About Common Eye Conditions
Improved sight means more than seeing your best. Vance Thompson Vision's doctors are committed to using the latest technology to assess and diagnose common eye health conditions. Dry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, corneal disorders, and vision correction are just a few of the eye health issues we help our patients deal with on a personal level. Our practice in Bozeman, MT is a community of eye care professionals entrusted with setting eyecare standards practiced all over the globe.
Common eye conditions can develop due to environmental factors, chronic illnesses outside of the eye, injury, or genetic conditions. Diabetes, cataracts, glaucoma, acute or chronic infections, and allergies are some of the reasons why patients seek out our eye doctors for their specialties. Our board-certified or board-eligible ophthalmologists and optometrists at Vance Thompson Vision combine some of the best vision care in the world with a patient experience that is second to none.
Chronic dry eye symptoms are aggravated by too little tear production, too much tear evaporation from environmental factors, or from a meibomian gland deficiency. About nine in every ten dry eye conditions are related to a person’s surrounding environment. At Vance Thompson Vision, our doctors strive to provide dry eye patients with solutions that will give them eye comfort and healthy tear levels. Treatments for dry eye vary based on the individual patient’s needs. However, our practice uses LipiFlow thermal pulsation treatment as an effective option for patients with dry eye. The LipiFlow device uses heat and pressure precisely on the eyelid to remove blockages in the meibomian glands and improve the tear film quality. This treatment likely will need to be repeated occasionally. When you come in to meet our doctors for a consultation, we will use our LipiView technology to take a digital image of your meibomian glands so that we can customize a treatment plan for you.
The lens behind our pupil changes shape to focus at different distances. This process, called accommodation, causes the lens to change from a flat shape for viewing distance to a curved shape for near vision. However, at age 40 our lens naturally loses its ability to accommodate and stiffens in its distance position, a condition call presbyopia. Presbyopia eventually occurs in all people and makes near images much more difficult to focus on. Even those who have never needed glasses will begin to struggle with reading, hobby work or checking a watch or phone. At Vance Thompson Vision, we can offer you several options (from least invasive to lens implants) to improve your reading vision.
Keratoconus is an eye condition where the cornea becomes thin and bulges forward. When the shape of the cornea is distorted in this fashion, vision is impaired and will not be properly focused on the retina.
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens in your eye. Though painless, cataracts can blur your vision by restricting the amount of light that enters your eye. In addition to hazy vision, indications of cataracts include increasing night-time glare, poor night vision and change in how your eyes perceive colors.
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States and it's usually preventable. Glaucoma is a disease that damages the optic nerve that carries the image from your eye to your brain. Pressure builds up within the eye from an accumulation of aqueous fluid inside the eye. The effects of increased pressure lead to advancing blind spots and the loss of peripheral or central vision. Vance Thompson Vision offers the latest glaucoma treatments available, including MIGS (minimally invasive glaucoma surgery).
The cornea is the clear, outer surface of the eye. If your cornea loses its original rounded shape from constant rubbing, traumatic injury, or disease, your vision will look blurred or distorted. We offer several different treatment options including Corneal Cross-linking (CXL), full and partial-thickness corneal transplants, (DSEK and DMEK), as well as specialty contact lenses.
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"If you are considering cataract surgery, Dr. Swan and the staff at Vance Thompson Vision in Bozeman are the team you want in your corner. They are both knowledgeable and professional while still remaining personable, kind and compassionate. The office is equipped with the latest in advanced technology making the process easier and safer than ever. I felt taken care of from the moment I walked in the door. The staff, Briana in particular, and Dr. Swan, went over every aspect of the surgery with me. They answered all my questions, and spent a substantial amount of time examining me and reviewing the available options for my specific situation. I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Swan an Vance Thompson Vision in Bozeman."- J.D. / Google / Sep 02, 2018
"My husband was referred by his eye doctor in Helena and we were pleased to get an appointment within a few days. The appointment was a pleasant experience, with friendly, knowledgeable staff. Kacie did the preliminary tests and was very good to my husband and very professional on her knowledge. Dr Swan has a very easy manner and was very thorough and really informative. He spent plenty of time explaining and was clear about the benefits and drawbacks to my husbands procedure. The whole appointment was very relaxed and informative. We'll post how the procedure went soon!"- G.J. / Yelp / Aug 06, 2018
"Very friendly and accommodating staff. I have a corneal disease and they really know their stuff!"- C.S. / Facebook / Jul 31, 2018
"Our son had a difficult case of Keratoconus that had not been diagnosed for 35 years. When it was diagnosed we took him to Dr. Swan and he found that cross linking was a good option. They were very caring and professional throughout the process. They explained things well and answered all questions that were asked. Upon completion of the cross linking they referred him to get scleral lenses at Advanced Eye Care. He started out with about 20/200 vision and after cross linking and the scleral lenses he how has 20/25 vision. That is a miracle. Dr Swan is the real thing and we cannot say enough about the fantastic, professional and life changing service that they provide at Vance Thompson Vision."- O. / Google / Jul 24, 2018
"The care I received in beyond compare. The doctor and all of the staff actually do their best to make sure the patient is fully knowledgeable about options. The information provide before and after surgeries made me comfortable and positive about the results. That attitude alone helped me heal quickly and with confidence. I don't say that lightly. Can't imagine a more professional doctor and staff!!!"- K.W. / Google / Jul 18, 2018
At Vance Thompson Vision, we welcome patients who request a consultation or are referred to us by their doctor, friend, or family member.
We understand how important seeing clearly is to you, and we want each patient to wake up each morning to clear vision. When a patient is diagnosed with a condition that impedes their vision,
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Offering a patient experience unlike any other, we stay focused on your eye health at Vance Thompson Vision. Following a complete ocular examination, your doctor will determine which procedure will suit your individual vision needs. Please do not hesitate to call with your questions. We are here to answer and listen to your vision concerns. Consult with us today.