About Vance Thompson Vision
Clear Answers About Clear Vision™
Imagine waking up each morning to clear vision – without having to rely on glasses or contacts. Today, there are exciting laser, implant, and cataract procedures that can reduce or even eliminate your dependence on corrective lenses. If you’re considering laser, implant, or cataract vision correction, we encourage you to research your options and think about your expectations.
This website is designed to help you make that important decision, with information about the actual surgery, what you can expect from the surgery, the various techniques and technologies available at Vance Thompson Vision, and a 10-point guideline to quality laser and implant vision correction. We also encourage you to attend one of our free monthly seminars. Your best next step is to schedule a free consultation to determine which procedure is best for you. At Vance Thompson Vision, we are committed to using the world’s best technology in combination with our vast experience to help you see your best.
Why Choose Us?
Possibly the most important factor involved with laser or implant vision correction is the expertise of your surgeon and the support staff. The actual procedures take very little time, but the results will affect your sight for a lifetime.
Dr. Vance Thompson is a leading expert in laser and implant vision correction, one of a select group of surgeons in the world capable of performing the latest innovative techniques. He has years of experience and has performed nearly 40,000 corrective surgeries for people all over the globe. In addition, he leads the way for the future of laser and implant vision correction with extensive research and commitment to using only the most advanced technology available.
Dr. Alison Tendler specializes in corneal, cataract and refractive surgery to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. She also specializes in the most advanced techniques to reduce redundant skin above and below the eyelids. Her work is completely devoted to helping you see and look your best.
Dr. John Berdahl specializes in advanced Cataract, Corneal and Glaucoma Surgery, in addition to Refractive Surgery to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. He earned his medical doctorate, graduating with honors from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN and finished his internship at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. He completed ophthalmology residency at Duke University where his published work, research, teaching and care of patients brought him many honors including best resident and national recognition as first place winner of the Resident Writers Award. Dr. Berdahl pursued additional advanced surgical training at the most coveted cornea and glaucoma fellowship in the country at Minnesota Eye Consultants. As a fellow he received the Claes Dohlman Award from Harvard University, which is given to the top cornea fellow in the country.
Dr. Thompson, Dr. Alison Tendler, and Dr. John Berdahl are supported by a team of professionals with almost 100 years of combined experience. Dr. Doug Wallin and Dr. Keith Rasmussen lend their expertise to much of the patient education and pre-and post-operative care, while the center's nurses, technicians and administrative staff are always at work to answer your questions and to make sure that you are receiving the best possible care and attention.
While Vance Thompson Vision is widely recognized as one of the world's leading laser and implant vision correction centers, our true focus has always been about caring for people. For more in-depth information and to get to know our staff better, we encourage you to attend a free informational seminar or to set up a free one-on-one consultation.
The LASIK procedure is the right answer for most patients who are considering refractive surgery to improve their vision. However, in patients with higher degrees of nearsightedness or farsightedness, the cornea may be too thin to allow full refractive correction.
In these cases, surgical implants may be the best alternative. These special devices are placed in the eyes to improve their focusing ability.