Welcome to Olson Optical.
Call us at (507) 375-2020 today.

Thank you for choosing Olson Optical to handle your eye care needs! Here you will find a warm, inviting office filled with state of the art technology, friendly faces and the latest fashions along with many years of caring eyecare experience that you deserve. A great eyecare experience begins with a professional optometrist, someone who knows about your lifestyle, health history and the latest eyecare trends. 

Dr. Bridget Forstrom is dedicated to providing you with the very best eyecare available. Children and older adults may have specialized needs and we offer individualized eyecare and eyewear for every member of your household! Going the extra mile to ensure your experience at Olson Optical is the best yet is what we do best! We know your vision is important to you – and it’s important to us. Our focus is providing you with an exceptional eyecare experience, quality, and service second to none at an unbeatable price…we welcome you to shop and compare, you’ll be glad you came to Olson Optical!

Our Approach to Optometry

Our one-on-one approach to optometry makes Dr. Forstrom and the Olson Optical staff the eye and vision care providers of choice in the Saint James area. We offer the following services: complete eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, glaucoma and macular degeneration testing, and pre- and post-operative care. For a complete list of services, visit our services page or call our office at (507) 375-2020

At Olson Optical, we are dedicated to providing high-quality optometry services in a comfortable environment. Call us at (507) 375-2020 or schedule an appointment today online.


Dr. Bridget Forstrom
Optometrist | Olson Optical | (507) 375-2020
302 1st Ave S.
Saint James, MN 56081

Meet The Staff

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Bridget Forstrom

    Dr. Bridget Forstrom is originally from Fairmont, MN. She graduated from Winona State University with a degree in Biology in 2003 and received her doctorate degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2007.

    Dr. Forstrom sees patients in all aspects of Optometry but particularly enjoys working with contact lens patients, including multifocal contact lenses. She has an article published in the Clinical and Surgical Journal of Ophthalmology on Pterygium management and has practiced optometry in southern Minnesota for the past 12 years.  Dr. Forstrom also keeps herself busy by teaching Anatomy and Physiology online for a community college in northwest Iowa.

    Dr. Forstrom lives in Mankato with her son Collin and daughters Sidney and Brooklyn. When she isn’t working,  Dr. Forstrom enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with friends and family, going to water parks with her kids and cheering on the Minnesota Vikings.

  • Scott & Gina Olson

    Scott Olson: I have been involved in the eye care industry for over 30 years.  I have enjoyed every minute of that time and the many patients I have had the privilege to serve. I want you to enjoy your eyewear purchase experience.  My goal is that you leave complete satisfied. We don't just claim to “put patients first”, we really mean it.  We are always looking for new and different ways to improve your optical experience in any way we can, whether it’s frame adjustments, helping you find that perfect look in frame selections or providing you with the latest in lens options.  You will not find a better combination of quality and value anywhere!

    Gina Olson: I have been working together with my husband, Scott, in the eye care business for over 30 years.  Learning from the best, Dr. Gary A. Olson (Scott's dad), started my eye care career.  The priority in day-to-day operation was customer service and treating everyone who came in our office as the 'neighbor' they were.  We continue to promote this high quality of eye care today at Olson Optical.  

    Over the years, I have been involved in many aspects of the office, but my favorite service by far is assisting patients with their frame selections! I truly feel satisfaction when we choose that 'perfect' frame to enhance each person.  Part of getting new frames, along with improved vision, is the excitement and confidence it gives patients.  To be part of this component is very rewarding.  In addition to frame selections, I will be the smiling face you see when you stop in the office or the voice you hear on the telephone.  I look forward to being of service to you. 

  • Kim Peterson

    I joined the Olson Optical team January 2021 with 11 years of optical experience.  I have a passion for sharing my love and knowledge for eyewear with patients.  I especially love working with children, sharing in their excitement picking out new glasses.   I received my CPO certification in 2017.   I enjoy attending educational classes to learn about the latest trends, technology and products available in the optical industry.   

    In 2019 I traveled with VOSH MN to Port Antonio Jamaica on a mission trip.  I assisted with providing eye exams and distributing donated glasses to over 850 patients who otherwise wouldn’t have received desperately needed eyecare.  It was a very rewarding experience and I look forward to participating in more mission trips in the future.   

    I live on a farm in the LaSalle area with my husband and our 3 children (Kaden, Lorelai & Miranda).   We keep busy chasing the kids to various activities, enjoying time together as a family, traveling and attending concerts.  I am always taking pictures capturing moments and memories to share with family and friends.   

  • Mara Martinez

    I joined the amazing team here at Olson Optical in the beginning June 2021. I’ve enjoyed meeting all of our patients and welcoming so many new patients! I am one of the many friendly voices you will hear answer the phone when you call us to set an appointment or to answer any of your questions. I was born and raised right here in STJ.

    Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have 2 beautiful children (Eliseo and Isabella) that keep me on my toes and an amazing husband (Johan) who is my rock! We enjoy going to family gatherings, having movie nights, going on walks, and having grill-out's while playing some family volleyball! I also love listening to music, and reading a good book with a side of hot chocolate!


Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

  • "Great team working there. See Forstrom is very thorough"
    Jan G. K.
  • "Knowledgeable and kind staff. Very good with children. Flexible scheduling."
    Amy B.
  • "The entire staff is extremely helpful and professional. This was my first comprehensive eye exam and they helped me through the process from walking in to walking out with a pair of glasses ordered. Thanks for making the process so easy! I would definitely recommend Olson Optical."
    Jarett B.
  • "Dr. Forstrom and Staff are very professional and thorough! They were quick with getting me glasses in the mail and they fit perfectly when I received them! Would greatly recommend them to anyone looking for a great optical place!"
    Justin M.

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302 1st Ave S, Saint James, MN 56081

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