Custom Eyewear Lab in San Antonio, TX

Our Industry-Leading Lens Lab — Your Perfect Eyewear

Lens manufacturing has changed a lot since our founding in 1938, but one thing that hasn’t changed is our dedication to excellent eyewear. And crafting custom glasses frames and lens combinations, using modern lenses with specialty coatings and designs, lets us better serve our customers. Controlling the production of our own lenses with our San Antonio-based lens lab means we have a fast turnaround time for eyewear that just can’t be matched anywhere around.

Always Putting

Customers First

In our many decades in the eyewear industry, we’ve always sought to stand out from other opticians with exquisitely crafted custom eyewear and service that always prioritizes our customers. Our lens lab is a continuation of that goal: to provide the industry’s best lenses, personalized to your needs, as quickly as possible.

Why We Started and Still Craft

Top-Quality Custom Eyewear

Simply put: establishing our custom lens lab came down to control and service. We found that it was too easy for details or even lenses to disappear in a larger manufacturing process, and plenty of reasonable requests could get caught up in red tape. So, we took control of our own destiny. In our custom lens lab, we know exactly who is working on which lenses, what accommodations are possible, and we can take full ownership of our output. Even when there’s an occasional delay, we’re still faster than the rest!

Modern Eyeglass Frames Selection at Dietz-McLean
Our Custom

Lenses and Specialties

It’s not just our lens production that makes your eyewear exceptional: it’s also our selection of specialty products. We’ll customize your frames with freeform progressive lenses, prescription sunglasses, blue-light blocking computer glasses, high-power or prism lenses, and more. No matter how varied your day-to-day is, we’ll have you seeing clearly and safely in every situation.

Custom Eyewear being made at Dietz-McLean Optical

Our Roots in Custom Eyewear

DM Optical owners Drake and Cliff McLean have generations of optical experience and knowledge that’s been handed down to them since their grandfather, “Mac”, founded their shop over 80 years ago. Throughout our extended history, we’ve been interested in the science and design of custom lens making, and today, taking on that work ourselves is a pivotal part of how we provide our customers with ever-more incredible eyewear.

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Technology Changes Over Time, But Quality Doesn’t

We’ve never been content to rest on our laurels. We work to continually improve the craftsmanship of our glasses as technology and materials in the industry advance. Dietz-McLean Optical is committed to remaining on the forefront of the optical field: if there are new lenses, coatings, or processes on the market, and we believe they’ll improve your eyewear, you can rest assured we’ll be using them to make our already exceptional eyewear even better.

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Customers are Saying

Alba Luz
Alba Luz
2022-02-10
In 2018, I took my 90 years old father to a routine eye check up. The Doctor there found a problem with him that required urgent surgery in both eyes to don't go blind. Thanks to her my dad's vision is perfect for his age. Great service! 🌹
Robert McKinney
Robert McKinney
2021-03-17
Excellent service, very friendly and very service oriented!!
Nagendra Kumar
Nagendra Kumar
2021-01-25
Dietz-McLean Optical in San Antonio on Basse Rd... The best Optical experience I ever had. I am from California, visiting my daughter in San Antonio, and have been wearing rimless glasses for a while. No one ever did my rimless round glasses the way I wanted until I met Linda at Dietz-McLean opticals. To me, precise and accurate measurements of my round rimless glasses were of utmost importance and Linda was sharp as a whip who understood my need for precision, accuracy and elegance .She got my rimless glasses done....on time and to the exact measurements on the glasses. .I was so impressed with the quality of their work, I got 3 pairs of rimless glasses done. Linda is an asset to this company to uphold the values of Customer service, profssional atttitude and respect for the customers in listening to their needs , ontime delivery of glasses of exceptional quality and elegance. I would highly recommend Dietz-McLean Opticals for quality glasses - rim or rimless. -Mr Kumar .
erin reynolds
erin reynolds
2020-12-29
I was looking for a particular pair of glasses with no luck. I found this place via Google. I spoke with Linda and she was able to find the glasses for me! Great customer service! I will only buy glasses from here going forward! Thank you, Linda!
John Nisbet
John Nisbet
2020-09-22
Great company going back to my grandfather who was one of the first ophthalmologists in SA (actually the 2nd and they told him he wouldn't make it since there already was 1!). I go to Dietz-McLean for all my glasses needs. Thanks!
Sarah Hardaway
Sarah Hardaway
2020-09-11
Georgia Jobes
Georgia Jobes
2020-08-31
The best optical shop bar none. Dietz-McLean goes the extra mile in customer service and producing superb quality eyewear. Linda never gave up on me and after a new prescription my glasses were perfect. I have been a loyal customer for two decades. My prescription is difficult and this is the only optical shop that can fit me.
Zack Ezer
Zack Ezer
2020-07-08
I've been wearing glasses for close to twenty years and have not had an easier shopping experience for new glasses in that time. Elke was very knowledgeable about my options and I was quickly able to pick a new frame that looks great. Thank you for the great service!
Michael Ward
Michael Ward
2020-06-16
Found this company from my friend Rodney who works here. Great guy and always professional!
GREG DEATHERAGE
GREG DEATHERAGE
2020-02-13
Great Opticians with a great selection and friendly staff!

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