Thomas Harvey, MD

Anterior Segment Eye Surgeon

Thomas Harvey, MD, is an eye surgery specialist. He is a Board Certified surgeon with expertise in cornea surgery, cataract surgery, and vision correction surgery (including LASIK). After medical school and residency, Dr. Harvey completed an elite specialty fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. In 2005, he returned to Wisconsin and quickly became the region’s most prolific anterior segment surgeon.

In 2020, Dr. Harvey opened his own eye surgery practice to provide more convenience for patients by working directly with local eye doctors. He has a long track record of excellent results working with referring optometrists and general ophthalmologists in the surrounding communities.


“I realized that patients needing my surgical care sometimes had to make three, and sometimes four, extra stops before having surgery. The redundancies in the system and the resulting confusion for patients made me realize that I could create a new and improved approach.”


Thus was born Independent Vision Group.

Dr. Harvey and his Independent Vision Group team travel to your doctor’s office to evaluate you for surgery, allowing you to continue post-operative care with your doctor. In order to ensure state-of-the art care, Dr. Harvey uses the latest techniques and technology available anywhere on Earth. His specialty is offering custom surgical solutions for your best vision for life.

Dr. Harvey operates at an ophthalmology-exclusive surgical facility, Independent Surgery Center, in Lake Hallie, Wisconsin. This physician-owned ambulatory surgery center offers all state-of-the art equipment needed for specialty eye surgery, enabling local patients to undergo treatment without entering a hospital. Today, Dr. Harvey performs approximately one-out-of-three cataract surgeries in the Chippewa Valley.

Dr. Harvey is a multi-year winner of the Castle Connolly Top Doctors Award and continues to develop his skills and enhance both his own practice and the world of ophthalmology. He is currently involved in several research projects, including an advanced implant lens that is under review by the FDA. Dr. Harvey shares his knowledge as a speaker and instructor at the AAO and ASCRS annual meetings, in addition to sponsoring and instructing surgeons from overseas. He is an officer on the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society National Board, and a founding member of the Vanguard Ophthalmology Society.

Dr. Harvey also organizes surgical mission trips around the globe, and has sponsored trips for multiple international doctors here in the Chippewa Valley. His knowledge and skill in the treatment of eye disease and refractive errors is well-recognized.