About Krebs Optical

Krebs Optical Staff – Mark Babcock, Janice Krebs, Courtney McKinney, Mark Yenowine (from left)

Our History

Hello, my name is Courtney Krebs McKinney and I am the 4th generation of my family in the optical business.  My Great grandfather started Southern Optical in 1897 and the family continued control of that business until 1987.

Upon sale of that business, my father, Charles Krebs stayed as Vice-President until he decided to branch out on his own and open Krebs Optical in the fall of 1992.

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Our employees are our family.  All of our opticians were managers at the old business.  Grandfathers worked with grandfathers or uncles.  We have a history and a love of the optical business.  We believe in holding a state and national license and my father was one of only a handful of opticians to hold a Master’s license. I have been taught by the best in the field.



Over the years we have received local and national attention.  Employees have held offices on both the state and national levels in the Society of Dispensing Opticians.  We encourage all of our employees to hold a state office by paying dues and allowing time off to pursue their goals.  Currently Courtney Krebs McKinney is an active member of LIBA and Charles Krebs is active in the Louisville Businessmen’s Association.

We pride ourselves on giving back to the community.  Included in our yearly donations: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation, Eliahu Academy,  Adath Jeshurun Preschool, Jefferson County Public Schools, Todd Crawford Foundation, Whitehall, St. Xavier, Trinity High School, DePaul School, and several catholic grade schools. 

Our Staff

V41A2042Mark Babcock:

Mark is a University of Louisville graduate and has been a licensed optician since 1984. He was a senior manager for Southern Optical and also managed Optical Gallery at Eye Associates of Southern Indiana. He has held a state office with the Society of Dispensing Opticians. He has worked at Krebs since spring of 2002.

V41A1988Courtney Krebs McKinney:

Courtney is a graduate of University of Kentucky. She is a board certified optician and is the 4th generation of her family in the optical business. She does not remember a time that she did not contribute to the business but her official start date was in 1996.

V41A2022Janice krebs

Janice, along with her husband Charles, started this company in October 1992. She has been the Financial Officer since the beginning. Some days she might be the receptionist or the file clerk, but her main responsibility is recording all receipts and purchases. Currently handles all insurance questions.

V41A2058Mark Yenowine: 

Mark became a licensed optician in 1980 after attending the University of Virginia. He is a former senior manager at the old Southern Optical company. Mark is also a retired firefighter for the Middletown Fire Department. He has worked at Krebs Optical since the fall of 1996.

Tour Our Store

We will fully reopen on July 1st.

Our business hours will be Monday-Friday from 9:30am - 5:30pm and Saturday from 9:30am - 1:00pm. We are still encouraging appointments to better regulate social distancing guidelines. Please call to schedule an appointment.

If there is an emergency please send us an email or call.

Phone: (502) 897-1199

Customers can call and leave a message on our voicemail to schedule an appointment.