Vance Thompson, MD

Sioux Falls, SD

Our namesake is an internationally-recognized specialist in laser vision correction (LASIK) and advanced cataract surgery. He is the director of refractive surgery for Vance Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls, SD. Read More


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Meet Dr. Thompson

Vance Thompson, MD is a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in refractive surgery including laser vision correction, implant 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 to surgically treat vision conditions with advanced technology and innovative techniques. A leading expert in refractive and cataract surgery, Dr. Thompson currently serves as a professor of ophthalmology in the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota. He welcomes opportunities to share his knowledge of laser and implant vision correction with up-and-coming doctors, and he loves meeting and healing his patients.

Skills & Added Expertise

In nearly three decades, Dr. Thompson has performed more than 100,000 vision correction surgeries and remains among a select group of refractive and cataract surgeons who prioritize innovative, advanced surgical techniques.

Dr. Thompson’s extensive research and deep knowledge of sophisticated laser and implant surgical technologies are what set him apart in ophthalmology and which qualifies him to teach eye surgeons across the globe. Dr. Thompson strives to pioneer continued advances in the industry.


  • Gregory High School, Gregory, SD
  • University of South Dakota
  • University of South Dakota Medical School
  • University of Missouri/Columbia, Ophthalmology Residency
  • Hunkeler Eye Centers Fellowship, Kansas City, KS

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Personal & Hobbies

Vance and his wife, Jana, have three children. Vance’s favorite hobbies are cooking, hunting, and fishing — pastimes he enjoys with his family and friends.

Prioritizing Research

Dr. Thompson has played an important role in the discovery and development of the advanced technologies and techniques used in today’s laser and implant vision correction surgeries. Serving as the medical monitor lead, or principal investigator, Dr. Thompson has led over 100 FDA-monitored clinical trials and has published numerous papers and book chapters on his findings. In addition, Dr. Thompson co-authored a textbook titled Refractive Surgery. He lectures and teaches around the world.

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