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Russ Optical

September 30, 2022


Russ Mentzer began his optical career in 1951 and opened Russ’ Uptown Optical 27 years later in 1978. From the beginning, Russ’ Uptown Optical has been the premier quality eyewear company in the Des Moines area. For over 40 years, its emphasis on cutting edge optics and quality frames has made us the best eyewear you can buy. After Russ retired in 1988, his son Doug dedicated himself to providing the same great service and quality eyewear. They hope to continue the tradition that Russ started in 1978 with Michelle and Doug’s son Kyle.

A personalized eyewear experience

With innovative lens technology, a personalized approach to service, and unique high-quality frames, they are redefining the optical experience.


Doug, Michelle and Kyle have over 70 years of combined experience helping clients look their best and feel their best.

find your style

Whether you want to make a statement or prefer an understated style, they have the frame for you.

Schedule an exam

Need a new prescription? Eye exams are available on Tuesday and Wednesday.


Mon10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tue10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wed10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thu10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Fri10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sat10:00 AM – 2:00 PMClosed now

Amenities and More

  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Private Lot Parking
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Bike Parking


Russ is first and foremost a family man. He considers his company and his employees part of his family. He actually and personally does business with every client.

I haven’t had any bad experiences here. They are friendly and knowledgeable. They may not be the cheapest, but they offer better quality than most.

Russ Optical can fill expired prescriptions. You don’t care about the health of your eyes, they just want what’s in your pocket!