Thad D. Hardin, M.D.

Thad D. Hardin, M.D.


  • All-Laser LASIK Vision Correction
  • Cataract Surgery with Lifestyle Lenses
  • Diagnosis and Management of Glaucoma
  • Family Vision Care

Thad D. Hardin, M.D. is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in All-Laser LASIK vision correction and cataract surgery with advanced Lifestyle Lenses. Before joining Heaton Eye Associates in 2000, Dr. Hardin completed his residency as Chief Resident in comprehensive ophthalmology at the Medical University of South Carolina. Due to his academic success, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and received the Helma Award for best research project.

Dr. Hardin has been voted “Best Ophthalmologist” by the readers of the Athens Review. He has helped countless East Texans improve their lives by working to improve their vision. He specializes in diagnosing and treating cataracts, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Dr. Hardin also provides routine family care in our Athens clinic.

Dr. Hardin enjoys his time coaching football, basketball and soccer and participating in medical missions. He also enjoys waters sports of all kinds, car racing, golf and physical fitness. Dr. Hardin, his wife and their three children are happy to call Athens home.

Professional Credentials

  • Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Texas Ophthalmological Association
  • Henderson County Medical Society


  • Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK – B.S.
  • University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS – M.D.
  • University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK – Internship
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC – Residency
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