Dr. Vance Thompson, MD

Dr. Vance Thompson, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 58
Dr. Vance Thompson, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Sioux Falls, SD and has been practicing for 27 years. He graduated from Sanford School Of Medicine Of The University Of South Dakota in 1986 and specializes in ophthalmology.Read his story

3101 W 57th St

Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Contact Information

(605) 361-3937

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • American Enterprise Group
  • American Republic
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • HealthPartners
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Cataract Removal Surgery
very high
more than 99% of peers
more than 92% of peers
Senile Cataracts
more than 90% of peers

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Dr. Thompson's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Thompson " Vance Thompson, MD specializes in refractive and cataract surgery and is the Director of Refractive Surgery for Vance Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He also serves as Professor of Ophthalmology at the Sanford USD School of Medicine. As a leading international researcher in the field of laser and implant vision correction, he has played a key role in developing the Excimer Laser for vision correction and has also served as a principal investigator in over 50 FDA-monitored clinical trials studying laser and implant vision correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and cataract surgery. Dr. Thompson continues to play an important role in the continuing development and refinement of laser and implant vision correction, currently conducting research in advanced LASIK, implant vision correction for high levels of near and farsightedness, presbyopia correction, corneal crosslinking for keratoconus, phakic IOL's, femtosecond cataract surgery, and more. Dr. Thompson has numerous publications and is co-author of the textbook Refractive Surgery and has lectured and taught refractive and cataract surgery to thousands of eye surgeons throughout the world. A Gregory, South Dakota native, Dr. Thompson received his BS in Chemistry from the University of South Dakota and his MD from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. After his internship at Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls,?Dr. Thompson completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia and his fellowship in Advanced Refractive and Cataract Surgery with Dan Durrie, MD, and John Hunkeler, MD at the Hunkeler Eye Centers in Kansas City. "
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1  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

18  Conditions Treated

  • Astigmatism
  • Cataract
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Farsightedness
  • Hypertropia
  • Keratoconus
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Nearsightedness
  • Presbyopia
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Thyroid Disease

17  Procedures

  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Clear Lens Extraction
  • Clear Lens Surgery to Correct Near and Far Vision Simultaneous
  • Clear Lens Surgery With Multifocal Implants
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking (CXL)
  • Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
  • Implantable Contact Lens
  • Laser Cataract Surgery
  • Phakic Refractive Lens Implantation
  • Photo Therapeutic Keratectomy
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
  • Refractive Lens Exchange
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Sutureless Cataract Surgery
  • Visian Impantable Collamer Lens (ICL)

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Sanford School Of Medicine Of The University Of South Dakota
    Medical School | Graduated 1986
  • McKennan Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1987
  • University Mo Columbia School Med
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1990
  • Hunkeler Eye Clin
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1991

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Thompson has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Thompson's Reviews

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24 total reviews (9 have comments)

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Dr. Thompson's Performance

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  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


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  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (9)

As a person with a very high correction I never thought laser causing correction was an option for me. Well, I was wrong. The team over at Vance Thompson Vision were so helpful, knowledgeable, caring and attentive! I had LASIK done last week and it is remarkable how well I’m seeing...and it getting...more
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Dr Vance Thompson provides state of the art eye care. His caring and compassion is evident for all who come through the door. The entire team is highly qualified.
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I have had eye issues for 14 years dealing with an eye disease. I wouldn’t go back here if someone paid me to. I hear great things about lasik but if your that person that has an out of the ordinary eye disease this place is horrible for you. Staff had no idea how to handle someone like me and...more
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Everyone I dealt with at Vance Thompson Vision was so helpful and nice. Top notch staff!!!!
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Amazing doctor and team! Wouldn't trust my eyes with anyone else.
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