About Ames Eye Clinic

Eye Doctors in Ames, IA

The optometrists and staff at Ames Eye Clinic are proud to provide comprehensive eye care for individuals and families throughout the Ames, IA area. We are dedicated to quality patient care and take the time to get to know our patients and their eye health needs. Our practice is independently owned and operated, and we are proud to provide personalized care and a wide range of stylish eyewear for all ages. As part of our dedication for patient care, our team members are trained on the latest eye care technology and techniques. We work to make every visit as comfortable and effective as possible.

Dr. John Kruger started his practice in Story City, Iowa in 1976. In 1980, he purchased Dr. Drummond’s practice in Ames, Iowa. In 1986, along with Dr. McClean, built a new optometric office, located at 201 10th Street, Ames, Iowa. Two years later, Dr. Kruger bought Dr. McClean’s practice, at his retirement. We also operate out of a second location, Des Moines Eye Care.


Meet Our Doctors

Michael J. Kruger, O.D.

Michael J. Kruger attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa from 1996 until receiving his B.S. degree in 2000. Later that year, he attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry in Columbus, Ohio and received his O.D. degree in 2004. Dr. Kruger joined his father’s private practice in July 2004, working in both the Ames and Des Moines locations. In 2012 Dr. Kruger purchased the practice upon his father’s retirement.

Dr. Kruger and his wife, Heather, have two children, Braden and Breanna.

Dr. Kruger’s Professional Involvement includes:

  Current trustee to the board of the Iowa Optometric Association

  Current member of the American Optometric Association

  Current member of the Ames Noon Rotary

Matthew J. Donner, O.D.

Matthew J. Donner attended the University of Iowa College of Engineering from 2001 until receiving his B.S.E. degree in Biomedical Engineering in May 2005. He then attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee where he graduated cum laude in May 2009. While in optometry school, Dr. Donner completed internships in Fort Dodge, Memphis, and Chicago. Upon graduation, Dr. Donner returned to his hometown of Ottumwa to practice in a busy ophthalmology clinic before joining Dr. Kruger in the Des Moines and Ames offices in 2013.

In Dr. Donner’s spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife Devin. They enjoy running, hiking, and playing with their spoiled dogs. He is also an avid fan of his alma mater, the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Dr. Donner’s Professional Involvement includes:

  Current member of the Iowa Optometric Association

  Current member of the American Optometric Association

  Current member of the Des Moines Kiwanis Club

Meet Our Staff

Brandi

Brandi is a certified para-optometric. She is our Optician/Optical Manager. She has been a member of the Ames Eye Clinic team since 2001. Brandi can assist you in finding your perfect frame!

Kayla

Kayla joined our team in 2015. She will be happy to schedule your next appointment! She also prepares charts and obtains authorizations from your insurance.

Dani

Dani is a certified para-optometric who joined our team in 2011. She now works from home on charts and insurance. She also updates our social media pages!

Chrissy

Chrissy is a certified para-optometric who joined our team in 2015. She is our contact lens technician and assists the doctors chair side as needed. If you have contact lens related questions, she is the one to ask!

Haley

Haley joined our team in 2016. She performs preliminary tests and assists the doctors. If you have a question about contact lenses she’s the one to ask!

For more information about our optometric and eye care services or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at (515) 232-3451. We look forward to hearing from you!