Dr. Deborah Ristvedt - Ophthalmologist Surgeon

Meet Dr. Ristvedt

Dr. Deborah Gess Ristvedt is a third-generation, board-certified eye surgeon who provides comprehensive ophthalmology services to her patients in Alexandria, MN, and the surrounding communities. Having joined Vance Thompson Vision Alexandria in 2018, Dr. Ristvedt utilizes innovative techniques and state-of-the-art technology to offer advanced procedures for the benefit of her patients. At our facility, she works with her patients to formulate customized treatment plans in order to achieve restorative, desirable results.

Skills and Specialties

At our Alexandria practice, Dr. Ristvedt specializes in offering an array of treatments for several eye conditions and laser vision correction options. Bladeless laser cataract surgery and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery are among the latest technologies and techniques being performed by Dr. Ristvedt. For patients looking for a long-lasting laser vision correction solution, Dr. Ristvedt offers SMILE and PRK based on each individual’s specific needs and requirements. To treat glaucoma and cataracts, she performs several innovative procedures including iStent, ReLACS, CyPass, etc. Dr. Ristvedt also provides oculoplastic treatments for rejuvenating, restorative results.

Education and Training

Dr. Ristvedt attended Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, IA. She then completed her residency training in ophthalmology at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, MI. Dr. Ristvedt has since become board-certified.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Ristvedt is a proud member of several prestigious organizations including:

  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • The American Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons


Outside of her work, Dr. Ristvedt enjoys spending time with her loved ones. She is married, has a daughter and two sons, and hopes to leave a legacy of a faith-filled life that translates into compassion for people and love for family and friends.