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Your Experience Matters to Us

Here is what you can expect during your visit to Vision Source Mandan.

Upon your arrival, one of our staff members will greet you with a smile! We’ll make sure we have all of your correct contact information, as well as any insurance information that we may need to bill for your visit (both vision and medical). You will also be asked to complete two forms. If you would like to print them and complete them ahead of time from the comfort of your home, you can find them here. One of the forms explains our EyeScreen photograph which Dr. Schauer, Dr. Aberle, and Dr. Dyke recommend be performed every year. This enables your eye doctor to document, review, and compare your retina over the course of your lifetime. (And you get to see the inside of your own eye – how cool is that?) 

Example of EyeScreen Photograph (right eye)

After you have checked in for your eye exam, one of our thorough optometric technicians will gather valuable information for the eye doctor. This information will cover any current vision problems, your current health status as well as your health history, and any hobbies or lifestyle requirements. They will also ask about immediate family members since some eye conditions can be hereditary. The optometric technician will also gather information regarding your visual acuity, intraocular pressure, field of vision, blood pressure, and more! This detailed history helps your optometrist better understand your individual needs for your visit that day.

One of our preliminary testing rooms.

When you meet with your eye doctor, they will review the information the optometric technician has collected for them. They may ask you some additional questions and this is a great time for you to ask any lingering questions you may have. During the eye exam, the doctor will perform a refraction which is the familiar questions of “Which is better, 1 or 2?”. The refraction is what determines your eyeglasses prescription. If you are a contact lens wearer, the doctor also uses the refraction results to determine which type of contact lens will best suit your prescription. Your lifestyle requirements also guide which type of contact lens might be the best fit for how you use your eyes.

The phoropter is used during the refraction.

Last, but not least, the doctor will examine your ocular health. While everyone has the goal of seeing 20/20, your optometrist wants to make sure that your eyes are healthy. If the doctor sees any concerns, they will discuss the findings with you. Sometimes, additional testing may be needed. Sometimes this can be done on the same day, and sometimes it will be accomplished at a separate visit on a different day. Pupil dilation is not always required during the eye exam, but may be necessary to best view the internal ocular structures. This will be determined by the eye doctor. Rest assured that the pupil dilation is temporary and most patients only notice slight discomfort due to light sensitivity until it wears off on its own.

Equipment found in the Eye Exam Room

After the doctor has finished your eye exam, you are welcome to browse our optical if you would you like to select new eyeglasses with your new prescription. Our staff will be able to explain any recommendations the doctor has made for you, based on your visual and lifestyle needs. We have a wide variety of frames to choose from with a wide variety of price points. We have something to fit everyone’s style and everyone’s budget!

If you have any additional questions or concerns about the process, please feel free to ask one of our friendly staff members.

Our optical dispensing area.