Dr. Thompson is a board-certified ophthalmologist and founder of Vance Thompson Vision.  He is a professor of ophthalmology at the Sanford USD School of Medicine. Dr. Thompson earned his Doctor of Medicine at the University of South Dakota’s School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Missouri/Columbia. With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Thompson has performed more than 100,000 vision correction surgeries and remains among a select group of refractive and cataract surgeons who prioritize the use of innovative, advanced surgical techniques. As a leading international researcher, Dr. Thompson has played an important role in the discovery and development of the advanced technologies and techniques used in both laser and implant vision correction surgeries. Serving as the medical monitor lead, or principal investigator, Dr. Thompson has led over 80 FDA-monitored clinical trials and has published numerous papers and book chapters on his findings.