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Opticare: Serving the Grand Cities since 1978

Opticare-Forks Vision Clinic first opened its doors in downtown East Grand Forks in 1978. As of June 1996, Opticare has also provided eye care services at a second location in Crookston.

Opticare-Forks Vision Clinic first opened its doors in downtown East Grand Forks in 1978. As of June 1996, Opticare has also provided eye care services at a second location in Crookston.

Since opening 29 years ago, it has been our goal to provide first quality eye care and eyewear to people of the Grand Cities and the surrounding area. We do this by listening to the people we serve and meeting their needs.

We strive for excellence in caring for people's eyes and in treating people as we would like to be treated, giving them our own blend of unexpected energy.

Opticare is owned and operated by Steven P. Gander, O.D., Bruce A. Storhaug, O.D. and Destin R. Coles, O.D. In January 1988, Dr. Gander purchased Opticare from L.D. "Duke" Markeson, who founded the optometry practice in November 1978.

In July 1988, Dr. Gander was joined by Dr. Storhaug. With the number of patients seen continuing to grow, the doctors were joined by Dr. Coles in October 2002, who became a full partner in the clinic in January 2005. Drs. Gander, Storhaug and Coles are family eye care professionals and have extensive experience with comprehensive eye health examinations, prescribing and fitting contact lenses, pediatric vision examinations, preschool screening and low-vision examinations. The doctors' experience extends to glaucoma evaluation and treatment, cataract evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of eye disease and infection, injury and trauma care and refractive surgery pre and post-operative care.


The doctors also participate in the American Optometric Association's Infant See program, providing no cost vision assessments to children under 12 months of age.

In addition to the doctors, Opticare has 17 staff members. ||?Page=015 Column=002 Loose,0052.04?||These 17 staff share 176 years of optical experience. The training and education of our team members at Opticare is second to none. It is our top priority that each patient we see be enthusiastic about his or her professional services, glasses and contact lenses.

We aim to accomplish this through caring and well-trained staff, state-of-the-art instrumentation and a great selection of eyeglass frames and contact lenses.

With our in-home ophthalmic lens laboratory, we can often have people's new glasses ready for them while they wait. Because we inventory thousands of contact lenses, most patients leave with their new contact lenses right away.

Opticare is locally owned and operated. This gives us a vested interest in making sure that all your eye care and eyewear needs are met to your satisfaction. Come see us and experience the blend of energy you've come to expect. - Submitted by Opticare.

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