Tanner Ferguson, MD

Sioux Falls, SD
South Sioux City, NE

Dr. Ferguson is a fellowship-trained ophthalmologist with a special interest in clinical research and advancing the field of ophthalmology. He is committed to fostering meaningful connections with his patients and understanding their visual goals. Read More


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Meet Dr. Ferguson

From a young age, Dr. Ferguson knew he wanted to pursue a career in eye care. He grew up observing his father, a local optometrist, express a unique energy and excitement for improving vision. Prior to medical school, Dr. Ferguson began spending time conducting research with Dr. Thompson and Dr. Berdahl, sparking an early interest in clinical research and cementing his desire to become an ophthalmologist.


  • Morningside University
  • University of South Dakota Medical School
  • Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute Residency
  • Vance Thompson Vision Fellowship

Awards & Honors

  • American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons Resident Excellence Award
  • 2021 Top Resident Paper, Cole Eye Institute Annual Research Day
  • 2019 Ophthalmology Times Resident Writer’s Award, 1st Place
  • 2018 University of South Dakota Scholarship Pathways Program Top Research Project Winner
  • 2016 Best of ASCRS 2016 Annual Meeting, Paper
  • 2014 NAIA Academic All-American Nominee (2012-2014)
  • 2013 Biology Student of the Year, Morningside University

Personal & Hobbies

Dr. Ferguson enjoys walking and playing with his dog, Kramer, whom he has dubbed the “happiest dog in the world.” As a sneaker fanatic, he has amassed a large sneaker collection and enjoys reading or watching content centered around sneaker design. Most of all, he loves spending time spent with his wife, Dr. Kayla Karpuk, an optometrist at Vance Thompson Vision.

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Prioritizing Research

Dr. Ferguson has a strong belief in fostering an environment of patient-focused, evidence-based care, which is supported by the extensive research conducted through Vance Thompson Vision.

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Tanner Ferguson, MD Reviews

May 28, 2024

I had a great experience with my PRK/Lasik Surgery with Dr. Ferguson and his team. Would recommend to others.

May 11, 2024

I would highly recommend Vance Thompson and Dr. Tanner Ferguson for all your vision care and needs. The staff was exceptional and provided exemplary care. They did a great job of explaining the procedure and follow up care. Dr. Tanner Ferguson is highly competent and made me feel at ease through the whole process.

May 9, 2024

Vance Thompson Vision is such a comfortable, professional clinic. My first impression of Dr. Tanner Ferguson was WOW! I know I am in skilled hands. I liked him from the get go. Loved that he introduced himself as “Tanner”. I was so anxious about the appointment and my vision issues, and he put my mind at ease.

March 28, 2024

Dr. Ferguson was professional, knowledgeable and took the time to answer all my questions. I feel confident in letting him perform my cataract surgeries. The office staff are friendly, efficient and organized. The young women who took pictures of my eyes was compassionate and reassuring about my fears. The surgery scheduler patiently explained every detail of my upcoming surgeries and also answered every concern and question. My experience in the office was excellent.

March 3, 2024

They were very good about explaining my procedure and what I was to expect. It all went quickly and smoothly. The after care is excellent! The videos Dr. Ferguson sends are such a nice personal touch. They help to answer any questions or concerns that came up. Thank you again!

February 16, 2024

I had the best experience! Everything went so smoothly! Dr. Ferguson and his team were incredible!

February 8, 2024

What a great experience! Staff was so professional and fun! I would definitely recommend Vance Thompson Vision, Dr. Ferguson and your outstanding staff!

February 5, 2024

Was very happy with my first eye surgery cataract/partial cornea transplant, dr Ferguson was great, and all the staff very helpful

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