Welcome to Russ' Uptown Optical

My father, Russ Mentzer, began his optical career in 1951 and after 27 years opened Russ’ Uptown Optical in 1978. From the beginning, Russ’ Uptown Optical has been a leader in quality eyewear in the Des Moines area. Our emphasis on state-of-the-art optics, and quality frames, has made us your best buy in eyewear for over 35 years. Following Russ's retirement in 1988, I have worked toward providing the same great service, and quality eyewear. Along with Michelle, and my son Kyle, we look forward to continuing the tradition my father started in 1978. ––Doug Mentzer, Russ’ Uptown Optical

"Great service, superior products
and attention to details helps us
stand apart from the competition."
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About us

Russ' Uptown Optical, a family-owned business, provides quality, personalized eyecare. Read more.

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Trunk Shows

Make plans to come to our next Trunk Show, Saturday, December 5th, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. Read more.

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News & Information

Wondering what is the latest news in eyewear and fashion? Or why personalized service at Russ' Uptown Optical is a priority? Read more.

4122 University Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311