Dakota Eye Institute Data Breach Investigation

Turke & Strauss LLP, a leading data breach law firm, is investigating Dakota Eye Institute regarding its recent data breach. The Dakota Eye Institute data breach involved sensitive protected health information belonging to over 107,000 individuals.


Dakota Eye Institute is ophthalmology and optometry practice located in North Dakota. As a provider of eye care and surgery, Dakota Eye Institute offers a variety of procedures and services, including comprehensive eye care, LASIK surgery, eyelid repair, cataract treatment, and cornea transplants. Additionally, Dakota Eye Institute provides eye and vision exams along with the sale of contact lenses and frames. Established in 1989, Dakota Eye Institute is headquartered in Bismark, North Dakota, and operates 5 locations and 6 satellite clinics.


Recently, Dakota Eye Institute discovered that it had experienced a data breach in which the sensitive protected health information in its systems may have been accessed. On October 23, 2023, Dakota Eye Institute filed official notice of the data breach with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights. Though much information is still not known about the Dakota Eye Institute breach, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ reporting guidelines require entities to report data breaches when they involve protected health information. Therefore, it is likely that the Dakota Eye Institute breach included the protected health information belonging to over 107,000 individuals. Recently, Dakota Eye Institute began notifying individuals whose information may have been impacted.

If you received a breach notification letter from Dakota Eye Institute:

We would like to speak with you about your rights and potential legal remedies in response to this data breach. Please fill out the form, below, or contact us at (608) 237-1775 or sam@turkestrauss.com.

If you were impacted by the Dakota Eye Institute data breach, you may consider taking the following steps to protect your personal information.

  1. Carefully review the breach notice and retain a copy;
  2. Enroll in any free credit monitoring services provided by Dakota Eye Institute;
  3. Change passwords and security questions for online accounts;
  4. Regularly review account statements for signs of fraud or unauthorized activity;
  5. Monitor credit reports for signs of identity theft; and
  6. Contact a credit bureau(s) to request a temporary fraud alert.

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