Welcome to Kern Optical Lab.
Your Optician in Gulfport, Mississippi

Call 228-864-4397 today.

    Kern Optical is a locally owned and operated independent lab and retail store. We have been in business at this same location at 15277 Creosote Road in Gulfport Mississippi since 1972. We have a full service lab so we can offer same day service if needed. We have over 900 frames on display, everything from budget frames all the way to the latest designer frames from the likes of Carolina Herrera, Furla, Vera Bradley, Kate Spade, and Lilly Pulitzer for women, to John Varvatos, Scott Harris, and Oakley for men. We also carry Silhouette totally rimless frames, the leader in lightweight iconic eyewear made in Austria. Our sunglass lines include Maui Jim, Ray Ban, Oakley, and Costa Del Mar.

     We offer the latest in lens and coating technology, from the thinnest 1.74 lenses on the market to the latest digital surfaced lenses from Varilux and IOT. We offer the latest in anti reflective coatings from Crizal. We also carry Transition lenses that change from light to dark in sunlight. 


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9:00 am-5:00 pm


9:00 am-5:00 pm


9:00 am-5:00 pm


9:00 am-5:00 pm


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Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

  • "They were very helpful and courteous when I came in for help with glasses I'd bought elsewhere. I'll definitely go back because of the friendly service."
    Donna Daulton
  • "Helpful and nice staff. Perfect kids glasses. My 3 year old does not want to take them off. High quality lenses and frames. Also mil discount is available."
    Maja Smith
  • "Extremely helpful staff and very fast service. Great selection. They fixed a pair of glasses I purchased elsewhere and hooked me up with a great new pair. They were ready the next day. They took a lot of time with me to help find the perfect style for me. Focused on customer service and not in the least bit pushy."
    Doug Molyneaux
  • "My husband and our 11 year old son went to Kern Optical today to inquire about getting our son new frames because the ones he had were broken and held together with black tape. This was our first time going to this office. When they walked in they were greeted very kindly. The staff were extremely helpful and informed my husband that after picking out frames they would cut the lens out of our son’s broken glasses to fit the new frames. That process only took maybe 20 mins and our child was able to walk out in brand new glasses that he didn’t have to be embarrassed of. Thank you so much to those who helped out my men today. Thank you for your kindness, short wait time, and for your input on our situation. The glasses look amazing on him. We will highly recommend you all to everyone."
    Meagan Adams
  • "We're taking a vacation in Gulfport. My husband's eyeglasses broke. One of the lenses fell off. His glasses are half framed one. We googled and visited Kern optical. Everyone was nice and fixed the glasses right away. They charged a reasonable price. Very happy!"
    S Lee