Eric W. Bligard, MD


Eric W. Bligard, M.D. is a board-certified and fellowship-trained ophthalmologist. He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and completed an ophthalmology residency and retinal fellowship at the Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Bligard is a member of the American Board of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Bligard joined Wolfe Eye Clinic in 1987. He was formally a cataract specialist with over 30,000 successful cataract surgeries completed in his surgical career. He also performed numerous glaucoma, plastic, and corneal operations, and performed voluntary surgery in the Philippines, Thailand, Kenya, Nicaragua, Mexico, and the People’s Republic of China. In addition, Dr. Bligard was the first surgeon ever to perform phacoemulsification intraocular lens implantation in the country of Kenya, East Africa. Unfortunately, due to a cervical neck injury that has left his right hand partially numb, he is unable to operate.

Dr. Bligard has been with Wolfe Eye Clinic for over thirty years and continues to provide clinical services at Wolfe Eye Clinic in Fort Dodge. While he is approaching retirement and working a limited schedule, he still enjoys using his expertise and experience to see, evaluate and manage ocular conditions for both established and new patients in the area.  

Outside of work, Dr. Bligard has two children. He was formally a highly competitive tennis player, ranked #1 in the five-state area of Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Wisconsin in the men’s over the age of 40 division. He was also ranked #4 in the entire United States in men’s doubles over 45. However, because of his spinal injury, he is no longer able to play and has become a fanatical bike rider instead. 

Meet Dr. Eric Bligard – Northwest Iowa Ophthalmologist


Medical Affiliations

  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology