Dr. Thompson is a board-certified ophthalmologist and professor of ophthalmology at the Sanford USD School of Medicine. Dr. Thompson earned his Doctorate 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 25 years of experience, Dr. Thompson has performed more than 75,000 vision correction surgeries worldwide 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 65 FDA-monitored clinical trials and has published numerous papers and book chapters on his findings. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and practices in Sioux Falls, SD.