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McDonald Optical

Eye Allergies

Mcdonald Optical

Eye Allergies

Eye allergies, which are also known as allergic conjunctivitis, occur when the eyes come into contact with an allergen and produce a compound called histamine to fight it off.  Unlike other forms of conjunctivitis, allergic conjunctivitis cannot spread, as the reaction is an endemic and natural response to a perceived foreign agent within the body.



  • Pollen.

  • Dust.

  • Pet dander.

  • Mold.

  • Smoke.

  • Perfume.

  • Cosmetics.

  • Certain pharmaceuticals.

  • Food.

  • Insect bites/stings.


  • Red, swollen, or itchy eyes.

  • Burning or teary eyes.

  • Sensitivity to light.


The best way to avoid the symptoms of eye allergies is to avoid their causes—allergens.  This means you may, if you are unaware, need to get tested for what you’re allergic to and what would cause allergic conjunctivitis.  For example, those who have a sensitivity to pollen may want to keep their windows shut during the initial beginning of spring, as the pollen count is incredibly high at this time of year during the mid-morning and early evening.

Other than purely preventative measures, there are a number of medications—such as artificial tears, eyedrops, decongestants, oral antihistamines, corticosteroids, and mast-cell stabilizers—that can help treat and relieve eye allergies.

One final step could be immunotherapy shots.  This procedure is designed to gradually acclimate your body to allergens, effectively and slowly making it immune to any catalyzing agents that could potentially set off an allergic reaction.  Reach out to your local optometrist if you’re looking for further advice and guidance.

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Dr. Julia Hibbing, OD

Dr. Scott Collings, OD


What Our Clients Say

“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.”

Thomas O.

“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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“The support staff was very personable and took care of the billing in quick order. I feel both people that I dealth with did the ver ybest they could to take care of me. I was very happy with how everything was handled.”

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“The care you get at McDonald Optical is personal and thorough. I know I can trust them ot take care of me and my family’s eye care needs.”

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Our Values

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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After 65 years of business, we've had time to learn—and time to learn how to learn. So let us put what we know to work for you and your family.

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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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You are our most important customer. No matter what it takes, we want to get you eye care and eye wear you deserve quickly, expertly, and most importantly, just right for you.