For more than 100 years the Eye Center at The University of Kansas Health System has been a leader in eye care and vision health. It's what we do. It's what we love.
To serve Kansas City area patients and the surrounding communities, we have 2 optical shops open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Questions? Contact the optical shop at KUOpticalShop@KUMC.edu.
About our optical shops
Our top-notch optometrists provide thorough routine vision exams, prescribe glasses and specialize in contact lens fitting. You can also bring in a valid prescription from another provider, but it must not be older than 1 year. At our optical shops, you can:
- Try on frames for prescription and nonprescription glasses
- Try on prescription and nonprescription sunglasses
- Order readers (no pre-made available)
- Get fitted for contact lenses
- Order scleral lenses
- Get free adjustments of your frames
- Get pediatric eye care, kids glasses and contact lenses
We have more than 700 top designer frames to choose from at each location. Additionally, our certified opticians are specially trained to help you select the best glasses for your face and lifestyle.
Frequently asked questions
Both shops are open from 8 a.m-4 p.m. weekdays.
If only 1 optician is on duty, the optical shop may close from noon to 1 p.m. to allow for a lunch break.
Mornings are usually the best.
We are among the few shops in the region to offer Zeiss i.Terminal®. Our board-certified opticians use this technology in custom eyeglass fittings. This machine takes seven calculations, instead of the standard two, to ensure your glasses are both comfortable and functional.
These calculations are unique to you, so your lens is designed to align with your eyes within the frame you choose. For example, if you tend to wear your glasses lower on your nose, this technology tailors the lens to match your wearing habits. Additionally, this exclusive device takes pictures of you in the frame and emails them to you to share with others. This is also useful when dilated eyes prohibit a good view.
We also understand that while technology and selection are important, they are nothing without compassion and expertise, which is why our focus has been, is and always will be, on you.
The high-quality lenses in your eyeglasses are manufactured by Zeiss, an optical company that has been making optical lenses for 160 years. Zeiss leads the optical industry in manufacturing lenses, from your custom-made eyeglass lenses to surgical microscopes to leading-edge telescopes. Partnering with another company that has been working in the optical industry for more than 100 years makes us feel confident that your eyeglasses are the best in quality, design and function.
We offer many protective lens treatments to further enhance your new lenses, such as transitions for UVA and UVV wave protection and antiglare coating, which eliminates glare from smartphones, tablets and other gadgets.
Insurance and discounts
We accept VSP, Superior Vision plans and Kansas Medicaid. For those who do not have those insurance plans, we offer a 15% discount. There is also a 30% discount from The University of Kansas Health System and the University of Kansas Medical Center employees who have already used their insurance allowance or do not use insurance. A spare pair of glasses is always a good idea, so all customers may purchase a second pair of prescription glasses or sunglasses at 30% off. A valid prescription (no older than one year) is required to order prescription glasses or contact lenses.
Convenient payments with CommerceCare™
Commerce Bank has partnered with The University of Kansas Health System to bring you CommerceCare™, a fast, flexible and patient-friendly extended financing solution. With CommerceCare™, you can get many of the elective care services you want now and pay over time. CommerceCare™ offers two convenient plans so you can choose the option that works best for you.