Primary Vision Care

exam room

At Grinnell Eye Care, our examinations are more than just checking to see if you need glasses!

Our goal is to provide the best vision health care in a comfortable, friendly environment. Your eyes provide early detection for many diseases that can affect more than just your vision. Early diagnosis of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease are just a few of the illnesses that can be detected through visual health examinations. Our eye doctor feels it is very important to review your family history and then monitor your health to detect diseases early.

Dr. Mitchell evaluates and treats many eye problems including infections, foreign bodies, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and macular degeneration using state of the art instruments and techniques.

Your Eye Exam

A thorough eye exam begins with a review of your health history. The optometrist checks the interior and exterior eye as well as the surrounding area for defects and disease, and assesses your ability to see clearly at near and far distances, eye coordination, color vision, depth perception, refractive error and field of vision.

Our state-of-the-art retinal camera takes a digital image of the interior of the retina, blood vessels and nerves of the back of the eye. If necessary, the doctor performs a dilation of the pupils to check for retinal disorders, macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. This may result in light sensitivity, therefore we recommend wearing dark sunglasses after your appointment (bring your own, or we have disposables). Most people can drive after dilation; however, please arrange to have a driver if you are uncertain.

Our doctor works closely with ophthalmologists in the area to provide consulting and post-operative care if you are in need of laser surgery, cataract removal or other surgical issues. We also provide pre- and post-operative care for LASIK.

Office Hours & Info
  • Monday
  • 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday
  • 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday
  • 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday
  • 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Friday
  • 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday
  • Closed*
  • Sunday
  • Closed
*Open one Saturday per month 9:00 - Noon. Please call ahead.


  • 208 West Street
  • P.O. Box 420
  • Grinnell, IA 50112
Contact us today or visit our appointment request page to find a time that is convenient for you to see us.