About Us

Dietz-McLean Optical is a multigenerational, family-owned, and operated optical shop that provides extraordinary eyewear for the San Antonio community.

Your Local Glasses People for Over 80 Years

Eyeglasses mean a lot to our family: they’re a precision tool you rely on every day. They’re your most-worn fashion statement. And they’ve been the keystone of our family business for over 80 years.

Simply put, we’re frames fanatics — and we have the know-how and work ethic to find you a pair that fits perfectly, looks incredible and makes you fall in love with eyewear too.

Our Mission

It’s simple: everything we do is for your satisfaction, even when you don’t see us doing it. Between our expansive range of independent and designer frames, personable opticians and eyewear shopping experience, generous Fair Value Plan, and comprehensive warranties, we can deliver outstanding glasses and unrivaled peace of mind. What others may consider “premium” is simply our standard.
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Our Roots Run Deep

The eyewear industry has evolved a lot since Dietz-McLean Optical opened its doors in 1938, but one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to providing exceptional eyeglasses for our neighbors. Our family’s history in lens manufacturing and opticianry has provided us with decades of unmatched experience — whether we’re selecting your most flattering flames or perfecting your lenses, we know how to determine what you need and execute on it.

Historically Great Service

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  • 1918

    “Mac” Starts His Optical Career

    Mac, Drake and Cliff McLean’s grandfather, began his career in the optical...

    “Mac” Starts His Optical Career

    1918

    Mac, Drake and Cliff McLean’s grandfather, began his career in the optical industry as a delivery boy for the American Optical Company at the young age of 13. He was introduced to the field by his older brother, Edward, who was working in a lens lab.

  • 1938

    Dietz-McLean Optical Founded

    The practice you know today as Dietz-McLean Optical goes way back but...

    Dietz-McLean Optical Founded

    1938

    The practice you know today as Dietz-McLean Optical goes way back but has always been at home in San Antonio. Our customer-first focus and commitment to quality eyewear started here, with a lens lab from day one!

  • 1941

    The McLeans Contribute to The War Effort

    When the U.S. entered WWII, each soldier was assigned two pairs of...

    The McLeans Contribute to The War Effort

    1941

    When the U.S. entered WWII, each soldier was assigned two pairs of glasses. “Mac” ran a large lens-production operation and was one of the first to hire women into the optical industry.

  • 1961

    Jim McLean Starts at Dietz-McLean Optical

    The son of “Mac,” Jim McLean would eventually rise to the position...

    Jim McLean Starts at Dietz-McLean Optical

    1961

    The son of “Mac,” Jim McLean would eventually rise to the position of Chairman.

  • 1974

    Our Temple Location Opens

    One of our earlier expansions, Temple serves clients to this day.

    Our Temple Location Opens

    1974

    One of our earlier expansions, Temple serves clients to this day.

  • 1982

    Refocusing on Retail

    As we expanded, we were faced with a choice: continue our wholesale...

    Refocusing on Retail

    1982

    As we expanded, we were faced with a choice: continue our wholesale business to serve more people or focus on retail and our local communities. We chose the latter, recommitting to taking care of our customers first.

  • 1982

    Drake McLean Starts at Dietz-McLean Optical

    The son of Jim and grandson of “Mac,” Drake has worked his...

    Drake McLean Starts at Dietz-McLean Optical

    1982

    The son of Jim and grandson of “Mac,” Drake has worked his way up to be Dietz-McLean Optical’s President.

  • 1985

    We Instate the Region’s First Official Warranty Policy

    While we’ve always been flexible about returns and repairs, a “peer review”...

    We Instate the Region’s First Official Warranty Policy

    1985

    While we’ve always been flexible about returns and repairs, a “peer review” session with our industry peers made us feel we could do better by getting something on the books. So, we put in writing the warranties and services that would eventually become our Fair Value Plan.

  • 1987

    Our Bitters Road Location Opens

    The 80s saw a lot of growth for us, including this new...

    Our Bitters Road Location Opens

    1987

    The 80s saw a lot of growth for us, including this new office.

  • 1989

    Introducing Doctors to Optical

    We’ve had relationships with eye doctors since the very beginning, but 1989...

    Introducing Doctors to Optical

    1989

    We’ve had relationships with eye doctors since the very beginning, but 1989 marked the first year we opened a retail location in direct response to a doctor’s needs. Since then, we have worked with doctors to get our clients exceptional eye exams and give their patients standout eyewear.

  • 1989

    Our Lincoln Heights Location Opens

    Lincoln Heights was our first effort to find a location in direct...

    Our Lincoln Heights Location Opens

    1989

    Lincoln Heights was our first effort to find a location in direct response to a local doctor’s demand.

  • 1994

    Upgrading Our Lens Lab

    We always try to be at the forefront of the eyewear industry...

    Upgrading Our Lens Lab

    1994

    We always try to be at the forefront of the eyewear industry trends, and that’s why we decided to lean into polycarbonate lenses. While many practices started to offer these durable yet light lenses, we were among the first in the country to make them our standard lens offering.

  • 1995

    Cliff McLean Starts at Dietz-McLean Optical

    Drake’s brother, Cliff, joins the family business and later advances to become...

    Cliff McLean Starts at Dietz-McLean Optical

    1995

    Drake’s brother, Cliff, joins the family business and later advances to become Vice President.

  • 1999

    Our Stone Oak Location Opens

    We decided to start the next millennium on the right foot with...

    Our Stone Oak Location Opens

    1999

    We decided to start the next millennium on the right foot with a brand-new optical shop.

  • 2008

    Changing How We Approach Lenses

    In the late 2000s, eyewear manufacturers began to move away from polycarbonate...

    Changing How We Approach Lenses

    2008

    In the late 2000s, eyewear manufacturers began to move away from polycarbonate into a range of other materials. We made the difficult decision, but one that we stand by, to use larger lens labs with access to these advanced technologies until we could adopt their production at scale.

  • 2008

    Our Boerne Location Opens

    Along with major shifts in our approach to lenses, we expanded into...

    Our Boerne Location Opens

    2008

    Along with major shifts in our approach to lenses, we expanded into Boerne.

  • 2011

    We Move into Our Current Location

    Sizing up our locations, we made the decision to establish our current...

    We Move into Our Current Location

    2011

    Sizing up our locations, we made the decision to establish our current primary location to serve our customers more conveniently.

  • 2014

    Our Marble Falls Location Opens

    As glasses and specialty lenses grew in popularity, we continued to expand...

    Our Marble Falls Location Opens

    2014

    As glasses and specialty lenses grew in popularity, we continued to expand to serve more communities.

  • 2014

    Zach McLean Starts at Dietz-McLean Optical

    Son of Drake, Zach McLean enters the fold and quickly earns his...

    Zach McLean Starts at Dietz-McLean Optical

    2014

    Son of Drake, Zach McLean enters the fold and quickly earns his role as General Manager.

  • 2021

    Return of the Lens Lab

    Thanks to recent advances in technology, we were able to open our...

    Return of the Lens Lab

    2021

    Thanks to recent advances in technology, we were able to open our new-and-improved lens lab: not only does this allow us to produce some of the industry’s leading lenses and lens treatments at scale, but we can also provide more personalized lenses than larger manufacturers without being beholden to their policies, limiting vision plans, or turnaround times.

  • The Future

    Taking Care of The Customer

    Dietz-McLean Optical has changed dramatically over the years, but our values and...

    Taking Care of The Customer

    The Future

    Dietz-McLean Optical has changed dramatically over the years, but our values and core services have withstood the test of time — and will continue to. We don’t know of any company that goes to the lengths that we do, and have gone throughout our history, to make sure our customers love their glasses.

    If we know how to fix a problem, if we see a way to improve, if there’s something more we can do for you — we just do it. That’s our family’s legacy, and what you can expect from us for decades to come.

Convenient Referrals

Want new glasses but need an updated prescription? We connect patients with reliable, local eye doctors through our convenient referral network. Our family has worked with these doctors for years and can vouch for their expertise — bringing you that much closer to healthy vision in frames you love.

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Customers are Saying

“They have excellent customer service and are extremely patient! I probably asked them to adjust my glasses close to a million times. There is a great selection of frames too!”

Allegra Z.

Customer Allegra Z. share her thoughts on Dietz-McLean Optical

“Mr Dietz is a very sweet and kind man,my insurance didn’t cover my 5 yr olds glasses so he worked with me and gave us an amazing deal! He definitely puts his clients 1st!!”

Brandi B.

Customer Brandi B. share her thoughts on Dietz-McLean Optical

“Superb service goes with the superb products available! Though I have only been going there for a little more than a year, Dietz-McLean will get my future spectacle business!”

– John Y.

Customer John Y. share his thoughts on Dietz-McLean Optical

Customer Allegra Z. share her thoughts on Dietz-McLean Optical

“They have excellent customer service and are extremely patient! I probably asked them to adjust my glasses close to a million times. There is a great selection of frames too!”

Allegra Z.

Customer Brandi B. share her thoughts on Dietz-McLean Optical

“Mr Dietz is a very sweet and kind man,my insurance didn’t cover my 5 yr olds glasses so he worked with me and gave us an amazing deal! He definitely puts his clients 1st!!”

Brandi B.

Customer John Y. share his thoughts on Dietz-McLean Optical

“Superb service goes with the superb products available! Though I have only been going there for a little more than a year, Dietz-McLean will get my future spectacle business!”

– John Y.

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