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 is dedicated to utilizing exceptional technology and setting standards adopted all over the globe. Our ophthalmologist surgeon, Dr. Deborah Ristvedt, yields 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.
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"Vance Thompson and his team took amazing care me. Best Dr. Around I was scared he kept me calm my 1st surgery ever. He Text me to make sure I was doing ok after hours following up, ment alot to me that every Dr I had been to don't do that. THOMPSON GOES OUT OF HIS WAY FOR HIS PATIENTS AND TURLEY CARES ABOUT THEM.. I will reccomend him to anyone for major surgeries AND LASIK THE COLOR AND ENHANCEMENTS LIFE CHANGING. I cried when I could see. Couldn't of asked for a better dr. THANK YOU DR. VANCE THOMPSON!! ?? NO MORE NEERDY GLASSES FOR ME ??"- K.L. / Facebook / Feb 13, 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 Dr. Ristvedt, our practice offers 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. MIGS is an outstanding way to treat glaucoma in many patients. When the CyPass Micro-Stent is selected, rest assured that you are in great hands. Performed as an outpatient procedure in our Alexandria, MN 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 Dr. Ristvedt. 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 new options at Vance Thompson Vision in Alexandria, MN.