Vance Thompson, MD is an internationally recognized specialist in Laser Vision Correction and Advanced Cataract Surgery. He is the Director of Refractive Surgery for Vance Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls, SD and serves as a Professor of Ophthalmology at the Sanford USD School of Medicine. As a leading international researcher he has played a key role in the development of the most advanced technologies and techniques for both laser and implant vision correction. He has served as the medical monitor lead or principal investigator in over 55 FDA monitored clinical trials studying laser and implant surgery. In addition, Dr. Thompson has published numerous papers and book chapters and is co-author of the textbook Refractive Surgery. He has lectured and taught advanced laser and implant surgery to thousands of surgeons all around the world.
A Gregory, South Dakota native, Dr. Thompson received his BS in Chemistry and his MD degree from the University of South Dakota. After completing his ophthalmology residency at the University of Missouri/Columbia, he was accepted and completed a fellowship in Refractive and Cataract Surgery with Dan Durrie, MD and John Hunkeler, MD at Hunkeler Eye Centers in Kansas City.
Dr. Thompson and his wife Jana reside in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They have 3 children, Blake (and his wife Kayla), Joel, and Lauren. His main interests include his family, cooking, and spending time in the outdoors.