About our Company

"The Biggest Little Lab in the World"

We started calling ourselves The Biggest Little Lab in the World because we are located in Reno, Nevada and that's Reno's nickname. The name fits. We feel we offer high-quality products with high-quality customer service, plus factor in our quick turnaround, our huge inventory and our team of dedicated lab techs. So yeah, it's an attitude thing!

Sierra Optical Lab was founded in 2018 and was put under new ownership in 2022 by Steve Mullin and Laura Buchthal. But don't let that short amount of time in business fool you. The previous owner had over 30 years of experience under his belt, and had very little turnover in client base before Steve and Laura took over.

Steve's decades-long background in the optical industry:

  • Software Consultant at Digital Vision Inc for 18 years
  • President at Capitol Optical Corp for 4 years
  • Director at VSP Labs/Capitol Optical for 2.5 years
  • President at Variable Point Optics in Olympia, WA for 1 year
  • Regional Vice President at Hoya Vision Care in Seattle for 5 years
  • President at U.S. Optical in Syracuse, NY for 1 year
  • President at Signature Optical Supply in Syracuse, NY for 4 years


Laura's many years as a business professional include opening and operating several companies, including real estate rental management.

We have hundreds of accounts - and we service each one of them like they are our only one. Today we are one of the most customer-focused independent wholesale labs in the country. We sell wholesale optical products to opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists and use only state-of-the-art equipment. We have the top in-house Anti-Reflective System on the market and can deliver your Anti-Reflective orders in 48 hours or less.

We may be small but we're powerful!

Our Skills & Expertise

Sierra Optical Lab has the perfect mix of experience, facility, and equipment to manufacture a wide variety of optical systems, providing an easy-to-use team that gets the job done correctly, and on time. We'll help you reach a 5-star rating with YOUR customers!

Years of experience in the Lens Creation industry
Orders shipped on time every week
Our clients' overall satisfaction with our work