Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday until 6:00 pm

Friday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

(Optical Only)

Your Locally Owned Johnston Eye Care Center

About Us

Lifetime Vision in

Johnston, IA

Dr. Erin R Wilkens

Dr. Wilkens offers patients personalized, comprehensive optometric care that goes beyond prescribing eyeglasses or contacts. We treat eye injuries and infections and employ the latest technology to protect and preserve the vision of every patient.

Patient comfort and satisfaction are paramount to Dr. Wilkens and the entire staff at Lifetime Vision, earning them the distinction of “Favorite NW Polk County Eye Doctor”.

We invite you to experience a locally-owned practice that values personalized care as much as you do.

Meet The Team

Dr. Erin Wilkens

Born and raised in Urbandale, IA, Dr. Wilkens graduated with Honors from Southern California College of Optometry (now Marshall B. Ketchum University) in Fullerton, CA. Prior to optometry school she attended Northwestern College in Orange City, IA, graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Biology-Health Professions. She practiced in West Des Moines for many years until purchasing Lifetime Vision in March 2014.

Dr. Wilkens practices comprehensive eye care, including primary care and the treatment and management of ocular disease, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. Her schedule is always open to emergency situations as well including such things as corneal abrasions and red eyes or patients with concerns about flashes of light or floaters. She also loves fitting her contact lens patients whether with standard soft and RGP lenses or more specialty fits with hybrid or scleral contact lenses.

Dr. Wilkens and her husband, Rob, stay active as they juggle the schedules of their four active children. With church activities, sports, extra-curricular involvement and appointments, it’s another full-time job just getting everybody where they need to be and at the right time, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. Admittedly they do get a lot of help from their extended family. In the spare time that is found, Dr. Wilkens and her husband love to travel either as a get-away on their own or with the kids. 


Linda was born and raised in Colorado, but has made Iowa home for well over a decade. After graduating from Colorado Christian University, she worked in a director role for an Alzheimer Care home and the patience, care, and kindness she employed there are certainly evident as she cares for patients now at Lifetime Vision. 

She started working in the eyecare industry 18 years ago upon moving to Iowa and at one time served a four-year term as the IOAA president. In the clinic she has served mostly as a technician, but wears many hats here at Lifetime. Whether it is working with a patient before seeing Dr. Wilkens or helping the patient purchase eyewear, she enjoys the personal attention she can offer them.

Linda has a wide variety of interests including church activities, painting, reading, AquaFit, and attending opera and Broadway shows. But when it comes down to it, she loves just being with family; husband, Mark; two adult children and four grandchildren.


Jessica has lived in the Des Moines area since moving from SE Iowa in 2000 and has been an asset to Lifetime Vision since she started in the summer of 2018. She brings an organizational and priority-focus to the practice that puts us all to shame. These skills and the blending of her associated nursing and business administration degrees have served her well as she deals with the intricacies of billing and office management. 

If you ask Jessica what she enjoys about her job at Lifetime, she would say that there is something new to be learned everyday which keeps things interesting and challenging.

Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband, Russ, and their daughter, Lily. She also enjoys camping, snowboarding (especially in Colorado), traveling to new places, baking (and we can testify she does a great job in that area!), crocheting and gardening.

About Our Office

We believe personalized, professional and friendly service is what is expected from your eye doctor. Our care starts with your phone call and ends with you having the best information necessary to make informed decisions about your eye care and related products.

Vision and Medical Insurance

Eyecare is unique when it comes to billing insurance, as some conditions are billed under your medical insurance and others can be billed under separate vision plans. Sometimes even routine coverage is covered through your medical insurance such as Blue Cross Blue Shield. If you are unsure of your benefits we are more than happy to help, just give us a call and we will help you sort it out!

We are in-network providers for the following plans:

Medical Insurance


Blue Cross/Blue Shield



Health Partners


Humana Medicare


Midlands Choice



United Healthcare

United Medical Resources, UMR

Wellmark BCBS

Vision Insurance



Metlife Vision

Vision Benefits of America, VBA

Vision Service Plan, VSP

Discount Plans



Delta Dental

Office Tour

Hours of Operation






9:00 am - 5:00 pm

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

9:00 am - 5:00 pm:

9:00 am - 1:00 pm - optical only

All Rights Reserved Lifetime Vision