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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.