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Our new location at 1301 Gilbert St Suite C2 opened November 1st!

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Iowa City's #1 EyeGlasses Store and Optometrists

Our Vision is Your Vision
Mcdonald Optical

The Eye Doctors You deserve

Our optometrists provide complete eye care, including contact lens evaluations, medical exams, eye disease treatment and management. We are pleased to offer vision services for the entire family from infants to great-grandparents.

How Can We Help?

Eye Care Services

The highest quality of care possible by professionals in the industry.

Conditions We Treat

Decades of experience diagnosing, treating, and preventing many conditions of the eye.

About Us

Who is McDonald Optical?

For more than 66 years McDonald Optical has been the premier optical center in Iowa. We are an award-winning family-owned business started in 1956 by Alfred McDonald. Two of Alfred’s sons, John and Don, took over the business in 1988 following Alfred’s retirement. Reid McDonald, John’s son, is now the third-generation owner and is committed to the family tradition.

Our office is on the east side of the Iowa City Marketplace. McDonald Optical is focused on providing only the highest quality products paired with individualized customer care. We take time to get to know you and understand your visual demands so we can provide truly personalized care.

We are proud supporters of the Iowa City Community School District. We love to help out local kids by donating five eye exams & five pairs of prescription glasses every month to children in need.

"Life gives you signs every day; if you can't see them, you might want to wear glasses."

Pascale Dercourt

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Our Brands

Your go-to eyeglasses store

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At McDonald Optical, we strive to provide products that appeal to ALL of our customers. We’re proud to offer our own McDonald Optical private label frame brand! These frames are made only from the finest quality materials and come in many stylish shapes, colors, and sizes. We would only put our name on the very best quality products. We’re excited to offer these frames at an incredible price that start at $95 for the frame and single vision lenses with anti-reflective treatment…this is a super value for the quality that these products are made of. Progressive (no-line bifocals) start at $175 for the complete frame and lenses which also include anti-reflective features. Don’t miss out on all the great products we offer and check out the incredible styling that we developed in our own McDonald Optical collection!
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Ørgreen Optics is a global eyewear brand born and based in Copenhagen. From our handmade frames to our full-service flagship shop, we approach the art of eyewear holistically, focusing on customer care and superior quality. In our pursuit of the best, we strive to build a community of makers, vendors, and customers who choose to believe in quality as a foundation for good design.
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Each pair is unique - just like you!

Spexwax frames are handmade in San Diego out of recycled, unplayable records. The styles are electric and unique – reminiscent of the records they’re made from! We are the only Spexwax dealer in Iowa and one of only two dealers in the Midwest.
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As a family company, we work every day to make glasses of the highest quality for sophisticated people around the world. Our designers take their time to meticulously develop classic designs and technical finesse. That is why some of our product lines have decades of history at Lunor. The spectacle makers at our manufacturing facilities in southern Germany and Japan as well as our very own workshop in the Black Forest produce elaborate craftsmanship. This craftsmanship continually inspires the best opticians and our customers across the world with the typical Lunor quality and our dependable service. With this success comes responsibility, and for many years we have been committed to sustainable solutions and absolutely fair production conditions. In 2018, our efforts made us the first company in the industry to be 100% climate-neutral.

and Many more unique collections

What We Do

Eyecare Services in Iowa City, IA

When you visit McDonald Optical, you’ll get the highest quality of care possible. For routine needs or vision improvement, talk to our team today. View all of our eyecare services here.

Specific, intensive, and dedicated eyecare therapies from trusted local optometrists.

Binocular Vision Disorder affects over 60 million people in the United States.  If you’re one of them, get the treatment you deserve at McDonald Optical.

Don’t let headaches from the screen-time you get at the office ruin your day. Come in for an evaluation and get the treatment you deserve.

They may not be for everyone, but with our wide-ranging selection and expert guidance, they could be just right for you.

If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, your vision could begin to suffer as a result. Stop by for a check-up and see what the next steps might be.