Meet Dr. Vance Thompson
Vance Thompson, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist in Sioux Falls, SD specializing in laser vision correction and advanced cataract surgery. As the director of refractive surgery at Vance Thompson Vision, Dr. Thompson leads a collaborative team of medical professionals in treating vision conditions using advanced technology and innovative techniques. A leading expert in LASIK and cataract surgery, Dr. Thompson strives to enrich his patients’ lives by helping them experience visual clarity. Dr. Thompson currently serves as a professor of ophthalmology at the Sanford USD School of Medicine and hopes to continue sharing his extensive knowledge of laser and implant vision correction for years to come.
Education & Training
A Gregory, SD native, Dr. Thompson attended college and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of South Dakota. Following graduation, Dr. Thompson enrolled in the University of South Dakota’s School of Medicine, where he completed his Doctorate of Medicine. Eager to further his education, Dr. Thompson’s next step was the completion of his ophthalmology residency at the University of Missouri/Columbia. He then went on to complete a fellowship in refractive and cataract surgery with Dr. Dan Durrie and Dr. John Hunkeler of Hunkeler Eye Centers in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Thompson is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Skills & Expertise
With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Thompson has performed more than 75,000 vision correction surgeries worldwide and remains among a select group of refractive and cataract surgeons who prioritize the use of innovative, advanced surgical techniques. Dr. Thompson’s extensive research and expansive knowledge of sophisticated laser and implant surgical technologies are what sets him apart in the ophthalmology fields, which qualify him to teach the techniques to eye surgeons all over the globe. By lecturing and continuing to research the topics, Dr. Thompson hopes to pioneer the way toward continued advances in the industry.
As a leading international researcher, Dr. Thompson has played an important role in the discovery and development of the advanced technologies and techniques used in both laser and implant vision correction surgeries today. Serving as the medical monitor lead, or principal investigator, Dr. Thompson has led over 65 FDA-monitored clinical trials on the subjects and has published numerous papers and book chapters on his findings. In addition, Dr. Thompson co-authored a textbook titled Refractive Surgery, and continues to lecture and teach at the Sanford USD School of Medicine.
Hobbies & Personal interests
Dr. Thompson and his wife Jana reside in Sioux Falls, SD. Together they have three children, Blake (and his wife Kayla), Joel, and Lauren. In his free time, Dr. Thompson’s favorite hobby is hunting and considers it his legacy, passed down by generations before him. Having hunted the South Dakota plains with his brother and father, Dr. Thompson is now sharing the tradition with his sons and hopes to one day include his grandsons. All his life, Dr. Thompson has dreamed of a way to remain true to his roots while contributing to the world around him. For this reason, his place at Vance Thompson Vision feels like a dream come true.
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"What an amazing experience!"
"I have been coming here for a year now and am very impressed. The staff, from check out, to nurses, ancillary staff, and doctors, are exceptional. Very friendly and helpful. No Window Witches here! They even remember I liked the Gipsy Kings on Pandora in the exam room. Beyond that Vance Thompson vision also stays abreast of new procedures and technology and offers the latest treatments. They offer a care credit program for procedures not covered by insurance.The building itself is beautiful with nice exam and treatment rooms, and an open airy waiting room with complimentary coffee, water, fruit, or cookies. Magazines are all current."
"Vance Thompson Vision: COMFORTIBLE and PROFESSIONAL. I had eye surgery done at Vance Thompson Vision. It did exactly what they said it would and it eliminated my need for glasses. It was very comfortable and professional from the waiting areas to the finished product. I would definitely recommend them. Feel free to contact me. DEL JOHNKE"
"I am absolutely amazed with my vision after LASIK surgery at Vance Thompson Vision. Until I no longer had to wear them, I didn't realize how much contact lenses were irritating my eyes and making them feel dry. I had surgery in the late afternoon on a Thursday and was at work at 7am Friday morning with 20/15 vision. I cannot say enough about how wonderful my experience has been. I would recommend Dr. Berdahl and Vance Thompson Vision over and over again, it truly is a world class establishment!"
"Surgery was so quick and painless. I only remember my name being called to awaken me afterwards. Recovery was just as good. My eye site is as I had hoped. I enjoy not having to use reading glasses so often. Vance Thompson Vision is the epitome of eye care with their friendly and knowledgeable staff."
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