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University Optical Shops

img-doctors-Fraunfelder_RickSince opening on Dec. 4, 1995, University Optical has provided exceptional service to customers in Mid-Missouri. Our newest location, University Optical East, opened January 11, 2012.   It features a complete line of fashion and designer frames for custom eyeglasses, sunglasses, sports eyewear, contact lenses and pediatric frames for babies and children.  University Optical shops provide the highest quality eyewear at an affordable price. We are proud of the dedicated staff members who take pride in their work and enjoy helping customers with their eye care needs.


Frederick W. Fraunfelder, MD


Are you at a computer or using a tablet for hours at a time?

You could be at risk for computer vision syndrome. The average adult uses digital devices for four to six hours a day. As our eyes tire, they work hard to focus, causing strain that leads to irritation.

University Optical offers Kodak MonitorView progressive lenses, specifically designed for improved viewing of items up to 30 inches away.

To learn more, call or stop by one of our locations.

University Optical is located on first floor of University Hospital.

Open weekdays 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Please call: (573) 884-7710

University Optical East is located across the street from Women’s and Children’s Hospital at 3215 Wingate Court.

Open weekdays 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 - 5:30 p.m. 

Please call: (573) 884-4568

Optical Services

University Optical - located within the Mason Eye Institute

(573) 884-7710

  • More than 1,000 frames, including 20 designer lines
  • Expertise in pediatric fitting and more than 100 children’s frames in stock (including Miraflex)
  • On-site lab
  • Same-day service available for select prescriptions
  • In-store optical and low vision aids
  • Fitting of safety glasses
  • Wiley X frames (often used by motorcyclists)
  • RxSpecs and sports frames
University Optical East - located at 3215 Wingate Court, Suite 3

(573) 884-4568

  • More than 600 frames
  • Expertise in pediatric fitting and more than 100 children’s frames in stock (including Miraflex)
  • RxSpecs and sports frames
  • Eye patches for children


Either Optical shop can fill any eyeglass prescription given to you by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.

Other Optical Services

  • Bifocals
  • Progressive (no line) bifocals
  • Trifocals
  • High index polycarbonate (thin) lenses
  • Photochromic (self-tinting) lenses
  • Anti-reflective coatings
  • In-house tinting
  • Eyeglass accessories
  • Contact lenses
  • Tints available
  • Gas permeable soft
  • Disposable
  • Specializing in infant and toddler fittings

More than 80 years combined experience

Tamara Garcia, Certified Optician, Manager of Optical Operations

Garcia has more than 20 years of experience as an optician and is certified by the American Board of Opticianry.

Norman Blakley, Certified Optician

Blakley has more than 30 years of experience in opticianry. He is a member of the Opticians Association of America and the National Academy of Opticianry.

Karen Triplett, Optician's Assistant

Triplett has more than 25 years of experience as an optician's assistant.

Sharleen Tifft , Optician's Assistant

Employee Discount

University of Missouri faculty, staff and immediate family members receive a 25 percent discount on all purchases, including frames, lenses, low vision aids, contact lenses and solutions. Additional discounts do not apply. We are an out-of-network VSP provider.


University Optical hours are:

  • Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

University Optical East hours are:

  • Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 - 5:30 p.m.


University Optical is located within the Mason Eye Institute in the main lobby of University Hospital, across from the Medtique gift shop.

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9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 - 5:30 p.m.

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