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We found 8 optometrists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans near Rapid City, SD.

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Specializes in Optometry
685 Mountain View Road
Rapid City, SD
 

Dr. Pauline Weichler works as an optometrist in Rapid City, SD. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Specializes in Pediatric Optometry
318 Mount Rushmore Road; Suite A
Rapid City, SD
 

Dr. Jared Pearson's area of specialization is pediatric optometry. Dr. Pearson is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice.

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Specializes in Optometry
318 Mount Rushmore Road; Suite A
Rapid City, SD
 

Dr. Dawn Wattenhofer's area of specialization is optometry (primary eye care). Dr. Wattenhofer is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Optometry
2200 N Maple Avenue; Unit 252
Rapid City, SD
 

Dr. Kamaria Serfling works as an optometrist in Rapid City, SD. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more.

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Specializes in Optometry
5734 Sheridan Lake Road; Suite 202
Rapid City, SD
 

Dr. Shane Clark practices optometry (primary eye care) in Rapid City, SD. Dr. Clark is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Optometry
2200 N Maple Avenue
Rapid City, SD
 

Dr. Derek Allmer's specialty is optometry (primary eye care). Dr. Allmer takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Optometry
501 Kansas City Street
Rapid City, SD
 

Dr. Randall Edwards practices optometry (primary eye care). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more.

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Specializes in Optometry
925 Eglin Street
Rapid City, SD
 

Dr. Ross English works as an optometrist in Rapid City, SD. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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What is Optometry?

Optometry is primary care for vision, dealing with vision correction and certain diseases of the eye. Optometrists are the medical providers who prescribe glasses and contact lenses, and they are usually the ones who perform annual eye exams.

Optometrists attend four years of graduate school after college to study the health, function, and care of the eye before they become licensed. They are not medical doctors, unlike ophthalmologists, so they cannot perform surgery. However, optometrists can diagnose diseases of the eye and prescribe vision therapy, medications, and vision correction, such as glasses.

Some common conditions that may be seen by an optometrist include:
  • Refractive disorders, such as myopia and astigmatism, which require lenses to correct the vision
  • Glaucoma, a condition where increased pressure within the eye leads to damage to the optic nerve, the nerve that carries light images from the eye to the brain
  • Dry eye, where there are insufficient tears to lubricate the eye
  • Common infections of the eye, such as conjunctivitis

An optometry exam involves checking the patient’s vision as well as the eye itself and the tissues surrounding the eye. Optometrists may check the pressure of the eye or test to see how well the eyes focus and move. They may ask about any problems, discomfort, or concerns the patient has experienced related to their eyes.

Optometrists are the first stop for most people who need a medical provider to care for their vision health.