Darin R. Haivala, MD


Dr. Haivala is a board-certified Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon, originally from Spearfish, SD.  He received his M.D. from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in 1998.  He completed his Ophthalmolgy Residency and subsequent Fellowship in Diseases and Surgery of the Retina and Vitreous at the Dean McGee Eye Institue in 2004.  Following fellowship, he remained on staff at Dean McGee until 2010, when he joined Dr. Lawrence at Retinal Associates of Oklahoma.


While at Dean Mcgee, he was involved in numerous clinical trials, including pivitol trials resulting in the approval of Lucentis and Eylea.


Dr. Haivala is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Retina Specialists.   He is on staff at Summit Medical Center, Oklahoma Surgicare, and OU Health Sciences Center.


Outside of medicine, Dr. Haivala is an avid snowboarder, amature photographer, and age-group triathlete, having finished 5 Ironman triathlons.  He lives in Edmond, Ok, with his wife and 3 children.

Our Doctors:

F. C. Lawrence, MD
Darin R. Haivala, MD
F. C. Lawrence, MD

Dr. Lawrence, a native Oklahoman, is a board certified
Ophthalmologist.  He obtained his undergraduate degree from
the University of Oklahoma and recieved his Doctor of
Medicine from OU in 1980.  His ophthalmology residency was
completed at the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma
City.  Sub-specialty training in retinal and vitreous diseases
was completed at the University of Pennsylvania and Scheie
Eye Institute in Philadelphia.  He then returned to Oklahoma
following his training and started his practice in Oklahoma

Dr. Lawrence is a member of the American Academy of
Ophthalmology and is certified by the American Board of
Ophthalmology.  He is a member of the American Society of
Retinal Specialists, American Medical Association, and the
Oklahoma State and County Medical Societies.  He is
affiliated with Saint Anthony and Mercy hospitals and is past
Chief of Ophthalmology at Saint Anthony Hospital.  He also
served as president of the Oklahoma Academy of

Dr. Lawrence has special training in all aspects of retinal
surgery and new techniques in treating macular degeneration
and diabetic retinopathy.  He is also involved in FDA studies
serving as a base for clinical trials for new drugs in treating
macular degeneration.  He has published several articles on
new surgical techniques and various retinal diseases.  

Dr. Lawrence has a special interest in new surgical and
medical treatments of all retinal diseases.  He feels that this is
an exciting time in the progress of treatment for macular
degeneration in particular.  He accepts patients through direct
appointment but mainly on referral from other eye care

Dr. Lawrence and his wife, Kathy, have four children and live
in Oklahoma City.  In addition to his work, he enjoys golfing,
hunting, fishing, and travel.

Dr. Leonard is a board-certified Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon, completing his residency and fellowship at the world-renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida.  He served as Chief Resident at Bascom Palmer before joining Texas Retina Associates in 1998.  Dr. Leonard joined the Dean McGee Eye Institute in 2001 and has risen to the academic rank of Clinical Professor and Director of the Vitreo-retinal Surgery Fellowship Program during his 17 years on faculty. 


Dr. Leonard has been involved in the pivotal anti-VEGF trials
that changed the way we treat wet macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusions.  He has been involved in over 30 clinical trials, written chapters in several textbooks and published numerous original articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Leonard's interests include treatment of vitreo-retinal diseases and surgery which include macular hole surgery, retinal detachment repair, membrane peeling of macular puckers, treatment of age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusions

Robert E. Leonard, II, MD
Robert E. Leonard, II, MD



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