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Call Us at 309-693-2226
8701 N University St, Peoria, IL 61615

Who Are We???

Owner…Ralph Krey
I started into the optical business at the age of 23 in 1976. I was completely in love with the occupation from the beginning. From that moment on, I strived to learn all that I could throughout my apprenticeship program. I was fortunate enough to have several ol' timers to learn from. Five years in, I knew enough to run a lab in the Quad Cities (where I stayed for almost 6 years)! In 1987, my Mom, Francis Krey, mortgaged her house to give me enough money for down payments on much bigger loans. With my brother, Kevin, my wife, Nancy, and a lot of hard work, my very own optical lab was open for business in the summer of 1987 (all within 4 weeks of finding the building). Of course, Mom was our honorary president until her passing in 1990. With many ups & downs over the next 26 years, we ran a successful Wholesale Optical Lab.
Then, like many businesses, times got very tough & eventually the wholesale business dried up. However, me being a little stubborn, I decided to create a unique concept in Retail Optical. Patients can now buy directly from the manufacturer!! You save time and money and your glasses will be built & fitted with care by the owner. Simply bring in your RX and within a couple of days, instead of weeks, you'll be wearing your new glasses that look & fit great!!!

Apprentice…Amanda Keighin

I have been Ralph's apprentice since January of 2015. I started working at the lab in 2014 as the "cleaning lady". After about a year of cleaning around all of the diverse machines, I sat down with Ralph and started talking about learning the trade. I am very excited to be learning the optical industry and I love every minute of it. Each day is a new learning experience.
I am currently part-time as the Apprentice and Office Manager. I am extremely proud and excited to be following in the footsteps of such a great teacher, mentor, and optician. I am a resident of Princeville and a Mom of three beautiful kids.
Customer Comments:

7/20/2016 - My wife and I would like to thank you for the fine job you did on her glasses. She is so happy with them. As always, you did a great job. She really enjoyed meeting you as well. Thanks again,
~~Mike Shearer (Mike's Lock & Key)

2016 - "I wouldn't go anywhere else! Ralph knows his stuff!" "Don't leave home without going to Krey Optical."
~~Dr. Roger Paul of Dr. Paul @ Dr. Anderson Dental P.C.


At Krey Optical Lab, we're your direct connection to the lab. We truly value our customers and we strive for excellence in all our endeavors. Your lenses are made on-site. Why wait weeks for your glasses, when you can have them within days, and sometimes, even with in hours?
*Rush service is available for most lenses.
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Krey Optical Lab Inc
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8701 N University St, Peoria, IL 61615
Monday-Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm