Glaucoma Program at Vance Thompson Vision

Drainage Devices

Living with glaucoma does not have to limit a patients lifestyle, but it does need to be properly managed. At Vance Thompson Vision, our job as a patients eye care provider is to provide the right glaucoma resources, medications, and therapeutic protocols so you can continue your regular habits and activities. Diagnosing glaucoma in the early stage is ideal, however, there are many ways to address intraocular pressure with surgery, such as the Ahmed tube shunt. Made of a biomedical material, the Ahmed tube shunt is implanted into the eye to assist with drainage of aqueous fluids. If left untreated, glaucoma can cause blindness. Unfortunately, there is no procedure or treatment to repair the damage glaucoma causes within the eyes.

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Endoscopic Cyclophotocoagulation (ECP)

We are committed to using the world’s most advanced technology and techniques to halt glaucoma, limit damage to the patients optic nerve, and save their sight. If they have been diagnosed with glaucoma, Vance Thompson Vision offers a minimally invasive procedure to decrease intraocular pressure and a reliance on glaucoma medications. Fellowship-trained ophthalmologists Drs. Berdahl, Greenwood, or Swan consult with patients in Sioux Falls, SD for endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation (ECP) as a glaucoma treatment that aims to decrease the amount of fluid produced by the eye.

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Glaukos iStent

Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, known as MIGS, has changed the way eye surgeons restore a patient's vision. By creating a pathway through the eye, our experienced ophthalmologist surgeons at Vance Thompson Vision can implant an iStent Micro-Bypass device to aid in draining aqueous fluid naturally from the eye. The trabecular stent, iStent, is the smallest medical device ever implanted into humans to decrease eye pressure by creating a pathway in the high-resistance portion of the eye’s drainage system. The iStent was the first trabecular micro-bypass device approved by the FDA (summer 2012) and is the most thoroughly studied glaucoma device on the market today. At Vance Thompson Vision, Drs. Berdahl, Greenwood, and Swan take great care to select the right treatment for each glaucoma patient to lower intraocular pressure through comprehensive eye exams and testing. Learn more about MIGS and discover if iStent is the right choice for you.

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Kahook Dual Blade

At Vance Thompson Vision, Drs. Berdahl, Greenwood, and Swan take great care to select the right treatment for each glaucoma patient to lower intraocular pressure. When new, innovative tools or techniques for glaucoma become available, our surgeons in Sioux Falls, SD do their best to be on the forefront of any treatment that can make our patients lives better. By opening the drainage system up with the Kahook dual blade, our experienced ophthalmologists can improve the natural outflow of aqueous fluids, decrease intraocular pressure, and lower the risk of glaucoma progression (which leads to blindness). The KDB (a single-use blade) has changed the way ophthalmologists perform minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) with considerable success.

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Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty

At Vance Thompson Vision, our glaucoma patients can rest assured that our team of surgeons will strategize the soundest surgical solutions to relieve your glaucoma symptoms. For the past 20 years, selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) has been practiced in the United States and around the world with optimal outcomes. When it comes to your possible treatments, we may suggest SLT to lower the intraocular pressure within the patients eyes. Our ophthalmologist at Vance Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls, SD believe that SLT is an excellent option for patients when eye drop medications cause significant side effects or fail to lower eye pressure.

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