Dr. Justin Schweitzer – Optometrist

Meet Dr. Justin Schweitzer

Dr. Justin Schweitzer is a fellowship-trained optometrist specializing in the treatment of glaucoma, anterior segment pathology and cataracts in Sioux Falls, SD. It was during his advanced anterior segment surgery care, pathology, and glaucoma fellowship at Vance Thompson Vision in 2013 when Dr. Schweitzer decided to practice full time at our facility. Now an adjunct clinical professor at The Illinois College of Optometry, Dr. Schweitzer is a national leader in the arenas of glaucoma, anterior segment surgery, anterior segment pathology and lectures to his colleagues nationwide. Dr. Schweitzer has multiple articles published in scientific journals and actively conducts research on minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, biomechanical properties of the cornea as it relates to glaucoma, cataract surgery care, and anterior segment pathology.

Education & Training

A Jamestown, ND native, Dr. Schweitzer chose to pursue his undergraduate studies at Jamestown College where he graduated with Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Business Administration. Next, Dr. Schweitzer attended the Pacific University College of Optometry from which he graduated summa cum laude. In July of 2013, he completed his residency training in advanced anterior segment surgery care here at Vance Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls, SD, and chose to remain on staff to begin his career as a residency-trained optometrist. Among this large team of world-class surgeons and eye specialists, Dr. Schweitzer fits right in.

Extracurricular Involvement

Dr. Schweitzer is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the American Optometric Association, Optometric Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Society, Scleral Lens Education Society, and the South Dakota Optometric Association. He is a current member and former president of the Intrepid Eye Society, a board member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society, and current Vice President of the South Dakota Optometric Society. Dr. Schweitzer has multiple articles published in scientific journals and actively conducts research on minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, biomechanical properties of the cornea as it relates to glaucoma, cataract surgery care, and anterior segment pathology.

Hobbies & Personal Interests

In Dr. Schweitzer’s free time, he enjoys spending time with wife Nissa and their two children, Paige and Luke. Dr. Schweitzer very much enjoys the great outdoors, and some of his favorite pastimes include camping, spending time at the lake, running, biking, and swimming. He enjoys competing in road races, triathlons, and iron man competitions. A Minnesota Vikings fan, Dr. Schweitzer loves following his team throughout their NFL football seasons and counts down to their season opener year round. Dr. Schweitzer remains focused on advancing his knowledge of optometry, placing great emphasis on keeping current with the evolving technologies and techniques which could one day transform the eye care industry.


"I have been 100% satisfied with Vance Thompson with special recognition to Dr, Justin Schweitzer.  I am a Keratoconus patient with two transplants.  Dr. Schweitzer fitted perfectly two sclhlerl lensess in both eyes that I absolutely love.  My vision as a result has been near 20/20 in both eyes since,  The staff is very friendly and easy to work with.  Nice waiting area with complimentary coffee, soda, water and snacks.  I would highly recommend Vance Thompson Vision."



"I fell that there is no place I would rather trust my eyes to than Dr. Berdahl & Dr. Schweitzer at VTV. I started coming there 4 years ago for Cataracts in both eyes & discovered I also had Glaucoma. Since then I’ve had Lasik both eyes, glaucoma medicine & followup by them when I came in every 3 days to get pressures down! PTK was a snap. I have to admit that from the Dr.’s to the nurses, even the wonderful girls at the desk for check ins everyone is on their game , pleasant, knowledgeable & willing to help in any way! Give VTV 5Stars"



"Thank you to Dr. Justin Schweitzer and all of the nice folks at Vance Thompson Vision. I love my latest and newest schleral lens! I'm seeing better today than I did at age 5. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!"



"I don't even know what to say. From initial contact with the office my experience has been top-notch. Everyone has gone out of their way to help me in any way that they can. When I arrived for my appointment this morning the receptionist was super and offered to help however she could. Everyone was so polite to both me and my mom, who was with me because I don't drive [I'm in a wheelchair]. Sarah, the tech who was helping Dr. Berdahl, was so sweet and tried to make things as easy as possible. Both Dr. Berdahl and Dr. Schweitzer had the best bedside manners. They understood my frustrations, they didn't treat me like an invalid because of the wheelchair, they explained everything thoroughly and they made sure that I was comfortable with the plan before we proceeded with anything. Dr Schweitzer came up with a possible issue that nobody else had ever thought of before and, as a result, we were able to attempt laser surgery that we had never even considered as a possibility previously. And Dr. Berdahl asked me more than once if everyone was being nice and treating me with respect. I have never in my life been treated with as much compassion and care and I received in your office today. I will DEFINITELY refer any of my friends and family to your office and I will be telling my primary care provider and my regular optometrist that if they ever need to refer to an ophthalmologist, Dr Berdahl and his team are the best in my opinion. Thanks for a great appointment!!"



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