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Our Eye Doctors

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Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.

Our optometrists takes the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Meet our doctors:

Dr. Scott Collings

Dr. Scott Collings grew up on a farm in Nevada, Iowa and attended Drake University. After attaining his undergraduate degree, he studied optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. He met his wife, Dr. Kara, while in optometry school and they moved to Grinnell shortly after graduation in 2008.


Dr. Scott has been honored to receive the Dr. Irving A. Kernis Memorial Award, a Clinical Excellence Award, and inducted into the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society. He is also a proud member of the Iowa Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, Knights of Columbus and a provider for the InfantSee program.


Dr. Scott specializes in full scope optometric care. He enjoys all aspects of optometry from ocular disease management such as dry eyes, glaucoma, and macular degeneration, to pediatric eye care. He is certified to fit CRT (corneal refractive therapy) contact lenses which temporarily reshapes the cornea to eliminate the need for glasses. It means the world to him when he is able to improve someone’s quality of life with vision.


“I love putting a personal touch to every exam. No exam will ever be the same and I want the experience to be one like no other.”


In his free time Dr. Scott enjoys spending time with his wife Kara and playing with their 5 children, Noah, Naomi, Eden, Ellis, & Maeve. He also loves watching and playing sports, following the Iowa Hawkeyes Football team, traveling, and running. He is proud to be a part of the local Chamber of Commerce because he believes a community with people who take pride in it will thrive.


Dr. Kara Collings

Dr. Kara Collings grew up in the small town of Cascade, Iowa and attended Loras College in Dubuque. After attaining her undergraduate degree, she studied optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago where she met her husband, Scott. She proudly graduated magna cum laude from both colleges. Shortly after graduation in 2008 they moved to Grinnell together.  

Dr. Kara also specializes in full scope care from ocular disease treatment and management to pediatric eye care and contact lenses. Dr. Kara is a member of the Iowa Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, and a provider for the InfantSee program. She has proudly earned membership into the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society. She genuinely enjoys the interaction with all her patients.

“I love improving my patient’s quality of life however I’m able to do that. I naturally treat each patient as if they’re family.”

In her free time Dr. Kara enjoys gardening, photography, and traveling to new places. Most of all, she loves spending time with her family and feels so blessed to have the flexibility to stay home with her children, while still maintaining a career that she loves.