The Eyesafe Vision Health Advisory Board is made up of leading eye care professionals across ophthalmology and optometry. They help to define and shape the future of eye health and vision care delivery through innovation, continuous education, and collaboration. The Vision Health Advisory Board reviews and establishes clinical research, develops industry standards for eye and human health, and collaborates with leading manufacturers.
Dr. Richard Lindstrom is the founder and attending surgeon at Minnesota Eye Consultants, Adjunct Clinic Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology, and visiting professor at the UC Irvine Gavin Herbert Eye Institute. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist and internationally recognized leader in corneal, cataract, refractive, glaucoma and laser surgery. He has been at the forefront of ophthalmology’s evolutionary changes throughout his career, as a recognized researcher, teacher, inventor, writer, lecturer and highly acclaimed physician and surgeon.
Burkhard Dick was born in a small town by the name of Brake in Northern Germany. After graduating from the local high school, he served for two years as a medical officer with Germany’s NATO forces. He attended medical school at the University of Giessen, a city with a strong American presence during the Cold War, where he graduated in 1990, a year that saw German unification and changed Giessen’s location – where he began his residency in ophthalmology – from border town at the edge of the Iron Curtain to suddenly being in the country’s geographical center. Dick became head physician at the University Eye Hospital in 1995 before he moved to the Eye Hospital of the University of Mainz which bears the name of that city’s greatest son, Johannes Gutenberg. Here he specialized in refractive and cataract surgery and became head of the hospital’s Refractive Surgical Eye Care Center in 1997. Shortly after becoming a clinical professor in Mainz, the University of Bochum offered Burkhard Dick the position of head and director of its eye clinic and eye research center which he accepted in 2006. Since then, the Bochum University Eye Clinic has become an internationally renowned institution with a constant output of highly ranked research papers and clinical studies, most of them published in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the Journal of Refractive Surgery. Burkhard Dick became one of the first ophthalmic surgeons in Europe to use a femtosecond laser in cataract surgery; to date almost 5.000 eyes have been operated with that technology in Bochum. For his pioneering work, he has been awarded a number of honors like the Choyce Medal of the British Ophthalmological Society, the Gold Medal Award of the Australian Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Waring Medal of the Journal of Refractive Surgery and the Visionary Award of the American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery (AECOS). He currently serves as the President of the German Society of Cataract, Refractive and Interventional Surgery (DGII). He is a regular lecturer at international meetings like the AAO, the ESCRS, the DOG, the DOC, the DGII and the ASCRS and has instructed fellows from 38 different countries in state-of-the-art cataract, refractive, glaucoma and vitreoretinal surgery.
Vance Thompson, MD is an internationally recognized specialist in Laser Vision Correction and Advanced Cataract Surgery. He is the Founder of Vance Thompson Vision Sioux Falls, SD and the Director of Refractive Surgery he also serves as a Professor of Ophthalmology at the Sanford USD School of Medicine. As a leading international researcher he has played a key role in the development of the most advanced technologies and techniques for both laser and implant vision correction. He has served as the medical monitor lead or principal investigator in over 65 FDA monitored clinical trials studying laser and implant surgery. In addition, Dr. Thompson has published numerous papers and book chapters and is co-author of the textbook Refractive Surgery. He has lectured and taught advanced laser and implant surgery to thousands of surgeons all around the world.
A Gregory, South Dakota native, Dr. Thompson received his BS in Chemistry and his MD degree from the University of South Dakota. After completing his ophthalmology residency at the University of Missouri/Columbia, he was accepted and completed a fellowship in Refractive and Cataract Surgery with Dan Durrie, MD and John Hunkeler, MD at Hunkeler Eye Centers in Kansas City.
Dr. Thompson and his wife Jana reside in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They have 3 children, Blake (and his wife Kayla), Joel, Lauren and two grandsons. His main interests include his family, cooking, and spending time in the outdoors.
American Board Certified Ophthalmologist
Serves on Editorial Boards of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today (CRST) and Ophthalmology Management (OM)
Member and Premier Surgeon, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
Medical Monitor and Site Participant in many FDA clinical trials (Lasik, Dry Eye, Glaucoma, Keratoconus, Multifocal Lens Implants)
Speakers Bureau/Medical Consultant for many surgical and pharmaceutical ophthalmic companies (Allergan, Ista, Inspire, Bausch and Lomb, Alcon, Cyanocon/Ocusoft, Noble Vision Group, Abbott-AMO, Ace Vision Group, and Technolas PV)
Dr. Chad Dockter attended the University of Minnesota from 1985-1989 to study Biology. He then attended Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago in 1989 and graduated in 1993. At Illinois College of Optometry he completed an externship at Low Vision Resources in Minneapolis. Specialty areas include family eye care, refractive surgery and pediatrics.
Dr. Sheri Rowen is a pioneer in the field of ophthalmology, with a reputation for quality eye care. Dr. Rowen has been recognized for her expertise. She currently offers eye surgery at her practice, along with new procedures that can now correct distance and near vision using the advanced technology. She also features a variety of cosmetic and skin care services including microdermabrasion.
William Trattler, MD is not only a skilled surgeon, but also an excellent clinician and a very insightful researcher.The Center for Excellence in Eye Care. Dr. Trattler specializes in anterior segment surgery, ranging from PRK and LASIK, Corneal Collagen Crosslinking, Laser Cataract Surgery, pterygyium surgery, and other surgical procedures.
Founder and medical director of Chu Vision Institute and Chu Surgery Center, Dr. Chu is recognized as an international leader in cataract and refractive surgery. He is a fellowship-trained corneal specialist whose practice focuses on cataract, refractive and corneal surgery.Dr. Chu received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School.
Experienced clinician, executive and consultant providing clinical research, regulatory and strategic market development leadership to large and small companies in ophthalmic medical device and pharmaceuticals. Significant medical affairs and clinical strategic experience with senior executive teams and board executives. Participation on successful FDA PMA approvals and 510(k) clearances.
Robert Jay Weinstock, MD is the Director of Cataract and Refractive Surgery at the Eye Institute of West Florida. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida. He is a pioneer in microincisional cataract surgery and the integration of refractive technologies into the cataract procedure. He is well published and continues to lecture and teach surgeons internationally.
This group represents many decades of collective experience in direct patient care, clinical research and product development, peer-reviewed publications, public health advocacy and leadership of eye care organizations. The Eyesafe Vision Health Advisory Board serves as a source of expert opinion and thought leadership for Eyesafe products.