Dr. John Goertz - Optometrist

Meet Dr. John Goertz

Dr. John Goertz loves creating and maintaining relationships with patients and referring doctors. He specializes in the pre- and postoperative management of refractive and cataract surgery patients and corneal disease and glaucoma cases. He brings over 20 years of refractive co-management experience to Vance Thompson Vision.

Dr. Goertz began in refractive surgery practice shortly after the excimer laser was approved by the FDA in 1995 and has been a member of the optometric community in Omaha for 24 years. During this time, he cared for patients of Nebraska Eye and Laser Associates, managing over 60,000 LASIK cases, in addition to serving as the Director of Optometric Services. Dr. Goertz grew up in Hillsboro, Kansas, and attended Kansas State University, where he completed his bachelor’s degree before moving on to the University of Houston College of Optometry to earn his doctorate degree as a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa honor society. Dr. Goertz is currently a member of the Optometric Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Society and the Nebraska and Iowa Optometric Associations and enjoys lecturing on refractive and cataract surgery.


  • Undergraduate: Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  • Optometry School: University of Houston College of Optometry, Houston, TX
  • Fellowship: Baltimore/Fort Howard Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Baltimore, MD


Outside of work, Dr. Goertz enjoys home improvement projects with his wife, Kelly, playing golf with (and losing to) their three teenage children, Kristin, Lauren, and Jake, spending time with his dog Milo, and vacationing with his family to their favorite Caribbean beach destinations.


"Can’t say enough wonderful things about Vance Thompson Vision in Omaha and the staff! This is me pre and post LASIK today! I’ve contemplated doing this for years! After 27 years in glasses and my complete and absolute trust in Dr. Brandon Baartman and Dr. Goertz, I bit the bullet and made the decision to do it! I couldn’t be happier! I feel and see great already and it’s only been 3 hours! Check them out at Vance Thompson Vision in Omaha! Top notch surgeon and staff!"



"Great experience! From booking my Lasik preliminary appointment to my re-check after PRK surgery my experience with the staff at Vance Thompson has been wonderful. Dr. Goertz, Dr Baartman, the eye techs, office staff, and surgical support staff provided me with a great experience even in light of COVID. Dr. Baartman and Dr. Goertz both have an amazing way of interacting with their patients given they wear masks just as the patients do, and maintain as much social distancing as possible. I still could see the "smiles" on everyone's faces. If you are on the fence about surgery... don't wait, get that preliminary appointment scheduled."



"It was a great experience. It was a very warm and comfortable feeling from entering and meeting the front desk person to meeting with the Tech, Andrew. Dr. Goertz was a hoot. The days of my surgeries everyone was very welcoming. I felt very comfortable and everything was explained about what to expect before and after surgery. Dr. Baartman was wonderful. I felt safe in having the surgeries and the outcome was more than i hoped for. I would recommend VVC to everyone. Thank you."