIP and Life Member of Biltmore Who’s Who Registry of Executives and Professionals

Loyola University Chicago Department of Ophthalmology 22nd Annual Arthur Light, MD Lectureship in Ophthalmology, Chicago, Illinois

Mitchell H. Friedlaender Memorial Lectureship at Scripps Clinic, San Diego, California

Royal College Lecture at Walter Wright 2011 Ophthalmology Conference, Toronto, Canada

Society for Excellence in Eye Care Invitation

Medical Privileges


"I had the SMILE procedure one week ago and couldn’t be happier with my results. From the front desk to the doctor who did the procedure, this is a phenomenal team. Thanks for being amazing Vold Vision!!!"



"Awesome experience at vold vision of Fayetteville. I drove 2 1/2 hours to go here for lasik smile, I would recommend everyone to do so also. I have read the bad reviews about wait times, but let’s be real if you want quality/great service at times you will have to sacrifice time because they are busy! I would rather wait a long time to see one of their doctors than go anywhere else. Great job, great customer service! Awesome experience! Can’t thank them enough!"



"I just got home from my Lasik SMILE surgery. My vision is still a little foggy(normal), but I can already tell I'm seeing more clearly. I can't thank Vold Vision enough for being so professional and comforting before and during this procedure. I was very nervous going into it, but I was super surprised at how fast everything went and how good I feel, just an hour or two after it's done. I highly, highly recommend Vold Vision for anyone undergoing eye surgery. Special shoutout to John for going above and beyond to make sure I was taken care of. Thanks again, guys!"



"I felt compelled to write this review to convey how blessed I feel to have found Dr. Steven Vold and his team and to be one of his patients. Dr. Vold is world renowned and a true visionary. His list of first procedures performed in the country is lengthy. Dr. Vold is skilled at an amazing array of surgical procedures to treat a multitude of eye issues. As a physician, myself, I have high expectations of the physicians I see, and the doctors I recommend to my family, friends and patients. Dr. Vold far exceeds my expectations. He and his staff truly make you feel like family. Dr. Vold is one of the most caring and skilled physicians I have encountered. Arkansas is blessed to have him in the state as people travel long distances to see him."



"1 week ago today I had the SMILE procedure done at Vold Vision. BEST. DECISION. EVER! 1 day post op I had 20/20 vision! I never thought I’d see the day where I didn’t wake up scrambling around to find my glasses just to make it to the bathroom to put in my contacts for a 12hr shift at the hospital, but here we are and I couldn’t be more thankful! <br /> The entire staff at Vold has been amazing! The front desk staff always greets me with a warm and positive attitude. John in scheduling worked with me to get pre op testing, surgery date, and post op appointments made that were perfect for me and my work schedule. Dr. Moser saw me for my pre op testing and has been following my progress during the post op period. She is incredibly knowledgeable and has answered all of my questions/concerns thus far! And last, but not least, Dr. Vold on surgery day was phenomenal! Even though the procedure itself is very quick, he continuously reassured me and kept the experience very calming and relaxing. He mentioned multiple times how excited he was for me and I cannot thank him enough for giving me this new and much improved vision! <br /> 10/10 definitely recommend Dr. Vold & his entire team!"



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