Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM         We are closed for lunch 12:30 - 1:30

Office Hours: Friday - 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM          We are closed Saturday and Sunday

Keeping Your Eyes Healthy: Get regular comprehensive dilated eye exams

Getting a dilated eye exam is the only way to catch eye diseases early, because with many, there are no warning signs. 

You might think your vision is in good shape or that your eyes are healthy, but visiting Dr. Mason for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to be completely certain. When it comes to common vision problems, many people don’t realize their vision could be improved with glasses or contact lenses. In addition, many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and age-related macular degeneration often have no symptoms. A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages. Talk to your eye care professional about how often you should have one.

During a comprehensive dilated eye exam, drops are placed in your eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupil. Dr. Mason uses a special magnifying lens to examine your retina and look for signs of damage and other eye problems. After the examination, your close-up vision may remain blurred for several hours.

Welcome to Mason Family Vision 

Call us at (803) 865-5520 today.

Welcome to Mason Family Vision. Dr. Katie Mason and Dr. John Mason and the Mason Family Vision team strive to provide the finest in optometry services. We invite you to browse our website to learn more about our optometry services, and invite you to join our patient family by scheduling an eye exam appointment.

Mason Family Vision is a full service eye and vision care provider and will take both eye emergencies as well as scheduled appointments. Patients come to Mason Family Vision because they know they will receive the personal attention and professional care that is our foundation. We are dedicated to keeping our patients comfortable and well informed at all times.  At Mason Family Vision, we will explain every exam and procedure and answer all of our patient's questions.

Our Approach to Optometry

Our one-on-one approach to optometry makes Mason Family Vision the eye and vision care providers of choice. We offer the following services: complete eye exams, retinal imaging services, contact lenses, glasses, and glaucoma testing. For a complete list of services, visit our services page or call our office at (803) 865-5520.

At Mason Family Vision, we are dedicated to providing high quality optometry services in a comfortable environment.

Dr. Katie Mason and Dr. John Mason
Columbia Optometrist | Mason Family Vision | (803) 865-5520

141 Wildewood Park Drive
Columbia, SC 29223

Meet The Doctors

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    John Mason

    Dr. John Mason graduated from West Virginia Tech in 1991 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. After a four year career with DuPont he decided he would like to return to school to study optometry. Dr. John graduated from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee in 2000. While there he met his wife, Dr. Katie. After graduation they both moved to Columbia and joined a group practice. They started Mason Family Vision in September 2002. Dr. John enjoys examining patients of all ages and offers full scope optometric care. Dr. John is a member of the American Optometric Association, the South Carolina Optometric Association and the Midlands Optometric Society.

    In his spare time Dr. John enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He also likes to exercise and attempting to catch fish.

  • Dr.
    Katie Mason

    Dr. Katie Mason graduated in 1996 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in biology and a minor in chemistry. While at the university, Dr. Katie served as a student ambassador to the chancellor and received the Student Ambassador Outstanding Service Award in 1995. After completion of her undergraduate degree, Dr. Katie attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, where she was involved with the Sports Vision Society, served as a student ambassador, and volunteered for Optometric Service to Humanity. At graduation in May 2000, Dr. Katie was awarded one of the top ten clinician awards and the Excellence in Contact Lens Fitting award. She is currently a member of the American Optometric Association, South Carolina Optometric Association and the Midlands Optometric Society. In August 2011 Dr. Katie became Board Certified with the American Optometric Association.

    While Dr. Katie enjoys examining patients of all ages, particularly enjoys infants, children and children with special needs. She is a participating provider for the InfantSee program which provides a complimentary comprehensive eye examination to babies under the age of one. For the school aged patients and older, she also offers home based vision therapy to correct muscle imbalances, lazy eyes, and to improve reading skills.

    In her time away from the office, Dr. Katie stays busy with her son and daughter. She also enjoys working out at the gym and boxing. In August 2011, Dr. Katie became a Diplomate of the American Optometric Association.”

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Monday:

8:30 am-12:30 pm

1:30 pm-5:30 pm

Tuesday:

8:30 am-12:30 pm

1:30 pm-5:30 pm

Wednesday:

8:30 am-12:30 pm

1:30 pm-5:30 pm

Thursday:

8:30 am-12:30 pm

1:30 pm-5:30 pm

Friday:

8:30 am-1:00 pm

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Sunday:

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