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About us

About Ballard Optical


Founded in the late 1970s, Ballard Optical is been a neighborhood fixture on Market Street for over 35 years. Our commitment to offering world-class eye care in a small, intimate setting continues stronger than ever before.

Ballard Optical is owned by Dr. Mason Schneider, a Seattle-area native. Dr. Schneider purchased the practice in 2014 and is excited and honored to serve the community together with his experienced team of opticians and administrators.

We offer convenient same-day and evening appointments Monday-Thursday. We accept most major vision and medical plans.


Dr. Schneider

Dr. Mason Schneider was born in Seattle and raised in Renton, Washington. He decided to pursue a career in eye care after being diagnosed with two retinal tears, a potentially sight-threatening condition. Fortunately the problem was diagnosed and corrected before it had any affect on vision. Dr. Schneider owes the vision in his left eye to his family optometrist who was careful and thorough in his examination. Dr. Schneider is committed to giving his patients the same thoughtful and comprehensive care he is so grateful to have received.

Dr. Schneider and his wife have three energetic young boys. He enjoys spending time with his family and having fun outdoors.


  • Brigham Young University, BS Nutritional Science
  • Pacific University Oregon, OD


  • Salt Lake City VA Medical Center

Professional Associations

  • American Optometric Association
  • American Academy of Optometry
  • Optometric Physicians of Washington
  • Optometric Nutrition Society