Refractive cataract surgery, is a customized, blade-free cataract procedure now offered at Vance Thompson Vision in Bozeman, MT. Our board-eligible ophthalmologist surgeon, Dr. Russell Swan was a member of the Vance Thompson Vision team to be the first providers to offer refractive cataract surgery in this region of the United States and participated in its clinical development. We are proud to be able to offer this advanced technique to our patients living with cataracts. You can take comfort in knowing you have an eye care provider who works diligently to stay at the forefront of new techniques and tools involving cataract removal today.
With this bladeless cataract removal, Dr. Swan will have more control and flexibility in performing the procedure. This advanced cataract surgery features real-time imaging for an accurate visual of what’s going on inside the eye. When used in conjunction, refractive cataract surgery and a variety of intraocular lenses may give patients even more visual freedom post-operation that may last for decades.
"Amazing team , Bozeman is lucky to have Dr. Swan and his team. Extremely thorough, detailed and it’s obvious the level of expertise and technology is second to none."- M.B. / Google / Feb 28, 2019
"The staff was amazing from the first phone call to surgery day. If you are considering laser eye surgery you don't need to look further: this is world class technology and customer service right in Bozeman. I had PRK on 1/24/19 with Dr. Swan which was a painless, simple and quick procedure (despite my fears of it). I had -5.25 with astigmatism in both eyes and could tell the vision improvement the same day, drove 5 days later and one week out had major improvement in vision. My aftercare doctor has mentioned how smooth my eyes are and how well they are healing due to Dr Swan's technique. [Tips for PRK: plan to spend 2-3 days relaxing in a dark room (audio books and black out curtains a must!), pain happens after surgery so take the Tylenol immediately to keep up on pain management, and keep up on the eyes drops]"- J.W. / Google / Feb 14, 2019
"The entire Vance Thompson team is purely wonderful! Dr. Swan, Bri, Susan, Kim and the entire crew make each patient feel comfortable, welcome, and well cared for at every interaction! I can't recommend these guys enough!!!"- R.F. / Google / Feb 13, 2019
"Kind and competent best describes them. I felt cared for and thT my surgical concerns became their concerns."- C.K. / Google / Feb 08, 2019
"Amazing company and staff! Highly recommend!"- A.E. / Google / Feb 08, 2019
Patients with cataracts will experience cloudy, blurry vision without relief from glasses or contacts, will have light sensitivities, and may see muted colors. An ideal candidate for refractive cataract surgery will be able to cooperate with the surgeon during the procedure, have a lens that allows the laser to pass through, and will have normally shaped pupils. There may be several factors that make certain patients unqualified for this technique. We will discuss if you are a suitable candidate at a consultation in our office.
The team at Vance Thompson Vision takes pride in being world leaders in quality vision correction and setting global standards for care. In addition to their precise techniques, training, and distinctions (like having the region’s only team of board-certified ophthalmologist surgeons in corneal and refractive surgery), Vance Thompson Vision leads the way in the future of refractive cataract surgery with extensive research and a commitment to using only the most advanced technology available.
The difference between traditional and advanced cataract surgery is more than just the laser. Traditional cataract surgery will improve a person’s vision, but refractive cataract surgery is more capable of customizing the outcome. The measurements available using advanced lasers can help the surgeon better select an implantable lens fit for the adjustment a patient needs to see without glasses.
What to Expect
At your cataract consultation, you will be educated on the traditional blade-based approach and the refractive cataract surgery with a laser-assisted approach. We want you to have all the information you need about the differences in techniques, risks, benefits, and more so that you can make an informed decision about your cataract surgery goals.
- Recovery Time
- 1 - 2 days
- Procedure Time
- 30 minutes (15 per eye)
- Follow Up Time
- 1 day, 1 week, 1 month
- Recovery Location
See the Difference
If an advanced cataract surgery is an inevitable part of your vision treatment, you should call Vance Thompson Vision for an appointment for refractive cataract surgery. Schedule your private consultation at our Bozeman, MT office today with Dr. Swan. We want to help you see the difference it will make in your life without cataracts.