Vance Thompson Vision surgical center

A rendering of the surgical center to be built off of East Valley Center Drive north of Costco.

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A Bozeman eye care and surgery center plans to build a three-story surgical center off of East Valley Center Drive just north of Costco.

Vance Thompson Vision-Bozeman announced plans for the 38,000-square-foot surgical center in a press release Wednesday.

The center will be built by local developer Don Cape Jr., with JWT Companies. Construction on the surgical center, at 2535 Honor Ln., is expected to begin in spring 2022 and be completed by 2023.

The building is planned to have a vision clinic and LASIK center on the first floor and a surgery center with operating rooms on the second floor. The third floor is planned to house administration, said Susan DeGroot, director of Vance Thompson Vision-Bozeman. DeGroot did not respond to a request seeking the cost of the building before deadline.

DeGroot said the new surgery center is a more than four-year dream come to fruition.

Vance Thompson Vision has been housed in its existing location — at the corner of North 19th Avenue and North 22nd Avenue — since it opened in Bozeman in 2017.

But since opening the eye care center, which specializes in eye surgeries, it hasn’t had space to operate in its existing facility.

Vance Thompson Vision operates out of the Bozeman Outpatient Surgery Center on Cottonwood Road to perform cataract, cornea and glaucoma procedures.

“Once we have our new facility, we can do it all in the same building,” DeGroot said. “Patients will be able to walk from the clinic to the surgery center. It will be really convenient.”

Vance Thompson Vision has five locations across the Midwest, one in Bozeman and another in Billings.

The Bozeman location has one ophthalmologist and one optometrist.

The facility does clinical research on new treatments and the new center will allow an expansion of that research, DeGroot said. The new facility will also give the eye center space to grow with the Bozeman community, she said.

“We’re just excited that we get to grow with the Bozeman community, there’s just really impeccable eye care and optometrists here and we’re honored to collaborate with them,” DeGroot said. “With the new surgical center we’ll be able to offer higher levels of specialization and care.”

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