SAN DIEGO, CA, May 17, 2019 — Earlier this month, Vance Thompson Vision ophthalmologist, Deborah Gess Ristvedt, DO, presented to an audience of eye surgeons at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery’s (ASCRS) Conference in San Diego, CA. As a cataract surgery expert, Dr. Ristvedt educated doctors from around the country on how an innovative glaucoma treatment called MIGS can be done in conjunction with cataract surgery.

“Vision is our most precious sense and, as eye care providers, we are committed to doing everything we can to protect and preserve it for our patients. ASCRS gives doctors the chance to learn from one another and spread innovative approaches to benefit our patients. It was a fantastic opportunity to be recognized at that level,” says Dr. Ristvedt.

Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) is a surgical treatment option for glaucoma, a progressive eye disease, in which a small device is implanted in the eye to help manage eye pressure and prevent the disease from worsening. In patients who also have cataracts, MIGS may be done at the same time as cataract surgery.

The ASCRS Conference was created to “facilitate meaningful interactions and business partnerships between physicians, entrepreneurs, investors, and industry executives who are driving ophthalmic innovation.” The 2019 annual convention took place at the San Diego Convention Center on May 3-7 with more than 10,000 eye care professionals in attendance.

“We are proud of Dr. Ristvedt and her accomplishments,” says Dr. Vance Thompson, the founding partner of and Director of Refractive Surgery for Vance Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls. “The legacy of her family practice aligns with what we have always aspired to: delivering a high level of care to patients and innovating in our field.”

Dr. Ristvedt is a third-generation, board-certified eye surgeon in Alexandria. She provides care, including eyelid procedures, for patients with a wide range of vision conditions, and specializes in treating cataracts and glaucoma. Ristvedt’s father, Dr. Tim Gess, also attended this year’s conference.

“Coming from a family of ophthalmologists who have seen patients around the world, it’s really exciting for me to be on an international stage as part of a teaching panel,” says Dr. Ristvedt.

Dr. Ristvedt’s grandfather, Dr. Lowell Gess, opened Alexandria Eye Clinic in 1975. Her father, Dr. Tim Gess continued the full-service practice and was later joined by Dr. Ristvedt. Alexandria Eye Clinic joined Vance Thompson Vision in 2018. The Vance Thompson Vision team has clinics in five states and delivers advanced surgical eye care to the Midwest and Mountain West.

For decades, Vance Thompson Vision has lead the world with innovative technology and advancements to improve visual outcomes for patients who struggle with poor vision.