Dr. Alison R. Tendler – Ophthalmologist Surgeon

Meet Dr. Alison R. Tendler

Dr. Alison R. Tendler, a board-certified ophthalmologist, is the owner and creator of ART Vision and ARTisan Skin and Laser Center in Sioux Falls, SD.  A skilled eye surgeon, Dr. Tendler specializes in cataract and vision correction procedures including lens implants, and refractive surgeries, along with oculoplastic treatments. Vision correction options are available for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Tendler is devoted to helping her patients see with clarity while feeling confident about their image. Having grown up in Clear Lake and Sioux Falls, Dr. Tendler is proud to call South Dakota home and takes great pride in providing superior eye care and aesthetic services to the greater Midwest.


A South Dakota native, Dr. Tendler attended medical school at the University of South Dakota where she graduated with honors in medical physiology. Dr. Tendler then furthered her knowledge with a three-year ophthalmology residency at the University of Minnesota. Upon the completion of her residency, Dr. Tendler completed a rigorous corneal and anterior fellowship with Dr. Michael Belin of the Cornea Consultants of Albany at Albany Medical College in New York. Dr. Belin was instrumental in the development of laser vision correction and served as a core investigator for the VISX laser. She worked for 13 years as a partner at Vance Thompson Vision before pursuing her own artistic vision of helping people see the world better and see themselves better. Her extensive experience over the past years led her to become expertly skilled in the surgical management of cataracts, refractive surgery, eyelid procedures, and aesthetics. 

Skills and Expertise

Specializing in the focusing elements of the eye, Dr. Tendler uses her knowledge to surgically address eye conditions that inhibit a patient’s ability to focus properly. By addressing nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, Dr. Tendler is able to help her patients see life with more clarity and often free from the maintenance struggles of contacts and glasses. In addition, Dr. Tendler is devoted to helping patients look and feel their best at ARTisan Skin and Laser Center, her privately owned MedSpa. Dr. Tendler currently utilizes outpatient noninvasive and invasive procedures for improved confidence, functionality, and appeal.  These include surgical eyelid correction, Sciton® Halo and BBL (Broadband Light), BOTOX®, Juvéderm®, and medical-grade skin care.  


Dr. Tendler has served as the television advertising spokeswoman for the eye medication known as Restasis®, one of the first medications used to treat ocular surface disease or dry eye. Having used the medication herself and her patients, she feels proud to have represented the product for over 8 years.   

Other activities and organizations Dr. Tendler is honored to help represent are: board membership at Dakota Wesleyan University; Associate Professor for Sanford School of Medicine; SME (Sales and Marketing Executives), The City Blossom, and the Sioux Falls Chamber.

Hobbies and Personal Interests

In her spare time, Dr. Tendler loves to travel. After her first international trip to India for a 3-month service-learning project while in college, she developed a love for the hobby that has stuck with her through her years of medical school, residency, and practice. Now married, Dr. Tendler loves to travel to nontraditional vacation destinations with her husband, Paul. Dr. Tendler likes to say that while she does not have a favorite destination, she cannot help but to compare each spot to Fiji, which she describes to be one of the most beautiful places she has ever experienced. In addition to traveling, Dr. Tendler and Paul enjoy many outdoor activities with each other and their daughter, including long walks, cycling, hiking, and time at the lake. Her goal is to continue to tackle one bucket list location at a time, recently crossing off Patagonia, Egypt, and Ireland.   


"Amazing Care! - Dr. Tendler was kind and considerate. She even called my home number after surgery to see how I was doing. I don't think anyone could find a more caring doctor or facility."



"I was very happy and well-pleased with the excellent job Dr. Tendler did on repairing my drooping eyelids. She is very caring and concerned about her patients. I enjoyed meeting her and am very happy with the work she did for me. Being able to see with wide open eyes, and no eyelashes blocking my vision is great. I didn't realize what a difference the surgery would make."



"Dr. Allison Tendler and the staff at Art Vision are THE BEST. Their approach to patient care is refreshing. They listen to me at every appointment. They discuss treatment options and are sincere in their concern for my eye health. Their facility is amazing. Everyone single member of the staff has taken the time to get to know me and greets me by name when I walk in. Dr. Tendler is an expert and has walked me through every step of the way. From someone who was scared to death of having anything done with my eyes to being given the gift of sight - Art Vision is a world class organization and we are lucky to have them here in Sioux Falls."



"Dr. Alison Tendler gave me the gift of sight back! Without her help I would be completely blind today. For many years my sight was deteriorating. I had tried new eyeglasses with different prescriptions but noting seemed to help with my vision issues. My optometrist Dr. Alan Jones referred me to Dr. Tendler. January of 2010 Dr. Tendler did a cornea cell transplant on my left eye. I was 55 at the time. I was scared what if it didn't work and I was blind in my left eye. Several days later I was at my business sitting in my office when I looked up and realized that I was able to see and read a sign that was across the road over 400 feet away. Dr. Tendler recommended that I do the surgery on my other eye and I agreed with her. Today my vision in both eyes is 20/20. Thank you Dr. Alison Tendler you gave me my eyesight back. I am forever grateful. I highly recommend Dr. Alison Tendler!"


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"8 months later I am thrilled by my refractive cataract surgery. I had both eyes done and within days of my surgeries being completed, I was amazed by how clearly I could see. By adding the refractive lenses, I am now able to read without the aid of glasses. As an avid golfer, I initially went in since I could not see the golf ball at a distance as it traveled and landed. I not only have my distance vision back, but my near vision as well. It has been an amazing opportunity to be able to see this well again."


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