Dr. Jason Schmit – Optometrist

Meet Dr. Jason Schmit

As one of the Vance Thompson Vision's dedicated optometrists, Dr. Jason Schmit has more than 20 years of experience with laser vision correction and cataract procedures. He joined our Sioux Falls, SD team in April of 2003 after leading his own private practice in Maple Grove, MN. Today, he lectures at national conferences and consults at U.S. ophthalmology practices with cataract patients and for those with optic conditions like dry eye. Dr. Schmit is well known as an advanced tertiary care optometrist who evaluates and manages patients for oculoplastic surgeries, such as eyelid lifts, eyelid malformations, removal of growths on or near the eye, or dermatological conditions surrounding the eye.

Dr. Schmit's major expertise is in oculoplastics, aesthetics, cataract, and refractive clinical care. These specializations make him an excellent addition to the Vance Thompson Vision team. He has played a significant role in advancing this practice by assisting in the opening of our Artisan 57 clinic, the opening of the Dry Eye Center of Excellence, and the implementation of allergy and Sjorgren syndrome testing for our patients. Dr. Schmit also manages treatment for patients with aesthetic concerns involving the skin or lid of the eye at Artisan 57.

Education & Training

Dr. Schmit is a graduate of the University of South Dakota with a degree in Biology. He went on to earn his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry and completed a fellowship in cataract, refractive, oculoplastics, and cornea management at Vance Thompson Vision. He also regularly participates in continuing education conferences and seminars to stay current with advancements in the field of optometry.

Extracurricular Involvement

Dr. Schmit is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Optometric Council on Refractive Technology. He has also volunteered with Junior Achievement (JA) since working at Dr. Tendler's clinic in Sioux Falls. His brother-in-law and friend referred him to the program, and he participated in "JA in a Day" by contributing his insights into entrepreneurship and private practice with middle school students. Dr. Schmit felt this was an excellent way to give back to his community and he encourages others to get involved in JA as well.

Hobbies & Personal Interests

Dr. Schmit and wife Lori enjoy raising their two sons, Gavin and Gabe, here in Sioux Falls. On his time off, Dr. Schmit can be found participating in lots of outdoor activities, such as a round of golf, a tennis match, a day at the pool, or traveling with family and friends.