Quality, Expertise and Care

Xtreme Optics is a custom ophthalmic lens manufacturer and specialty low vision laboratory with an unmatched lab standard and process derived from more than 100 years of combined lens experience and backed by a commitment to one-on-one customer care.

We were the first lab to create the Prism Insert lens for low vision patients. We apply our talent, experience and care to produce the best products and the best service possible.

Quality Lens Craftsman

Quality, Expertise and Care

Xtreme Optics is a custom ophthalmic lens manufacturer and specialty low vision laboratory with an unmatched lab standard and process derived from more than 100 years of combined lens experience and backed by a commitment to one-on-one customer care.

We were the first lab to create the prism insert known as the REKINDLE™ or Prism Insert lens for low vision patients. We apply our talent, experience and care to produce the best products and the best service possible.

High Standards

Streamlined Process
Prescription Lens Manufacturer

The Xtreme Optics lab has been operating for eight years under the skill and oversight of founder and president Joe Nelson together with his team of lab professionals. Joe and his team apply their standard throughout the lab process, starting with the finest materials and tools, using the best technicians, through grinding, polishing, finishings, coatings, frames and final inspection. Their process, standard and experience together produce a recipe for the highest quality lens available.

The majority of the team has been working in lens laboratories before computers were introduced, when most of the work was a hands-on effort that required real skill, real knowledge and real technique. Today, the process is improved with the help of technology advances. Xtreme Optics is a member of Vision Web, which translates from your EMR into our best-in-the-businesses DVI RxWizzard program that helps track and specify products throughout the ordering, grinding, assembly and delivery process. Once customers set up an account to access the DVI RxWizzard, they can easily place most any order. The system also provides an easy way to track and search for any current or past orders.

Joe Nelson, President

Joe Nelson, Founder and President
Xtreme Optics president and founder Joe Nelson has been grinding lenses and creating solutions for optician practitioners and researchers for the past 32 years. He began working in labs when the technique was a purely hands-on effort unaided by computers and technology. His work with the original prism lens led to the creation of the Re-Kindle and the Prism Maker lenses. In 1983, Joe took his past lab experience and opened Eagle Optics in Georgia jointly with his brother. After selling the lab to a large multi-national lab in 2004, he opened Xtreme Optics as a custom ophthalmic lens laboratory specializing in low vision optic needs. Over the years, Joe has earned a reputation with his optician clients and researchers for innovative solutions for hard-to-make lenses and lens products. His creativity and passion to make the most attractive lens for his customers’ patients results in a standard and quality unmatched by other labs. Joe backs his products with superior customer care and a commitment to one-on-one service. He understands the needs of his customers and provides fast service and experienced consultation that translates to valuable insights and reliable delivery for the benefit of his clients and their practices.

Xtreme Optics Team


Joe Nelson, President

Joe Nelson, Founder and President
Xtreme Optics president and founder Joe Nelson has been grinding lenses and creating solutions for optician practitioners and researchers for the past 38 years. He began working in labs when the technique was a purely hands-on effort unaided by computers and technology. His work with prism lenses led to the creation of the original Prism insert. In 1983, Joe took his past lab experience and helped open Eagle Optics in Georgia jointly with his brother. After selling the lab to a large multi-national lab in 2004, he opened Xtreme Optics as a custom ophthalmic lens laboratory specializing in low vision optic needs. Over the years, Joe has earned a reputation with his optician clients and researchers for innovative solutions for hard-to-make lenses and lens products. His creativity and passion to make the most attractive lens for his customers’ patients results in a standard and quality unmatched by other labs. Joe backs his products with superior customer care and a commitment to one-on-one service. He understands the needs of his customers and provides fast service and experienced consultation that translates to valuable insights and reliable delivery for the benefit of his clients and their practices.

Sandy Nelson, Vice President
Sandy is vice president of Xtreme Optics and handles all of the accounting for the lab. She has 41 years supporting optics labs, beginning in 1975 with Garmon Optical and then moving to Eagle Optics in 1983, where she managed customer service, inventory and data entry. Sandy was instrumental in the opening of Xtreme Optics in January of 2004.

Donna Codner, Lab Technician
Donna has 26 years as a lab technician, starting with Eagle Optics in May of 1986, where she handled all aspects of lab work. Donna joined Xtreme Optics in January of 2004.

Mick Condon, Lab Manager
Mick has been lab manager at Xtreme Optics since 2007. He was previously in the catering business and served in the Army 4th Class.

Melony Deford, Lab Technician
Melony has 28 years of experience as a lab technician, starting with Eagle Optics in June of 1984, where she handled all aspects of lab work. Melony joined Xtreme Optics in January of 2004.

Pam Gates, Customer Service
Pam has 27 years experience supporting optical labs. She first worked with Garmon Optical from 1985-1987 and then at Better Optics from 2000-2005. She joined the Xtreme Optics team in March of 2006.

Kristi Gibbs, Lab Technician
Kristi has been with Xtreme Optics since 2011 as lab technician.

Sandy Nelson, Vice President
Sandy is vice president of Xtreme Optics and handles all of the accounting for the lab. She has 37 years supporting optics labs, beginning in 1975 with Garmon Optical and then moving to Eagle Optics in 1983, where she managed customer service, inventory and data entry. Sandy was instrumental in the opening of Xtreme Optics in January of 2004.

Donna Codner, Lab Technician
Donna has 26 years as a lab technician, starting with Eagle Optics in May of 1986, where she handled all aspects of lab work. Donna joined Xtreme Optics in January of 2004.

Mick Condon, Lab Manager
Mick has been lab manager at Xtreme Optics since 2007. He was previously in the catering business and served in the Army 4th Class.

Melony Deford, Lab Technician
Melony has 28 years of experience as a lab technician, starting with Eagle Optics in June of 1984, where she handled all aspects of lab work. Melony joined Xtreme Optics in January of 2004.

Pam Gates, Customer Service
Pam has 27 years experience supporting optical labs. She first worked with Garmon Optical from 1985-1987 and then at Better Optics from 2000-2005. She joined the Xtreme Optics team in March of 2006.

Kristi Gibbs, Lab Technician
Kristi has been with Xtreme Optics since 2011 as lab technician.

Joe and his team go the extra step to give the customer the best set of eyewear they can purchase at a fair price. They are always on time, accurate and fun to deal with.
Stan Lestanne, Licensed Optician, Lestanne Opticians

Creators of the original Prism Insert lens

Joe Knows Lenses
Joe Nelson
Original Prism Insert Lens

Xtreme Optics President and Founder, Joe Nelson, has a reputation for excellence. He has been working in lens laboratories for 32 years, developing innovative, attractive and creative solutions for the visually impaired and creating a standard of excellence for all his lens products.