Alexandria, MN

Our Alexandria clinic is new, state-of-the-art, and ready to serve you. Our talented team aims to make your visit as comfortable as possible. For those seeking aesthetic services, its also features Kalon Medical Spa.

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Monday - Thursday

8:00am - 4:30pm


8:00am - 12:00pm

World Leaders in Cataract, Glaucoma, and Oculoplastics in Alexandria, MN

This practice focuses on advanced cataract surgery, glaucoma care, and oculoplastics. Patients seeking refractive procedures such as LASIK will have their choice of another Vance Thompson Vision location and will be cared for with the same time and attention as they would have in Alexandria.

Thanks to the nearby “chain of lakes,” Alexandria is well-known among locals and vacationers as a picturesque respite. It’s also a great place for ophthalmology care. Our Alexandria building opened in 2020 with the latest technology and has since added a Kalon Medical Spa. Our patients and visitors often comment on our distinct halo lights that brighten the night sky. Conveniently, the city of Alexandria is just off I-94 and Vance Thompson Vision is on Jefferson Street, one of the city’s main thoroughfares.


Cloudy vision is a sign of cataracts, a condition that is treated surgically. Our world-class doctors can help you determine the best options to address yours. Some patients even experience less dependence on glasses after surgery.

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Patients are often nervous about a glaucoma diagnosis, but with proper management, it does not have to limit daily activities. Our surgeons have a long-standing commitment to glaucoma research. They’re here to help you navigate this disease.

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As experts in advanced care in and around the eye, the surgeons at Vance Thompson Vision can perform oculoplastic or eyelid surgery to repair a variety of eyelid conditions.

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Vision Research

At Vance Thompson Vision, we’re serious about research. We’ve seen clinical breakthroughs transform our patients’ vision, their freedom, and their futures.

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Research at Vance Thompson Vision Alexandria

Supervised by Dr. Ristvedt and supported by Vance Thompson Vision’s research department, the team in Alexandria is actively studying glaucoma and cataracts. Their efforts to share study opportunities with patients and to help bring new treatments to market contributes to breakthroughs that improve vision and enrich lives.

Studies are ongoing and fall into two categories: sponsored clinical trials, most of which are FDA-monitored; or investigator-initiated trials, studies sparked by our doctors’ desire to understand an already-approved technology better. At any given time, Alexandria’s team is working on trials that, in the long run, will bring even more advanced care to their patients.

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The Alexandria Team

The Alexandria team is led by Dr. Deborah Gess Ristvedt, a board-certified ophthalmologist whose family has built a respected legacy. Lowell Gess, her grandfather and an ophthalmologist, opened this clinic in 1975 when he returned from Sierra Leone where he used his medical skills to restore vision and to share the gospel. Timothy, Lowell’s son, also became an ophthalmologist, continuing the practice until his daughter, Dr. Gess Ristvedt, joined him and eventually assumed leadership.

Today, Dr. Ristvedt is supported by optometrist Mathew Walker and physician assistant Kayla Brunkow. Along with the rest of the Alexandria team, they offer patients the best possible care, the latest advancements in technology, and a welcoming atmosphere to share their concerns and questions.

Alexandria Patient Ratings & Reviews


February 17, 2022

From the moment we walked in for my daughters consultation until we walked out after her surgery, we had the best experience! Everyone was so helpful and knowledgeable. The positive attitude, great customer service, and attention to detail is greatly appreciated! All of the nurses were top notch and Dr. Debbie so friendly and down to earth. Highly recommended Vance Thompson Vision in Alexandria Minnesota!! Thank you to everyone who made my daughters first experience with a surgery a good and successful one!

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!

May 17, 2021

Dr. Deborah Ristvedt , did a very good job with my cataract surgery ( right eye today my left eye tomorrow ) The nurses and other care teams :yum:are amazing as well Thank you, Dr. Ristvedt and your team

June 27, 2019

if customer service and care for patients were like this staff, the medical world would be such a better place. God surely blessed us with skilled and devoted people. Love Dr Deb and so appreciate Dr Walker for their dedication to making a "seeing" world. Highly recommend!

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May 11, 2018

The staff is both professional and caring. Completely satisfied with every aspect of my care.

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April 21, 2022

My vision has been restored to mono vision:grinning_face:

July 19, 2022

September 14, 2022

I recently went in for an evaluation, was found to need some laser cleaning of lenses that were implanted 4 years ago. They corrected that the same day. Everyone of the staff were friendly and Dr. Deb is amazing. Thanks so much for giving me back my vision. I can now see details and colors that I haven't seen for quite some time. I highly recommend this clinic and hope you all have as great of an experience as I did.

September 29, 2022

Efficient, professional and friendly

November 4, 2022

Very professional experience I had with check thru surgery and my post op. The atmosphere was all about helping the patient feel better.

November 12, 2022

Simply wonderful experience. I cannot express enough thanks to Dr Debbie and the entire staff at Alexandria's Vance Thompson. Everyone was very professional and caring. A family member needed a little more than the usual help with his eyes and Dr. Debbie went above and beyond. The outcome was amazing. Highly highly recommend.

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