Common Eye Conditions in Billings, MT

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About Common Eye Conditions

Enjoying excellent eye health involves more than merely having good vision. Our team of highly trained ophthalmologists and optometrists at Vance Thompson Vision understand that your eye health can be affected by a range of factors, including conditions that can prevent you from living and seeing comfortably. We utilize the industry's most advanced technology to diagnose a range of disorders and abnormalities with the eye, including dry eye, glaucoma, cataracts, vision-related issues, and corneal diseases. At our Billings, MT office, our skilled team takes a personal approach to treating your condition and improving your eye health.

Many eye disorders form as a result of injury or trauma, genetic factors, chronic illnesses not directly related to the eyes, or environmental conditions. It's common for patients with diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts, certain eye infections, or allergies to seek relief and treatment from our board-certified and board-eligible eye doctors. Our shared commitment to providing high-quality ocular care to patients of all ages has garnered widespread recognition throughout the state of Montana and beyond. If you've experienced pain, discomfort, vision difficulties, or any other abnormalities, schedule your comprehensive eye exam at Vance Thompson Vision.

Common Conditions


Cataracts develop when the once-clear lens in your eye becomes clouded, causing distorted and blurry vision. Although cataracts are painless, they should be treated right away with surgery. The clouded lens limits the amount of light able to enter the eye, so men and women with this condition will often experience a decrease in vision quality. Some of the issues that patients with a cataract experience are foggy, hazy vision, poor night vision, a worsened night-time glare, and seeing certain colors differently.


Glaucoma is an eye disease that is characterized by damage to the optic nerve, which is the nerve responsible for transferring visual receptors to the brain. This preventable disorder is the second leading cause of blindness in the country and affects many individuals each year. Glaucoma is typically caused by an increase of pressure within the eye due to an accumulation of aqueous fluid, which then leads to the development of blind spots and, potentially, the loss of peripheral or central vision. To treat glaucoma, our ophthalmologists offer a range of advanced MIGS (minimally invasive glaucoma surgery) techniques to patients depending on their unique circumstance.

Cornea Issues

The cornea is the transparent, front-facing portion of the eye that covers the internal eye structures (such as the pupil and iris). The cornea can become obstructed and misshapen due to trauma, excessive eye rubbing, or disease, which will lead to a reduction in vision quality. To treat corneal issues, we perform a number of treatments, including corneal cross-linking (CXL), full- and partial-thickness transplants (such as DSEK and DMEK), and special contact lenses.


Keratoconus develops when the eye's cornea becomes thin and distorted, producing a protruding, oblong shape rather than a standard curved appearance. When the shape of the cornea changes, it causes a distortion in vision because the abnormal structure prevents light from focusing properly on the retina.

Reading Vision

As we age, the quality of our near vision may begin to decrease. This is a result of presbyopia, also known as age-related vision loss. Presbyopia develops as the lens behind our pupils begins to stiffen, causing our eyes to lose the ability to focus at different distances. This convenient eye function is made possible by a process known as accommodation, which allows the lens behind our pupils to alter in shape (transforming from a flattened shape to a curved structure) and enables our eyes to focus at varying distances. Once presbyopia begins to develop and this lens becomes stiff and virtually immobile, it makes close-up people and objects harder for our eyes to focus on. Even adults with a history of 20/20 vision can be affected by age-related vision loss and may need glasses or implant contact lenses to improve their near vision. At Vance Thompson Vision, we have many options available for patients who are now struggling with their close-up vision and are seeking correction.

Dry Eye

Dry eye syndrome is a condition that can result from insufficient trar production, an over-evaporation of tears, or because of a meibomian gland deficiency. This condition, which can be chronic, is most often caused by a patient's environmental surroundings — in fact, up to 90% of all dry eye cases can be traced back to environmental factors. To relieve this condition that causes irritation and discomfort for so many Billings, MT individuals, our ophthalmologists and optometrists at Vance Thompson Vision are pleased to offer a range of treatments to improve your tear production and restore your comfort. The solution you receive for dry eye syndrome will depend its cause and vary based on your unique needs.

One of the many effective options we offer patients is LipiFlow, a thermal pulsation treatment that utilizes heat energy to put pressure on the eyelids. This removes blockages in the meibomian glands and can improve the quality of your team film. LipiFlow treatments may need to be repeated as needed. Once you arrive to our office for your comprehensive eye exam, we will use our LipiView device to snap a high-definition image of your meibomian glands; this will allow our eye doctors to develop a personalized treatment plan and address your dry eye issues.

More Common Conditions

If you would like to learn more about the range of common eye conditions we diagnose and manage, as well as your treatment options, we encourage you to browse our Conditions Glossary page. To learn more about a certain treatment or disorder, you can get more detailed information from the links below.

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Every individual, from young children to older adults, can benefit from receiving treatment for whatever eye conditions may be negatively impacting their vision and quality of life. When you arrive at our Billngs, MT office experiencing discomfort or complications, we will listen to your concerns and perform a comprehensive eye examination. Once we have diagnosed your condition, we will work with you to figure out the best course of action and develop a personalized treatment plan to restore your eye health and vision. Depending on your issue, your treatment plan may include nonsurgical solutions (such as prescription eye drops or eyeglasses) surgical options (such as cataract surgery, MIGS, or implant lens surgery).

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At Vance Thompson Vision, our dedicated team of eye doctors is committed to maintaining your comfort and quality of life, as well as improving your overall eye health. After we have conducted a full eye assessment, we will be able to diagnose your condition and present you with your best options for treatment. If you're experiencing difficulties seeing, dry eye, or other inconveniences and discomforts, we encourage you to get in touch with our Billings, MT office at your earliest convenience. Schedule your one-on-one appointment with a member of our highly trained team.

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