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McDonald Optical


Mcdonald Optical


Blepharitis refers to eyelids that are red, itchy, and/or irritated. This is also referred to as eyelash dandruff. Though itchy, flaky eyelashes may seem like an extreme condition, blepharitis is common and is often caused by other common conditions such as dandruff of the scalp or rosacea. 

causes of blepharitis

Eyelash dandruff can spread from person to person or be caused by seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff of the scalp and eyebrows), rosacea, or even eyelash mites or lice. If not only for general eye health, the threat of blepharitis is one important reason to practice good eye hygiene.

See a doctor if symptoms persist despite good hygiene

Symptoms of Blepharitis

Blepharitis usually affects both eyes. To accurately diagnose and treat eye discomfort, see an eye doctor and schedule regular eye exams. In the meantime, you may be afflicted by blepharitis if you are experiencing:

·         Watery eyes

·         Red eyes

·         Burning eyes

·         Greasy eyelids

·         Itchy eyelids

·         Red eyelids

·         Swollen eyelids

·         Crusted eyelashes

·         Flaking of skin around eye

·         Dandruff-like flakes at the base of the eyelashes

·         Eyelids sticking together

·         Frequent blinking

·         Sensitivity to light

 ·        Blurry vision that improves with blinking

Blepharitis Treatments

A warm compress can go a long way for self-care and eye health. If you are experiencing mild discomfort from blepharitis, try placing a warm, damp washcloth over your eyes to soothe the irritation.

If you decide to consult an eye doctor about potential blepharitis, they may prescribe antibiotic medication or eyelid hygiene treatments to fight the infection or control inflammation.

Blepharitis caused by scalp dandruff or rosacea should be treated in tandem with the underlying condition.


Blepharitis is problematic and uncomfortable in and of itself but leaving it untreated can lead to further complications that can affect vision and eye health. Such complications include:

·         Excess tears

·         Recurring pink eye (conjunctivitis)

·         Injury to the cornea

·         Formation of a stye

·      Chalazion or swollen eyelid due to oil gland blockage

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Dr. Julia Hibbing, OD

Dr. Scott Collings, OD


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“ALWAYS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE. Top notch service and high quality products evrey time I visit. Very clean and beautiful store downtown. I’m so glad to have found them when I moved to Iowa City.”

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“ALWAYS GREAT SERVICE. McDonald Optical takes care of customers as you would expect a local business, courteous and always willing to go the extra step to make customers happy.”

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Since 1956, we’ve set ourselves apart by offering customer services you can’t find anywhere else.  And to this day, we’re intent on delivering the best optical experience for you, both the one in the store, and the one you’ll carry with you every day after you leave.

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Surprising and keeping our customers happy with new, innovative, and reasonable eye care and eye wear services is what we've been doing for a long, long time.

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