About Us

Eye Care of Iowa is pleased to offer a wide range of optometric services, eye care products including eyeglasses, specialty eyewear, frames, and contact lenses. Our staff is happy to help however we can. From your first contact with us to your appointment and your follow-up, we aim to make your eye care experience great. This is what drives us to provide you with the best care year after year! Our team of eye care professionals is experienced and friendly. Learn more about our doctors below!

About Dr Jim Blasco

Dr. Jim Blasco

A native of Des Moines, Dr. Blasco completed his undergraduate studies at both Grand View College and Drake University and graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. Blasco has been with Eye Care of Iowa since 1986. His specialty areas include ocular disease and contact lenses. Away from the office, Dr. Blasco enjoys spending time with his family and attending sporting events.

About Dr Bernard Lee

Dr. Bernard Lee

Originally from Knoxville, Iowa, Dr. Lee attended Iowa State University and graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1989. He then completed a residency in hospital-based and rehabilitative optometry at the Westside and Hines VA Hospitals in Chicago before joining Eye Care of Iowa. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Lee’s areas of interest include ocular disease, contact lenses, and low vision. In his free time, Dr. Lee enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 children.

Dr Shane Evans

About Dr. Shane Evans

A native of Creston, Iowa, Dr. Evans is a graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Evans has been with Eye Care of Iowa since 1991. He practices primary care optometry. In his spare time, Dr. Evans enjoys family time with his wife and 3 children.

About Dr Jason Nesheim

Dr. Jason Nesheim

Originally from Mallard, Iowa, Dr. Nesheim attended Central College and graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry. His specialty areas include contact lenses and ocular disease. Away from the office, Dr. Nesheim enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children.


Dr. Kassandra Mehrl

Dr. Mehrl grew up in the Des Moines area. After attending the University of Iowa for her undergraduate degree, she moved to Boston, MA to complete her doctorate at the New England College of Optometry. Her specialties include pediatrics and primary eye care. In her free time, she likes to read, spend time with her husband and their dog.

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To our patients,

The safety and well-being of our employees and our patients is always our priority, and we recognize the important role we play in providing comprehensive eye care throughout the Des Moines area. Given the continued spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) within our community and throughout our nation, we are taking extensive measures to prevent any further spread of the virus. We are constantly monitoring this pandemic and will continue to look for recommendations from the American Optometric Association as well as our local Iowa branch.

To minimize risk of COVID-19 transmission, we are asking any patients with any cold or flu-like symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, sneezing, or fever), have traveled outside of the United States, or believe to have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 to reschedule their appointments. Hand washing, social distancing, and self-isolation are still the best ways to prevent this virus from spreading more widely. We are committed to providing the best care to you and will continue to give you the best guidance we can.

We appreciate everyone's cooperation during this time and ask for your understanding if you are someone who is asked to reschedule your appointment to a later time.

Thank you again and be well!