Dr. Gail Bernard, MD

OphthalmologyFemaleAge 50

Dr. Bernard
Accepting new patients

Rapid City Medical Center

2820 Mount Rushmore Rd Rapid City, SD 57701

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(605) 342-3280

Dr. Gail Bernard, MD is a Ophthalmology Specialist in Rapid City, SD and has over 25 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from Sanford School Of Medicine Of The University Of South Dakota medical school in 1996. She is affiliated with medical facilities such as Black Hills Surgical Hospital and Chadron Community Hospital. She is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Bernard to book an appointment.

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Dr. Bernard's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Dry Eyes

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bernard treats Dry Eyes more than 93% of her peers

Dr. Bernard treats this condition more than 93% of her peers


Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bernard treats Diplopia more than 93% of her peers

Dr. Bernard treats this condition more than 93% of her peers

Tear Duct Disorders

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bernard treats Tear Duct Disorders more than 90% of her peers

Dr. Bernard treats this condition more than 90% of her peers

Dr. Bernard's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acute Endophthalmitis
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Blindness
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Botox® Injection
  • Cataract
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Cataract Surgery Complications
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Chronic Endophthalmitis
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Contusion of the Eyeball
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Diabetic Cataracts
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Dilation of Outflow Canal
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Entropion
  • Enucleation of Eye
  • Esotropia
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Exophoria
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Disease
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Injuries
  • Eye Procedure
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Growth
  • Eyelid Spasm
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Graves' Disease
  • Headache
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Heterophoria
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Intraocular Lens Implant Surgery
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Laser Surgery
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Hole
  • Migraine
  • Nearsightedness
  • Night Blindness
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Nystagmus
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Ocular Prosthetics
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Pigment Dispersion Syndrome
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Pterygium
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Repair of Brow Ptosis and Blepharoptosis
  • Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinoschisis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Strabismus
  • Stye
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy

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  • Office environment (7)
  • Staff friendliness (7)
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed (1)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (1)
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions (1)
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When I was first diagnosed with glaucoma, Dr. Bernard performed four laser procedures (over almost a year) to reduce my interocular pressures in both eyes. With her treatment and following her prescription for drops at night and early morning, my IO pressures have dropped from 30+ to the normal range of 13. She had a significant role in saving my sight, and with my recent diagnosis of cataracts I trust her completely and without reservation. As a fine art landscape photographer, I need my eyes!
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Emerson (Bill) Bailey in Gordon, NE – Feb 06, 2017
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About Me

Care Philosophy

I believe in treating my patient, not just their eyes. Each patient is unique and I treat them that way. My staff and I try to create a friendly atmosphere to provide the best care for my patients.


I grew up in Wall and Spearfish, South Dakota, and was thrilled at the opportunity to begin practice close to home after completing residency in Colorado. I...Read more


  • Ophthalmology
  • Anterior Segment Ophthalmology
  • Anterior Segment Surgery
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Cornea & External Diseases
  • Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Surgery

Board Certifications


University Colorado, Denver, Co
Residency Hospital
Presbyterian St Lukes Transitional Year, Denver, Co
Internship Hospital
Sanford School Of Medicine Of The University Of South Dakota
Medical School
University of South Dakota
Undergraduate School


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What are Dr. Gail Bernard, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Bernard frequently treats Dry Eyes, Diplopia, and Tear Duct Disorders. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Bernard treats.

Where is Dr. Gail Bernard, MD's office located?

Dr. Bernard's office is located at 2820 Mount Rushmore Rd, Rapid City, SD 57701. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Affiliated Hospitals

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Black Hills Surgical Hospital

Rapid City, SD

92% Patient experience rating, 23% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019)

Chadron Community Hospital

Chadron, NE

70% Patient experience rating, 1% higher than the national average

Fall River Health Services

Hot Springs, SD

Monument Health Rapid City Hospital

Rapid City, SD

63% Patient experience rating, 6% lower than the national average

Same Day Surgery Center

Rapid City, SD
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2019, 2018)