What is an independent? This question came up when people were trying to put together a list of Independent Optical Laboratories. If a lab only offers propriety products are they an independent? Augen as an example. Yet Augen Optics is a family owned and operated lens manufacturer out of Mexico and operates out of San Diego with a lab. If they have multiple locations such as ABB-Concise are they independent? What about Walman with 48 labs and is employee owned. Just because they are big, does not mean they are not independent.
Today ‘Independent’ is confusing, which is why I made a decision that the list of labs below are independent owner operators. To the best of my knowledge these are not owned or partly owned by a public-traded company. Many of the below listed labs have retail store(s). They may or may not take outside work.
There are all sorts of indie labs, some only do work for other labs, some are coating labs, low vision labs, safety labs, speciality labs and uncut labs, surfacing and finishing labs. Some Retail stores have labs and take outside work, others don’t.
- Vision Plastics (Anchorage, AK) Retail and Surfacing Lab (907) 562-2845 Takes outside Rx’s and no website.
Optical Prescription Lab: Alabama
- Optical Prescription Lab, (Pelham, AL) Established in 1977 and a member of The Vision Council
- Absolute Digital Optical (Cabot, AR)
- Central Optical (Mabelvale, AR) phone: (501) 888-3886 no website
- Chitwood Optical (Fayetteville, AR) Retail Lab. Takes outside work. Member of The Vision Council. No website (479) 442-0374
- Freeman Optical (Bryant, AR) Lab 501-847-7929 In business for over 20 years. Call Larry for more information. No website.
- Lens Coat (N. Little Rock, AR) Coating Lab. established in 2003 as the provider of premium Anti-Reflective coatings for independently owned optical wholesalers and retailers nationwide.
- Meridian Optical (Jonesboro AR) (870) 910-6607. No website
- Black Lab Optical (Phoenix, AZ) ‘Doctor owned and Doctor Driven’
- Avante Optics (Phoenix, AZ)
- EyeCoach (Mesa, AZ) Retail office with lab. A private pay finishing lab Eyecoach Lab & Training Center combines training excellence; with a local lab team. No website, Facebook only
- GS-RX (Scottsdale, AZ) Member of The Vision Council. Eyewear, Lenses and Rx combination. Known as Global Source RX and Proper Optics.
- Allied Advanced Optical Lab (N. Hollywood, CA) Has a Retail store, although most of the lab is wholesale and takes outside business. (818) 761-2400. No website and in business for 10+ years.
- Augen Optics (San Diego, CA) Lens manufacturer and free form equipment. They own numerous labs in Mexico as well as manufacturing lenses. Propriety products. Family owned business.
- Bad Ass Optical Lab (Oakland, CA) Member of The Vision Council. No website per se.
- B-Lite Optical (Fountain Valley, CA) Member of The Vision Council. No website. phone 714-964-8450 In business for over 20 years.
- California Prison Authority (Folsom, CA) not independent per se, but not a publicly trades company
- Capital Optical (Auburn, CA) Established in 1981.
- Chico Eye Center, (Chico, CA) Retail Lab and Member of The Vision Council
- Costco Wholesale (National City, CA) Costco lab, not independent but a member of The Vision Council.
- DC Optical Lab (San Leandro, CA) Member of The Vision Council
- Dive Masks (San Diego, CA) Makes prescription Dive Masks and googles.
- Express Lens Lab (Fountain Valley, CA) no website 714- 545-1024. In business for over 24 years.
- Eye Pros Inc (Turlock CA) Retail store with laboratory
- Gold Coast Doctors Lab (Oxnard, CA) Retail Lab 805-382-3449
- Golden West (Commerce, CA) Retail Laboratory.
- Hollywood Optical (San Dimas, CA) Established 1986
- Illusion Optical (Sanger CA) Retail with lab
- Italee (Los Angeles, CA) Retail store. Has eyewear line as well as a Lab.
- J&J Optical, Inc. (Paradise CA) Member of The Vision Council
- Kahoy Kollection (Long Beach, CA) Online optical store with Flagship location.
- Kaiser Optical (Richmond, CA) Kaiser northern California lab for Kaiser medical.
- Kaiser Optical (Pasadena, CA) Kaiser, southern California laboratory for Kaiser medical.
- K-Mars Optical (Van Nuys, CA) Member of The Vision Council
- Lap Optical (Camarillo CA)- No website, but still a member of The Vision Council.
- LBK Laboratory (Yuba City CA) Retail with Lab. no website. Facebook only
- Luxe Lab (Anaheim, CA) Founded in 2012, this boutique lab does speciality work, such as custom and arty rimless, re-furbishes old frames.
- Opti Lite Optical (Los Angeles, CA)
- Opti-Rex (San Jose, CA)
- Orange Optical, Inc. (Orange CA) Member of The Vision Council
- Oscar Optics (Fremont, CA)
- Paradise Lens Lab (Paradise, CA) Established over 5 years ago.
- Paris Optical Lab (Westminister, CA) No website: (714) 897-9474. Member of The Vision Council. In business for over 24 years.
- Professional Optical Labs (San Diego, CA)
- San Diego Optical (San Diego, CA) Retail store with surfacing Lab. 858-270-9320. no website
- Prestige Lens Lab (San Francisco, CA) safety lab. Member of The Vision Council
- The Optical Laboratory (Burbank, CA)
- Valox Optical Lab (Fullerton, CA) Retail Laboratory. (714) 526-1282 No website
- Wheeler Optical Laboratory (Stanton, CA)
- Xtra Lite (Huntington Beach, CA) Member Of The Vision Council
- Replace Lens (Denver, CO) Retail location with lab, who advertises online for a lens only placement. Also known as Vision Coat.
- Kaiser Optical (Denver, CO) Kaiser Clinic surfacing laboratory.
- Replacement Lens Express (Manchester, CT) This is an online ‘lens only’ shop. Family owned and operated ‘optometric lab’ since 1982. They have a partnership with New Eyes For The Needy to recycle eyeglasses.
- Encore Optical (Doral, FL)
- Eye One Labs (Havanna, FL
- Galileo Optical Lab (Doral, FL) Established in 2001
- HB Optical Lab (Miami, FL)
- Milligan Optical (Largo, FL) Retail Lab
- Mia Lab (Miami, Florida)
- Optiks Unlimited – (Orlando, FL) (407) 895-6147. Small retail location, focus is on wholesale specialty laboratory. Wholesale specialty glass, specialize in wraps in high prescription in all materials. Do all materials including glass. no website.
- Pelican Optical (Sarasota, FL)
- Premium Optics (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Retail lab (Korrect Optical)
- Quality Optical Service, Inc. (West Palm Beach,FL) Established in 1959
- Quest Optical Lab (Largo, Florida) Founded in 2003. Specialty lab that does slab offs, diving masks. Works with labs only.
- Safelite Optical Company (Jacksonville, FL) Member of The Vision Council.
- Sunshine Optics (Clearwater, FL) Established in 2009
- Slabs Plus (Ruskin, FL) Specialty Lab. Member of The Vision Council
- Solidar Optical Lab (Key Largo, FL) Solidar has been developing anti-reflective coatings and mirrors for over 25 years and have acquired extensive experience and expertise in optics. Solidar is a full service optical lab, complete with 100% digital lenses, including several of our own proprietary designs, and brands like Thin Tech, Shamir, and IOT
- Vision Quest Lab (Orange City, FL)
- Aire-o-Lite Optical (Alma, GA)
- Better Optics (Austell, GA) Member of The Vision Council. (770) 819-8800 – Established in 1992. No website
- National Vision (GA) Retail Lab for National Vision optical chain. Member of The Vision Council.
- Xtreme Optics, Inc. (Lithia Springs, GA) Website www.xtremeopticsinc.com under construction. Phone does not appear to be working. Not sure if open now.
- Robertson Optical (Atlanta, GA, SC) Established in 1958, Robertson Optical is a member of The Vision Council. Have three locations in the southeast.
- Mountain West Optical (Twin Falls, ID) Retail with lab, Founded in 1984
- Accu-Lab (Sycamore, IL) Member of The Vision Council, Acculab was founded in 2006 by owner and head lab technician Chris Brundies.
- Expert Optics (Shorewood, IL, and IN) Member of The Vision Council. Founded in 1979.
- G&G Optical (Orland Park, IL) Retail with lab.
- Identity Optical (Normal, IL) Founded in 2012
- I. F. Optical Company (Chicago IL) Established in 1960. Retail store that has a laboratory. The lab does take outside work. No website. Phone number (773) 761-3866
- Maui Jim- Zeal (Peoria, IL) Member of The Vision Council, Sunglass company.
- OptiCote (Franklin, Il) Coating lab only
- Rosin Eyecare (Northbrook, IL) 30 locations lab. Member of The Vision Council.
- Armada Optical Services, Inc. (Evansville IN) Member of The Vision Council
- Columbus Optical (Columbus, IN) Retail with surfacing lab
- Frecker Optical (Ft. Wayne, IN) Wholesale Lab. Established in 1971 260-747-9653. No website. Does glass, drill mounts, slab offs, prisms, wraps, higher powers.
- Laramy-K Optical Lab (Indianola, IA) Fiercely independent lab and host to OpticianWorks. Friend of The Optical Journal.
- Longe Optical (Ft. Wayne, IN) Established in 1949 this four location retailer who has digital equipment in house.
- Monroe Optical Inc. (Franklin, IN) Retail store with Laboratory. Member of The Vision Council
- Northwest Optical (Indianapolis IN) Retail Laboratory and also does Frame Repair.
- Singer Optical Lab (IN) established in 1948
- The Lens Dr. (Mishawaka, IN) Member of The Vision Council
- Laramy K (Indianola IA) Member of The Vision Council. Founded in 1989. Great blog on the site and fabulous optical training videos.
- Precision Optical Group, Inc. (Creston IA) Founded in 1992. AKA P.O.G. Labs, OptiCote, CRX Labs
- American Eyecare (Iowa) Four Retail locations and lab was opened in 1989. Member of The Vision Council
- Midwest Labs, Inc. (Indianola IA) Member of The Vision Council. Established in 1973.
- Digital Lens Solutions (Wichita, Ks) Established in March of 2016.
- Grene Vision Group (KS) 21 locations with full laboratory that has free form.
- Howards Optical (Wichita, KS) 4 location retail store with lab.
- VCD Labs (Wichita, KS and Rochester, NY)
- Lentz Eye Care (Wichita, KS) Retail Lab with three locations
- Dispensers Optical Service (Louieville, KY) Founded in 1951, they dispense Safety Eyewear
- Eagle Safety Eyewear (Louieville, KY) Safety Eyewear
- Korrect Optical (Louieville, KY) Retail office with two locations. In business for over 80 years. Surfacing lab and Member of The Vision Council.
- Vision Dynamics x Optical Dynamics (Louisville, KY)
- Ascension Optical (Gonzales, LA) 2 Retail stores with surfacing lab
- Eye Save Optical, Inc. (Bogalusa LA) Retail Lab, Member of The Vision Council
- Sunrise Optical (Abbeville, LA) Retail store with laboratory.
- Tri-State Optical- (Shreveport, LA) (ABB-Concise- Diversified)
- Spectera Vision Services (Baltimore, MD) Insurance, member of The Vision Council
- Q.E.D. Optical, Inc. (Houlton ME) 207) 532-6772, finishing lab only. no website
- Southern Maine Optical – (Portland, ME)
- Caliber Optical (Flint, MI) Member of The Vision Council
- General Optical Company (Burton, MI) Retail store with lab
- Rx Optical (Kalamazoo, MI) Retail chain with lab
- General Optical (Flint, MI) 3 retail locations with laboratory.
- Green Optics (Auburn Hills, MI) Wholesale lab. (248) 393-2020. Digital Lenses, Established in 2015. Slabs off, custom engraving, coating, mirrors and local delivery via courier.
- Hi Tech Optical (Saginaw, MI) Established in 1940, Hi Tech focus is on Safety Eyewear. They do have a retail store and are a member of The Vision Council
- Eye Kraft Optical Inc. (St. Cloud, MN) Member of The Vision Council. Founded in 1954
- Lensworks Optical Labs (Plymouth MN) Member of The Vision Council
- Mayo Clinic (MN) Retail with Lab
- McCoy Optical (Worthington MN) 507) 372-2877, wholesale laboratory since 1979. No website.
- Spectrum Optical (St. Cloud, MN) Member of The Vision Council, the website is sparse and I understand this might be an Essilor Lab
- Walman Labs– (48 Labs) Soderburg Labs Employee Owned, Member of The Vision Council 48 Locations around the USA. Also owns: ADO Practice Solutions (buying group), ImageWear (Eyewear) Walman Instruments, Nouveau Eyewear, Walman Optical, X-Cel Specialty Contacts and Ultra Optics
- Gold Eagle Optics Laboratory (Gulf Port, MS)
- Complete Optical (Leadington, MO) 3 location doctors office with laboratory .
- Eye Care Partners (Pacific, MO) Retail lab, member of The Vision Council, Eye Care EyeCare Partners is a growing and dynamic leader in acquiring and managing successful primary eyecare practices.
- Heffington Optical Company (Springfield, MO) Retail Lab. member of The Vision Council
- First Look Lab (St. Louis, MO) Lab for Crown Optical. Member of The Vision Council.
- Gateway Optical Service (St. Louis, MO)
- Optical One (Springfield, MO)
- Summit Optical (Helena, MT)
- Heartland Optical (Lincoln, NE) Retail Lab with two locations, Grand Island and Lincoln.
- MJ Optical (Omaha, NE) Founded in 1988
- Delta Optical (Fairbury, NE) In business over 100 years and owned by three optometrist. Phone: (402) 729-3366. Website being developed .
- Great Basin Optical Lab (Las Vegas, NV) specializes in uncuts and polarized lens
- New Hampshire Optical (Concord, NH)
- Lens Depot (East Brunswick. NJ) Lens Depot is an eyeglass lens stock house not a lab.
- I-See Optical Lab, Inc. (Blackwood, NJ)
- Mancine Optical (Delman, NJ) Retail with lab. Member of The Vision Council
- MH Optical (Hackensack, NJ) Member of The Vision Council
- Sheridan Optical (Pittman, NJ) Member of The Vision Council
- U.S Vision (Glendora, NJ) Lab for US Vision. Member of The Vision Council
- Acoma Optical (Santa Fe, NM) Optical Retail Store
- Arts Optical (Brooklyn, NY)
- Digital Eye Lab (ABB- Concise) (Hawthorne, NY) Founded in 2007
- Kaiser Ophthalmics Co (Albany NY) Wholesale lab No website (518) 452-7770 or 800-272-8522. Established 1952
- Kenco Optical, Inc. (Kingston NY) Retail Store with lab. Safety Eyewear. Lab has not been confirmed.
- Quality Optics II, Inc. (Orchard Park NY) Founded in 1981
- Rochester Optical (Rochester, NY) Established in 1932 they now have4 retail locations- Rochester Optical began as one of the nation’s few manufacturers of high-quality lenses ongoing contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense to supply G.I.’s with rugged, combat-ready eye wear. Also doing smart glasses. Member of The Vision Council
- Western Carolina Optical (Ashville, NC)
- Optical Concepts (Winston-Salem, NC) Established in 1997 by Erick and Barry Smitherman,
- Advanced Eyecare Group (Fargo, ND) Retail Lab
- Clearview Lens Lab (Cleveland, OH) Retail store (Case Vision Care) Clearview with finishing and surface Lab 216-751-9800. No website.
- Diversified Ophthalmics (ABB-Concise) (Cincinnati, OH, Salt Lake City, UT, Spokane, WA, Columbia, SC) Member of The Vision Council. Founded in 1977
- Di-Walt Optical, Inc. (Canton, OH) Member of The Vision Council. No website that we can find (330) 453-8427 wholesale. Established 1971
- ECP Choice (Youngstown, OH)
- North American Coating Lab (OH) Division of Wilson Optical Laboratories. Coating lab.
- Wing Lab Inc. (Cincinnati, OH) Member of The Vision Council. 16 store eyecare chain.
- Accu tech Laboratories, Inc. (Oklahoma City, OK) No website. Founded in 1993. (405) 946-6446
- B & D Optical Wholesale, Inc. (Oklahoma City, OK) Wholesale mainly only, Opened for 20 years. No website. (405) 524-3233
- Empire Optical (Tulsa, OK) Retail store with surfacing lab
- Oklahoma Optical Lab (Ada, OK) Owned by Chickasaw Indians
- RXO Tulsa – (Broken Arrow, OK) Established in 1991
- Eye Health NW (Milwaukee, OR) Multiple Retail locations in Oregon. They have a surfacing lab.
- Kaiser Medical Center Optical (Clackamas, OR) Kaiser laboratory
- Revant Optics (Portland, OR) Vision Council Member. Lenses only optical lab.
- Sweep Optics (Eugene, OR) Member of The Vision Council
- Verus Optical Lab (Newberg, OR)
- Allegheny Vision Associates (South Park, PA) (412) 854-4130. We heard they have a lab and cannot confirm via phone or website.
- Allentown Optical Corp. (Allentown PA) A former American Optical laboratory that opened in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1924. In 1984 eight employees purchased the lab and Allentown Optical formed.
- B & G Optics – (Philadelphia, PA) Phone (215) 289-2480
- East Coast Optical Lab (Philadelphia, PA)
- Hobbs Optical (Reedsville PA) Retail with laboratory. 717) 667-6066
- Chadwick Optical, Inc. (Souderton PA) Started in 1980 and focus is difficult and unique rx’s including low vision. Great website story. Member of The Vision Council.
- EyenaVision (Pittsburgh, PA) eyewear supplier with a lab.
- FEA Industries (Morton, PA) Member of The Vision Council, has a great magazine called www.optmagazine.com. Founded in 1984
- Hirshland Optical (Orefield, PA) Safety lab. Established in 1908
- K-Optical, Inc. (Hummelstown PA) Member of The Vision Council
- Luzerne Optical (Wilkes-Barre, PA) One of the oldest optical and family run labs in the United States. Member of The Vision Council. Founded in 1973
- Miller Optical (Lancaster, PA) The Vision Council
- Monroe Optical and Hearing (Stroudsburgh, PA) Retail store with lab
- Philadephia Eyeglass Labs (Philadelphia, PA) 6 locations and established in 1888.
- Snyder Optical (Philadephia, PA) Retail Lab Member of The Vision Council
- Three Rivers (Pittsburgh, PA) Established in 1969. Member of the Vision Council.
- Wolh Optics (Warminster, PA) Retail store with finishing lab
- Jervey Eye Medical Group Retail Lab with four locations.
- Palmetto Optical Laboratory (SC) Established 1973
- Robertson Optical Laboratories (Greenville, Columbia)
- Independent Optical (Rapid City, SD) optical shop with lab
- Cheeks Optical (Columbia, TN) Retail Lab
- CRX Safety Optical Laboratories (Athens, TN) Safety Lab. They also own Opticote/
- Eye Care Plus (Antioch, TN) Retail Lab, Member of The Vision Council.
- Knoxville Optical Supply – (Knoxville, TN) wholesale -no website (865-525-9585)
- MidSouth Premier ((Brentwood, TN) ABB-Concise; Member of The Vision Council
- Milam Optical Co., Inc. (Nashville TN) Member of The Vision Council
- Muller Optical Lab (Jackson, TN) The Vision Council
- Peak Optical Laboratory (Clarksville, TN) Established in 2013 and owned by 25 optometrists.
- Precision Optical Laboratory (Gallaway, TN) Member of The Vision Council
- Cooper Optical Company (Longview, TX) Retail Store with surfacing lab. Member of The Vision Council
- Dietz-McClean (San Antonio, TX) Retail Lab. Member of The Vision Council.
- DJ’s Optical Lab (Cedar Park TX) No website (512) 257-2020. Left several messages, we cannot confirm whether a lab or not.
- ECP Laboratories (Carrizo Springs, TX) We do not know this company. It was filed in Texas 2 years ago.
- Elevate Digital Optics Inc (Dallas, TX)
- Eye Care Express Lab (Houston, TX) Member of The Vision Council. No Website (713) 774-2314.
- Focus Lab (Harlingen, TX) 956- 622-3194, Left several messages and no callback.
- Ginter Eyecare (Lubbock, TX) Retail Lab Member of The Vision Council
- Littlepage Optical (Corpus Christi TX) Founded in 1952, is a wholesale safety lab
- My Friends Lab (Farmers Branch, TX) Member of The Vision Council
- OnQ Optical Labs (New Braunfels TX) Member of The Vision Council
- Optisource (The Woodlands, TX) (ABB- Concise) lab 281-296-2101
- Paragon Optical (San Antonio, TX) no website 210-615-7336
- Precise Optical Lab (San Angelo, TX) Member of The Vision Council. Owned by Dr. J. Warren Brasher
- QR Optical Lab (Houston, TX) 713-715-6633
- RGV Optical, (McAllen, TX) 2 locations, Retail lab.
- SRX Optics (Pasadena, TX) Safety lab
- Vision Works of America (San Antonio, TX) Lab for Vision Works, optical retail chain.
- Wilson Optical Lab (El Paso, TX) established in 1975
- United Optical (Salt Lake City, UT) Member of The Vision Council. No website. 801-486-1001
- Premier Vision Group Retailer with Surfacing Lab. They have 3 retail locations.
- Moran Optical Lab (Salt Lake City, UT) John A. Moran Eye Center, retail location with lab.
- Schroeder Optical (Roanoke VA) since 1972. Member of The Vision Council
- Kaiser (VA) Kaiser medical clinics laboratory
- Encore Vision (Spokane, WA) The Vision Council Member. Established in 2003.
- Central Optical (Clarkston WA) Member of The Vision Council, Founded in 1958
- Costco Wholesale (Issaquah, WA) Not an independent as part of Costco a publicly traded company. Member of The Vision Council
- Nouveau Vision (Redmond, WA)
- Single Vision Express Optical (Kirkland, WA)
- Vision Craft, Inc (Yakima WA) Member of The Vision Council
- N Focus Lab Vienna WV (877) 295-5764: Left several messages and no call back. Cannot confirm as to in business.
- Alpha Optical (Plover, WI)
- Fluegge Optical (Waterford, WI) Retail store with surfacing lab. Member of The Vision Council
- Global Optics (Green Bay, WI)
- Cherry Optical (Green Bay WI) Member of The Vision Council. Considered one of the Top Labs. Founded 1999
- LBC Optics (New Berlin, WI)
- Paramount Optical (Milwaukee, WI) Retail Lab, safety eyewear
- Wyoming Optical (Casper, WY) Retail and lab