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

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.

Our Research

Vance Thompson, MD Reviews

April 2, 2024

Dr. Thompson and his team are 5 ⭐️'s across the board in medical expertise and patient care. The people who work there seem happy and engaged in providing excellent care to their patients. The best word that comes to mind when describing Vance Thompson Vision is world class.

February 23, 2024

Dr.Thompson and the entire Vance Thompson Vision staff were friendly and easy to talk to. Everything was explained in detail and was very easy to understand. They all wanted to know that you understood everything before proceeding. Highly recommend going to Vance Thompson Vision.

November 22, 2023

Dr. Thompson and his staff did a wonderful job of talking me through each step of the LASIK procedure. My vision is better than it was when I was wearing glasses

September 30, 2023

I was absolutely terrified of having cataract surgery, but Dr. Thompson and his staff were/are fantastic! They helped make my anxiety of having surgery non-existent. They helped me to relax, be comfortable, and helped me after the surgery. They were terrific! I would recommend Dr. Thompson and his staff to anyone needing any type of eye surgery.

September 22, 2023

August 11, 2023

Had a wonderful LASIK experience with Dr. Vance Thompson and his entire staff. It is a beautiful, prestigious place, and they make you feel seen and valued, not just a number. The best of the best is in our own backyard in South Dakota, don’t cut yourself short and go anywhere else.

April 18, 2022

As an eye surgeon myself with 40 years experience in cataract surgery I chose Dr. Vance Thompson for my own cataract surgery. Both eyes were operated on in March 2022 with excellent results. He's one of the best surgeons in the country! Dr. John Wright Colorado Springs, CO

December 8, 2014

Fantastic! I had a wonderful experience at Vance Thompson Vision with my LASIK eye surgery. All of my appointments were with knowledgeable, clear-communicators who explained the process of LASIK eye surgery very well. I was most impressed with how personable each staff member was, including Dr. Thompson. On surgery day, I was not anxious at all because of how calm and caring the staff was. In the surgery room before the surgery started, a tech walked me through each part of the procedure so they I knew exactly what to expect, which I really appreciated. My family was able to watch the surgery on a TV in a nearby room while a tech sat with them and explained the procedure. This was helpful to calm their anxieties as well! Overall, I had an amazing experience at Vance Thompson Vision! I am amazed each day when I wake up with perfect sight! If you are thinking at all having your vision corrected with surgery, I recommend trusting the doctors and staff at Vance Thompson Vision.

October 20, 2021

This facility, all the people attending to & caring for each of us for treatment deserves many MORE than 5 stars! ⭐ I cannot say enough about EVERYONE, and there were many, who tended to me for cataract/glaucoma surgery. They were professional, but at the same time happy, up-beat, totally made me feel at ease (I was SO nervous)... but it was the BEST experience I have ever had! Excellent doctors and Dr. Debbie is an absolutely fabulous surgeon and a sweetheart! THANK YOU to ALL who I was so very fortunate to interact with!

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