BISMARCK, ND - Dakota Eye Institute North Clinic is taking steps to complete its vision.
The North Clinic is in the third phase of a four phase project that will bring more services to its clients.
"We wanted to continue to grow the practice and so we didn't really have the physical space to do that. So, that's when we decided to do this expansion and remodel," says Bill Marion, administrator the Dakota Eye Institute.
The primary goal for this project is to give the doctors the space they need to operate and provide the best service to clients.
The four-phase project started in January of 2019.
The first phase centered on expanding the optical and optometry areas, creating a new look, providing easier access inside the clinic for clients, and offering a larger selection of optical products.
The second phase consisted of expanding the medical and surgical practice areas, adding more procedure rooms, and providing an opportunity to add a cornea practice, which is a new specialty that hasn't been part of the Bismarck area before.
The third phase is currently underway and consists of continuing the expansion of the medical practice.
The fourth phase will focus on exterior appearance and will consist of redoing the front entrance, making it easier for patients to come in with a covered entry.
Marion says part of the reason for this expansion was to add room for Dr. Paul Selid to join the staff.
"He's our fellowship trained cornea specialist. He'll be the only fellowship trained cornea specialist in the western and central part of North Dakota," Marion explains.
Dr. Selid is a ophthalmologist and has completed four years of residency and an additional year of specialty training in cornea refractive and external disease ophthalmology in a fellowship program.
He'll be working at the North Clinic once it's finished.
As a cornea specialist, Dr. Selid will be able to offer cornea transplant procedures, other external disease procedures, and is starting a Lasik and Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) surgery program, which will help people see better without glasses or contact lenses.
"There's definitely a need for more specialized ophthalmology and eye care in the Bismarck-Mandan and western North Dakota region. I think this is one of the first steps in probably more steps to come that Dakota Eye is trying to meet that need because they recognize they're sending a lot of patients they'd like to serve here that have to go to Fargo, Minneapolis, Denver, and other places," says Dr. Selid.
Once complete, the clinic will feature new equipment and resources facilitating cornea transplantations.
All four phases of the project are set to be complete by the beginning of November of 2019.