Glaucoma can affect anyone. Many patients are initially overwhelmed with a glaucoma diagnosis and then become frustrated when medical interventions do not work. With nearly 100 years of combined experience, the team at Vance Thompson Vision in Bozeman, MT is dedicated to utilizing exceptional technology and setting standards adopted all over the globe. Our ophthalmologist surgeons Drs. Berdahl, Greenwood, and Dr. Swan yield excellent results with the minimally invasive CyPass Micro-Stent. This outstanding MIGS technique involves an implanted hollow tube in the eye to move excess fluid that builds up. It can also be performed in tandem with cataract surgery.
"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
All our patients are unique and require personalized planning for their vision concerns. Our team will analyze your medical history, perform an exam with testing, and more. Led by Drs. Berdahl, Greenwood, and Swan, these fellowship-trained ophthalmologist surgeons offer specialized glaucoma care to halt the progression of optic nerve damage through cutting-edge research, treatments, and surgical options. Why? Everyone deserves to live a life with their sight intact at every age.
After diagnosis, your surgeon will make a suggested treatment protocol based on taking medication, laser treatment, or surgery. Because of great advances in minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries (MIGS), such as the CyPass, patients have a number of options when it comes to treating their glaucoma. When the CyPass Micro-Stent is selected, rest assured that you are in great hands. Performed as an outpatient procedure in our Bozeman surgical facility, we will administer numbing drops and medication to encourage relaxation throughout the incision and implantation.
The CyPass Micro-Stent is a small, hollow tube that is placed in the eye (through a small incision) to create an extra drainage channel. The goal is to have fluid drain more easily from the eye. When combined with cataract surgery, the CyPass Micro-Stent decreases eye pressure more than cataract surgery alone.
What to Expect
If you experience severe swelling, bleeding, an allergic reaction to medications, feel pressure within your eye, have poor or cloudy vision, or any other symptom to cause concern after your CyPass Micro-Stent implantation — call our office. Please keep all scheduled follow-up appointments with your eye care provider so that we can document your progress and make adjustments to your medication when necessary. Also, if medication is prescribed after surgery, developing a daily routine can help ensure medication is taken properly. We recommend that you try to take medicine or drops when you wake up, go to sleep, or at meal times. Consistency is key when medicating glaucoma.
- Recovery Time
- 1 - 7 days
- Procedure Time
- 5 minutes
- Follow Up Time
- 1 day, 1 week, 1 month
- Recovery Location
Protect Your Sight & Lifestyle
Save your sight from nerve-damaging glaucoma by making your appointment to consult with Drs. Berdahl, Greenwood, or Swan. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness, which may be preventable with proper diagnosis and treatment. Schedule your appointment for your glaucoma and CyPass Micro-Stent assessment to learn more. Don't let IOP interfere with your life. Discover MIGS and other new options at Vance Thompson Vision.