One Hour Optical is a locally owned and family operated eye care center providing Central Iowa with comprehensive eye exams, contact lens options, and a selection of eyeglasses to fit any budget; ranging from affordable, quality frames to high-fashion designer brands. We’re proud to be your one-stop-shop for all your routine eye care needs in West Des Moines.


4100 University Ave #106
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Monday – Friday9am – 6pm
Saturday9am – 2pm
Waiting area in One Hour Optical in West Des Moines, IA

Driving Directions

We are located at 4100 University Ave #106, West Des Moines, IA 50266.

If you’re coming from the east, take I-235 W west to Exit 1B. Use the right two lanes to turn right onto Valley W Dr. Continue for half a mile miles, passing Valley West Mall on your right, before taking a left onto University Ave. After 0.2, you’ll see us in the first strip on your left, in the same plaza as Penzeys Spices.

If you’re coming from the north, take I-35 S south to Exit 124 for University Ave. Use the left two lanes to make a left onto University Ave, then continue for one mile, passing Shoppes at Three Fountains on your right, and we’ll be in the next plaza on your right, just before HuHot Mongolian Grill.


From thorough eye exams, a broad selection of frames and specialized lenses, and a variety of contact lens brands and types, One Hour Optical is your convenient choice for quality eye care.

Comprehensive Eye Exams


Whether you’re coming to us for an annual eye exam or with a concern about your eye health, we have you covered. During our comprehensive eye exams in West Des Moines, Dr. Powell will assess your vision and generate a precise vision prescription. He’ll also evaluate the overall health of your eyes to screen for signs of any conditions that could potentially affect your sight.

Affordable Glasses

Variety of eyeglasses at our West Des Moines optical store

At One Hour Optical, we’re not just known for our fantastic selection of quality frames at any budget, but for our lens options too. We carry single vision, bifocal, trifocal, and progressive lenses. We can fit you in any pair of frames you’d like and tailor your lenses to your specific vision prescription. And, with our in-house lab, we’re able to produce glasses in as little as one hour for customers with more urgent needs.

Contact Lenses


Specialized contact lens exams are necessary because contacts sit directly on your eyes instead of just in front of them, meaning that your contact lens prescription will be slightly different than your glasses. If contact lenses are more suited to your lifestyle, we provide thorough exams to ensure that we can match you with lenses that provide clear, convenient, and comfortable vision.

Proudly Serving Des Moines

We’re proud to serve West Des Moines, surrounding communities and neighborhoods, including Waukee, Granger, Cumming, Norwalk, Booneville, De Soto, Van Meter, Dallas Center, Urbandale, and Adel.

Des Moines has so much to offer, and whether you’re exploring Raccoon River Park or learning about local history at Living History Farms & Museum, we want to make sure you do it all with clear vision, healthy eyes, and affordable glasses that show off your personal style.