Vance Thompson, MD

Vance Thompson, MD, graduated from Gregory High School in Gregory, South Dakota, and subsequently went on to complete his education at the University of South Dakota (BS-Chemistry), University of South Dakota School of Medicine (MD), Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (Internship), University of Missouri – Columbia (Ophthalmology Residency), and Hunkeler Eye Clinic (Refractive and Cataract Surgery Fellowship with Daniel S. Durrie, MD and John Hunkeler, MD).

Dr. Thompson has been practicing refractive, corneal and cataract surgery in Sioux Falls, South Dakota since 1991 and has performed over 66,000 refractive and cataract surgeries. He is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine.

Dr. Thompson has been a principal investigator in over 40 FDA-monitored clinical trials studying laser and implant vision correction since 1990. His main areas of research and development have been excimer laser PTK/PRK/LASIK, LTK, Phakic IOL’s, Zeiss SMILE, Corneal Collagen Crosslinking and the Calhoun Light Adjustable Lens. He was the United States Medical Monitor for Summit Technology’s phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) and laser thermokeratoplasty (LTK) clinical trials. He is the co-medical monitor for Avedro’s Corneal Collagen Crosslinking trials.

Dr. Thompson is on the editorial boards of Ocular Surgery News and Review of Ophthalmology. He is a founding board member of LASIK Institute. Dr. Thompson has numerous publications, including being a co-editor of the textbook Refractive Surgery and lectures and teaches throughout the world on refractive surgery.

Dr. Thompson has numerous community interests which include serving on the Boards of the University of Sioux Falls, Sanford Health Foundation, the South Dakota Symphony, DakotaCare, US Bank, and has had a presidential appointment to the President’s Advisory Council for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. He has served on the scientific and medical advisory boards for many companies.

Dr. and Mrs. (Jana) Thompson reside in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They have four children (Blake, Kayla Joel, and Lauren). His main interests are his family, hunting and fishing.


Vance Thompson Vision


3101 West 57th Street

Sioux Falls, SD 57108 USA

Telephone – 605-361-3937

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