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Conditions Treated by our Iowa City Optometrist

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An issue with your vision and eye health should never be ignored...but what happens if you don't see it coming? Our Iowa City optometrist team has decades of experience diagnosing, treating, and preventing many common ailments and afflictions of the eyes—many of which can develop for a long time before showing any symptoms.

Common Eye Conditions We Treat

Our optometrist does so much more for our patients than just check vision and prescribes glasses. Our team can diagnose and treat a variety of eye health problems, including many of the common conditions below: 


Progressive damage to the optic nerve typically associated with or caused by an increase in pressure within the eye itself. The leads to slow and progressive vision loss (a rare form of glaucoma, called angle-closure, causes sudden symptoms including eye pain, vision problems, and nausea—this is very rare but considered a medical emergency).

Dry Eye

Dry eye syndrome occurs when your tears (which lubricate and protect your eyes) are either lacking in quality or quantity. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including allergies and as a consequence of certain autoimmune conditions. Symptoms include dry, itchy, gritty-feeling, and red eyes that give off a clear watery discharge.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Chronically elevated levels of sugar in your blood causes inflammation and damage to blood vessels—including the tiny ones which supply blood to your retinas. When this happens, the retinal tissue can begin to break down and scar, leading to progressive vision loss. 

Macular Degeneration

The macula is a small spot in the center of your retina. If this area begins to break down and degenerate (typically due to a build-up of small growths or a proliferation of small leaky blood vessels), then you can begin to lose vision in the center of your field of sight.


The lenses of our eyes are normally clear; sometimes with age, these lenses can become opaque (typically due to changes in the protein structure within the lenses). This can cause blurry vision and the appearance of halos around bright lights.

Ocular infections

If bacteria or viruses get into the eye and lead to an infection, you'll know it—eye infections can be quite painful and uncomfortable, causing red, itchy, swollen, and irritated eyes.

Ocular injuries

Corneal scratches, blow to the eye or eye socket, chemical burns, or even foreign objects getting stuck can be uncomfortable and threatening to your vision. Our team can provide hands-on care and connect you with any additional healthcare professionals to help you start feeling better as soon as possible and protect your eyesight.

Most of the above issues can be diagnosed on a comprehensive eye exam by a member of our Iowa City optometrist team. We'll then take best-practice therapeutic interventions, including medications, ointments, eye drops, corrective eyewear, and pre- and post-operative care, and customize them as indicated to meet your individual needs.

Do You Know How Your Eye Health Is? Let Our Iowa City Optometrist Help You See A Better Today & Tomorrow

Your eye health is precious—don't let it suffer simply because our Iowa City optometrist team wasn't able to see you in time to help you. If you have any concerns about your vision or are simply overdue for a comprehensive eye exam, contact McDonald Optical today at  319-337-4995.

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