About Us

Our Council Bluffs, Iowa office is conveniently located off Interstate 80 at the Mall of the Bluffs exit. Our building is brand new. You will love our new office as much as we love working there! Our Omaha, Nebraska office is conveniently located off Interstate 680 at the Irvington exit. We are located next door to Legends. 

Council Bluffs, IA location

Omaha, NE location

Dr. Matthew Taylor, O.D.

Council Bluffs, IA location & Omaha, NE location

Dr. Matt Taylor is an eye doctor in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska. He grew up in Brandon, SD and attended college at the University of Nebraska Omaha. He graduated from Southern College of Optometry in 2010.

More about Dr. Matt Taylor

Prior to graduation, Dr. Taylor completed his training at Wolfe Eye Clinic in West Des Moines, IA and The Eye Clinic at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. Dr. Taylor received extensive training in contact lenses and is also experienced and trained in the latest laser corrective procedures (LASIK and PRK).

Dr. Taylor received training at Wolfe Eye Clinic in Iowa in the management of dry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration; as well as conditions affecting eye health such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

He is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Iowa Optometric Association, and Kiwanis. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, golfing, and taking in local sporting events.

Dr. Dara Latner, O.D.

Council Bluffs, IA location

Dr. Dara Latner began working in the optometric field in 2008 as an optician at a retail company. Over her career she worked for both private and retail offices and managed multiple teams of opticians until deciding to attend optometry school in 2015.

More about Dr. Dara Latner

Dr. Latner graduated from Missouri Valley High School in Missouri Valley Iowa in 2006 and completed her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix in 2010. In 2015 Dr. Latner returned to school to earn her Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University School of Optometry and graduated in 2019. In her free time Dara enjoys spending time outdoors, painting, and visiting her family. Dr. Latner will be providing routine eye exams for all ages and will offer preventative care and management for eye diseases such as dry eye disease, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.

Deb Tackett

Optician

Deb brings twentyfiveyears of optical and managerial experience to Ideal Eyecare. She enjoys the process of helping the customer select the proper frame and lenses that fits their prescription and their lifestyle. Deb has experience in the lab cutting lenses as well as manufacturing and assembling the finished product. She is well versed with insurance benefits and authorizations, making your benefits easy to understand. Deb’s favorite part of her job is helping adults and children experience 20/20 vision for the first time.

Melissa Scott

Accounts Receivable Coordinator

Mel has eleven years optical experience as an optical lab tech, optician and OD tech. Melissa works for her patients from the moment they walk in. She ensures correct information is obtained, insurance plans are clearly understood and frame styles with lenses match the patient’s needs to give you the best fit possible. Mel has two teenage sons that keep her busy in her spare time.

Aubrey Gauthier

Front Desk Coordinator

Jon Ferguson

Optician

Jon has 11 years of experience working as an optician. He’s done everything from help patients pick the perfect pair of glasses to cutting prescription lenses in a lab. His experience as a lab manager helps him pick the best lenses for patients to ensure their vision is crystal clear. One of his favorite things about his job is helping kids see the world clearly for the first time.

Paige Weil

Optician

Sandra Ramirez

Front Desk Coordinator