Eye Care Center in Bemidji 56601 - Shopko Optical

Eye Doctors in Bemidji

Third Street Optical is now part of Shopko Optical! Visit Dr. Hess and the friendly and knowledgeable staff at our Bemidji center for all your eye care needs!

When you visit us, you’ll meet an experienced optometrist* dedicated to caring for your vision with special attention to your individualized needs. Our eye doctors* provide patient-focused care and encourage questions at each visit.

Digital Eye Exam in Bemidji

Vision Insurance in Bemidji

212 3rd St NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone: 218-751-8313

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Monday 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday CLOSED

*Store hours can vary. Check this page regularly or call your center to verify.

Store Description

Third Street Optical is now part of Shopko Optical! Visit Dr. Hess and the friendly and knowledgeable staff in Bemidji for all your eye care needs!

Our experienced team of eye care professionals are committed to your eye health. We are conveniently located at 212 3rd St NW. Based on your needs, we provide primary care for all ages, including comprehensive eye exams, prescription eyeglasses and contact lens fittings, and the detection and treatment of ocular diseases. We make it our mission to ensure every patient feels cared for, valued, and satisfied. Come see for yourself.

Dr. James Hess - Shopko Optical optometrist

James Terry Hess, O.D.


Primary eye care


Dr. Hess has years of experience serving patients in the Bemidji community. He treats every patient how he’d want to be treated and enjoys working with them to learn about their interests.


Illinois College of Optometry

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Dr. Emmalee Bardwell - Shopko Optical optometrist

Emmalee Bardwell, O.D.

  • Pediatrics
  • Myopia management
  • Fitting specialty contact lenses
  • Severe dry eye management

Dr. Bardwell’s greatest ambition is to care for patients with empathy and kindness. She is passionate about individualized care and believes it is crucial to assess not only the eyes, but also to emphasize optometry’s vital role in caring for systemic diseases. Dr. Bardwell believes restoring the precious gift of sight is an honor and privilege and she’s highly motivated to provide quality patient care while supporting the local community.


Indiana University School of Optometry

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patient receiving digital eye exam

About Digital Eye Exams

A digital eye exam, sometimes referred to as tele-optometry, allows you to receive a comprehensive eye exam at our Bemidji location performed by a licensed optometrist. The digital eye exam includes the use of a live remote video conference between you and the optometrist for an accurate exam of your eyes at a convenient time for you. More Info >

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Shopko Optical Bemidji prioritizes making the most of your coverage while providing you with the best eye care possible. Our dedicated staff will walk you through your vision benefits to make your important eye care purchases easy and affordable. Shopko Optical Bemidji works with a wide range of insurance providers including Avesis, Davis Vision, EyeMed, Superior Vision, UHC Vision, VSP, and many more to meet your needs. FSA and HSA may also be eligible to use to manage any out-of-pocket costs including exams, frames and lenses, contacts and sunglasses.


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Superior Vision Vision Insurance Logo UnitedHealthcare Vision Insurance logo VSP logo

*In-network for most VSP members.

For more information about your vision plan and to verify coverage, call your Bemidji Shopko Optical location.
Call 218-751-8313


No Insurance, No Problem

We’re dedicated to providing you with eye care options tailored to your individual needs. With or without insurance, we strive to provide the best value in eye care. We accept a variety of payment options, including CareCredit, to help manage eye care related expenses. Our experienced opticians at Shopko Optical in Bemidji will help you understand your options to ensure you receive the eye care and eyewear you need to see your best.


Special Offers

Looking for a great deal on frames and lenses without insurance? Shopko Optical Eye Care Center in Bemidji offers promotions to help you maximize your budget. Click here to view our current special offers.



Bemidji Shopko Optical accepts CareCredit as a payment option so that you can get the proper eye care and eyewear you need right away and manage your monthly payments later. CareCredit can be used to pay for your vision needs in full, to cover a co-pay or insurance deductible or to take care of costs outside your vision benefits allowance.

*Subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments required. See www.carecredit.com for details.

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