ABOUT R and D Optical Lab, LLC

R and D’s Laboratory Technology

R and D Optical is an independent lab on the cutting-edge of optical technology. We produce all of our prescription lenses using the latest equipment that produces the highest quality products. Our state-of-the-art optical lab features computer-automated equipment to ensure quick turnaround and pinpoint accuracy. Our full-service lab includes state of the art Schneider digital equipment and the Fusion coating unit that offers one of the strongest non-glare lenses in the market as well as the best mirror lenses available, next-day.

Quality Is Our Way of Business

Utilizing the state-of-the-art equipment, we can work with all of your patients’ measurements and specifications to produce a truly individualized lens that is optimized for the wearer.

Our warranty is… “Whatever you feel is fair!” Our goal is to keep our customers satisfied and for you to have R and D Optical as your go-to specialty lens supplier. We stand behind every pair of glasses we make and if there is a problem we will make it right.

Our goal is to make sure every pair that leaves our lab exceeds the expectations of the office and the patient. Having an expertise in fulfilling difficult orders — and since our highly trained staff consists of the best technical personnel — we expect only the best quality in every custom lens we produce. As well, we keep thousands of lenses in stock from all of the top manufacturers.

Experience You Can Count On

Ronald Cooke, President and CEO, has 27 years of experience in ophthalmic sales and service. Ronald understands the vital need for eyecare providers to meet their patient’s needs with quality eyewear. That is why he personally oversees the ordering, manufacturing, and quality control processes at R and D Optical Lab.

Working his way through the ranks at Diversified Ophthalmics, he held positions including, but not limited to Lab Manager, National Lab Director, Director of Sales and Marketing, and ultimately COO where he managed the operations of all divisions. In addition to his time with D.O., he also spent more than three years selling AR equipment for Leybold Optics, now part of the Buhler Group. He was the National Director of Sales for North America and traveled the U.S. and Canada from coast to coast working with labs to integrate AR coating facilities or enhancing current coating labs.

Kevin Vallandingham, Lab Director, has 27 years of lab experience in specialty lens work. As quality control manager in a wholesale optical lab, Kevin was able to virtually eliminate returns due to his high standards and expertise in crafting quality lenses. He worked with Lenscrafters for three years where he performed every function in the lab. Additionally, Kevin produced and distributed quality eyewear with Eye World for seven years where he also did tracing, shipping, and everything in between. In addition, he was a singer in a rock ‘n’ roll band on the side!

Carrie Lewis, Customer Service Director, has 27 years in the ophthalmic industry. Carrie has 11 years of experience in customer service responsibilities and 17 years of lab experience. Carrie has previous experience in all aspects of the lab. She takes pride in her work and works closely with her peers to make sure quality is priority and that the customers have the care they have come to expect from her. Carrie ensures that every customer gets nothing less than the best.

Otis Ross, III, Lab Lead, has more than 14 years of experience in the lab. Spending seven years in the surface room, he learned all aspects of traditional surfacing and the digital surfacing equipment and processes. He spent more than seven years in the AR division where he perfected all aspects of the non-glare processing, eliminating almost all spoilage by developing better procedures. His efforts helped speed up the entire process resulting in much faster turnaround times.

Our Team


Ronald Cooke

Ronald Cooke

President & CEO

Kevin Vallandingham

Kevin Vallandingham

Lab Manager

 Carrie Lewis

Carrie Lewis

Customer Service Manager

 Otis Ross

Otis Ross

Lab Lead

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