Vision Source Mandan believes that everyone should enjoy a lifetime of great vision from their optometrist. We feel very privileged to be able to provide optometry services to Bismarck, Mandan, and surrounding local communities. We have three doctors who are passionate about their job and spend quality time with each patient: Dr. Daniel Little, Dr. Terry Schmidt, and Dr. Brittany Schauer.
We offer a wide range of services to take care of everyone who walks through our doors including complete vision assessments, comprehensive eye health evaluations, pediatric vision care, contact lens examinations (including specialty contacts), ocular disease management, and so much more. We stay at the very top of technology to provide the most advanced, accurate, and up-to-date optometric care. And we have a full optical with hundreds of frames in fashionable styles and varying price ranges so that each patient can look as good as they see through their glasses.
We welcome you to visit our clinic and we hope for the opportunity to take care of your eyes, and you, for a lifetime.
We're more than meets the eye!
Vision Source Mandan FAQ
When should my child have their first eye exam?
Along with the American Optometric Association (AOA), we recommend that a child have their first eye exam when they are 6 months old. This exam will be at no cost through the InfantSEE program. If everything checks out as normal, then we recommend the next eye exam to be at 3 years of age, followed by around age 5 or before the child starts kindergarten.
What type of things will you check on my child's eyes?
Depending on the age of the child, there will be different things that we can check. Most children over the age of 5 can do everything an adult can. For those that are timid or are under age 5, we can still get a good estimate of their glasses prescription, ensure the extraocular muscles are functioning evenly, check visual acuity, observe the inner and outer ocular structures to make sure they are healthy, and much more.
My child had a vision screening in school. Is that enough?
No. A screening, by definition, can detect a problem that otherwise goes undetected. However, just because a normal result was obtained, does not guarantee that everything is indeed normal. Vision screenings are a great way to catch visual problems in children who didn't know they had them, but there are still going to be many problems it misses. Not to mention, vision screenings do not check the health of the eyes. Just because your child passed the vision screening at school or the pediatrician's office, does not guarantee their eyes are fine.
What is a lazy eye?
To the general public, the term "lazy eye" can mean that an eye turns inward or outward, or that the eye doesn't see very good in comparison to the "good" eye. All children have a critical period window for their vision, which is approximately from ages 3 to 6. It is imperative that the brain receives a clear image from the eyes during that time in order for vision to develop normally. If there is a problem with one eye, or both eyes, the child may miss the opportunity for the brain to learn to see 20/20. Once the window is missed, it's too late. This is why early eye exams are so important!