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Qualifications and Experience
Dr. Stead is an Optometrist in Edina providing complete eye care services for the surrounding communities. As a licensed optometrist, Dr. Stead provides exams, diagnoses, and treatments of all disorders that affect the eye or vision. In addition to training in eye diseases and disorders, Dr. Stead is also trained in anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology. With this background, Dr. Stead is trained to recognize a range of health issues; such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, and hypertension. Dr. Stead works hard to stay current on the latest advances in eye health and vision care and regularly attends continuing education seminars and advanced training courses. It is because of Dr. Stead's dedication to continuing education that our Edina patients receive the most modern and progressive vision care available.
Verified Patient Reviews
We love Gale Stead. He is a wonderful eye dr and I would recommend him without hesitation.
Dr. Stead is very professional and knowledgeable about current advances in his field. He is very friendly and makes the visit very easy. His staff is very helpful, and they are very accommodating when it comes to requests for special eye wear.
I have been a patient at this office for years. It's always been an excellent experience.
Very nice, friendly and knowledgable. A great experience!
they are always the best there - make me feel welcome and appreciated, explain things to me and make me feel like they care about me personally. they were kind and professional - i really appreciated everyone there. I was having a rough day and even got a hug - meant a lot. thank you
I highly recommend Fifth Avenue Optical! I've seen Dr. Gale Stead for the past three years. He is extremely knowledgeable in the field of ophthalmology and is also a very friendly, making the annual vision exam enjoyable. The rest of the staff is friendly and does a great job of quickly getting you through the process to the exam room.
Have been going here for a few years now. Appointments are quick as they can be with a lot of care. They tend to remember their repeat patients. This is what a model small business is about!
Great eye doctor. Great staff. Big fan of Topher! Thanks for another great visit.
Dr Stead is so deserving of all the great reviews - my experience was fantastic from beginning to end. Since my former optometrist retired, I'm so happy to have found a new eye clinic that I love just as much.
I really like the exam Gale gave me. All of the personnel in the office are excellent. My only disappointment was, I scheduled my appointment for 2:20 p.m. I received several notices about the time and date as well as a phone call. When I arrived at 2:15 there was someone ahead of me and I finally saw Gale 35 minutes past my appointment time.
This was my first visit to Gale Stead OD. I picked Fifth Avenue Clinic out of a list of the in-network providers of my husband's insurance. The staff and Dr. Stead were very friendly and professional. I was greeted warmly when I arrived, filled out my initial paperwork, and then was seen for my exam. I actually came in the night before to see the clinic and was impressed with the cleanliness of the facility, the friendliness of the staff, and the selection of eyewear to choose from (The Mikli's!) I met with Garrett and picked out my new glasses and sunglasses that night. So after my exam I just had to finish placing the order. I would definitely recommend Dr.Gale Stead.
Great doctor, office staff, and the hours are awesome!
Highly recommend. Purpose of visit: Preventive Eye care - prescription exam for eye glasses
I like the doctor, I like the staff and the office.
Dr. Stead is so personable and is very nice. All his staff are professional and courteous and really help you to find the right pair of glasses or contact lenses that fit you. This is why I keep coming back.
Gale has always been, and continues to be a well informed, educational, ethical and professional practitioner whose demeanor and courtesy are top notch. Gale strives for perfection, and perfection works well for me!
Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and relatable staff. Happy to chose this office!
Very professional, personable and knowledgeable.
This was my first visit to Dr. Stead as a new patient, and it was fantastic. The eye exam was thorough, I got all my questions answered, and the opticians helped me find new frames I love.
The doctor was professional, informative, and quick..it was painless..just what I wanted.
As always, very professional, courteous and always on time.
Top notch appointment from beginning to end.
Dr.Gale Stead was able to see me on Christmas Eve with no scheduled appointment. He's always so kind and very professional.
Dr.Stead and his staff are wonderful! They are kind, patient, and friendly. I appreciate the time they spend with me to get to know me as a person, not just what my chart says. Dr.Stead's technicians, Topher, is fantastic too. Very easy going, knowledgeable, and patient. What a great team!
I love Doctor Stead. I've been going to him for over a decade now and have always been incredibly happy. I've had a lot of changes in my vision in that time and he's always been incredibly helpful and very very accurate with prescriptions. And his staff are always awesome!
Dr. Stead is knowledgeable and professional. He took the time to listen to all my concerns. The staff was helpful, friendly and great to work with. Very pleased with my visit.
Dr Stead was incredible! So friendly and informative, and I actually ENJOYED my appointment! Highly recommend him!!!
Very personable and interactive. Dr. Stead takes his time working with his patients and trully cares of their needs and any concerns they may have.
I have been a patient of Dr. Stead for 30 years. I trust him and always feel like I've gotten the best care possible.
He's great! Nice, kind guy. Professional and personable. His staff was great too. Overall would recommended. Glasses are pricey but it's in the Galleria so that should be expected
Dr.Stead is very conversational and down to earth. I kept thinking "Does he have time to just make conversation with me like this?" He did not seem rushed or pressed for time, which made me feel much more relaxed. I work for a doctor's office myself, so I am familiar with the type of doctor that rushes through an exam because they've scheduled too many patients for one day. Perhaps its because I had an appointment at the end of the day, but even the technicians didn't seem rushed. Dr.Stead and his technician, "Topher", were both very kind and patient.