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Meet Justin Schweitzer

Meet Justin Schweitzer

Created on: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

As featured in Optometry Times Where did you grow up? I grew up in Jamestown, ND, and spent the majority of my early years there. I left Jamestown to attend optometry school in Oregon; that's the first time I left my hometown. My dad was the administrator at North Dakota State Hospital,...

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Tecnis Symfony: Raising the Standard for Cataract Surgery

Tecnis Symfony: Raising the Standard for Cataract Surgery

Created on: Friday, October 06, 2017
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

At Vance Thompson Vision, we work to provide our patients the best technology for effective vision correction, and we are excited to be able to provide our patients with the option to choose the Tecnis Symfony lenses for their cataract surgery.

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Treatments for Dry Eye

Created on: Friday, October 06, 2017

Vance Thompson Vision offers patients a spectrum of treatments for dry eye disease, and those treatments focus on stimulating healthy tear levels so patients have comfortable long-term vision.

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SMILE! For a Gentle Innovation in Laser Vision Correction

Created on: Friday, October 06, 2017

ReLEx SMILE (Small Incision Lentiucle Extraction) by ZEISS is the latest technology in laser vision correction. We were the first in our region to perform PRK, LASIK, and SMILE, and we have participated in the clinical development of SMILE, PRK, and LASIK in all three respective FDA-monitored clinical trials. rn

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Space Flight­-Associated Neuro­-ocular Syndrome Raises Concern

Created on: Monday, August 14, 2017

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Astronauts living on the International Space Station (ISS) experience changes to the visual system that raise concerns about the possibility of vision loss during future manned missions to Mars or other destinations, according to researchers. First author Dr. Andrew G. ...

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Prepare for the TOTAL Solar Eclipse

Prepare for the TOTAL Solar Eclipse

Created on: Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Prepare for the TOTAL Solar Eclipse! On August, 21, 2017, the total solar eclipse will diagonally cross the US at midday. While Sioux Falls is not directly in the optimal viewing zone, our neighbor to the south is directly in prime viewing. You will NOT want to miss th...

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From Donor to Transplant: A Father-Son Journey

From Donor to Transplant: A Father-Son Journey

Created on: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Author: Vance Thompson, MD

“Why would I want anybody else to do this surgery?” Alan Berdahl was diagnosed with Fuch's Dystrophy in 2006 by his son, John Berdahl while he was just a first-year resident at Duke University. Dr. Berdahl explained to his father that Fuch's Dystrophy is an inheritable disease that...

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South Dakota Roots: Dr. Thompson’s Love for Hunting

South Dakota Roots: Dr. Thompson’s Love for Hunting

Created on: Thursday, June 01, 2017
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

In his family, hunting is a legacy. Dr. Vance Thompson remembers how as a child he hunted along the South Dakota plains with his father and brother. Now a generation later, he carries the sacred tradition to his own sons, hoping one day to also teach his grandson the art of hunting. Hunting phea...

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Dr. Rasmussen\'s Family of Hunters

Dr. Rasmussen's Family of Hunters

Created on: Friday, April 21, 2017
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Dr. Rasmussen spends his free time teaching his kids to shoot guns and bows. A family man, Dr. Rasmussen enjoys spending every spare minute with his four rambunctious children,Henry, eight; Ivan, six; George, three; and Olive, one. “I spend most of my days making sure no...

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Creating Clearer Reading Vision

Creating Clearer Reading Vision

Created on: Monday, April 10, 2017
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Are you older than 40 and wishing you didn't need to pick up your reading glasses to see clearly? At Vance Thompson Vision, we invest every day in finding the best way for our patients to see clearly. When it comes to reading glasses vision, we use the best technology in the world to creat...

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The Hockey Life of Dr. Greenwood

The Hockey Life of Dr. Greenwood

Created on: Friday, March 31, 2017
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

When he is not helping patients at Vance Thompson Vision in Fargo, ND, Dr. Michael Greenwood, LASIK and cataract surgeon, enjoys spending time on the ice. Since Dr. Greenwood can remember, hockey has captivated his interest. He became interested in hockey when before he ever went to ...

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One Step, One Laser

One Step, One Laser

Created on: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

SMILE is a continuation of the refractive surgery revolution.

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Tecnis Symfony: Raising the Standard for Cataract Surgery

Tecnis Symfony: Raising the Standard for Cataract Surgery

Created on: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

At Vance Thompson Vision, we work to provide our patients the best technology for effective vision correction, and we are excited to be able to provide our patients with the option to choose the Tecnis Symfony lenses for their cataract surgery. The Tecnis Symfony intraocular lenses (IOL), ...

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Itching for Baseball Season

Itching for Baseball Season

Created on: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Identify the root causes of allergic conjunctivitis to provide patients with relief ...

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Dr. Schweitzer’s Passion for Running

Dr. Schweitzer’s Passion for Running

Created on: Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

When he's not seeing patients, you can find him running. Dr. Justin Schweitzer, an optometrist for Vance Thompson Vision, began running cross country in sixth grade, and he says he did not particularly enjoy it at first, but he ran to stay in shape for basketball. In eighth g...

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Am I at Risk? The Genetics of Inheritable Diseases

Am I at Risk? The Genetics of Inheritable Diseases

Created on: Thursday, March 02, 2017
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Many people wonder whether they have a higher chance of getting an eye disease because of a parent's experience with the condition. We want to walk you through the genetics of a few key inheritable eye conditions: Fuchs' dystrophy, Glaucoma, Cataract, Nearsightedness, and Keratoconus. Fuchs' dys...

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Anything is Possible

Anything is Possible

Created on: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Dr. Jason Schmit, who is an OD in Dr. Tendler's clinic, decided to give back to the community this year by volunteering with Junior Achievement. Dr. Schmit was referred to Junior Achievement by his brother-in-law and his friend, both of whom have participated in the program for a number of...

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Rituals of the Operating Room

Rituals of the Operating Room

Created on: Monday, January 30, 2017
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

The surgeons at Vance Thompson Vision are committed to creating a comfortable and enjoyable surgical experience for patients, which they do so through a number of surgical habits. Dr. Thompson enjoys connecting with all of his patients, greeting them and continuing the relationship they be...

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Looking Back on 2016

Looking Back on 2016

Created on: Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

In the last year, Vance Thompson Vision has accomplished a lot. We've done a lot of LASIK surgeries and helped cataract patients restore their vision. But one of the biggest things we did this year was open a new location in Fargo, ND. We asked our Fargo employees to tell...

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Restoration: From Vision to Campers

Restoration: From Vision to Campers

Created on: Thursday, December 15, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Dr. Doug Wallin is a collector. He collects items from the 50s, 60s and 70s. But he doesn't collect just to have a collection, rather Dr. Wallin actually uses everything he collects, which means sometimes you have to do a little work to restore some items to a usable quality. This summer...

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Education in Anaheim

Education in Anaheim

Created on: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Last month, Drs Ibach and Schweitzer headed to Anaheim, CA to participate in the American Academy of Optometry's 4-day education event. They spoke on corneal dystrophy and degeneration. They discussed the genetic disposition, clinical appearance, symptoms and treatment for diseases like Anterior ...

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A Life-Altering Moment

A Life-Altering Moment

Created on: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

“Patients are the heart and soul of what we do here at Vance Thompson Vision.” These are the words of Jan Becker who has been a dedicated member of Vance Thompson Vision and the leader in our laser department for over 15 years. When patients are led into the operating room for their ...

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Vance Thompson Vision Doctors Present Latest Innovations to Industry Leaders

Vance Thompson Vision Doctors Present Latest Innovations to Industry Leaders

Created on: Friday, November 04, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Dr. Vance Thompson and Dr. John Berdahl of Vance Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls recently had the opportunity to present information about the work they've been doing to improve the ophthalmic industry during the annual meeting for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) on October 15-18...

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Employee Goes Above and Beyond

Employee Goes Above and Beyond

Created on: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

At Vance Thompson Vision, we celebrate not only the patients who enter our doors every day but also the employees who guarantee they receive the best care on earth. Our team has a green light to delight a patient any way they see fit, no questions asked. It seems the providers we work with emb...

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Corneal Collagen Cross-linking - Big Name, Big Benefit for Patients

Corneal Collagen Cross-linking - Big Name, Big Benefit for Patients

Created on: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Clear vision is one of the greatest blessings in life. At Vance Thompson Vision, we are committed to creating and protecting vision, which is why we are proud to now offer corneal collagen cross-linking as part of our comprehensive vision care plan. This exciting treatment was approved recently b...

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Class is in Session

Class is in Session

Created on: Thursday, October 06, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Homecoming: Class Notes from Fall Symposium 2016 The kids are back in school and so are our doctors. Over the weekend, the Vision Foundation hosted area optometrists and staff members in the Fargo region for fellowship and a full schedule of continuing education sessions. For Dr. Green...

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New Corneal Inlay for Presbyopia

New Corneal Inlay for Presbyopia

Created on: Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Vance Thompson Vision will be the first in the area to provide the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay. The announcement follows the FDA's recent approval of the ReVision Optics Raindrop Near Vision Inlay, a small device planted in the cornea for the correction of presbyopia. ReVision Optics i...

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Future of Glaucoma Treatment

Future of Glaucoma Treatment

Created on: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Patient nonadherence to glaucoma medication regimens is a perennial issue. One study of patients' adherence to their regimens found that 25% of those studied took less than 75% of their doses, and nearly 20% took less than 50% of their doses, even while knowing they were being electroni...

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Dry Eye Decision Tree

Dry Eye Decision Tree

Created on: Thursday, September 08, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

I am sometimes asked about medical decision-making by students, interns, fellows, or optometry colleagues. “How did you come up with that decision in managing that ocular surface disease case?” I give the answer appropriate to the particular case, but I also note that sometimes ...

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The Iron Man in the Glass Building

The Iron Man in the Glass Building

Created on: Monday, August 22, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Last month, Dr. Schweitzer competed in the USA Triathlon Association Age Group Nationals. He has been training since January, and his hard work has placed him 4th overall among 105 other competitors. There’s a certain competitive edge that one must have if they want to beat out 96% of their competition. For him, that competitive edge is a flame that he hopes won’t extinguish anytime soon.

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Fourteen Questions Not Addressed in Residency

Fourteen Questions Not Addressed in Residency

Created on: Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

1. Do you feel comfortable with refraction, including assessing best-corrected image quality? 2. Can you measure ocular dominance? 3. Are you comfortable performing a refraction with both of the patient's eyes open in order to assess which one he or she finds more comfortable for reading and ...

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Leaving People in a Better Place

Leaving People in a Better Place

Created on: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Max is usually the first face that clients will meet when they step foot into Artisan 57, and one who will truly invest in them as people. She has been working in medical spas and dermatology centers for years, something she has grown to love and become extraordinarily passionate about.

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On The Frontlines of Eye Care

On The Frontlines of Eye Care

Created on: Thursday, July 14, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Optometrists are a lot like detectives, searching around your eye until they zone in on a clue that leads them to the answer they're looking for. The only difference is that an optometrist uses a more powerful magnifying glass to get the job done. Dr. Ibach is a top notch “private-e...

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Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

Created on: Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Dedication to himself and others is what has driven Dr. Greenwood throughout his life. That same dedication is why he is such an invaluable addition to our team and why he is a living example of personal care. From his days on the college football field to marrying his wife, Heidi, Dr. Greenwood has a habit of surrounding himself with people he trusts and loves.

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Sublingual Sedation Melts Away Pain

Sublingual Sedation Melts Away Pain

Created on: Thursday, June 16, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

The tremendous success of cataract surgery has made it the most common surgical procedure in the United States, with more than 3 million patients undergoing surgery each year.1 Although consistently great outcomes have largely extinguished the fear associated with cataract surgery, surgeons must not become complacent. Rather, they must always ask themselves, “How can we make the experience even better for our patients?”

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Healthy Respect for Life Balance

Healthy Respect for Life Balance

Created on: Thursday, June 09, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Surgeons are often chided for their supersized egos, but if Vance Thompson, MD, has even an average-sized ego, he clearly checked it at the clinic’s doorway before donning his first labcoat. Despite his pivotal role in the evolution of today’s most advanced refractive and cataract surgery developments, he likes to think he is most well known for being a caring person.

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Matching the Patient\'s Voice

Matching the Patient's Voice

Created on: Friday, June 03, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

The things that drew my attention when I was 20 years old are not the same as what attracts it today. How people consume and interact with media changes as they age, and so do their surgical options for vision correction. I would make very different recommendations to a patient in his or her 20s versus his or her 50s. Other demographics certainly factor in as well, and the way in which options are presented is almost as important as the procedures themselves.rnrn

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Substantial Economic Benefit of \

Substantial Economic Benefit of "Dropless" Cataract Surgery

Created on: Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Our center has performed more than 6,000 cataract surgeries using dropless therapy. Actually, we call it our “drop a day” program because we still like to have patients use a topical nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug once a day to lessen the incidence of cystoid macular edema. To date, it is not possible to inject nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugS intraocularly. It is notable that we still offer patients the option of traditional drop therapy, but the vast majority (more than 99%) choose the injection option.

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New Hope for Those with Weakened Corneas

New Hope for Those with Weakened Corneas

Created on: Thursday, May 26, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Keratoconus is an eye disorder which causes the cornea to change from a normal spherical shape into more of a cone shape. Light passes through the cornea and is reflected onto the retina at one focal point. In an eye affected by keratoconus, however, the cone-shaped cornea does not reflect the light onto one focused spot on the retina, thus making the images you see become blurred and distorted. You may also experience eye strain, headaches, irritation, and may become more sensitive to light.

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A World Class Physician

A World Class Physician

Created on: Monday, May 23, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

When he isn’t treating patients, Dr. Wallin can be found spending time with his wife Missy and his son and daughter, Sam and Grace. In order to make the claim that our eye care practice is the best on Earth, we need extraordinary doctors to help make that happen. Not only is Dr. Wallin an extraordinary doctor, but he is the epitome of world class care. rnrn

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Crosslinking

Crosslinking

Created on: Monday, May 09, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

The crosslinking procedure is intended to slow down the progression of ectasia and restores visual acuity. Crosslinking also successfully stops the progression of cornea shape changes typically induced by ectasia.

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DMEK vs. DSEK

DMEK vs. DSEK

Created on: Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

We are always trying to make ourselves better. Because of this, we challenge each other, as medical professionals, to consider every outlook on how we can improve the quality of care our patients receive. During our 2016 Symposium, Dr. Justin Schweitzer and Dr. Mitch Ibach publicly debated over the better method of treating patients who suffer from cornea disease or cornea damage.

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Potential Breakthrough in Glaucoma Research

Potential Breakthrough in Glaucoma Research

Created on: Friday, April 08, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Dr. Berdahl began to question previous theories of the source of glaucoma during a scuba-diving experience with his wife 8 years ago. Considering the amount of pressure the water was putting on his eye, he wondered how it was possible that not all scuba divers develop this eye disease. The realization of this inconsistency in understanding glaucoma led to a fundamental discovery, as well as potential redefinition of this disease.

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Dr. Vance Thompson: An Inside Look at Your Cataracts

Dr. Vance Thompson: An Inside Look at Your Cataracts

Created on: Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

A cataract is a medical condition that results in clouding of the normally-clear eye lens. When this clouded lens limits light, the retina has trouble transmitting a clear image to the brain. When a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks is hindered because of their cataract, surgery that involves replacing the clouded lens with an intraocular lens (IOL) is often the best option.

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The Freedom to Consider All of Your Options

The Freedom to Consider All of Your Options

Created on: Thursday, March 24, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Patients already share the cost of their care, and they should—to a degree. The question is, how much should be borne by the patient? Currently in the United States, the financial incentives are incredibly misaligned. Payers are motivated to pay as little and as infrequently as possible...

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How We Differentiate Our Practice

How We Differentiate Our Practice

Created on: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

My colleagues Alison Tendler, MD, and John Berdahl, MD, and I are fellowship-trained ophthalmologists. The five optometrists who work alongside us in our practice are fellowship trained as well. All of us are committed to providing the best, most advanced technological options to our patients...

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Discussing Patients with Wet Macular Degeneration

Discussing Patients with Wet Macular Degeneration

Created on: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

Saraf et al examined the effects of cataract surgery on the progression of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In this retrospective review, researchers observed 82 eyes with wet AMD for 1 year. The surgery date was the midpoint of the study. Forty eyes underwent cataract surgery for ...

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Drs. Berdahl and Greenwood on MIGS

Drs. Berdahl and Greenwood on MIGS

Created on: Thursday, February 04, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

The algorithm of glaucoma treatment has shifted dramatically, as a growing number of ophthalmologists have begun offering microinvasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS). The safety and effectiveness of these procedures have made them an attractive option for early and moderate disease. As defined by S...

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Dr. Berdahl on Experience with Combined Cataract and Glaucoma

Dr. Berdahl on Experience with Combined Cataract and Glaucoma

Created on: Thursday, January 07, 2016
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

The iStent Trabecular Micro-Bypass Stent is an important piece of my glaucoma armamentarium. Many patients have concurrent cataracts with mild to moderate glaucoma, and in my experience, combining the device with cataract surgery is a safe way to slow or stop glaucomatous progression and improve ...

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See Happy

See Happy

Created on: Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Author: Vance Thompson Vision

In celebration of the holiday season and in anticipation for a new year, Vance Thompson Vision is happy to share a video of their performance in the Sioux Falls Parade of Lights.

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