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.
"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
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 the most advanced 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.