Dr. Drew Dickson, MD

Drew Dickson, MD


July 2021- Present: Kugler Vision 

  • Cataract and Refractive Surgery Fellowship 

July 2018-June 2021: Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Storm Eye Institute Ophthalmology Residency 

July 2017-June 2018: University of South Dakota 

  • Internal Medicine Preliminary Year 

Aug. 2013-May 2017: University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Medicine Doctor of Medicine 

Aug. 2009-May 2013: Liberty University 

  • B.S., Biology: Pre-Med, Summa Cum Laude 


  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society 
  • Tuition Scholarship Awardee, UNMC 
  • Pre-Med Honors Society President, Liberty University 
  • Honors Program Member/Graduate, Liberty University 


Dickson D, Conde TP, Berdahl James, Osmundson G, Sudhagoni R PhD, Bender C, Thompson V, Berdahl John. Comparison of a novel sublingual sedation troche with midazolam, ketamine, and  ondansetron to intravenous sedation and the effects on vital signs. Journal of Cataract & Refractive  Surgery: April 15, 2020 – Volume Publish Ahead of Print – Issue – doi: 10.1097/j.jcrs.0000000000000211 Served as Primary Investigator/Author 

Gouvea L, Dickson D, Waring IV GO, Rocha KM. Combined Intracorneal Ring Segments and Cornea Collagen Crosslinking. World Journal of Ophthalmology & Vision Research. 1(3): 2018.  Participated in manuscript writing and editing 

Dickson D, Fouzdar-Jain S, MacDonald C, Song H, Agraz D, Morgan L, Suh D. Comparison study of  fundoscopic exam of pediatric patients using the D-EYE method and conventional indirect  ophthalmoscopic methods. Open Journal of Ophthalmology, 2017; 7, 145-152 

  • Served as the Primary Investigator

Rhoades WR, Dickson D, Nguyen QD, Do DV. Management of macular edema due to central retinal vein  occlusion: the role of Aflibercept. Taiwan Journal of Ophthalmology, 2017; 7:70-76. Participated in manuscript writing and editing 

Dickson D, Agarwal A, Sadiq MA, Hassan M, High R, Nguyen QD, Sepah YJ. Assessment of vitreous  haze using ultra-wide field retinal imaging. Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection. 2016;  6:35; DOI 10.1186/s12348-016-0105-0.  

  • Served as the Primary Investigator/Author 

Welch RJ, Dickson D, Do DV. “Laser Focal Treatment.” Encyclopedia of Ophthalmology. 2014. Print. DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-35951-4_1119-1 

  • Participated in article writing and editing 


“Outcomes of Resident Performed LASIK and PRK” 

  • 2021 Kiawah Eye Meeting; Kiawah Island, SC. June 3, 2021 

“Comparison of a novel sub-lingual sedation troche with Midazolam, Ketamine, and Ondansetron to  intravenous sedation and the effects on vital signs” 

  • 2019 Kiawah Eye Meeting; Kiawah Island, SC. May 30, 2019 

“Comparison of a novel sub-lingual sedation troche with Midazolam, Ketamine, and Ondansetron to  intravenous sedation and the effects on vital signs” 

  • 2019 ASCRS Annual Meeting; San Diego, CA. May 5, 2019 

Comparison Study of Fundoscopic Exam of Pediatric Patients Using the D-EYE Method and  Conventional Indirect Ophthalmoscopic Methods” 

  • 2017 Midwest Pediatric Specialty Symposium: Pediatric Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat; Omaha, NE. March 24, 2017 

Assessment of Vitreous Haze using Ultra-Wide Field Retinal Imaging” 

  • 2015 ARVO Annual Meeting; Denver, CO. May 3, 2015 

“Compliance with the American Academy of Ophthalmology guidelines for routine eye examinations in  the SHARING Clinic patient population” 

  • 2015 Society of Student Run Free Clinics Annual Meeting; Atlanta, GA, February 7, 2015 EMPLOYMENT

March 2014- May 2017: Eye Bank Technician- Lions Eye Bank of Nebraska, UNMC Performed in situ and laboratory cornea extractions for corneal transplants  

  • Performed approximately 150 corneal extractions 

June 2003- Aug. 2013: Co-Owner/Manager- Dickson Auto Detailing, Clear Lake, IA Oversaw quality control and customer satisfaction 

Fall 2011-May 2013: Physician’s Scribe- Lynchburg General Hospital; Lynchburg, VA Documented the medical notes and orders in the EMR for physicians 


July 2018-June 2021 Storm Sight Provider/Resident Coordinator- MUSC 

  • Provide eyecare to patients at this free medical clinic 

Sep. 2013- May 2017: UNMC SHARING Clinic Student Provider-UNMC Clinics Provided medical care for underserved population 

September 2016: Ghana Medical Service Trip- Kumasi, Ghana 

  • Assisted with eye examinations, surgeries, and screenings during this 1-month  elective medical school rotation 

Spring 2014-2016: Bike For Sight Volunteer- Omaha, Nebraska 

  • Advertised, registered participants, and recruited additional volunteers for this fundraiser for cataract surgeries in underserved countries 

June 2016: Bridge To Care Refugee Health Fair- Omaha, Nebraska Performed vision screenings for local refugees 

June 2014 & 2016: Ponca Tribe Eye Screening- UNMC Department of Ophthalmology and  Visual Sciences 

  • Performed vision screenings local Native American Tribe 

March 2014 & 2015: Jamaica Medical Mission Trip- Falmouth, Trelawny, Jamaica Served as a trip leader in 2015 and trip member in 2014 for 8-day medical  

mission trips 

June 2012-2014, 2017: Mexico Mission Trip Leader- Juarez, Mexico 

  • Participated in four separate 12-day trips 

March 2011: Brazil Medical Mission Trip- Amazonas, Brazil 

  • Assisted in running multiple free medical clinics in rural villages along the  

Amazon River 


July 2015-May 2017: UNMC Ophthalmology Interest Group Student Board Served as Co-President beginning May 2016 

Sep. 2013- May 2017: UNMC SHARING Student Board Co-President/Student Provider- UNMC Served as Co-President for this student-run free medical clinic from April 

2014- March 2015

June 2014-June 2015: VISION Clinic Administrator- UNMC  

  • Administrated and provided at this monthly student-run free ophthalmology  clinic 

Fall 2011-May 2013: Pre-Med Honors Society President- Liberty University Served as President for 1.5 years and secretary for 1 semester for this 90- 

member society

kugler vision doctor lance kugler

Lance Kugler, MD, is a specialist in LASIK and vision correction surgery and CEO of Kugler Vision. A proud Omaha native, he is passionate about improving lives through clear vision. Dr. Kugler serves on several national boards, and his practice is recognized internationally as a center of excellence. Dr. Kugler is one of the original founders of the Refractive Surgery Alliance, an international organization comprised of over 350 of the world’s leading vision correction surgeons; he also served as its first president. In 2019, Dr. Kugler was selected as a TEDx speaker, and delivered a talk in Omaha about the worldwide epidemic of nearsightedness and refractive solutions. Dr. Kugler is an Associate Professor of Refractive Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Truhlsen Eye Institute, has been published in many medical journals, and participates in numerous clinical studies to advance the field of vision correction surgery. Dr. Kugler and his wife are proud parents to five active kids. When he has a spare moment, he enjoys skiing, tennis, travel, and fine coffee.