Klauer Optical Co was founded in 1939 by two brothers, Eldon and Clarence Klauer, both of whom were experienced technical opticians. Originally a wholesale optical business, selling frames and edging lenses for Doctor’s offices, they had a contract with St.Louis Optical during WWII to produce lenses used in binoculars by the US Navy.
Don Klauer, Clarence’s son, moved the company into the retail arena in the sixties and seventies. Don developed the contact lens division of the company as an early pioneer in contact lens fitting. He was nationally recognized as a leader in innovation. Don served as president of the Contact Lens Society of America, the Opticians Association of Iowa, the Opticians Association of America, and a charter member of the National Contact Lens Examination Committee. He retired in 1998.
Jeff Klauer, Don’s son, is now president and is firmly committed to maintaining the art and innovation that has become the standard at Klauer Optical. He travels extensively to bring back to Iowa the latest in frame styles and lens innovations that help keep Klauer Optical in the forefront of the retail optical business.
Charles Klauer, Eldon’s son, manages the laboratory at Klauer Optical, personally fabricating all most every pair of eyeglasses sold at the stores. The control this allows the company assures that the highest quality can be maintained for every pair of eyeglasses we sell.
Klauer Optical’s staff of certified opticians have an average of over 21 years each in the optical business. Five have been with the company for over 25 years. Their experience and knowledge is second to none, and their ability to help you see and look your best is unrivaled anywhere in the country.
Stop in today and see we can do for you.