Dr. Vance Thompson – Ophthalmologist Surgeon

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.

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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.

Extracurricular Involvement

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. 


"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 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."



"I had custom lasik this morning and by 1pm i can already see better than i ever have and it is supposed to keep improving unreal! Special thank you to Dr. Vance Thompson and all the staff. Very friendly and easy to work with staff couldnt be happier with everyone involved in my lasik."



"As a person with a very high correction I never thought laser vision correction was an option for me. Well, I was wrong. The team over at Vance Thompson Vision were so helpful, knowledgeable, caring and attentive! I had LASIK done last week and it is remarkable how well I’m seeing...and it getting better everyday! Having two little ones that still wake at night it’s such a relief to not have to reach for my glasses every time they need me. Thank you VTV for giving my eyes new life!!!"



"Lasic procedure went perfectly thanks to dr Vance and the team! Painless and not scary, I am so happy with the outcome! Dr even texted later same day to make sure I was okay. Thank you DR Vance Thompson!!!"



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