Erik Zingler, OD

Serving Greater Omaha, Nebraska

Erik Zingler, OD, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He left his hometown to attend the University of Denver for his undergraduate education. He pursued his interest in eyecare, earning his degree from optometry school at the University of California, Berkeley. After spending some time in Colorado and Texas, he eventually came to Omaha and serves as an Instructor in the Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences department of the Stanley M. Truhlsen Eye Institute at UNMC. He joined Kugler Vision in the fall of 2017.

“Omaha is a phenomenal city to live and work in. I’m proud to serve this community. It’s fulfilling to me to see what a profound and positive impact correcting vision can have on a patient’s quality of life. Many people just believe they have to live with blurry vision. When our patients find out they can get out of their glasses or contacts, it really is a whole new world for them.”

Why Did You Choose Eyecare?

Dr. Zingler has always been interested in helping people through medicine, and eyes were especially interesting to him. He grew up nearsighted, like so many others. His experience growing up with poor vision, combined with an avid love of science, shaped his passion for eyecare.

“At an early age, I was fascinated by the complexity of the human body and interested in medicine and healthcare. Because I was also very nearsighted (prior to having LASIK), I was especially interested in eyes and vision, which drew me to the profession of optometry.

I enjoy and am passionate about helping people to see the best they possibly can, including people with limited eyesight. I believe that using technology to treat common vision problems is one of the ultimate applications of modern ophthalmic surgery. It allows for safe and highly effective alternatives to the traditional means of vision correction with glasses and contact lenses.

I am excited to become a member of the Kugler Vision team at a time of significant growth.”


Dr. Zingler has many research and professional interests, which have helped him become a physician with a wide area of expertise. He is especially interested in:

  • Contact lens issues and corneal disorders
  • Laser eye surgery (LASIK)
  • Dry eye disease and treatment
  • Clinical research and education

    “Empathy is very important to me as a provider. I take the time to get to know my patients, and truly enjoy listening to them and working with them to solve their vision problems. The first thing I like to do when meeting a new patient is sit down and really talk with them about why they’re here. I want to know not just what their prescription is, but what troubles they’re having with their vision, so we can work together to make it better.”

Personal Life

Outside the Kugler Vision office, Dr. Zingler stays busy. He’s an avid cyclist, and has a hard time choosing between his love for road and mountain biking. He is also a former amateur motorcycle racer.

Dr. Zingler is proud to have served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve. He’s now a member of the Nebraska Air National Guard, and his rank is Major.

Erik Zingler, OD


Doctor of Optometry – 1996
University of California, Berkeley

Bachelor of Science, Vision Science – 1994
University of California, Berkeley

Bachelor of Arts, Biology – 1990
University of Denver, Denver, Colorado



Oakland Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Oakland, California

Colorado Optometric Center, Denver, Colorado



Clinical Director, nJoy Vision, Houston, Texas — (1/2015-8/2015)

Clinical Director, LasikPlus, Omaha, Nebraska — (2006-2015)

Optometrist, Zingler Vision Associates, Littleton, Colorado — (1996-2005)



Instructor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Nebraska Medical Center — (11/2015 – present)

Adjunct Clinical Faculty, University of Houston College of Optometry — (01/2015-8/2015)



State of Arizona

State of Iowa

State of Nebraska

State of Nevada



American Academy of Optometry

American Optometric Association

Nebraska Optometric Association

Optometric Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Society