Owners Bill and Dianne French consciously chose to make Moscow their home and start the Palouse Ocularium in 1988. Many factors weighed into the decision including Moscow's vibrant downtown, the openness of the community and the beauty of the rolling Palouse landscape.
Since 1988, Palouse Ocularium has provided the Palouse region with high quality eyecare and good value in eyeglasses and contact lenses. Our outstanding collection of fine eyewear rivals that found in shops in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. By shopping locally, one can receive top-quality service, products and selection without the need to travel or pay the top-drawer prices seen in larger cities. In September, 2012, we purchased and consolidated another local practice, Ex-Sightment Optical. This merger has expanded our frame inventory and lens availability, and examinations and contact lens fittings are now available five days a week.
Our office is in a custom-built craftsman-style bungalow house (built in 1923) and provides a comfortable, home-like atmosphere to our patients. Run as a boarding house in the 1930's, it was home to University of Idaho students including Professor Emeritus Malcolm Renfrew and has housed other notable Moscow residents over the years.
With over 50 years of combined experience in the optical business, a professional, courteous attitude and an understanding of current trends and technology, the eyecare team at Palouse Ocularium is here to help you select the options that best meet your needs. We know that there are more choices for correcting vision and maintaining visual health than ever before, and we appreciate your commitment to supporting the economic and community-oriented success of our region. The Palouse Ocularium is a locally-owned, family business and the dollars that you spend here are returned to the local economy via our local purchases, taxes, and donations to a variety of local groups, causes, and projects.